What Should I Do If I Dropped My Phone in Water?

Phone Dropped in Water

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the SD Card, SIM Card, Headphones, and Other Accessories – Remove all the accessories from your phone that you possibly can.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Jonathan Goldford is Wired Impact’s resident programmer and usability chap. He spends most of his time hunkered down with code working to make websites load faster and work more simply.

128 Comments on “What Should I Do If I Dropped My Phone in Water?

  1. 1 jason December 23, 2010

    from the guy who owns a verizon store… take it from me… take the insurance!!!!!!

    1. 2 Jonathan Goldford December 23, 2010

      Haha. It definitely makes sense to buy the insurance if you tend to lose or break your phones.

  2. 3 Natalie December 23, 2010

    This is great advice! I wish I had read it before I dropped my phone in a cup of Dr. Pepper. Now I know what to do if I ever drop it again….

    1. 4 Jonathan Goldford December 23, 2010

      Natalie, thanks for the inspiration for this post. I feel like I’ve heard about that happening a lot.

  3. 5 Phil January 22, 2011

    But what of the contacts in your phones address book!

    1. 6 Jonathan Goldford January 22, 2011

      Good point Phil. Definitely backing up your phone’s data at least once a month is probably a good idea.

  4. 7 kelly October 30, 2011

    are my contacts going to be on my SD card after i dropped my phone in water?


    1. 8 Jonathan Goldford October 30, 2011

      It depends what kind of phone you have, if you’ve saved your contacts to your SD card and how badly your SD card is damaged. If you dropped your phone in water I would take the SD card out and let it dry separately. Once it’s dry you could back it up on your computer. I would also take it to your cell provider once it’s dry to see if they can back it up for you.

  5. 9 chrisitne November 13, 2011

    is there anything you can substitute rice for… like salt?

  6. 10 Jonathan Goldford November 13, 2011

    That’s a good question. I really don’t know what, but I’m sure there are other options. I probably wouldn’t recommend salt, because that is likely to get stuck in the small gaps of your phone. If you’re going to substitute I would recommend something larger that absorbs water.

  7. 11 mandy December 19, 2011

    I was wondering if it is permanently damaged, if I could get another one for free?

    1. 12 David Hartstein December 19, 2011

      Replacement policies vary widely. I’d suggest contacting the folks you bought it from and asking them. Unfortunately water damage is not generally covered but it’s definitely worth asking.

  8. 13 Belinda January 8, 2012

    To replace my phone would be 200-250.00. Insurance is 5.00 a month plus 100.00 (deductible) for a new phone. Why would I pay for this insurance?

  9. 14 Jonathan Goldford January 9, 2012

    Hi Belinda,

    It doesn’t seem like you should pay for it. Newer smartphones can be around $500 or $600 to replace, so insurance can make a lot of sense. If the price of a new phone would be only $200 or $250, then maybe the little amount you’d save in the slight chance you’d damage your phone isn’t worth the cost of insurance.

  10. 15 Daniel February 11, 2012

    I did this the other day. I already ordered a new phone. I wasn’t concerned about the idea of doing that so much as being able to retrieve my “contact” information. This is a lesson learned to manually save this information! Its old fashioned but write down your contacts in an address book or save it to an account somewhere online that you know will always be accessible.

  11. 16 Kelly July 9, 2012

    Isn’t it true that phone insurance policies don’t cover water damage?

    1. 17 Jonathan Goldford July 10, 2012

      Hi Kelly,

      It probably depends on the carrier and on the particular insurance plan. I know there are some that do cover it and some that don’t. Your best bet would be to ask before you purchase any insurance.

      Thanks for the comment.


  12. 18 Catie July 17, 2012

    What if I dried it off …turned it off and then took the battery out…is there still hope?

    1. 19 Jonathan Goldford July 17, 2012

      There is definitely still hope. Follow the instructions in the article and hopefully after three days your phone will turn on with no problems. Just remember that patience is the key. Make sure you wait the full three days before turning the phone back on. Good luck.

  13. 20 Thom August 30, 2012

    After dropping my phone in a lazy river, I took the battery out, dried it and then put the battery back in after about 5-10 minutes. I knew about the rice but didn’t have any, so I was told to blow dry it a bit (I know) and then I put a bit of baby powder on it and put it in spaghetti. lol after about 24 hours I powered the phone on and it vibrated continuously, I then took the battery back out, and finally did get to put it in rice after a few hours…. What are my chances of having a working phone?

    1. 21 Jonathan Goldford August 31, 2012

      It’s really hard to know. I would wait a day or two then try to turn it on. If it doesn’t work you’ll have to take it into one of your provider’s retail stores and hope they can help you get it working. Good luck.

