Help! I dropped my phone in the toilet!!

It is now an established fact that people don’t go anywhere without their smartphone, not even the toilet. Anyone can see that using a phone when you visit the bathroom can become recipe for disaster, and yet over 60% of people use their phone for entertainment or to keep busy while in the restroom. According to a recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, this leads to 9% of phones in the bathroom being dropped in the toilet!

So what do you do when you have dropped the phone in the toilet? Follow these simple instructions to to save your phone and avoid an expense.

  1. Take it out– to avoid phone water damage, get it out of the bowl as soon as possible. Grab it if possible or make use of latex gloves to get it out as soon as possible. Don’t start cleaning it just yet, the next thing to do is to turn it off and take the battery out.
  2. Dry it– grab some paper towels and try to dry it as best you can. Keep the battery separate and take out your sim-card and memory card, if they are accessible. Don’t try to turn the phone on, because it would be a huge risk to do so.
  3. Vacuum– use a vacuum to get any remaining droplets of water out of the phone. Some people think that blow drying it is a better option, but that would be a mistake. A hair dryer can drive the moisture further into the phone. When using the vacuum, the distance between the phone and nozzle should be carefully measured, because it can create static electricity if it gets too close.
  4. Don’t Heat it up- don’t use a heater or any other kind of electronic device to heat the phone up, this will only fry the circuits of the phone.
  5. Use Rice- the best way to get every bit of moisture out of the phone is to place it in the middle of a rice mound for up to 12 hours or more. The rice will soak up all the water. You can also put the phone’s battery in there as well.

After you have done all of this, keep the phone off for one more day – reinsert the battery in the phone and turn it one after 24 hours. If you have taken all the precautions above, the phone should turn on without showing any ill effects being dropped in the toilet. If the phone gets out of your reach in the toilet bowl, then call a plumber to rescue it. There will be less hope for the phone, but at least there won’t be any expensive clogs in the plumbing.