iPhone 5 in liquid splash

Water damage is probably one of the most insidious threats to the iPhone, iPod, iPad or nearly any other electronic device as water can seap into the inner components of your device shorting out and causing incredible damage.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have dropped your iPhone in water or other liquids, there are a few steps that you can take to minimize damage and potentially save your device.

1. Power off your device immediately. As basic as it sounds, turning off your device alone can be the single most important step to ensure your device makes it through the situation.

2. Take off the accessories. Cases, earphones and other accessories should be removed immediately. Cases tend to trap the moisture in the device and prevent drying.

3, If the headphone jack and dock connector port are exposed to liquid, use a paper towel or cotton to soak up the water, Water damage indicators are located at both of these areas, which you can check to locate how much of the device was exposed to liquid.

4. Eject you SIM card from the SIM tray. If you lost your SIM tool a pin or a thin paper clip can be used. You can dry the SIM card with a hair dryer and wrap it in a paper towl to thoroughly dry.

5. Use paper towels to dry the device. Do not attempt to "shake the water out of the device" as this make the sitatuation worse by exposing more components in the device to liquid damage.

6. Check for condensation inside the screen and camera lens. If you find condensation place the device in a plastic bag with desiccant bags (you can find them in snack bags). Do not use a hair dryer to dry your device as the temperature is hard to control and can cause further damage. Ideally, place the device in a warm area with sunlight to shorten the drying time.

7. Once your device has dried completely, place it in an area with room temperature to cool it down before powering it on.