  14. 22 ahsley September 3, 2012

    if i dropped my phone in water and it still turns on but dont work properly what else could i do?

    1. 23 Jonathan Goldford September 4, 2012

      The best thing you can do is take the phone into the store where you purchased it or one of your cell phone carrier’s stores. Also, I would recommend leaving it off and following all the steps in the article first. Just because it turns on doesn’t mean there isn’t water damage somewhere else. Good luck.

  15. 24 Sara October 2, 2012

    Man Im freaking out. I dropped my Phone in the toilet…. and it turns on but im not sure if it will work right. I have it in a bag of rice right now…. But im like havin a heart attack

    1. 25 Jonathan Goldford October 2, 2012

      I’m sorry to hear you dropped it in a toilet. It sounds like you’re taking the best course of action though. Be patient and good luck. I hope it works out for you.

  16. 26 Sara October 2, 2012

    Thanks. Im really hoping its going to work. Because my phone is like my life. And this guy I like was going to call me tonight… But My phone isnt on. Ugh

  17. 27 Sara October 4, 2012

    Ok guys…. Some advce to add to this….. (BTW My phone is working again)
    To get your phone to work again before 24 hours…..
    Get your phone out of water asap. Dont waste a second. Then quickly dry it off. Remove the battery and sim card. Put your phone and the battery/sim card. In a bag of rice. Leave it in for about…… 15 hours…. Take the phone out and use a hair dryer set on the coolest setting. Dry it for about 6 minutes. Then let it sit a little longer. Your phone should be working again after that.

    1. 28 Jonathan Goldford October 4, 2012

      Thanks for the input Sara. I’m glad to hear your phone is working again. I would reiterate that we don’t recommend using a hair dryer, only because it can damage the internal components of the phone.

  18. 29 Sara October 4, 2012

    Oh I have heard that it can. But if u use the coolest setting and the power on low. It is fine

  19. 30 Laura October 16, 2012

    Thank you Jonathan, this website has been very re-assuring. Here’s what happened to my phone.
    I dropped my phone in water and rescued it within a second, turning off the power. I realize now turning it off is more risky than removing the battery, but my phone is in a protective case that may have kept most of the water out, but blocked access to the battery (it is VERY hard to open).
    After the phone was off and the case pried apart I dried off what I could with a clean towel, and then preceded to completely dissasmble it. I kept the phone, battery, and SD card in a bowl of brown rice, and the circuitry board wrapped in a paper towel. After letting it dry for 26 hours I re-assembled the phone, and success! It works like new.
    However, my concern is how much I should trust this. I understand how some phones work for a few days after any kind of damage, and then simply die off or malfunction. Have you had this experience before?

    1. 31 Jonathan Goldford October 17, 2012

      Hi Laura, your concern is definitely a valid one and unfortunately, a risk you’ll most likely have to take. The only thing you can do to reduce the risk is to let your phone dry for longer before turning it on, but it’s hard to know when enough is enough. I guess my best advice would be to keep a close watch on your phone and if you notice it acting strangely, disassemble and let it dry for a few more days.

      The other thing you could do is buy phone insurance, just in case the phone dies in the next week or two. Before purchasing though, make sure the insurer covers you under this situation.

      I hope that’s helpful. Good luck.

    2. 32 Lauura December 13, 2012

      Hello Jonathan-

      I’d just like to update you and everyone else here with my phone’s condition, and thankfully I have had no trouble so far :) I also realized that the water damage indicators inside my phone have not changed color, suggesting that the water that got into my phone is was not too harmful. Thanks again for your advice!

  20. 33 Brittany November 9, 2012

    I dropped my phone in the toilet, and it was only there for a second i got it out took out the battery and dried it for about an hour but I turned it on and it worked but my friends said it could fry my sim card so when I finally got home I put it in rice.Do you think it will still work?

    1. 34 Jonathan Goldford November 11, 2012

      Hi Brittany,

      It’s hard to know if your phone is permanently damaged from the water. I would follow the steps in the article and leave it in rice for at least a couple of days before trying to turn it on again.

      Good luck.

  21. 35 georgie November 12, 2012

    i left my phone on the window sill to get service and it rang and fell in the sink full of water it was in there for a good ten minutes before i was able to retrieve it i dryied it off and put it in rice and its still drying out if it doesnt work will my insurance cover it ??

    1. 36 Jonathan Goldford November 13, 2012

      Hi Georgie,

      If you have phone insurance it probably will cover the water damage, but it all depends on your plan and your insurance provider. It’s best to reach out to them and ask about your coverage. Good luck.


