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I Dropped My Mobile Phone in Water and other common problems resolved

Updated on February 7, 2012

Fix Common Problems With Gadgets

Electronic gizmos and gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, they can make our lives easier or they can be used for our entertainment. Mobile phones for instance are a modern day necessity, which have saved many lives, where as an iPod can keep you entertained for hours on long journeys.

But things can go wrong and your handy little gadget becomes a useless piece of electronic art, relegated to that drawer in the kitchen with the rest of your useless junk. To send your gadget off for repair often costs more than it would cost to buy the item new, especially when you could fix the problem for yourself at no cost.

Below you will find some of the most common problems we have with our gadgets and how they can be easily fixed.

I Dropped My Mobile Phone in the Bath

I dropped my mobile phone in the bath:

Get the phone out of the water as soon as possible, then remove the battery and SIM card and dry them with a towel, place the handset in a bowl of uncooked rice to soak up the moisture. Leave the phone in the rice for at least 3 days before replacing the battery and the SIM card and recharging your phone.

If your iPod has frozen or won’t turn on

Toggle the hold switch on and off, then press and hold the menu and select (Centre) buttons simultaneously for about ten seconds, or until the apple logo appears, this will reset the iPod.

If that fails to work then, try again, if you are having difficulty put the iPod on a flat surface and ensure that the finger pushing the select button is not touching any part of the click wheel.

If you can’t open files stored on your USB Flash Drive

Connect the drive to your PC then go to my computer and right click the icon that represents it. Choose properties, then click the tools tab and click on the check now button in the error checking section, check the option "Automatically Fix file system errors" and "Scan for attempted recovery of bad sectors" and click Start to detect and fix data storage problems.

Nintendo Wii

If your Wii is no longer able to read game discs:

Remove the power cable from the console and wait for about a minute before you plug it back in, you could also try cleaning the disc with a slightly damp cotton cloth.

Pocket PC

If your pocket PC turns itself off when you leave it for more than one minute:

Tap start, settings and select the system tab, then tap the power icon and the advanced tab. Use the on battery power drop-down menu to select a greater number of minutes that will pass before the device turns itself off, or deselect the option "Turn off device if not used for" box if you want the pocket PC to remain on all of the time.


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      C.A.C Ibekwe 

      6 years ago

      I will like to modify the materials for solution to phone dropping in water from your article. In Nigeria, the best drying agent to soak the water should have been gari (cassava grains) instead of uncooked rice !

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      julie palmer 

      7 years ago

      well i did this when dropped my fone in sink after takin straight out takin battery n sim out straight away dryin i popped it into bowl of rice for 3 days still didnt work so left another 2 days after 5 days i had no choice but to buy a new mobile

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      7 years ago

      This problem ha no effect on me as I am the prowd owner of a Motorola DEFY- waterproof. I have deliberately dropped it in a drink, down the toilet, and on the floor. My friend put his through a spin cycle and it survived no problemo!!!

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      7 years ago

      I cannot believe this worked but it did! Managed to drop my new phone in the bath just as I had eveything loaded and set as I like it. It did take the full 3 days to restore, being impatient as I am I tried it on day 1 and 2 but although it was improving not all functions were there. Then day 3 - bingo! Exactly as it was before the mishap. Thanks for the advice, has saved me a fortune!

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      8 years ago

      i dropped my phone in water and it already dried and the buttons on the left side do not work and i need my contacs of to get to my new phone how do i do that

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      11 years ago

      If I ever dropped a mobile phone in the toilet it would be more worried about my toilet than my mobile phone :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      gee this made me remember a time when a borrowed camera drowned in my bag when my water bottle let loose all its water contents... i didn't know what to do then... thanks for this info, at least if something like this happens to my cell phone, i would know what to do this time.

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      Dave McClure 

      11 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      You're right - the key is to get the battery out as fast as possible, and the sim too, though that's less crucial. But since the phone is soaked anyway, it can be a good idea to rinse it inside & out in clean water before drying it, because dirty water can leave conducting residues on the circuit board. The rice trick is a good one.

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      11 years ago

      Eeek, I'm reminded of all those phones I "accidentally" dropped into sinks / tubs, ouch. Although .. I've always thrown the phones away after those incidents, didn't realize it was actually possible to fix them.

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      James Paterson 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      you can try the above steps Paul but the detergent in that water can corrode the delicate electronics,.....jimmy

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      Paul Edmondson 

      11 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I once dropped a mobile phone in the toilet. I didn't bother drying it out, but called the janitor to fish it out.

      Is there a way to save a mobile phone that goes through the wash?

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      Marye Audet 

      11 years ago

      wow! great! I will save this. I am not an electronics freak but my family ....well...they more than make up for it.


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