what to do if you drop your phone, ipod, ipad or electronic device in a water, a puddle or get it wet.

Boy on bike with phone water

It can happen to any of us. One quick slip andyour iPhone is in a puddle, or worse, your ipad lands in the pool. Here's what to do if your electrnic device gets wet.

  1. First, don't panic. Be calm and deliberate and fast and take action.
  2. If the device is on, turn it off.
  3. Take said electronic device out/away from water and immediately place it on something water absorbant. Kitchen paper towels are good for this. You should wrap it completely in something that the paper draws water away from the device.
  4. As quickly as possible, but once the outside is totally free of water, take out any batteries. Soak up any remaining water in the battery department.
  5. Now you will have to make a judgement call. Did any water get inside? If not then jump to the very last step.
  6. If you think water got inside you need to make a decision if it is easy enough for your level of knowledge to open the device and are you confidant you wont break anything and be able to put it back together exactly how it was. Note: small electronic devices often have rubber seals to stop water getting inside and also often contain components attached to the inside of the front and back of the case. If in doubt, do not open the device. If you think water got inside and you are confident enough, carefully open the device and use more paper towels to absorb any water you find. If water did get inside but you are not confidant enough to open it, then dont, it will be better just to dry it properly.
  7. Dry the device. Site the device in the sun or a warm (not HOT) area of the house, preferable with good airflow to let it dry. If you live in a very cold climate or are in the middle of winter, you can put the device in the oven on a very low heat (20 degrees Celsius) for a number of hours. Do NOT put it in the MIcrowave. Allow the device to dry COMPLETELY. My best measure is to leave it 3 days (yes, THREE DAYS) before turning it back on.

Hopefully if you were fast enough, no harm will come of you electronic device even after it has been dropped in water.

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