So You Dropped Your Phone in the Toilet…
I used to work for a major cell phone company, and I can’t tell you how many times a customer walked into the store and handed me their phone and then said, “Can you fix my phone? I dropped it into the toilet and now it doesn’t work.” First of all, ewwwww. please don’t hand me your toilet phone, and secondly, usually by the time you take it into your cell phone company it is too late. So I have deviously made a list that will help you in the event that you do drop your phone in the toilet, the sink or any place that has liquid.Disclaimer: even if you follow these rules, it does not guarantee that your phone will live through the ordeal, and usually water damaged phones will have a short life after becoming wet, but it doesn’t hurt to give these a try.
If you are purchasing a phone and can see into the future and realize that you will drop your phone into water, get either a water-resistant phone or phone insurance. Though, if you can see into the future about your phone, I don’t know why you wouldn’t just make a rule to keep your phone away from water. Most cell phone insurance policies will let you purchase a new model of your phone for $50 instead of having to buy one at full retail price, and I have had customers tell me that they have dropped their water-resistant phones into lakes and they come out okay, so that is defiantly an option.
Remove the Phone from the Liquid
If your psychic abilities have failed to help you, and you do indeed drop your phone into water and want desperately to save it, immediately remove your phone from the water. I dropped a phone in water and it was totally gone in less than 5 seconds, however, I had a customer who claimed that his cell phone called his landline to warn him that it was in the washing machine during the rinse cycle and his phone turned out ok. It is a good rule that the sooner you save your phone from liquid the more likelihood you will have of it surviving.
Take Out the Battery
Usually after dropping your phone into water, your phone will immediately turn off. Do not turn it back on. Even if it is on, it is important for you to immediately remove the battery. If you turn it on while it is wet, it may cause a short in the phone and it could possibly kill it for good. Taking out the battery will also help it dry.
Remove Any Accessories and Open Any Slots in the Phone
Open up your phone as much as you can to let it dry out. Avoid using a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer as any heat could do damage to the internal parts of your phone. Also, if your phone has a memory card or a sims card, remove it right away.
Put Your Phone in Rice
Put your phone in rice a couple of days. The rice will help pull out the moisture in your phone and may save your phone from certain death. After waiting a couple of days, test your phone. If it doesn’t work you may be able to try a new battery and see if that fixes the problem.
Like I said above, this does not always work, but when it
does it can save you a lot of hassle and money. If your phone does not work and you are not up for renewal and don't have insurance, consider buying a used phone online. Just make sure it is unlocked before purchase.