How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

iphoneWhat happens when you mix one cell phone, one body of water and one toddler? You get a wet cell phone.

It’s happened to me twice now. Once my granddaughter dropped my iphone into the toilet. And just a month ago, she dropped it into her kiddie pool. Yes, I know I need to keep track of it better to keep her little hands off of it.

But small children aren’t the only reasons for a wet cell phone. I had a friend fall off his boat. He was fine but his Droid wasn’t. And one of my daughter’s set her phone on vanity sink in the bathroom at a party and when she turned around, she knocked it in the toilet.

Whatever, the reason, your phone may not be a lost cause when it falls into water. I’m living proof of that. After two trips into the water, my mobile phone is working just fine.

I was lucky that my son knew just what to do and helped me out.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Immediately take you phone apart and dry as much of it as you can with a absorbent cloth.
  • If your phone has a SIMS card, dry that first so your contacts will be saved.
  • If it’s a hot and/or sunny day, put all your cell phone parts on the dashboard of your car and let the sun dry it. Leave it out there at least 3 to 4 hours. The longer, the better.
  • If it’s cold and gloomy outside, then after hand drying, submerge all the parts in a bowl of uncooked rice. Leave it in there for a few days. The rice will draw out and absorb the liquid.

That’s all there is to it. And be more careful next time! Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?


2 thoughts on “How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

  1. Cathy,

    What a great post. Your instructions are easy to understand as well.

    I used to work with a man who would have been glad to see this post as his mobile phone went through the washing machine! He forgot it was in his pants, did his laundry and “wet phone”!

    Unfortunately, back then it was not salvageable no matter what he tried, so he had to get a replacement.

  2. Thanks Karen. Although I doubt these tips would help a phone that’s gone through a full cycle of the wash. Maybe if it was caught within the first 5 minutes or so. But who knows, if it ever happens to me, I’ll still try this method first cos cell phones are expensive!

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