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Why You Shouldn’t Use Rice to Dry Your Wet iPhone

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Feat, Gadgets, Phone, Tech | Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Use Rice to Dry Your Wet iPhone

Why You Shouldn’t Use Rice to Dry Your Wet iPhone

“Help I’ve dropped my iPhone in water!”

Ouch. It sounds painful doesn’t it? If you have dropped your iPhone into a pool of water (sink, toilet, pool, pond), it can be difficult to know what to do next. Most people turn to Google and search ‘what to do if you’ve dropped your iPhone in water’. Doing this will bring up a multitude of articles (including this one) that tell you how to treat a water damaged iPhone – this is good. You’ll find that 90% of them suggest placing the iPhone into a container filled with uncooked rice to dry overnight – this is bad.

Why would drying your phone in a bowl of rice do it any harm? Here are 4 reasons why you should not use rice to dry a wet iPhone.

phone-in-water

1. Don’t believe the hype

Uncooked rice is not that good an absorbent. In a study completed by Gazelle, different household products were tested against each other to see which was best at absorbing water. They compared seven different absorbing agents:

  • Uncooked rice
  • Instant rice
  • Crystal cat litter
  • Silica gel packets
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Classic oatmeal
  • Couscous

Uncooked rice was actually found to be the worst agent for absorbing moisture. It absorbed the least amount of water in a 24-hour period, thus trumping the myth that uncooked rice is a good desiccant.

2. A false sense of security

All the rice method does is delay proper treatment. While your wet phone is submerged under a bed of rice, water will dry on the electrical board inside leaving residue around the connectors. This will cause lasting damage to the phone if left untreated and puts your data at risk. Even if the phone turns on after 24-72 hours in the rice, the damage will still be there. Lasting water damage in your iPhone will shorten its life expectancy and cause it to perform poorly after about four to six months.

3. Those grains get everywhere!

rice-in-your-phone

Many users have found problems with faulty headphone and charger ports after drying their phone in rice (seriously, it happens more than you’d think). Many times, grains or even fragments of grains can get caught in these ports, or around the microphone. It’s extremely difficult to remove rice from inside an iPhone without damaging other components. Fixing it could actually harm the port and cost you quite a bit to repair. Your iPhone’s warranty does not cover external objects that get stuck inside your iPhone.

4. Things rice won’t fix

As mentioned before, the rice doesn’t absorb the water on the inside of the phone and that’s where the real problem lies. The real aim when drying your iPhone is to displace the water from the board, so that is doesn’t touch the electrical components inside. Water damage causes staining and corrosion. This can be fixed only when you take the phone apart and clean the internals. Isopropyl alcohol can be used to do this (more details on this below).

The Right Way to Save a Wet iPhone or Android

So now that you know what not to do when you drop your smartphone in water, let us tell you how to go about fixing it the right way!

Don’t let it drown

It’s vitally important to remove the phone from water as soon as you can! Most times the amount of damage the phone attains, really does depend on the amount of time it spent in water.

While this may be a more frightening task for those of you that dropped your phone it the toilet, it’s necessary if you have any hope of saving your phone and it’s data.

Don’t let it fry

burned-phone

This is important – don’t turn it on and do not charge it. As you know, water and electricals are, and always will be mortal enemies. If your phone falls into water while it is switched on, it can short circuit. That being said, once you retrieve it from the water, turn it off right away. If the power button is broken or it’s a black screen and the lock button isn’t working, have no fear. There are many ways you can quickly turn off your phone to avoid causing more damage.

Trust the experts

While there are a lot of quick fix options out there, you should really get your phone to a professional right away and get it expertly treated. The methods you can find online can help in the interim (and some help you complete the task just like the experts), but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, in my opinion. Taking it to an expert can make sure all of the water is gone and your data is safe.

If you are not 100% sure the water is completely out of your phone, it will have a shorter life expectancy, and will not be able to withstand any physical knocks or little bumps months down the line.

Give it a try?

Fancy a challenge? If you would like to fix your water damaged iPhone yourself, I commend you my friend as I am not the DIY type (I’m sure it’s not as hard as I think it is). As previously mentioned, there are a lot of great sites out there that will help you fix your water damaged phone, but these from Gazelle and iFixit are two of the best. After running their tests to determine which household product absorbs the most water, Gazelle determined that the first thing someone should do is to shake out the phone to remove some of the water. Then, to make sure the water doesn’t ruin the phone from the inside, opening up the phone and leaving it in front of a fan is the best way. iFixit’s article takes things a little further to ensure you can save your phone. Spoilers – you will need a Philips screwdriver, a toothbrush and isopropyl alcohol.

The Backup Plan

phone-covered-in-water

While methods you can find online may work perfectly fine and experts can bring almost everything back from the brink of the technology graveyard, a backup plan is never a bad idea. If you dropped your phone in the ocean, didn’t save your phone quick enough, couldn’t bare to reach into the toilet to save your tie to the rest of the world, or the phone saving methods just didn’t work for you; have no fear! If Facebook and Snapchat have taught us anything it’s that data is never completely gone.

If you lost your phone or it’s water damaged beyond repair, you can still access your data. There are many data recovery tools out there that can help you in this moment of crisis. Your pictures, videos, texts, WhatsApp messages and so many other file types are not lost forever. Without your phone you can extract your data from backup files, and if you have your phone you can use the software to extract your data from the device (just make sure it’s dry first).

Some recovery tools offer software that you need to buy, but there are also many free options as well. Just remember – while smartphones are pricey, they can be replaced. Your memories are priceless (and can be saved)!

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OnePlus CEO Teases That The OnePlus 3 Will Feel Good To Hold

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Gadgets, OnePlus, Phone | 0 comments

oneplus 3It is probably not a secret that the OnePlus 3 is in the works. In fact just recently, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau posted on Weibo about the upcoming phone. Details were not shared, but Lau did tease the fact that the OnePlus 3 will feel good to hold, whatever that means, but we’re guessing it will have a nice form factor.

Perhaps his comment was made in reference to the leaked images of the phone. Recently there were leaked images of the upcoming phone which shows off a very HTC-esque design. The back of the phone also appeared to be slightly curved which we can only imagine means that when it sits in your palm, it won’t feel sharp to the touch.

As it stands Samsung has also employed a similar design which some have praised the company for. That being said, there are some who believe that the renderings and photos leaked are actually fake, and that they were designed to throw everyone off the scent of the real phone. We suppose it is a possibility which is why it is best taken with a grain of salt.

In any case hopefully all this teasing means that we can expect an announcement in the near future, so do check back with us at a later date for the details.

Key Specs OnePlus 3
Status (Highly) Speculative
Display Diagonal 5.5″
Processor/Soc Name MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, 4-core, dual-core 2.15 & dual core 1.6 GHz
Max. Total Storage Capacity 32 GB
Megapixels 16 MP
Complete product data OnePlus OnePlus 3 Full specs and details

 

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