How to Fix a Cell Phone Dropped in Water

By Amanda Sykora

Though cell phones are designed to withstand a small amount of moisture, large amounts of water can wreak havoc on the screen and circuit board. If your cell phone falls in the pool or toilet, retrieve it immediately and follow these steps to fix it.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft towel
  • Paper towels
  • Small vacuum with attachment
  • Uncooked rice

Step 1

Resist the urge to power the phone up. This could fry the circuit board and cause irreversible damage.

Step 2

Remove the battery and SIM card immediately. Pat them dry with a soft towel and set them aside to dry completely. Do not use a blow dryer or other heating element (such as a microwave or oven) to dry the battery!

Step 3

Use paper towels or a small vacuum attachment to remove as much of the moisture as possible.

Step 4

According to, placing the phone in dry rice overnight will help remove any excess water. If the battery is still wet, you can put it in a separate container of rice to pull out the moisture.

Step 5

Reassemble the phone and power it up after all the parts are thoroughly dry (usually 3 or 4 days). If the phone still does not work, consider taking it in to be repaired or replaced.

Tips & Warnings

  • Even if you can't save the phone, oftentimes the SIM card is salvageable. The SIM card is used to store contact information as well as personal settings. The card makes it convenient to move all your information from one phone to another.

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