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Tips to save a drenched phone


WATERLOO (KWWL) - The temperature is climbing, and its the time of the year when Iowans look for relief, whether it be in the shade, a dip in a lake, or the swimming pool.  With personal devices becoming more of a necessity than a luxury, it can only be a matter of time before your cell phone meets the water.

Many who have already dunked their mobile devices in the toilet, or put them through the wash in the pocket of their favorite jeans, have already developed a few techiniques for reviving the soggy cell. 

Tipsters at U.S. Cellular provided us with this list of things to do when your phone takes the plunge:

Bye, Bye Battery - If your phone doesn't turn off when it gets wet, power down immediately. Once the power is off, remove the battery. 

Bare and Air - Grab a towel to remove as much excess water from the phone as you can. You should remove any skins, covers or faceplates. If you have a flip phone, you should open it up, so air can reach the keypad.

What's Up, Doc? - U.S. Cellular phone doctors might be able to help. You should bring a wet phone to a service technician as soon as possible.

Let It Be - This is the hard part. You should leave a wet phone powered off for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to dry out.

Verdict Is In - Once you replace the battery, push the on button. If the phone turns on, you can breathe a sigh of relief, though it may only be temporary. Moisture damage signs may take time, and symptoms might appear several weeks or months later. Check your keypad as keys that stick or don't work all the time are signs of permanent damage.

Don't Sweat It - Do not leave a phone inside your car on a hot summer day. "As you return to your car and blast on the air conditioner, the change in temperature could create condensation within your phone," said Don Cochran, U.S. Cellular's director of sales for Iowa. "That kind of moisture or heavy sweating can hamper the computer inside a phone."

Keep Your Contacts - If a wet phone can't be revived, your old phone's address book or contacts can be loaded onto your new phone with My Contacts Backup, a free service available to all U.S. Cellular subscribers.
*producer note = it's not a bad idea to have important numbers logged in an address book or journal if you're not a U.S. Cellular subscriber

Do you have your own trick to saving a wet cell phone?
Email me here and I'll add it to the list.


Viewer tips:

Brenda writes:  my sons have gotten their phones wet and if you take battery out and put the phone in rice overnight.. the rice will pull the water out of the phone and next day put the battery back in and it will be good as new... the phone MUST be completely COVERED by the rice

Shannon writes:  My daughter dropped her cell phone outside and it rained we didn't find it until the next day and had heard if you put it in a zip lock bag of rice the rice draws out the moisture. It might sound crazy but it worked!

Online producer: Adam Amdor


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