- · Leaving your phone in a bag or box of uncooked rice seems to be the most popular and most authentic method of phone recovery. Rice absorbs water and moisture naturally, and it has been used to keep salt dry in many humid areas for ages. I have tried this on a phone myself, and while I only did as a precaution, there was no reason why this method may not have worked.
- · Another thing that I have seen is the use of a vacuum cleaner sucking the moisture out. While this should also work in principle, there is the danger of static charge from the vacuum causing further damage to the device.
- · There is mention of using hair dryers as well, but as an Electronics Engineer, I would highly advise against it. One, if it is on the hot setting, you may end up damaging the phone by overheating it. If run on cold setting, you may end up driving the moisture even deeper into the phone, which may cause other damage.
- · Another way to deal with water damage is best left to the experts. This method involves opening the phone up, wiping all the liquid off with paper towels, or other absorbent material, and then letting it dry naturally before putting it back together again. This step obviously comes with a higher level of risk. Also, if you have a device such as an iPhone, this is pretty difficult. It is worth remember however, that by doing this, you are definitely voiding the warranty of your device, so only do it if your device is out of warranty, or you are desperate.
At the end of the day though, it all comes down to how quickly the phone has been turned off and the battery disconnected. There is always a chance that it may be too late, and the liquid/water inside the phone may have already caused irreversible damage. That is why it is always better to go for prevention rather than cure, which means avoiding contact with liquids, using liquid resistant cases or buying devices that already come with liquid prevention layers (as I have mentioned in previous posts).