  22. 37 Joanne November 18, 2012

    First, I’m an idiot, and second, I’d never owned or even used a cell ph till about 2 years ago, when I was already in my 50s–so it didn’t occur to me for several HOURS even to look online for help, or to keep the thing disassembled! I fished it out of the toilet right away, but it took me forever to get the BACK off (as I said, I’m old, I’m an idiot–I had to search for the owner’s manual to figure out what I was doing wrong). Then I dried it off but NOT thoroughly (it didn’t occur to me, for example, that the charger port, whose little hinged lid had fallen off a while back, probably let a ton of water INSIDE it) or for any length of time before reinserting the battery and trying to turn it on, then doing the same routine 2X more! Then, continuing to be an idiot, I left it reassembled and went off to cry for a few HOURS before going online and finding this site. There was no rice in the house, of course, but eventually I found a neighbor who had just enough to cover the phone and the battery (not the back, though). I don’t know what a SIM card is, so maybe mine doesn’t have one? But I forgot about the memory card, and I don’t dare remove it from the rice now in order to remove it–or SHOULD I?? Pls advise! Also, I don’t care about buying a new phone but I DO care about both the contacts, many of which I don’t have written down anywhere (I don’t even remember everyone who was on it), and some text & voice messages I’ve been holding on to… (a) out of sentiment, from when my brother died last year, and (b) in case I need them as evidence in a lawsuit against an insurance company. So my questions are: (1) Should I fish it out of the rice to remove the memory card? (2) If the phone is indeed dead, is there ANY way for a technician to access my contacts and the saved messages? For ex., years ago I had a secondhand iMac die on me, but the guy at the Apple store was able to access all the documents and other personal contents of my hard drive and put them on a couple of discs. Thank you in advance, I’m just devastated.

  23. 38 Joanne November 18, 2012

    P.S. I forgot to say that my contacts and texts AREN’T backed up on the memory card, only some pics that I already uploaded into my laptop–but should I remove the phone from the rice and remove the card ANYWAY to help the phone’s innards dry more thoroughly? Thanks

    1. 39 Jonathan Goldford November 19, 2012

      Hi Joanne,

      I’m sorry about your phone. Before taking the phone apart any further, I would recommend taking the pieces into the manufacturer’s store (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) to have them take a look and if possible, recover the contacts you need. They’ll be able to tell you how possible it is to recover the information you want.

      Good luck. I hope it works out for you.


  24. 40 Joanne November 19, 2012

    Thanks, Jonathan, for replying so quickly, and sorry for my verbosity last p.m.! But you mean I should take it to a Verizon store AFTER it’s been in the rice for 72 hrs, yes?
    (It’s only been 1 day.) And btw, it’s so nice of you to still be answering q.’s about this after almost 2 years! Joanne

    1. 41 Jonathan Goldford November 20, 2012

      I would take the phone to the Verizon store as soon as possible to see what they recommend. You could even take it in a ziplock bag with rice in it if you wanted. Good luck. I hope it all works out.


  25. 42 Michael November 28, 2012

    I tried using rice but there were still little bits of water sitting on the screen — resorted to ordering a ‘rescuetec’ pack which managed to get rid of it.

    1. 43 Jonathan Goldford November 28, 2012

      Great to know the Rescuetec pack worked for you. In case anyone needs it, you can find them at http://www.rescuetec.com/.

  26. 44 jared February 9, 2013

    i dropped my phone in the hottub i took out the battery and everything and have it in rice but is it gonna work? im like having a panic attack

    1. 45 Jonathan Goldford February 10, 2013

      It’s hard to know at this point Jared. The best thing you can do is be patient before trying to turn it back on. If you turn it on while water is still in it you are far more likely to have a phone that won’t work.

      Good luck.

  27. 46 a.thomas February 11, 2013

    what do i do after i drop my cell phone in water

    1. 47 Jonathan Goldford February 11, 2013

      Read the article to find some good steps to take after dropping your phone in water.

  28. 48 Amy April 21, 2013

    i took my batery out and left my phone in the sun then in the aring cupboard… will that do? Also my screen is rather cracked and i think water got in it that way… will it be okay? it is a huaweii ascend g300

    1. 49 Jonathan Goldford April 21, 2013

      Hi Amy,

      I’m sorry about your phone. It’s hard to know whether that will work because every phone is different. If you follow the instructions in the article hopefully you’ll be able to save it. Good luck.

