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April 22, 2013

[How To] Dry your wet phone, try this solution

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There are lots of tales out there about how my phone got wet. From leaving it outside overnight, fell out your pocket into the pool or, even down the toilet. Your heart sinks (no pun intended) calling yourself all the names under the sun.
Well, help is at hand with an old but successful, although not 100%, remedy. RICE yes rice, has helped 1000’s of users around the world.

But before we tell you how and what to do just, have a look at our esteemed editor diving into a pool with his cousin taking a video with a Sony Ericsson w880i in a waterproof zip bag, only to find out the bag isn’t waterproof!

So to get back to How To dry your phone.
Well the first thing you need to do his separate all the parts you can, case back, battery (if possible), sim and microSD cards. Dry it off with a towel shaking it to reveal more droplets. If you have a radiator place it on top with the towel under it.

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Now grab a bag of rice, place it in a container, sandwich box or, a fridge food box, any plastic box with a lid. pour a layer on the bottom and then put your phone, battery and sim in with the back of the phone facing downwards and cover with more rice. Make sure you put the lid on tightly even with a sheet or two of A4 paper acting as a seal.
Now where to put the container?
If you have a hot water cylinder great, put the box on top of the jacket and leave for 24 hours and check it. If you don’t have a cylinder put it on a radiator completely covered up in a towel.
Please don’t put it in a microwave, you want to dry it, not fry it!
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Now the process could take 12hrs or up to 3/4 days so be patient and give it time.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini