It’s wintertime and although snow has not hit the UK just yet, it may still come as February has been the time of the year we’ve had snow in the past. Perhaps you’re going abroad on a ski trip or somewhere cold to see the wonderful sights. Either way, with snow on the ground, there is a chance you may drop your smartphone in it and all hell could break loose. Imagine it, the first day enjoying the snow, your phone falls in the snow and the freezing temperature may cause some serious damage.

Fear not, here are some handy tips to rescue your phone in such an event.

1.    Rescue it without delay

It may seem obvious, but the longer you leave your phone submerged, the lower your chances of reviving it. When you’ve extracted it, turn it off and remove the SIM card and battery, if you can. Wrap all the components in soft kitchen roll (or temporarily sacrifice those gloves and put your phone in there!)

Check for serious water damage by examining the corner near the battery – most phones have a white square or circle. If this area is pink or red, your phone is most likely water damaged.

2.    Dry the insides (if you have a removable battery).

Now, grab a soft towel and gently sponge water from the exposed insides of the phone. Try not to move or shake the phone, because that could move water further inside it and cause more damage.

3.    Remove any water with the vacuum cleaner

If your phone is waterlogged, the next step is to reach for the vacuum cleaner. Hold it at a reasonable distance and suck the water out of the phone, paying attention to the headphone jack, charging port, speaker etc. Never use a hairdryer as this will blow the water into any cracks.

4.    Search the house for silica

Silica gel could be your saviour. Not sure what we’re talking about? It’s in those little packets labelled ‘Silica – do not eat’ that you often get with new shoes, and it’s amazing at absorbing water. Put any packets you rustle up into a sealed sandwich bag with your phone.

If you can’t find any, rice can work too though isn’t usually quite as effective. Put your phone and its components (if you can take it apart) in a bowl of rice, rotating the phone every couple of hours. Leave it for at least a day, but the longer you can do without your handset the better.

5.    Be patient

Start a new boxset. Go back out into the snow and finish sledging. Go to bed. Just don’t switch your phone back on. The worst thing that can happen to a water damaged phone is that it short circuits. A phone left for 72 hours stands a much better chance than one left for 24 hours.

So there it is, a few pointers to help with a phone disaster from completely ruining your day in the snow.

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