How to Dry Out a Wet Cell Phone

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Because they're small and everywhere nowadays, it's not uncommon for a cell phone to drop in the sink, plop in a cup of coffee or the worst case scenario-take a swim in the toilet. You might be able to dry out a wet cell phone and save it if you're fast.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Patience

Step 1

Remove your phone from the water as quickly as possible.

Step 2

Take the battery out as fast as you can.

Step 3

Take the SIM card out if your phone has one. Not all of them do, but if yours does, dry it off with a paper towel and put it in a safe place.

Step 4

Hold the phone up in the air and allow any water to drain.

Step 5

Dry your phone off with a paper towel.

Step 6

Allow your phone to sit someplace that's warm but not hot and dry for three days.

Step 7

Put the battery back in the phone after you're convinced that it's completely dry, and see if it works.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are many ways to dry a phone. You could put it in a container with uncooked rice, or in a plastic bag with some silica desiccant packs (those little packages that come in vitamin bottles and electronics). Try blow drying it or putting it in an oven on warm for a while, or just place it on top of a TV or computer monitor. You could even disassemble it and let the parts dry individually. But all of these come with some risk, so just putting it somewhere and being patient is probably the best idea.
  • If you need to clean the phone because it fell into something like salt water or a sugary drink, use distilled water or denatured alcohol.