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In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage

If you've dropped your smartphone into water, here are some quick tips on how to save your device

In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
At some point everyone faces the dreaded smartphone and water contact, and whilst many newer devices are water resistance, it is still best to take extra caution. Here are a few tips on what to do the moment your smartphone gets wet.
In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
First things first, turn it off. Despite it still working, your device can be at risk of being permanently damaged by an electrical short circuit. It is best to turn it off until extra drying measures are taken – read on.
In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
Get to drying. Use any type of drying material, towels, paper towels, clothes, and begin to dry the exterior of the device. Unlike before where it was easy to remove the battery and other internal parts, the next process it to soak up as much water possible.
In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
Soak it in rice. As most devices cannot be opened, often people will say soak the device in rice. However most moisture-absorbing substances will do the trick, in particular Silica gel packets. Place the gel into a bag or container and leave the phone in there.
In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
Give it time. Waiting 24 to 48 hours will allow enough for the moisture-absorbing substances to work. If not, a professional smartphone drying service will be the step.
In pictures: How to save a smartphone from water damage
Game over. This steps will not work for smartphones that have been in contact with sea water or fizzy drinks, such as coke. Good luck!