My Cell Phone Got Wet: How Can I Fix It? Learn How

Got a wet cell phone?

Have you ever found yourself on your cell phone and suddenly it starts to rain, there is no form of shelter close to you and within a few minutes you are soaking wet? Or you are running around to do house chores, forgetting you have your cell phone in your breast pocket, you run the bath for your toddler and next thing you know your cell phone is having a bath too?

We all come in contact with water regularly and these are common everyday accidents that happen, but what do you do? Throw it away or get it fixed

Proven steps to fix Wet Cell Phone

Cell phones are very expensive especially if on a contract, If you decide to throw the handset away because of this minor accident, at least make an attempt to get the cell phone repaired. It will definitely cost you less than having to buy a new one. Here are a few steps to salvage your cell phone when you find your cell phone in any of the above dillema

1. Immediately turn the cell phone off. Take the battery and sim card out - this will disconnect the power supply to the cell phone and stop it from any further damage

2. If the accident happened far from home and you have a car, clean the cell phone with a dry tissue and place it on your car dashboard, the windscreen will shield it from direct sunlight, but will be effective enough to get it dry.

3. If you do not have a car and you are far from home, most ladies and gents(toilet) have hand driers. Clean up the handset with a dry tissue paper and place it under the hand drier making sure to keep it at a safe distance.(Preferably waist level)

4. If at home, use a dry towel to properly clean the inside of your cell phone, get as much water out by using a cotton bud to clean hard to reach places, be careful not to rub on the surface too hard

5. Keep the cleaned out cell phone to dry for at least 8 hours in a warm and dry place. People swear they have placed it in a bowl of uncooked rice as it is known for absorbing moisture. (Do not place under the sun or in a microwave to dry- cell phones are sensitive to heat and can easily melt and damage the component)

6. While waiting, patience is key, so that the cellphone has enough time to dry properly, you can put your sim card into a temporary handset


Now what?

You have dried out your cell phone, turned it on and it is still not working. Try a friend's cell phone battery and see if it works. If all has failed. Do not despair, you can make some good money recycling it and use the proceeds to get a new cell phone. Some online stores have great discounts and even have Free cell phones being given out courtesy of the manufacturers.

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Comments 8 comments

aime 6 years ago

There is a product out there that dries all types of wet cell phones called the wet cell phone emergency kit. Home remedies can be a waste of valuable time and ultimately result in more damage being done to your device.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Wow, an interesting hub, luckily I have never got my mobile that wet, but useful info nonetheless! Cheers!


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xixi12 6 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it. Author

Thanks for stopping by cheeky girl. At least now we know


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Lifeallstar1 6 years ago

xixi12- Great hub! My phone went in the toilet! When I saw the picture of the toilet I started to laugh. I was at a party and went into the bathroom to just wash my hands and it fell off the sink counter and into the toilet!! YUCK! I had an iphone and they do not come apart so I didn't know how to attempt drying it. I now have a blackberry so I can take the back off and remove the battery, etc if I ever needed to try and dry another phone. So far I've been lucky. I hear alcohol works too. I will definitely use your advice if it ever happens again. Thank you for this helpful info! Jess


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xixi12 6 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it. Author

you are welcome lifeallstar1, am glad you found it useful. Fingers crossed you won't find your blackberry in water this time


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I've gotten my cell phone that wet before. I toss it in the cup passenger cup holder of my car all the time, this time the last drink that was there leaked and filled the cup holder with fluid. My cell phone laid there for over an hour and when I went to pick it up to make a call it was dripping wet. UGH! Thanks for the great tips on My Cell Phone Got Wet How Can I Fix IT!


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xixi12 6 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it. Author

Thanks for stopping by katiem2. Its just some home remedy i tried and it worked, so decided to share.


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

The cellphone is like other electronic or electrical device. Should it get wet or soaked you can't help but worry but in most cases, you just need to let it dry completely first before putting it to use. Otherwise the device would have short circuit thus damaging your phone completely. At any rate, I would not wish for my cellphone to be in any way get wet and damaged!

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