How To Revive Your Wet Cell Phone

wet cell phone, water damaged cell phoneIt’s a long standing rule that electronics and water really don’t get along. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, such as water – cooled computers, but generally, the rule applies everywhere.

One popular situation where liquids and electronics don’t mix is cell phones and the bathroom. Many people bring their cell phones to their bathroom. Typically, they place them beside the sink. While washing their hands, the phone could get wet from the splash, or it could just simply fall into the sink.


So what do you do? If you ever drop your cell phone in liquid, don’t panic. More often than not, they can be revived, and you don’t have to take your phone to the repair store! You just need to keep your cool.


When you find your cell phone swimming in water, don’t panic! Panic is the number one cause for a million headaches later. People overreact when their cell phone swims in the toilet bowl. Just immediately take it out of the water.


After you’ve taken it out of the water, the next thing you have to do is remove the battery. This will prevent the cell phone from taking even more damage, as the phone will obviously have been on when it fell into the water. By cutting off the power supply immediately, you prevent any shorting out in the circuitry, thus saving you from a world of pain.


After removing the battery, taking out the other parts should be next on the list. If you have a cell phone with a keyboard, it’s best to take it out. If you have a touch screen smartphone, then, well, there’s not much else you can take out.

Basically, remove anything on your cell phone that can be removed, such as panels, SIM card and other bits and pieces.


Now, you’ll want to make sure you dry any droplets of water inside the phone. Get some tissue paper and pat it lightly. If you brush the tissue paper across the phone, small bits of the paper can get stuck inside, which can be very annoying afterwards.

At this point, you might be tempted to use a hair dryer. While it looks like it may help, it will actually make things worse. You may damage sensitive components inside your phone. The only way to make your phone work again is time.


Now here comes the waiting part. You may have heard that dipping your phone in a bowl of rice helps absorb the moisture in your phone. True, that technique works and has saved plenty of electronics in the past. All you have to do is bury your phone in some uncooked rice and then wait overnight. Shift the position of the phone every once in a while to make sure water escapes from every possible location.


If you’ve left your phone overnight, then you can try turning it on again. If it doesn’t work, that means the battery probably shorted out. Try replacing the battery first. If it still doesn’t work, then it’s definitely time to go to the repair shop to have it fixed.

Crystal Sanders

Crystal is a writer and a content blogger from Reno, Nevada. She currently works for CellPhoneCity -- a place where you can buy refurbished cell phones for less.

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TracyAnn0312 - December 5, 2012

Well these is such a great idea. Now, we can simply revive the wet cellphone and use it as a new ones. Thank you for sharing it.

Hemanth - December 7, 2012

very useful article to get my cell fixed!!!

Rubina - December 11, 2012

Really nice Tips I must say….My phone often slips from my hand and these tips might be useful for me in the time to come, if I am not careful….Thanks for this useful post….

Imtiaz Rayhan - December 14, 2012

I once dropped one of my cell phones in the water. It was dead for good. You should have published this earlier. I could have revived my phone. Thanks for those informations.

    Crystal Sanders - December 17, 2012

    I’m sorry for what happened to your phone and thanks if you find my article useful! Maybe you can use these tips in the future (well I hope not! :p). Thanks again!

Kalpit - December 15, 2012

You practically gave my phone a new life!
…And saved a lot of bucks too. I was thinking about going to the service center.

Kudos to you.

    Crystal Sanders - December 17, 2012

    Thanks Kalpit and congratulations for reviving your phone! I am happy that I am able to help those who are in need. LOL :p

    Thanks for reading! If possible please share it to your friends and spread the word! 🙂


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