What to do
Did your cellphone gets stolen? You are not alone. It has happened to almost everyone. Yes, there are many who have seen his cellphone… drown in water and desperately trying to save it.
One of the most common methods one finds on the internet to save his cellphone is… rice! Articles on articles have been written about how rice can absorb moisture from your cellphone. It’s a practice whose effectiveness, rather, is… a myth.
Rice cannot absorb water efficiently enough to dry out your device internally.
For those who have made the hook and caught it, it is likely that their cellphone would work anyway after hours, since it was dry, regardless of its interaction with the rice.
Most of the time, however, putting the cellphone in the rice is a useless process.
Step by step how to dry the cellphone
But what is the best way to dry a soaked cellphone?
- First, turn off your cellphone immediately to prevent moisture from affecting the active circuits.
- Dry it with paper towels or a microfiber cloth.
- Then remove the accessories, such as the SIM card tray or even the battery.
- Then place the device in a zip bag.
- Fill the bag with sachets of silicone gel balloons (often found in shoe boxes) and close the bag. These pouches effectively absorb moisture and work better than rice.
- You will need to wait at least three days before re-opening the bag.
- After 72 hours open the bag and the mobile.
Unfortunately, no method can guarantee that your mobile phone will be saved after… drowning. And also, even to work it is not certain that it will still work as well as before.
This is because drying out the internal components can initiate a corrosion process that could cause irreparable damage to the internal components of your mobile. And that is why a cellphone that once fell into the water may suddenly stop working, months later.