How to Dry Out a Cell Screen

Your cell phone screen displays information from your phone, but when it gets wet you must act fast. Water damages electronic devices because water conducts electricity. Inside your phone are tiny circuit boards meant to conduct electricity in a specific way. When water is present, electricity passes through new paths, causing your phone to short-circuit. This damage can often be avoided by quickly drying your cell phone screen.

...
Act fast to save your phone when it gets wet.

Step

Remove your cell phone’s battery immediately. Eliminate power as quickly as possible, immediately after the cell phone screen gets wet if you can.

Step

Remove the SIM card. Each cell phone has a slightly different location for the cell phone, but most often it is located underneath the battery. It is a small thin card that should be removed and set aside safely.

Step

Blow-dry your cell phone screen with your compressed air. Use short bursts to move the water away from your cell phone.

Step

Pour your uncooked rice into a bowl large enough to fit your cell phone. Place your cell phone in the bowl of uncooked rice. Let the rice cover your cell phone and leave it there overnight. The rice naturally draws moisture away from your cell phone screen.

Step

Remove your cell phone from the uncooked rice and dust it off with your fingers. Restore the battery to your phone, but not your SIM card.

Step

Activate your phone. If the screen appears to be working correctly, turn it back off, remove the battery and install the SIM card. Restore the battery and use your dry phone like normal. If the screen is not working properly, your information is saved on the SIM card, which cannot get fried when it is not attached to your cell phone.