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Phone wet and won't turn on? Here's how to deal with water damage (hint: soaking it in rice won't work)

By Ritesh Chugh, Senior Lecturer – Information Systems and Analysis, CQUniversity Australia
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If you’ve ever gotten your phone wet in the rain, dropped it in water or spilt liquid over it, you’re not alone. One study suggests 25% of smartphone users have damaged their smartphone with water or some other kind of liquid.

Liquid penetrating a smartphone can affect the device in several ways. It could lead to:
  • blurry photos, if moisture gets trapped in the camera lens
  • ruffled audio, or no audio
  • liquid droplets under the screen

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