Save the rice for dinner! Turns out there is a better household product to use to save a wet phone.
Summer is especially rough on smartphones. We're outside more and around a lot of water.
You've probably heard that you should put your phone in a bag of rice in an attempt to dry it out if it gets wet, but after some thorough testing from the folks at Gazelle, it turns out there is something that will absorb way more water from your damaged device. It's kitty litter!
Not just any old kitty litter, but crystal style cat litter. Wrap your phone in a paper towel and toss it in there for your best chance at saving it after getting wet. The other trick - wait AS LONG AS POSSIBLE before turning your phone back on. I know it's tempting to see if it's working again after an hour or two, but I'm talking 3 days. It might be a stretch, but if your phone starts to work again you just saved yourself hundreds of dollars.
Here are all of Gazelle's tips for saving your wet phone:
1 - Get it out of the water as quick as possible.
2 - Power your phone down.
3 - Remove all parts (if possible) including the battery, SIM card and memory card.
4 - Get rid of as much excess water as possible. Shake your phone, blow air through it or use a wet vac to suck out liquid.
5 - Dry it out. Open air drying worked best in Gazelle's tests. However, if you must put it in something try Silica Gel. This is the “crystal” style cat litter. Even instant couscous or instant rice were faster at absorbing water than conventional rice.
6 - Wait as long as possible to turn it on.
If all else fails, you can sell your damaged device to Gazelle for a trade in value or buy a refurbished phone there at a discount.
Keep in mind, follow these steps at your own risk. You are attempting to recover a phone that might otherwise be damaged forever. Use your best judgement and when in doubt just let it air dry for as long as possible! Don't try to take apart your phone, you could get shocked.