Tip O' The Week: Saving a Soggy iPhone

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The young lady that cuts my hair told me a horror story today. I just about broke into a sweat listening to her tale of terror. A recent iPhone convert, she was at home in her bathroom (hostile environment for all things electronic), putting her make-up on, and with a careless sweep of her arm, her iPhone scored a perfect "10" from the high dive straight into the commode.

Panicked (as you can imagine), she fished out her iPhone, immediately turned it off, and dried it as best she could. Waiting a day, she tried turning it on, but no dice -- it seemed to have given up the ghost in the machine. Still filled with hope, she carried her iPhone in her pocket the rest of the day and, amazingly, it came to life.

All was not well, though. Having made it through a drowning and near-death experience, her iPhone's "Home" button no longer worked -- her iPhone was useless; a mere night-light.

If your iPhone encounters water (or falls in your mug of ale), retrieve it immediately, power it off, dry it as best you can with a cloth, and click the bookmark you just made for this article. You did that, right?

Read on for the deets on how to save your precious iPhone!

- Place your iPhone in a plastic bag with those usually useless silica packets - they work great at absorbing moisture. - Put your iPhone in a bag or bowl of uncooked rice and let it sit for up to 2 days. Rice likes water, your iPhone doesn't. - Air-drying your iPhone is also an option, but a MUCH SLOWER option. - You may have read you can set your oven on a very low setting and successfully dry out your iPhone - we don't particularly recommend this option.

It is important to remove the moisture from you iPhone as quickly as possible to give it the best chance of survival. It may help you avoid costly repair charges from Apple. My friend took her malfunctioning iPhone back to the Apple Store and charmed her way into a replacement. It may be worth a try, but I suspect Apple doesn't regularly accept aquatic iPhones for replacement. It's even possible that, like on most cell phones these days, there's a piece of paper inside the iPhone that turns black when doused so Apple can tell whether or not you have wetted down your gadget.

Searching the Internet exhaustively so you don't have to, there are numerous gems of how-to's out there waiting to be mined and shared with the masses. Just stop by here each Wednesday for helpful tips for your iPhone!

Disclaimer: Tip o' the Week makes no guarantee, express or implied, that any tip found herein will be new or particularly useful to the reader (unless, of course, your iPhone goes swimming).

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