So, you took your phone to the lake or beach or swimming pool and accidentally dropped it in the water. Summer's a bummer.

About 20% of all smartphone 'deaths' are attributed to water damage, with most accidents happening in July.

Should your phone succumbs to the depths of a pool, here are several steps you can use to try and resuscitate it: 

  1.  Get it out of the water as fast as possible. Each second the phone is wet runs a greater risk at short circuiting it.
  2. Turn it off. (ditto)
  3. Take off the case. Your goal is to dry this phone out as quickly as you can.
  4.  Remove headphones or charging plugs
  5. Shake it, blow air into the earphone and charging jacks. Get out as much water as possible this way
  6.  Let it air dry by placing it outside, unless it is extremely humid. Do not place it in full sun as it will get too hot.
  7.  If it fell in salty, dirty or something other than water, rinse it off under clean tap water. Be careful not to let water get inside any ports.
  8.  If you bury the phone in a bowl of rice to help soak up water, use instant rice rather than uncooked. Soaking a phone in rice hasn't been proven to help.
  9. Use couscous instead.
  10.  Instant oatmeal also soaks up water faster than rice. Again, do not let anything like oatmeal dust get inside the ports
  11. Do not use instant oatmeal from envelope packages. Most of those are high in sugar or contain maple syrup flavoring.
  12.  Plug the phone into a wall outlet and let it sit for a few days before turning it on.
  13.  Be patient and resist the urge to turn it on. The longer you let it sit the better. 

These steps won't help in every incident. If a phone is kept underwater for very long it will never work again. Act quickly to save your phone's life.