So you are at a party/concert/friend’s house/your kitchen/the bathroom and you let the phone slip. Not a problem. No worries. That is until you realize you dropped your phone in a cup of water. Panic sets in. The thought of paying for a new phone hits you like a brick. It’s true, your phone may be destroyed, but if you want to hold onto that last glimmer of hope here are the steps to try to save your water damaged phone.
- Take out the Battery – Don’t turn your phone off and don’t wait another second. Take off the back case and remove the battery from your phone. If you leave it in or try to turn it back on or off it may cause your phone to short circuit.
- Remove the SD Card, SIM Card, Headphones, and Other Accessories - Remove all the accessories from your phone that you possibly can.
- Lightly Dry Off Your Water Damaged Phone and Accessories – Use a completely dry cloth to lightly dab the wet phone and all the components you took out. Do not wipe. This will just cause the water to spread around. Also, don’t use a hair dryer to dry the phone. This may damage the internal components.
- Put Your Water Damaged Cell Phone in Rice for Three Days – I know it sounds crazy, but the rice will absorb the liquid from the phone and will also dry it more quickly. Just make sure to use dry rice and feel free to put it in to a Ziploc bag or container. If you don’t want to use rice then leave your cell and all the parts sitting out to dry for at least three days.
- Test Your Cell Phone – Once you’ve waited three days for your phone to dry put it back together and try to turn it on. If it doesn’t work then try replacing the battery. If that doesn’t work you may be out of luck and will have to buy a new one. I hope this isn’t the case. If it is take it to the store and see if there is anything else you can do.
Lastly, if you are someone who tends to lose your cell phone, drop your cell phone in liquid, or tends to throw it bitterly every time you are at a bar, then consider getting cell phone insurance. It costs monthly, but will allow you to replace your phone for free when things go south.
I hope this guide helps you save at least one cell phone. If so, tell us in the comments. If you have other tips on how to fix water damaged phones let us know.