  29. 50 Tejas Shetty May 31, 2013

    Oh S***!! I think my phone had an short circuit as after it fell in the water i tried to turn it on instead of removing the water… Any Ideas to recover my phone???
    Mine is Samsung GT-C3312 (Samsung Champ Deluxe)

    1. 51 Jonathan Goldford May 31, 2013

      Sorry to hear you dropped your phone in water Tejas. The best bet is to follow the directions in the article, even if you’ve already turned your phone on after it fell in water. If following the article doesn’t work, I’d recommend taking the phone in to your cell phone company’s store to see what they can do. Good luck.

  30. 52 chris July 8, 2013

    i dropped a samsung galaxy note 2 in a pool…i retrieved it right away. ive taken everythi8ng off if it and its in rice now. any luck with these working again?

    1. 53 Jonathan Goldford July 8, 2013

      It’s hard to know Chris. Every phone and situation are different. Follow the steps in the article and hopefully you’ll have a working phone again shortly. Good luck.

  31. 54 chris July 8, 2013

    now i am really stressed and i know we have insurance through verizon but i don’t know about water damange that the tricky part.

    1. 55 Jonathan Goldford July 8, 2013

      It’s absolutely worth looking into it. In the past insurance has covered water damage, but I know plans can vary so I’d hate to get your hopes up. Good luck.

  32. 56 Hanna September 16, 2013

    I know that this article is old, but I’m panicking a little. Last night I dropped my phone in the toilet, having too much stuff in my hands after I got out of the shower. Of course lol. I dried it all out with a towel and left it for a few minutes. But then I started using it and was even texting on it, until it just shut off and I couldn’t turn it back on.
    That’s when I thought to put it in rice. My mom told me this morning that I wasn’t supposed to use it so soon after..whoops. It’s just a slide out keyboard, Samsung Evergreen. Do you think it might still work?

    1. 57 Jonathan Goldford September 16, 2013

      Hi Hanna,

      It’s hard to know whether it will work. Every phone is different and it all depends on where the water is able to get inside the phone. Your best bet is to follow the instructions in the article and be patient. If you have phone insurance hopefully that should cover water damage as well. Good luck!


  33. 58 Matt September 25, 2013

    I just dropped my phone in the toilet. Took out the battery, Sd card and Sim card and dried off right away. I noticed a white box with red x’s in the bottom right corner where the battery was. Does this mean the phone has water damage and destoyed? I plan on putting in rice as soon as possible or is it a waste of time?

    1. 59 Jonathan Goldford September 25, 2013

      Hi Matt,

      Sorry to hear about your phone. Every phone is different, but the red x probably signals to the company that created the phone that water damage has occurred. Usually, warranties don’t cover water damage, so it allows them to protect against someone claiming that their phone all of a sudden stopped working for no reason.

      I think putting it in rice makes a lot of sense. While your phone may not make it, it’s absolutely worth trying considering the cost of replacing most cell phones.

      Good luck.


  34. 60 tammy October 19, 2013

    my phone is a samsung galaxy dyou and i have waited hours and dried and turned on my phone nothing happened. I dropped my phone down the loo but didn’t shut down but when i did it started flashing and then turned of and now it is not working and i do not want to service it

    1. 61 Jonathan Goldford October 20, 2013

      Sorry you dropped your phone in water. Your best bet is to follow the steps in the article. It’s not fun to wait three days for it to dry, but it’s usually worth it. If it’s still not working after that you’ll probably have to take it in for service.

      Good luck.

  35. 62 Jake October 25, 2013

    Hey jonathon. I dropped my phone in the sink full of water. I pulled it out, dabbed it dry with paper towels but i looked up what to do on it and i noticed it was acting weird. Its in a bag of rice now. Is it bad that i used it after it being i water?

    1. 63 David Hartstein October 28, 2013

      Hey Jake. Sorry to hear about your issue with your phone. If it’s still acting weird days later, you’ll probably want to take it in to get checked out. A service professional should be able to determine if turning it on caused any issues.

      Good luck!

    2. 64 Jake October 28, 2013

      After i put it in rice for a day if was a acting weird the next day and doing all sorts of things, but now it seems to be working just fine. Thanks for the help!

  36. 65 Meghan February 4, 2014

    Here’s my situation..

