Salty Ear Buds Make Samsung Phones Go Crazy

I took my Etymotic ear buds and Samsung S6 phone out with me while I cut brush.  It was a warm day, and I was sweating quite a bit.  When I got home, the audio volume started to increase and decrease erratically.  Spontaneous clicks in various places caused applications to start spontaneously.  The phone was almost impossible to use.

I moved the ear buds to another similar phone, but that phone also went crazy.  Rebooting the phones did not help. But swapping to a different set of ear buds fixed the problem.

I’m only writing this up because I could find nothing about this problem when I did a Google search.  I hope this helps someone else who finds themselves with “broken” phones and no idea what is going wrong.

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