When your phone takes an unexpected plunge into water, it’s essential to act swiftly and carefully to minimize damage. Here’s a guide on what to do:

  1. Avoid Touching the Power Button: The most crucial step is to resist the urge to check if your phone is still working. If your phone is on, leave it on; if it’s off, keep it off. Manipulating the power state can cause an electrical short, which can be more damaging than the water itself.
  2. Place the Phone in a Bag of Rice: Rice is a well-known desiccant, meaning it can absorb moisture effectively. Submerging your phone completely in a bag of rice for at least 48 hours gives it the best chance of drying out internally. This traditional method has been a lifesaver for many waterlogged devices.
  3. Delayed Repair: Only take your phone in for repairs after it has spent a good 48 hours in the rice. This period allows the rice to absorb as much moisture as possible, reducing potential damage before a technician opens it.

Interesting Facts:

  • Don’t Eat the Rice: While it might seem like a waste, don’t eat the rice used for drying your phone. The moisture and potential contaminants from the phone can encourage mold growth in the rice.
  • Technicians and Alcohol: In a professional setting, technicians might use 99% isopropyl alcohol to clean your phone. This type of alcohol can help remove corrosion without damaging the electronic components. However, this should not be attempted at home, as it requires expertise and the right tools to be done safely.

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