    I was in the shower, and did not know that my niece was in the bathroom while I was in the shower. I left my phone on sink (because that’s what I normally do to listen to music while I shower), I had got out and saw her there. She was playing in the sink and splashing water all over. I grabbed my phone, and saw that I was kind of drenched in water. It was still working. I dried it off and thought everything was cool. Well, I have a passcode on my phone and I tried typing in my passcode and the 123 on the phone wouldn’t work. It was like the middle part of my screen to my phone was the only part damaged. So I tried turning it off and on again, it turned back on but the touch screen still wouldn’t work. So, I took it all apart and put it in a bag of rice and like an idiot, I thought it would be dried out and I put it all back together again and it wouldn’t turn on. So I plugged it in and a green light came on like it does when it’s charging but after like 5 minutes, it usually turned on. I didn’t. So I put it back in the bag of rice and it’s been in there for 2 days straight.

    Is there any input you could say? I know you don’t know that if it will work or not. But, by trying to turn it back on again and plugging it in, did I fry my phone?

    1. 66 Jonathan Goldford February 4, 2014

      Hi Meghan,

      Sorry about the water, but I think you’re doing all the right things. The best approach now is to be patient and let it dry out. If it still doesn’t turn on you should take it in to your carrier and see if there is anything they can do.

      Good luck.

  37. 67 Primo February 13, 2014

    hi, today i put my phone on my bag, when i rode a motorcycle, half way through, its raining, i didnt have a lot of time to put my phone in a safer location of my bag. and when i arrived home, i instantly took of my battery, sim card, and also sd card. My question is, can i actually just wait it to dry naturally without using rice? thanks again

    1. 68 Jonathan Goldford February 13, 2014

      Hi Primo, you don’t necessarily have to use rice, but it will likely speed along the process of drying, and potentially save electronic components from being damaged. If possible, I would recommend it.

      Good luck.

  38. 69 Asma May 9, 2014

    Hi, few hours ago my phone fell in a puddle and i took it out ASAP and took my battery and sim and memo card out. I also dried it with tissue paper and when I got home I took out the components connects and dried it up. I cannot see my screen but I am seeing cracked like lines on my screen internally. My phone is switched off at the minute and I am wondering whether my phone will work or not, also I can receive texts and calls, just cannot see it on my screen can only hear it. Any advise I could possibly get from you please?

    1. 70 Jonathan Goldford May 9, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear about the water Asma. Like the article says, I’d encourage you to leave your phone off for three days to allow it to dry. At that point you can test out the screen and hopefully everything will be working. If not, I’d recommend taking it to one of your carrier’s stores and having them give it a look. Good luck!

  39. 71 John December 11, 2014

    I only read this website after I hairdried my phone hot for 30 minutes…..then I put it in rice for 72 hours and now it’s after that and I tried onning my phone but failed….afterwards I plugged it in charger and only the back button managed to light up (mine is a Lg phone). Does this mean my phone is spoilt? Cause I would really like to retrieve the text messages inside….. :(

    1. 72 Jonathan Goldford December 11, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear the screen and buttons don’t seem to be working. It is possible though that your phone still has your messages stored safely, but the screen and buttons simply aren’t working. I would take the phone into your provider and see if they can help you retrieve the messages. Good luck.

  40. 73 srinivasa reddy mothe December 11, 2014

    Dear Jonathan,

    Thank you very much for providing such a useful information. today I had bitter experience that my samsung s4 was diipped in water my younger daughter. we took out immediately and did the process in the same way as u gave information. now pone is in Ziploc bag with rice, but one mistake was done when the phone took out from water just i pressed the button (for screen on) and it was not turned on. Then I did the same process without delay. We are hoping for the best that it will work. I will update you on my phone status. Once again thank you very much for your help :)

    1. 74 Jonathan Goldford December 11, 2014

      No problem at all. I hope it works out and you’re able to save your phone. Good luck.

  41. 75 srinivasa reddy mothe December 11, 2014

    Dear jonathan,
    As i told u my phone sunk in water and i was applying rice treatment, just i turned my phone its working very well. Your information is fantastic and useful for victims. I am really grateful to u for saving my phone. Thanks a lot dear Jonathan.

  42. 76 Susan December 11, 2014

    Like others I dropped my phone down the toilet for seconds. I dried it with tissue then tried to switch it off/on several times but screen was blank. Left it in rice overnight and reassembled next morning (I hadn’t read this site at that time) but no joy, so sat it on a warm radiator for 10 minutes, then tried to charge it. After a while phone vibrated for a good 15 minutes, but still doesn’t work. Having read the advice I’ve now put it back in rice but I don’t hold out much hope. I’m not very knowledgable on technology but am A bit concerned I may have exposed myself to harmful ‘rays’ by handling itwhile I was vibrating.

  43. 77 Susan December 11, 2014

    Sorry I didn’t word my comment properly I mean’t while it (THE PHONE) was vibrating.

