Spring and summer are right around the corner; according to reports, water-related phone accidents go up by about 70%.

Michigan residents will be going to the lake, swimming in pools, and lots of other water-related activities to cool off in the warm weather. Unfortunately, this is when cellphone accidents are at an all-time high.

While many smartphones are water resistant, they are not considered waterproof.

If you Google what to do if your phone gets wet, one of the first things that pops up is a suggestion to put your phone in a bag of rice. This is a huge mistake.

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Avoid This Common Mistake When Your Cellphone Gets Wet

For many years we were told to place our phones in a bag of rice if our phones were to somehow get wet as it's said it would draw out the moisture. Well, we're here to tell you that is probably the worst thing you can do.

According to KCRA, placing your wet phone in a bag of rice poses a risk of rice, dust, and starch getting stuck in the different ports of your phone. This will do nothing but leave you with new problems to deal with.

KCRA:

You're actually doing more harm than good. Rice doesn't dry out your phone faster or more effectively. It's not going to pull all that water out. Instead, the dust and starch will get into your phone and cause more damage down the line.

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What You Should Do if Your Cellphone Gets Wet

  • For iPhone users: Gently tap your phone against your hand with the Lightning or USB-C connector facing down to remove excess liquid. Place your iPhone in a dry area with adequate airflow.
  • For Android users: Turn off your phone immediately, remove the protective case, open the back, and take out the battery, SIM card, and microSD card (if applicable). Use a paper towel to dry it thoroughly.

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