Stick it in silica (not rice)
You've probably heard that the next step is to let your phone sit in uncooked rice for a few hours. That's fine if it's all you have on hand, but it isn't ideal. The rice can absorb the water, but not as efficiently as you think, and you don't want the grains winding up inside the phone itself.
A much more effective option is to drop it in a sealed container with those silica gel packets you sometimes find when you buy new clothes. Start collecting them now, keep them in a container with an air-tight seal (so the water they absorb is from your phone, not the air), and drop your phone in there, along with the SIM car and battery, for your best shot at saving it.
Now, if you're out and about and decided not to carry any rice or silica gel packets with you, that's fairly understandable. Instead you may want to invest in a Bheestie product -- little bags designed specifically for saving your electronics in these moments of crisis. Have one on hand, drop your phone in, and hope for the best.
The prospect of unplugging for more than 10 minutes may terrify some, but it's certainly preferable to shelling out the cash for a completely new piece of equipment. At the very least, you should wait 24 hours, but 48 to 72 is preferable. Those silica packets need time to absorb all the water. Use this time to read a book, catch up on Netflix, and worry.
After the waiting period is over, get your phone out and see if it still works. It may not turn on immediately, but charging it for a few hours could do the trick. Water damage probably isn't covered by your plan, and most phones are equipped with a strip that changes color when exposed to water, so saying "It just broke" won't do you much good if you're trying to get a free replacement.
However, if you followed the steps above, maybe you won't need one. Fingers crossed.
Joe Oliveto is a staff writer for Supercompressor. He lost his first cell phone when he jumped in a pool with it in his pocket. Follow him on Twitter.
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