It seemed like a good idea to bring your iPad to the community swimming pool. Until, of course, you dropped it in the water. Now it looks like a bad idea. But try not to panic. You might be able to save that iPad. It’s true: Water certainly isn’t a friend of electronic devices. But it needn’t be their end, either. If you take appropriate steps swiftly, you might be able to save your waterlogged tablet, smart phone or iPod.

Saving drowned technology

After you fish your device out of the water, do one thing first: Make certain its power is off. If a battery is fueling your gadget, immediately yank that battery out. If your device does not feature a battery, make sure it is turned off. You might think it is the water that causes gadgets to go haywire. It’s not. The electrical shorts that the water causes is what scrambles your devices. Whatever you do, do not to switch the power back on to see what destruction has occured. By doing this, you’ll only make things worse.

Other steps

Once the power is off, remove anything else that you can from your device. This means taking off back covers, removing SIM cards and taking off ear port coverings. As Gizmodo explains, there’s a good reason for this: You need to open up as many holes as you can in your device. That will allow water to dry up more quickly. It will let more air into the device. Next, vacuum as much moisture out of your device as possible. A vacuum which has a small nozzle is ideal for this. Finally, it’s time to dry your device. Gizmodo has a surprising recommendation for this: Rice Krispies. Yes, dropping your iPad or smart phone in a bowl of dry Rice Krispies will suck water right out of them. After A couple of days, give your device a go. If you are lucky, it could possibly work.

Keeping it dry

Of course, the best way to protect your devices from the water is to keep them dry from the get go. This can be done by using waterproof covers. There are many of them available. In a recent story, the New York Times reviewed three options, LifeProof, Joy Factory Rain Ballet and Liquipel. All have their pros and cons, but each ought to keep your device dry if disaster should strike. But our best advice? Resist the impulse to take your electronics to the pool or the side of the bathtub. Why take the risk?

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