    1. 78 Jonathan Goldford December 11, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Susan. I don’t know much about what studies have shown regarding cell phone radiation, so I’m probably not the best person to comment. That said, you can read more about the studies that have been done at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones.

      Good luck bringing your phone back to life.

  44. 79 Susan December 11, 2014

    Thanks for the link. I’ll check that out.

  45. 80 Susan December 11, 2014

    Despite originally doing everything wrong, I did leave my phone in rice for a week. Can’t believe it … it’s working perfectly.

  46. 81 Kim December 11, 2014

    So I dropped my phone in the toilet and took it out within second the screen looked like it worked still so I used the power button to turn it off then I dried all the water I could see and I tried to take some water out but shaking it out I know big mistake then I turned it back on and the screen was being all glitchy and changing colors from normal to negative I then tried to make a phone call and it went though but the screen was messing up I left it off and air trying for about 2 hours then needed to make a phone call so turned it on the screen was okay for like 5 seconds then started with the glitching so I turned it off again and left it in rice for about 18 hours and turned it on this morning it was still glitching but the colors weren’t going all crazy like before they would just dim so I turned it off again and left it in rice is there any hope it’s going to be okay? Or did I mess it up already I know I made a lot of mistakes with it will constantly turning it on and off make it worse?

    1. 82 Jonathan Goldford December 11, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Kim. It’s hard to know the extent of the damage, but I’d suggest leaving it turned off in rice for three days. At that point test it out and if it’s still not functioning correctly I’d take it into your cell provider to see what they can do. Good luck.

  47. 83 Kim December 11, 2014

    So upon turning on my phone today the screen was completely black the phone still work the screen is just black does this mean all hope is lost or should I leave it drying longer? Is there any way to recover my text messages? Can I connect the phone to my computer in order to try and recover the photos? Someone told me not to turn the phone on because the motherboard can get damaged therefore losing all my information?

    1. 84 Jonathan Goldford December 11, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear the screen still isn’t working. At this point I’d encourage you to take the phone into your cell provider. If the hard drive hasn’t been destroyed they should be able to save your text messages, contacts and other data from your phone. Good luck.

  48. 85 Mikayla December 14, 2014

    Hi, I dropped my phone in the toilet last night and immediately got it out. It wouldn’t let me touch the screen but it looked perfect I immediately took off the back took out the battery and put in a ziploc bag if rice. Btw I’m 13 and this is my first phone I’ve had it for 8 days and already done this. Also, I heard if you put it in the freezer it will help, is this true???

    1. 86 Mikayla December 14, 2014

      Btw I tried turning it in this morning and it came on but the screen was green lines but I could read it. I put it back in the bag diassembled. Is there still possible hope

    2. 87 Jonathan Goldford December 14, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Mikayla. Your best bet is to follow the instructions in the article, and if it still doesn’t work I would ask your parents if you can take the phone into your cell phone provider (AT&T, Verizon, etc.). They will be able to assess the damage and save anything off of your phone if you have to get a new one. Good luck.

  49. 88 Joshua December 15, 2014

    Hey. I dropped my phone in the drain just now and it took me one to two minutes to take it out as i had to remove the drainage cover and it was raining as well. As it was raining, i ran to a shelter and upon reaching the shelter i took out my phone and took my battery out and dried the places that were wet with a dry tissue. I removed my sim card only minutes later. I told my uncle and brother about this and they suggested me to blowdry it. And when i reached home i did with full blast hot air for like a few minutes! After that as my phone was hot i left it to cool down and after it was cooled down i put my phone and battery in a container full of rice. Will it damage my phone? And is there any hope for my phone? My phone is a Sony Xperia U. Thanks.

    1. 89 Jonathan Goldford December 15, 2014

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Joshua. It is possible that the blow dryer will hurt your phone, but I’d wait to test it until you’ve had it in rice for at least three days. At that point if you’re having issues I’d suggest taking the phone into your provider to see what they can do. Good luck.

    2. 90 Joshua December 15, 2014

      alright. Thanks bro. Hope all will go well

    3. 91 Joshua December 24, 2014

      Hey Jon! After 8 days putting my phone in the rice, i on-ed my phone and it worked! Nothing wrong with it and its the same as usual. Thanks for the help! Godblessyou! Merry Christmas!

    4. 92 Jonathan Goldford December 26, 2014

      That’s great news Joshua! I’m glad we could help. Take care and I hope you’re enjoying the holidays.

