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How To Dry Out a Cell Phone

WetPhone If you carry a cell phone, there's a good chance that sometime it will get dropped into a swimming pool, bathtub or - ugh - the toilet. What should you do if your phone gets totaly soaked? If you act fast, there's still a chance you can save your phone.

This article from Popular Mechanics gives step-by-step instructions on how to fry out a wet cell phone. A few tips to remember:

  • Immediately remove the battery. Do not power up your phone to see if it still works.
  • Remove the SIM card (if your phone has one).
  • If your phone fell into salt water (or the toilet), flush with clean water. Wipe the exterior with rubbing alcohol if you want to disinfect it.
  • Dry the phone using a can of compressed air, an air compressor set to a low psi, or a vacuum cleaner. Do not use heat.
  • Submerge the phone and battery overnight in a bowl of uncooked rice or other dessicant (like silica gel).
  • Insert the battery and SIM card and see if the phone will work.

And to keep your cell phone dry, clean and functional in the future, check out these tips from PC World.

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