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How to save a wet Iphone . Tips to salvage and save your phone before it gets ruined.

Updated on August 8, 2012


This hub will talk about what you can do to save your Iphone if you drop it in water, or if it gets wet. Keep in mind time is of the essence, and if you are reading this then your probably already facing time struggles. So first off the MOST important step is to turn your device off. This may seem easy but when my Iphone got wet, it was on the top of the phone, and the power button would not work, so before I go any further let me quickly walk you through turning your phone off without use of the power button.

The easiest way to turn your phone off without using the power button is to reset the phone. You simply do this by going to your settings. Then go to "general" part of the settings. Scroll down to the bottom and click reset. Finally click reset all settings. Keep in mind that this will reboot your phone to the factory settings. Yes you will need to plug your phone into the computer to run the phone again, but trust me it is far more important to shut the phone off then it is to worry about resetting the phone.

As said above my method of saving an Iphone was personally used by me, and a close friend of mine, and both our phones are working perfectly fine and your would not even know they ever got wet. Also another note, that My phone got wet to the point where the camera lens was completely full of water, and I was still able to dry the phone out completely.

Saving your phone.

Well, now that your phone is off, you can take a little breather. While time is important, the most important thing is getting your phone off before any major damage can happen. Keep in mind that the reason shutting the phone completely off, not just to sleep is important to protect all your inner parts. This is similar to a hair dryer. If you drop a hair dryer in the tub while it is not plugged in, then there is no electricity, and your hair dryer will be a wet hairdryer. If you plug the hairdryer in, and then drop it in the tub, then you will be having an early funeral. Same with the Iphone. While you are not going to electrocute yourself, by shutting the phone off the water while it can do damage, will not do major damage such as shorting out the phone.

Your first step is that you need to get rice, and a Zip Lock bag. These are two crucial pieces that will help you save your phone. While some will say to get the gel packs that take moisture out of the air, but most will have rice, and may not want to go to the hardware store to buy those gel packs. Also I would like to mention that when I saved my phone, I did not use the gel packs and my phone came out fine.

Next You should put the rice in the Zip Lock bag, and the drop your phone in. Then I suggest taking as much air out of the bag as possible. While this is not crucial, I personally did this to prevent any moisture that may have been in the air to get in with the rice.

You should leave your phone in the rice for a decent amount of time, between 12-48 hours. This is all depending on how much water got on your Iphone. If only a few drops then you can keep it minimal. My phone got a decent amount of water on the inside to the point where i could see the camera lens was full of water. Also I would like to add that I kept my phone in rice for about 12 hours and then tried the phone, and it worked.

Also keeping it in a hot environment, or warm area will help. I kept the phone in the direct sunlight in my car which gets very hot during the day. This helped speed the drying process up greatly.


So if you do all as planned. When you take the phone out of the bag of rice and hit the power button, it should power on, and start you from the reset screen. It will also ask you to plug the phone into the computer so that you are able to add all of your settings back to the phone.

Also please keep in mind that this is not 100% guaranteed. This will help increase the chances that you can save your iphone but does not guarantee that your iphone will be fixed. Sadly there is no guarantee only hope. BUT if you power phone off quickly, and you act fast, and get your phone in rice then you should have no problem increasing your chances at salvaging your wet phone. Please feel free to comment, let me know if it worked, or didn't. Also let me know if you have your own way, and what you think. Thanks for reading!

Did this guide help, and did your Iphone get fixed.

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      John Reid-Roberts 4 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Umm.. I don't know if you need to wait a week.. I tried mine after 24 hours, and mine worked fine.. and still works fine 8 months later... But 2 days should allow you to be safe..

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      Vann 4 years ago

      Yesterday I was in my cousin's pool party and my IPod 5 was in my swimming shorts sealed in my pocket. It also had a decent amount if water. It was already off when I got out of the pool. Then I let the water dry out in the sun and got the water out and put my iPod in a bag of rice once I got home and my mom says leave it for a week. Will my IPod still work?

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      John Reid-Roberts 4 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Yes, hopefully you will never have to use this.. My phone got wet, and broke 6 months ago now, did this trick, and it is still working 100% perfectly.. So I believe in this trick, and know it worked for me haha.

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      Missy 4 years ago from London

      Very good to know this, thank you for the tip! Hopefully I won't need to use it but if ever I do I'll let you know if it worked!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Hopefully it helped, like it helped me. Thanks for reading, and commenting :)

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      twitteringbird 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Useful hub and I suggested this tips to one of my friend and he saved his phone.Thanks for sharing.

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      Oilersmyth 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Haha thanks for sharing. I'm sure many people will appreciate it.

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Yes, I was very worried when my Iphone got wet, and the power button would not work. BUT this method worked for me, and I figured I would share the tips.

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      Oilersmyth 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Nice hub! Will definitely come in handy since I use an iPhone myself. :)