How Long Should Phone Stay In Rice?
You never know when it will happen. Whatever the cause, it’s all too easy to end up with a saturated smartphone, whether from a faulty “waterproof” case, a sudden thunderstorm, or your carelessness in the toilet following many margaritas.
Every one of us has been there at some point. To date, I’ve managed to submerge two smartphones: once in a tulip field in the Netherlands during a torrential downpour, and the other while flying across the country and accidentally knocking a glass of water over my head and all over my phone.
Preparation and expertise may go a long way, whether in your kitchen or thousands of miles away from it. There’s no guarantee that any of these tricks will work, but if you’re lucky, one of them just could.
What you need to know is right here.
Get Your Phone out of the Water
How easy can it be? I know it’s gross, but I accidentally flushed it down! Wearing rubber gloves is necessary. No. Put up a fight. Every time the phone is submerged in water, its odds of survival decrease. For the time being, the most important thing is to remove your phone from the water and dry your hands properly after that.
Use any material that won’t allow additional water to get into it: a couple of layers of clothes or even a plastic bag will do the trick. Finally, get out of the rain as quickly as possible.
Turn It off and Start Removing Things
It’s imperative that the bag and any other extras be removed as soon as possible. It’s like having your clothes chopped off in the ER instead of adequately removing them.
Take care to switch it off gently and remove its plug from the wall socket if it was plugged in when water was splashed on it. Electricity and water do not mix.
If your phone didn’t shut down on its own, you should do so immediately. If you have an iPhone, you can only remove the SIM card if you’re using one; otherwise, you’re out of luck.
A microSD card and, in some instances, the battery may also be removed from Android handsets.
Any item that may be taken out should be removed. The less water trapped within the phone, the more you can open it up. Taking the components out and drying them off is a good idea because they might all be harmed by water.
Dry It With a Lint-Free Towel
Now that you’ve misused this piece of technology, it’s time to take care of it. A lint-free towel is needed for anyone with glasses or a digital camera. If not, a paper towel or washcloth will have to suffice.
Remove as much water as possible. By the time you’re done, the phone’s front and back should be fully dry. Try to reach every crevice and crevice you can locate to place the towel before cleaning your phone.
The better off you’ll be, the more water you can eliminate yourself. Take your time since this is crucial.
Find Things to Help Dry Your Phone Out
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the water on the surface, it’s time to deal with the liquid within.
Depending on how well you’ve planned and where you are when calamity hits, you can choose from one of the following options:
Make sure you don’t try to hurry up the procedure using excessive heat.
A hairdryer or fan heater might harm your phone much more if you leave it sitting on top of a radiator for long periods.
Option A: The “Emergency Kit” Method
Amazon has several pre-made kits like this Nine Lives one. Basically, you put your phone in, close the top, leave it for at least 24 hours, and earnestly pray to any gods nearby; it’s that simple.
Dehumidifiers are used in the kits to remove moisture and keep the environment dry. When food and gadgets are packaged, you’ll often see small bags that read, “DO NOT EAT.” It’s all the same.
When traveling, remember that you’re not likely to come across a package like this when traveling throughout Asia and save hundreds of dollars by doing away with the need to buy a new phone.
It’s always a good idea to pick one up before leaving on a road trip. If you’re having trouble justifying the slight weight gain, consider it a first-aid kit for your electronics.
The small sachets of desiccants you’ve collected from your Amazon deliveries are out of the question. Once you’ve used all the water-absorbing beads, they’re worthless. You can potentially revive them by baking them in a low-temperature oven for a few hours, but it’s unlikely to be worth the effort because you need a lot of them.
Option B: The Old “Smartphone in Rice” Method
A standard method of drying off a phone is to put it in a bowl of uncooked rice. Not ideal, but better than doing nothing while traveling or otherwise not having access to the emergency mentioned above package.
That being said, the effectiveness of this strategy hinges on a few minor elements.
- Ensure your phone is dry on the outside and in the charging port before recharging it.
- Use a container with a lid if you have one available. Put the top on and fill it with enough rice to thoroughly round the phone on all sides.
- Put the battery and any other components you removed in the rice.
- Encourage evaporation by placing the rice and phone in front of a desk light or other low-heat source.
- Take your time with this. Ideally, you should leave it for at least 48 hours, but if that isn’t possible, leave it overnight. Even if a phone can’t be resurrected by sitting in rice for an extended period, the more time you can give it, the better.
- Make sure there are no rice grains within the phone before reassembling. Headphone jacks and charging ports should be checked out. The most straightforward and readily accessible tool is a wooden or plastic toothpick; avoid using metal at all costs to prevent damaging the electrical connections.
Option C: The “Air it Out” Method
The grocery shop is closed, or you’re in a remote location where you can’t get anything, even a bag of rice, so what do you do? So, what are my options now?
Look for a spot where the air is moving around you. Hopefully, you’re indoors or in an area where the phone won’t be exposed to rain. At this stage, your primary focus should be getting rid of any remaining fluids.
Without a dedicated fan, a laptop, DVD player, and television all have built-in cooling systems. When it comes to your phone, you don’t want dust and filth drifting in via the fan or air vents, so clean those areas quickly.
To prevent water from gathering within the phone, ensure the phone is placed at an angle with the charging port or SIM card slot facing downward. Put a napkin or paper towel below to soak up any water that spills out of the hole.
The more time it has to cool, the better. Again, at the very least, give it a night’s rest; if you have the luxury of more time, the better.
How to Get Water Out of Your Phone Speaker?
There’s a good chance that water can sneak into the speakers and stay there for a long time even if you have a waterproof phone (and even more so if you don’t). Your speakers will be permanently damaged, and your music will be muted or distorted, at the very least.
Fortunately, the solution to this problem is pretty simple. It is time to proceed to the app store after following maintenance suggestions, such as drying everything with a lint-free towel. Even if you’ve got a water-damaged phone, this only works if it’s generally in good working order.
From the Apple Watch, a method of fast vibrating the speaker to shake off water has been adopted. Even if this function isn’t available on most devices, don’t worry — an app exists!
Sonic V is available on the App Store for iPhones. Sonic Sound Wave Generator is a better option for Android users. Without an app, websites like Fix My Speakers may do the same function.
It doesn’t matter which option you choose; the technique is nearly identical. A robust and high-frequency sound is played through the speakers, causing them to vibrate quickly enough to disperse water resting on top.
Please turn on the app or website for a few seconds with the volume at its highest setting, and then rest your phone on a level or slightly tilted downward. To get a crystal-clear sound, you’ll need to observe little water droplets dripping from the speaker grill.
The Moment of Truth
Whether or not a phone will work again after submerging in water is heavily influenced by how long it takes to dry out completely.
Let me stress this point once more: switch off your phone whenever feasible. A minimum of 24 hours is recommended, but ideally, at least 48 hours.
To try it out or check whether it’s fixed, don’t press the power button till then. The circuit board can readily carry electricity to locations it is not supposed to travel if there is still water. Is this what you get? If you’d waited a little longer, that dead phone would have been saved.
Once you’ve exhausted all of your time and patience, it’s time to check to see if your phone is still functional. Please turn it on once you put it back together and cross your fingers.
Wet batteries can cause short-circuits and deplete the battery, so don’t give up just yet if it doesn’t work.
Please take a look at the rear of your phone to see whether it’s entirely dry before trying to charge it wirelessly again. At this stage, wireless electricity is more secure than connected power.