Save your wet phone
Ideally you only drop your phone in a bucket of water when you're right outside a phone repair shop. But how boring and impractical is that?
So, what to do?
- take out the battery as fast as you can (if you have an iPhone or Nokia N8, you have little choice: take it straight to the hospital ASAP)
- DON'T SHAKE IT!!!!!! I know I know: instinct says, shake off that water, but for every drop that you manage to shake off, your wild gesturing will also push water deeper into the phone's nether regions. DON'T TRY TO SHAKE IT TRY!
- Battery cover and battery removed, take off any and all other easily removable parts: sd-card covers, usb-covers, clip-on covers...anything removable, remove it.
- Some guides suggest flushing the water out with ALCOHOL. Good in theory, but a) again, you risk flushing water deeper into the phone, and b) alcohol can dissolve certain adhesives used in the manufacturing process.
- if you dropped the phone into salt water or a really murky ditch, by all means, flush it - ideally with purified water or clean tap water (the salt and dirt particles are worse than the additional water).
- then dry it. DON'T use a blow drier, though. a) again, you risk blowing water into the phone, and b) the heat can cause damage. INSTEAD place the phone (minus battery/-cover etc) in a dry, warm place. And leave it there for at least 2 days! Ideally a week.
- to give the drying process a push, you can place the phone carefully into a thin sock or wrap it into another piece of thin natural fabric, and place the package on top of a layer of dry rice in a tupperware container - the rice will absorb the moisture faster than air. BUT DON'T COVER the tupperware container airtight. Place the lid loosely on top, and store the thing in a dry, warm place overnight.
- after 2 days minimum, you can reassemble your phone and see if it works. But don't gloat: It can take weeks for damage to show. The clips on youtube that show iPhones etc work just fine after a dive, they never ask the owner 4 weeks later.
THAT IS WHY you should still take the phone to a reputable repair place ASAP!
Anyone have additional tips?