Rice can prop up an economy, be thrown at a wedding and is great when you are hungry and want a thousand of something but one thing it absolutely, positively cannot do is save a wet cell phone.

All jokes aside

In fact, submerging your phone in rice makes the problem far worse especially if the phone has not been shut off. We want to get the word out that Rice is for dinner and not for cell phone or computer repair. Now, this does go against what some of the internet research may suggest so we appreciate you giving us the time and opportunity to delve into why submerging your phone rice or kitty litter or silica packets after it gets wet, can’t do anything for your soaked phone.

How it works

Corrosion is instant when a phone hits the water. Sometimes the corrosion hits important components, sometimes not. If we resist turning the phone on until it dries on the counter, in the rice bag, or anywhere else, sometimes we get lucky. If we had the phone in the rice bag, we think the rice saved the phone. But it didn’t! Even if the phone seems to be working, it will have oxidized solder joints that are weakened and brittle. Corrosion will continue to spread inside the phone. We have done nothing but experienced temporary luck of the draw. This procedure would have taken place even if the phone was left on a warm countertop.

The solution

The real solution? Disassemble the phone, immerse it in alcohol to displace water and loosen bits of corrosion and scrub. This is a service we offer in our Courtenay store for $79.99 and save countless phones every day! If you happen to drop your phone in any body of water, dry it with a towel thoroughly and then come into a My Tech Guys location as soon as possible to have it opened, cleaned and caressed back to health! This will give you the best chance of saving your device.

Rice is far better used on our plates than on computer components.

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