How To Dry Out a Wet Phone

Your Mobile Phone Got Wet – Now What?


You and your phone have become inseparable. It is an extension of your arm, of your self!

So when your cell phone ends up a little on the wet side (OK, a lot  on the wet side), you become desperate.

Don’t panic. You may be able to save your mobile phone yet.


Whether you dropped it in the lake, got caught in a torrential rain storm, or your loved one sent it through the wash, there may still be hope for your wet phone. Here are some tips that may help you save your phone. 

  • Get it out of the water – Fast: Water and your phone are mortal enemies. The longer your Smartphone /Cell Phone / BlackBerry is in the water, the harder it will be to recover.
  • Don’t try to turn it on: As much as you may want to, turning it on is probably not a good idea. Again, water and your phone are enemies. If you try and turn on your phone while it is still wet, you risk shorting out your phone, which can be fatal.
  • Take out the battery: Your battery is the phones source for electricity. Electricity and water don’t mix well, so removing it will help prevent shorts and more damage to your phone. Removing it will also give you a chance to dry both the battery and the inside of your phone.
  • Remove your SIM card and memory cards: These generally survive a dunk a bit better. They are also easier to dry off when they are out of the phone, and it exposes all of those nooks and crannies and allows them to dry out.
  • Dry off your phone with a soft cloth: Moisture is the enemy, and one lingering little drop can make or break your mission. Give it a thorough wipe with a soft cloth. Try and get into all the slots, using a paper towel if your cloth is too thick. Just be careful not to clog them up.
  • Don’t use the hair dryer: A hair dryer blows air out, so by pointing it at your phone, you risk pushing the water further into your phone, making it harder to dry.  Also the warm air that you are blowing at your phone can melt little components. While a hair dryer might work in the short term, it can cause component damage, and break your phone later.
  • Set your phone in something absorbent: This is how you are going to dry out any little place that you may not have been able to dry off. There are a few options that you can use. Most common is setting the phone in a bowl of uncooked rice. Make sure your phone is completely covered and let it sit there, at least overnight, rotating periodically. Silica is another option. You know, the little “Do Not Eat” packages you sometimes get in noodles, shoes or luggage. You can also buy silica kitty litter. This often works a little better at drawing out the moisture than the rice. Just set your phone in some silica in an air tight container. And let it sit as long as possible. After the phone has sat in the rice/ silica for a while (or if you have neither of these at your disposal) Set the phone on an absorbent cloth. Check it every few hours, and if the cloth is damp or wet, stick it back in the rice.
  • Wait: While you might be dying  to turn your phone on and see if it still works, turning it on before it has had a chance to completely dry can cause shorts, and basically undo what you just worked so hard to do. Wait at least  24 hours before trying to turn on your phone. Longer if you can manage it.


Now depending on how wet your phone got, it is possible that it just won’t turn on again, or will end up  having irreparable damage.

  • Keep in mind, most warranties on mobile phone devices are voided by water damage, so trying to dry out your cell phone as soon as possible might be your best chance.

With a little luck, and some quick work, you and your phone will be one again!


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