Common advice says that if you’ve dropped your smartphone into the toilet—or some other body of liquid—all you have to do is toss your afflicted device into a bowl of rice and everything will be fine come morning.
Sadly, this is more a myth than useful advice. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on your waterlogged phone. Before you try going to a repair shop (and potentially spend hundreds of dollars), there are plenty of DIY hacks you can try out.
Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant
First, it’s worth knowing if your phone is in any real danger. In recent years, many smartphone manufacturers have made their devices water-resistant. But water resistant is not the same thing as waterproof.
Waterproof means that a device is impervious to water for any duration, while water-resistant means that a given device is graded for water exposure for a given amount of time and up to a certain depth. When we talk about watches, smartphones, and tablets, we usually mean water-resistant.
To figure out how tough your phone stands up against water, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the IP standard, which the International Electrotechnical Commission in Geneva, Switzerland drew up to designate how resistant an electronic device is to freshwater and other common materials like dirt, dust, or sand.