How to save a wet smartphone and iPad!

First of all, you should never ever put a bottle of water in the same bag as your smartphone and iPad! Even worse if it’s a water resistant leather bag, as the water will never get in, but will never completely go out either and your beloved electronic devices will start swimming…then eventually drowning! 😦

If you are in a hurry and want to know how I saved them, scroll down towards the end of the post…if you have time and you are up for some drama…keep reading! 🙂

I was in a shop, trying to decide what to buy…at some point I saw the floor a bit wet and some drops falling down. “What kind of shop is this? There is water dropping from the ceiling…and what’s even worse is that the staff seems not to care about it”…I was a bit confused but I kept looking around (ehm..I was in  a bakery and was totally carried away by all those cakes!).

I eventually made my choice, opened my bag to take my purse and…OMG there was water everywhere! At that point I understood where that water was coming from…not from the ceiling, but from my bag!!! Sh*t!

I was panicking, especially because right before leaving home my boyfriend warned me: “careful, you shouldn’t put that bottle of water in the bag”…and the idea of having to face the “I told you so” look was making me panic even more!

So basically I came back, made the quickest run ever to the bathroom, locked the door and started removing the cover, the battery and the sim card from the phone, and the cover from the iPad, and tried to dry them with a towel.

There was water everywhere, it seemed like the more I was drying them, the more they were getting wet. Alas, there was only one thing left to do: tell the truth and ask for help!

Fortunately the reaction was much better than what I was expecting and here it is how we saved both the phone and the iPad:

  • we took a big bowl, poured in around two kilos of uncooked rice and left the devices there, all covered by the rice, for about 24 hrs.

Easy as it sounds! The rice will absorb all the humidity and your devices will start working properly again!  It is really important that you remove the battery and the sim card (you can keep the sim in a safe place, but the battery needs to go in the rice as well), and most of all that you don’t try to turn the device on or to use it when it is still wet, as this might cause a short circuit.

So don’t panic, 90% of the times the damage is not that big as you can think and you can easily sort it out!

Good luck! 🙂