How to Dry and Fix Your Water Damaged Cell Phone

By Techwalla Contributor

Water damages components and may short-circuit your phone. However, it is possible to save many water damaged cell phones. Before you spend hundreds of dollars replacing your water damaged cell phone, try fixing it. No method is completely successful since every phone is different and the results depend on the amount of damage done. Keep in mind that salt water does significantly more damage and the longer a phone is submerged in any water, the more damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry rice

Step 1

Turn phone off immediately if it's on. Remove the battery and SIM card. Dry the phone, battery and SIM card with paper towels.

Step 2

Use a can of compressed air if available to continue drying the cell phone and accessories. A wet-dry vacuum also works well to pull the water out the same ways it went it.

Step 3

Fill a bowl or other container with dry rice. Submerge the phone, battery, SIM card and any accessories in the rice. Leave them there for at least 12 hours before you try using the phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be Patient ~ it may take 2 - 3 weeks for your cell phone to dry.
  • DO NOT attempt to charge a phone with excessive moisture. This may result in personal or property damage or even death. Follow electrical safety rules.