What should you do if your phone gets wet?

Let’s face it, it’s one of our worst nightmares. You accidentally dropped your cell phone in the bath (or even worse — the toilet) or jumped into the pool with it in your pocket, or your phone got wet whilst walking in the rain. The warranty doesn’t cover any damage caused by water, and all your photos and conversations could be lost in that little moment! That alone is enough to cause a mini heart attack in some people.

1. Take it out of the water immediately

We know, it sounds obvious, but you might think that it’s already too late and not even worth rushing to get it. However, every second matters, and if you’re lucky, you’ll still have a shot at saving your phone.

2. Turn it off

More often than not, your phone will automatically turn itself off when it falls into some water, but if it doesn’t, do not hesitate to turn it off or remove the battery to shut it down instantly. This will protect it from short circuiting.

3. Take out the battery (if possible)

If you have a cell phone that doesn’t let you remove the battery, such as an iPhone, skip this step. But if it’s possible to get the battery out of the phone, do it without hesitation. It will help to prevent the phone from being fried. If you remove it, you’ll cut the energy supply and avoid further damage.

4. Take out the sim and memory cards and all other peripherals.

Remove all covers and plugs that cover the gaps and slots in the phone. Pat your phone dry with a microfiber cloth or a towel (it’s recommended not to use paper because the particles can clog in the gaps of the phone).

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