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  1. Stheno

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    I had a bucket with a tiny bit of disinfectant in and my phone was on charge and fell in the bucket. It was only the top and the camera at the back got wet and I think some went into the headphones port. My phone was on at the time and it said that headphones were plugged in. The loud speaker keeps making noise a strange noise too. I've wiped up all the moisture with a tissue and put it in rice. Is there anything else I can do? Is it worth getting a professional to look at it?
     

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    Assuming its a phone with a fixed back and battery so you can't take it apart at all, there is not much more you can do. Be patient and leave it in a sealed plastic bag with dry rice for as long as you can - at least 2 days. You may, or may not, be lucky...
     
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    What model phone is it? As girolez was referring to, if your phone has a removable back that can at least help dry out the insides a little quicker. Hopefully you powered it off, and resist any urge to just test it by starting it back up.
     
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    The S4 is pretty easy to open up. The back cover can come off by sliding a fingernail into one edge and then just work your way around the edges to pry it off. It's a pretty thin plastic. The battery just pops out, there's no catch or release mechanism, it's just a friction fit. If it's a GSM model you'll want to remove the SIM card and if you've added a microSD card slide that out of its slot too. Put everything back into that bag of uncooked rice.
    Also, something to think about:
    http://smartphones.wonderhowto.com/...st-way-save-your-water-damaged-phone-0154799/
     
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    One caveat... certain chemicals used in household disinfectants may be damaging to the delicate PCBs and components. Drying it out may be the least of your worries. :(
     
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