  50. 93 Emii January 3, 2015

    So…. I dropped my phone into the bathtube (it sounds silly, i know)…
    I picked it up as quickly as possible. I panicked, and the first thing i could think of was just to pick the nearest towel. I dried it out as much as possible, and then i blew into it. When i toght it was dry, i’ve put the baterry back and tried to open it, but on the screen apeard “samsung” then vibrated and shut off… it went like this for 3-4 times.
    Now, after reading this, my phone is in a bag with rice. Any hope? Can it work again?

    1. 94 Jonathan Goldford January 4, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Emii. Every case is different so it’s hard to know whether it will work again. I’d suggest following the steps outlined in the article and if it still doesn’t work then take it into your cell provider and see what they can do. Good luck!

  51. 95 Spencer January 11, 2015

    Hey, I have water in my phone, but not that bad, its under my screen and I’m very worried and i want to know if rice would work

  52. 96 Tyler January 11, 2015

    Hey so, Ummmm i jumped in the pool end touched the bottom of 10 feet, and well my phone still works, but the INSIDE of my camera is fogged LOL but I’m like scured

  53. 97 Spencer January 11, 2015

    Hey so i got a little water in my phone but, its on the inside of my screen and I’m like really scared cause its a new phone. PLEASE HELP

    1. 98 Jonathan Goldford January 12, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Spencer. Every case is different so it’s hard to know whether it will work again. I’d suggest following the steps outlined in the article and if it still doesn’t work then take it into your cell provider and see what they can do. Good luck!

  54. 99 Julia January 12, 2015

    So i dropped my phone in slush and it randomly shut off on me fifteen minutes later. We dont have rice and I put it in a bag of pasta after taking it apart. Will pasta still do the trick or do you think i should get a new phone?

    1. 100 Jonathan Goldford January 12, 2015

      Sorry to hear about your phone Julia. You can try pasta, but it really depends on whether it will absorb the water. Before getting a new phone I’d follow the steps in the article and see how that works. Then you can take it in to your provider and see what they say. Good luck!

  55. 101 Spencer January 12, 2015

    Ok, so i have my phone in a bag of rice, but…..I have an iPhone, so i can’t really take out the battery, or SIM card.

    1. 102 Jonathan Goldford January 12, 2015

      You don’t have to take the phone entirely apart, although it helps. Good luck with your phone.

  56. 103 juman January 24, 2015

    Hello i dropped my iphone 5 inwater when i picked itup it was working i dried it but minutes later it showed the apple logo with a black msg , some sort ofba system msg and then i put it in rice and now it’s turned off and won’t open please i need help

    1. 104 Jonathan Goldford January 25, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Juman. Every phone is different so it’s hard to know whether it will work again. I’d suggest following the steps outlined in the article and if it still doesn’t work then take it into your cell provider and see what they can do. If you see a system message on your iPhone you may also want to consider searching online to see what that particular message means. Good luck!

  57. 105 keely January 29, 2015

    Hello, I recently accidentally forgot tht my phone was in my pocket and jumped off the jetty into salt water. I quickly realised and pulled my phone out and swam with it above the air until I got to shore. I didn’t pull the battery out or the simple card out and I didn’t turn it off. I wrapped it in a towel and hoped for the best. I got home and left it in a bag of rice and in the sun for a few days. It turned on fine but now there are white lines through my screen and parts of my screen dont work. What should I do to fix this (if I can) besides taking it apart? Thanks

    1. 106 Jonathan Goldford January 30, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Keely. I’d suggest taking the phone into a repair shop or your cell provider to see what they can do. Unfortunately, the white lines you’re seeing don’t normally go away, but it’s worth bringing it in so someone can take a look. Good luck.

  58. 107 Brittney February 16, 2015

    I have an Iphone I dropped it in cake mix and the cake mix was fully mixed, liquidy and it is in every nook and cranny in my phone. Since my phone is an older model of Iphone (Iphone 4s) I can’t take the battery out without breaking my phone and the SIM of SD card that is in the side of it has never opened so I have no idea what to do. Help! My phone is my life! I don’t think rice will help with one and I have cleaned it off and put it in rice.

    1. 108 Jonathan Goldford February 16, 2015

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that Brittney. I would highly recommend taking your phone into your provider (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) to see if they can retrieve anything. You’ll most likely have to get a new phone, but the quicker you act the better.

      Good luck.

  59. 109 hawaiian boi February 17, 2015

    U is kidding THREE FRICKIN DAYS

  60. 110 Divya March 4, 2015

    My mobile Sony Xperia M2 is accidentally got liquid damage. But still my mobile is working properly when it is connected to charger. It is rebooting continously and not turning off. It is only working when connected to charger. Is there any way to repair my mobile?

    1. 111 Jonathan Goldford March 4, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Divya. It’s hard for us to know if it’s fixable, since liquid can damage so many different components. I’d suggest taking it into your cell provider and having them take a look at it.

