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How To Get Your Wet Cell Phone Working Again

Updated on March 21, 2011

Can My Cellphone Become Wet

Your cell phone can be your most important asset and being without it can spell doom for your business or networking.There are several reasons why your cell phone may not work,but sometimes the most common problem could just be a few drops of water that got inside. No matter how careful you are with your cell phone,chances are that it could even become wet inside simply due to the sweat of your palms. Maybe you took a call when you were in the shower.Or maybe at the swimming pool.Ever wondered what to do when your cell phone collects water inside? Perhaps you got wet in the rain? Or your cellphone slid out of your pocket and fell into water as you got ready to undress for a bath? Whatever be the reason for your cell phone getting wet,do not panic. Help is at hand. Don't throw away your wet cell phone.You can repair it. When you are aware of the cell phone and its basic parts,you can dismantle it and dry it out to get it working again.

12 Simple Steps to Get My Cell Phone Working Again

  1. Get the cell phone out of the water first.
  2. Switch off the cell phone next.
  3. Remove the battery of your cell phone to shut it down immediately.Then place it aside on a paper towel and let it dry.
  4. Remove the sim card if your cell phone has one to prevent losing your contact numbers.Remove the memory card as well.Place them both on the paper towel to dry as well.
  5. Remove the casing to expose the interior and leave it out to dry.
  6. Use a vacuum cleaner or plain dry clean piece of cloth to remove excess moisture from within.
  7. Never use a blow dryer as it can force water into crevices,thereby worsening the problem.Otherwise keep the blow dryer at a distance from the open cell phone.
  8. Never ever stick a cell phone,wet or otherwise in a microwave to dry.
  9. Leave the separated cell phone parts in a bowl of uncooked rice.This will absorb any moisture present.If you do not have rice handy,use moisture absorbent silica gel.
  10. The next day,reassemble your cell phone and see if it works. It should work perfectly but if it doesn't,remove the battery and connect it to the power supply using the wall charger.If this works,it means that you need a new battery.
  11. If the above steps were of no use in getting your cell phone in order,you are advised to take it to your dealer.
  12. If the internal repairs did not get it working,simply tell yourself you need another latest model of cell phone.Good Luck!


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    • angela kekahu profile image

      angela kekahu 

      8 years ago

      Purple Perl, did you know that you can throw it into a closed container of uncooked rice? I was told that and it actually worked after my phone had fallen in the ocean. The trick to that is being able to do it right away. Thank you for your helpful tip as well. Aloha

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks for sharing your story,gramarye and Dave.Glad your cell worked Dave.

      Dobson, thanks for the visit.

    • Dave Cald profile image

      Dave Cald 

      8 years ago

      I dropped a cell phone into the toilet (ya gross) a few years back, and tried to save it with this boot drying device that I have (similar to a hair dryer), and the problems only got worse.

      A short while later I left my new cell phone outback on my patio table during a storm, and this time I took the battery and sim card out (as you advise here), and placed all parts in kitty litter. I suppose the rice would do the same trick, because my phone worked perfectly when I awoke the next morning.

    • Dobson profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia

      This will prove to be a popular hub, because cell phones come in contact with water all too often.

      Thanks for the tips!

    • gramarye profile image


      8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Yeah! big problem. I did this a long time ago. I should have done what you said, but it's a bit late now. I keep meaning to try charging it up again now, because I have stuff on the internal memory I'd like to get back.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Glad you found the info useful,emather.

      DeBorrah, thanks for stopping by.

      Lola,glad your phone works now.

    • LolaSmith777 profile image


      8 years ago from Californiaaa!

      wow, i shouldv'e read this article earlier! that is exactly what i did to my phone when i dropped it in water. AFter I vacumed it so much water came out. Left it in a bowl of rice overnight and in the mornings it worked!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Purple Perl, Nice informative hub! This really is helpful and just Good to know as well! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      8 years ago from United Arab Emirates

      really helpful!


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