Everyone knows liquids and smartphones just don't mix. But despite our best efforts to keep them apart, sometimes those ever-present devices come in contact with spilled drinks, pools, rainstorms and even toilets.
But there's good news! Even if your phone takes a plunge, it doesn't mean all hope is lost.
There are no guarantees, of course, but gadget expert Jessica Naziri offered up a few steps that just might save the day in a story for USA Today.
1. Turn it off
Power down your phone and resist the temptation to see if you can turn it back on at first.
2. Remove the SIM card and battery — if you can
What can be removed should be removed. If you own an iPhone, that means you can skip this step.
3. Suck out the liquid
Using a vacuum with a small attachment or even a straw (unless you did, in fact, drop it in the toilet), suck as much of the liquid as possible from any opening on the phone.
4. Dry it out
Once you've removed all of the liquid you can, it's time take care of the moisture inside. To do that, bury the phone in a bowlful of uncooked rice, or place it in a plastic bag with silica packets.
5. Turn it back on — later
Let time take care of the rest. After waiting at least 24 hours, turn it back on, and see if it works!
Read Naziri's full story for more info, including a sixth step to try when all else fails.