My device got wet, now what?

Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM EDT
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Chris Quimby from Midcoast iPhone repair visits the TV5 studios to talk about what you can do when your device gets wet.

Water damage happens to the best of us.

In fact, years ago, my wife dropped her iPod Touch in the toilet and was humiliated. Since then, I've heard many, many stories. One involves me being handed eight phones by a man who works in waste management and sucked them out of portable toilets at a local concert venue.

If you happen to drop your mobile device (whether it be iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Samsung Galaxy) in the drink (or the John), here are a few things to consider:

1. Say a quick prayer.

2. Do not attempt to turn the device back on.

3. Place it as quickly as possible in a bag of uncooked rice (without gravy) and seal.

4. Contact a local device repair shop as soon as possible to see if at least your data can be salvaged.

Successful water damage repair is, at best, a 50-50 proposition but these best practices will help you increase the probability that we can resurrect your device if only to get remove valuable data.