      Good luck.

  61. 112 John Lewis March 13, 2015

    I think after removing the sim card and battery, you can try a hair dryer to dry it as it will help to remove all the traces of water from the phone. For more good info, you can check out this infographic: http://visual.ly/how-fix-phone-damaged-water

    1. 113 Jonathan Goldford March 13, 2015

      Thanks for commenting John. We would actually recommend against using a hair dryer since the heat can damage the internal components of your phone.

      Take care.

  62. 114 Ruth March 19, 2015

    Today I dropped my iPhone 5c in the toilet at school unfortunately it already has a big crack by the camera. I quickly took it out with toilet paper and dried it with paper towels. I tried turning it off but it wouldn’t work. Then after an hour or two I finally turned it off. Then I turned it on five more times to text my sister and it worked. After eleven hours I finally put it in a plastic bag of rice. Will it still work after two or three days? What should I do?

    1. 115 Jonathan Goldford March 20, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Ruth. It’s hard for us to know if it’s fixable, since liquid can damage so many different components. I’d suggest taking it into your cell provider and having them take a look at it.

      Good luck.

  63. 116 Tejinder Singh March 20, 2015

    I dropped my Redmi Note 4g in water stagnated in a park and took it out immediately within a second. It was in a thick metal back cover. I removed everything including the battery, sim card and the memory card immediately, dried the phone and turned it on after a few minutes. Only the listening speaker and audio jack were not working rest everything was fine. I turned it off for about 2 hours and checked again. Now it worked perfectly. It has been a day now and the phone has not yet shown any problem. So is there any need to worry about or is it OK? Should i take it to the service centre?

    1. 117 Jonathan Goldford March 20, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Tejinder. I would only recommend taking it into your cell provider if it starts to act up. At that point they can take a look and let you know what you need to do. Good luck and I hope the phone works great moving forward.

  64. 118 Stephania March 21, 2015

    I dropped my phone in water and i followed the steps but my camera isnt working.
    What can i do?

    1. 119 Jonathan Goldford March 21, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Stephania. I’d suggest taking the phone into a repair shop or your cell provider to see what they can do. They’ll likely charge you to fix it, but it’s still worth getting their opinion. Good luck.

  65. 120 Nicole March 22, 2015

    I didn’t do the steps, my phone is still working, but whenever I charge it, it doesn’t work, then when I insert my sim card, it says there isn’t sim card, and the other slot says emergency calls only. Should I need to buy new battery?

    1. 121 Jonathan Goldford March 22, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Nicole. It’s hard for us to know if you need a new battery. I’d suggest taking it into your cell provider and having them take a look at it. Good luck

  66. 122 Shreya March 22, 2015

    Some water fell on my iphone and it was there for about 3 mins and now the bottom of the phone is not working

  67. 123 Dan March 23, 2015

    I AM So scared answer fast PLS!, my parentes bought me a xperia z 3 compact for my b-day and it has 1month , it is sopose to be waterproof but today i took a shower with him and after that hás usual i tried to turno it on , then i saw the screen going black a little and just dying, my iPhone doesnt even respond to nothing ! I tried to dry it and put it on Rice but still doesnt work!! PLS help i dont want to tell my parentes i broke the phone! Should i try ‘reviveaphone’? PLS this is urgent!

  68. 124 Dan March 24, 2015

    Do you think i have any chances? I got qn xperia z3c on my b-day and it is waterproof with all the flaps closed but i left onde opened a lil bit and i didnt notice, after i put it on Walter the screen went black right away …the phone doesnt work and doesnt responde to nothing, do you think i have any chances?PLS tell me what to do , im So scared.

    1. 125 Jonathan Goldford March 24, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone Dan. It’s hard to know if it’s possible to save it. I’d suggest following all the instructions in the article, and if it’s still not working take it into your cell provider to see what they can do. Since the phone is marketed as waterproof I imagine you’d be able to make a good case for a new phone. Good luck.

  69. 126 ritu March 25, 2015

    my phone went down the drain. i can’t recover it. it’s gone. is there a chance that it’ll explode?

    1. 127 Jonathan Goldford March 25, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your phone. It will likely not explode. If you’re concerned you can call your plumber.

  70. 128 Jonathan Goldford March 25, 2015

    Thanks to everyone for their comments. Since almost all of the comments we receive on this blog post are very similar, we’re going to be closing comments. If you dropped your phone in water please follow the steps provided above. If that doesn’t fix the issue your next best step is to take the phone into your cell provider. Good luck.

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