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How Can I Fix My Cell Phone-It Got Wet

Updated on August 30, 2011

My Cell Phone Is Wet. What Can I Do?

Help  My Cell Phone Got Wet
Help My Cell Phone Got Wet

How Can I Fix My Cell Phone-It Got Wet

You finally got to go on that dream fishing trip but just as you thought you were putting the cell phone back in your pocket it falls in the lake instead of going in your pocket. You grab it just in time but its not working. Water is slowly but surely draining out of your cell phone. Yes the cell phone you paid the two hundred dollars for is ruined. Or is it? As soon as you can remove the cell phone battery. Do not attempt to power on the cell phone or you may do more damage.

Apparently this or a similar situation happens a lot of the time. And in about half the cases people are able to dry their cell phone out and get it to work again. What you need to do is immediately remove the back cover and the battery. Place the batter out in the sun and allow it to dry. There may be water in the battery that you can not see.

As soon as you can purchase a two pound bag of rice. Yes rice. Rice is a real effective way to dry out your cell phone and your cell phone battery. What you want to do in a large bowl is place a layer of the uncooked rice. Lay your cell phone and your cell phone battery on top of the rice. Now fill the bowl completely with rice. Set the bowl aside and forget about it for at least six hours. At the end of six hours remove your cell phone and the cell phone battery from the rice and put the battery back in the cell phone. if the battery was charged you have a 50/50 chance of now being able to power on your cell phone. Try it and see if it works.

Almost fifty percent of the time rice will work to dry out your cell phone. Its very important that you remember to immediately remove the battery if your cell phone ever does happen to get wet. If the phone is not on or appears not to be on never try to turn the power back on or you may damage your cell phone more.

If you spend hundreds of dollars on a cell phone purchase a damage and replacement policy if at all possible when you purchase the phone. Ask the cell phone company or dealer if the replacement policy will cover your phone in case it gets wet.

Wet Cell Phones Can Often Be Saved.

You Can Use A Blow Dryer Set On Cold Or Cool To Dry Out Your Phone. Don't Use The Hot Setting.
You Can Use A Blow Dryer Set On Cold Or Cool To Dry Out Your Phone. Don't Use The Hot Setting.

How To Fix A Wet Cell Phone

How Can I Fix My Cell Phone, It Got Wet

Another method that people often use to dry out their cell phones is to use a blow dryer set on the cool setting and not the hot setting. If you us the hot setting you can do more damage to your cell phone.

Remove the battery from the cell phone as soon as you know it is wet. Use a blow dryer set on the cool setting to dry out your cell phone. Dry out the battery compartment first and stay back from the cell phone at least six inches. Dry out the rest of the cell phone completely. You don't want to get the phone to get hot but you do want it to be completely dry. After you are sure that you have the phone as dry as you can possibly get it set the phone and battery down in a warm dry place and wait at least four hours before you put the battery back in the phone and try it.

You know what? You can't kill a dead cell phone so why not try one of the methods above. One of them just might work. The rice method above works about fifty percent of the time. If you drop the phone into water and immediately get it back out it will usually work. If the phone gets dropped into water and it stays there 10 minutes or longer nothing is really going to fix it except a new phone but if you want to give it a try. You may be surprised to see the phone light up and work and you won't have to buy a new one.

Above is also a great video about ways you can save your wet cell phone. Just because your cell phone got wet doesn't always mean that your cell phone will never work again. Just be sure that you read the methods carefully before you try them. And if you spend a lot of money on a cell phone buy insurance in case your cell phone does get wet.

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      Cutie pie 

      5 years ago

      I am doing that for the science fair and so your not supposed to blow dry it or vacuum because it Will ruin it unless your blow drier goes to low and you should always take the battery and SIM card out, dry it, then putting a bag of rice and submerge it in the middle of the bag. Then leave it in the bag for 1 day or 2, but works always at 1 day of staying in the bag.. I hope it works with you!!!!!

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      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The rice thing works great

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      sxy scarlet 

      7 years ago

      i was in the shower and usually i use my cell for music while im in it ... it kinda got blasted literally because of the nossle for the shower hed the setting was on full blast... i was freaking out like crazy.. then i went online and i'm trying the rice thing now %3Pr

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      7 years ago

      I dropped my cell phone in water by my sink when i washed my hands it fell out of my purse. It was in the water for two minutes not even. I went home and dried it out i did not have gel packs so i used rice for the phone battery and cell i first wiped out the water and shook out the excess remaining water in the cell i used a blow dryer on medium setting i placed it3 to 4 inches away from the cell i used a shot of cool air and used warm air and switched it to hot for a little i stopped after a few seconds and placed it in rice i did not shake the bag because the rice went in the cell phone i had to vacum out the excess rice that was in the cell after 3 days.

      The cells battery did not have charge so i charged it after 3 days it was ok. The cell made it i was surprised it is a crappy straight talk phone but it was ok i was scared i messed up the cell. I will never ever again do that i screwed my self for those three days with out phone service. I will know better next time..

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      7 years ago from Miami Florida

      I can tell you the rice method works and works great. I tried it and my phone is now working perfect.

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      7 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      Actually I also dropped my phone in a glass of water and I let it stay there for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes I let it shake just to drop away the water to my phone, I took the battery on it's case then let it dry. When i started to fix my phone it is still work. But it is depending on the quality of the phone, my phone is just a nokia 3310, but i was amazed after what I've experienced.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Now this is a neat idea for a post! I had this experience with my work cell phone a couple weeks ago. I can attest that the rice and blow dryer do work. I thought that I would need a replacement phone but I was able to get it dry by removing the battery and giving it a good blast of warm air from my blow dryer as well as leaving it overnight in rice. The next day it worked like a charm and has been since then.

    • tlpoague profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      My son dropped his phone in some water. In his made dash to put it in the rice, he found it full of weavils. This didn't deter him from dropping the phone in his rice. I told me later about the weavils. Needless to say, he was lucky and the phone worked again. The went to the we-evils! Great hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      We saved a cell phone that was dropped into a bucket of water by taking the battery out as you suggested and taking it apart as far as we could. We then let it dry out for several days before trying to use it. The screen was never quite right after that, but it did work. As you said, it's worth a try to salvage an expensive cell phone. What do you have to lose? I like the idea of putting it in a bowl of rice -- wouldn't have thought of that.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      If it is summer you can take the battery out of the phone and leave the phone and the battery on the dashboard and this will work to dry it out in no time.

      Thanks for all the great comments. They are appreciated.

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      John Harper 

      7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good subject, did it once and managed to save the phone, even not knowing (or thinking) about the rice, but of course rice works in salt cellars so why not on phones!

      Dried mine out by leaving it in the car, in Spain, came out dry as a bone!

      Would think you will get good number of views on this, and hopefully clicks also!

    • ptrgenchev profile image


      7 years ago

      Really useful tutorial. I've thought about suggesting the same things myself, but I know far less than you do. Great hub!


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