If you’ve dropped your smartphone into the toilet, pool, or other water source, you must act quickly to prevent the device from being completely damaged. In this post I will show you how to dry a wet cell phone to try to save it.
You should get your phone out of the water as quickly as possible, because the longer it is submerged, the more water or liquid will leak out of the openings. Once this is done, there are some things you should do immediately and others that you should completely avoid to minimize potential damage.
What to do when the cell phone gets wet
Let’s assume you dropped your cell phone in the water and immediately removed it from the liquid. Then you must proceed quickly to have a better chance of saving your wet cell phone. Next I will tell you what you should do, but not before showing you what you should not do.
Things you should NOT do
- Don’t turn it on.
- Don’t plug it in or try to charge it.
- Do not press any button or key.
- Don’t shake or bang the phone.
- Do not try to blow it, as water could enter other internal parts that it had not reached and cause further damage.
- Don’t use a hair dryer. This would have the same effect as the previous point, but on a larger scale. Plus the heat could cause even more damage.
How to dry a wet cell phone
1. Turn it off immediately, if it isn’t, and keep it upright.
2. Remove the SIM and microSD cards from their respective slots.
3. Remove the battery, if your device allows it, by removing the cover on the back. However, most current Smartphones do not have removable batteries and are difficult to disassemble, so it would be best to take it to a phone repair shop before attempting to disassemble it.
4. Gently dry the device with a cloth, a piece of cloth, or a paper towel. You should avoid spreading the liquid, otherwise it could enter more through the openings of the phone, increasing the damage. Just try to absorb as much liquid as possible.
5. If the device has been completely submerged, you can use a vacuum cleaner to carefully remove the clogged water from less accessible openings or crevices.
6. Submerge the phone completely in uncooked rice using a bowl-type container or similar. Rice is excellent at absorbing liquid, and in fact it is widely used to dry wet cell phones and other electronic devices.
7. Let your phone dry for a day or two. Resist the urge to turn it on for at least 48 hours to see if it works. Alternatively, try using your SIM card in an old phone you have lying around, or borrow one from someone who isn’t using it.
Try to turn on the phone
After the indicated time has elapsed, you can remove the phone from the rice, insert the battery and turn it on. If it doesn’t turn on, try charging it, and if it still doesn’t work, the battery could have been damaged. You can try a replacement battery or consider going to a repair shop to have the device checked by a professional.
If your smartphone turned on successfully, you should still keep it under observation for the next few days. In this way, you can verify that everything is working as it should or if you notice something out of the ordinary.
Try playing music to check the speakers and verify that the touch screen works as it should.
Many phones are labeled waterproof or waterproof. But beware, as this may only be valid under certain circumstances. For example, the water resistance of a smartphone depends regularly on the clarity of the water, the depth and the time that the device lasts submerged. It is never recommended to test a phone’s waterproof capabilities by purposely submerging it in water.
It should be noted that no smartphone is totally waterproof. But devices with an IP67 and IP68 rating are the toughest you can get right now. Phones that come with these ratings are becoming more and more common, especially the so-called high-end ones. Among the most popular with IP67 and IP68 ratings, we can mention:
- Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 + / Note 9
- Google Pixel 3/3 XL
- HTC U12 +
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro (the Mate 20 is only IP53 rated)
- LG V40 ThinQ
- iPhone XS / XS Max / XR
If you have an IP53 rated phone, this means that it is only partially waterproof and does not withstand water sprays. Although the manufacturer claims otherwise, these phones can be damaged even if they are only used in the rain.
I hope these steps have helped you rescue your wet cell phone after falling into the water. To avoid having to live this bad experience again, avoid taking your phone with you to the pool / beach, when you use the bathroom or are doing some cleaning work.
One way to protect your cell phone from eventual water damage can be to use a waterproof protector. As an emergency alternative, you can put your device in a waterproof case or even better, in a well-tied condom. If these recommendations have helped you save your wet cell phone, or if you have any other tips, let us know with a comment below.