How to Fix a Wet Cell Phone

By Techwalla Contributor

Just when you thought the impossible wouldn't happen, it did! You dropped your cell phone in water! Think all hope is lost when it comes to saving your cell phone? Wrong, depending on the amount of water damage and the time the phone was submerged you may be able to save it. Dropping it in a source of clean fresh water provides the least possibilities that it is permanently damaged. Pool water and sea water increase the possibility that you will need a new phone because of chlorine and salt.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet vacuum with hose (optional)
  • Paper Towels
  • Desiccant or Rice

Step 1

Remove the cell phone from water. Time is of the essence when it comes to saving and fixing a submerged cell phone, as soon as you see your phone in water, remove it quickly!

Step 2

Take the battery out of the phone as soon as you take it out of the water. Doing this reduces the damage done to your battery by staying in the wet compartment.

Step 3

Shake your cell phone to get all the water out and reach for the paper towels. Press down on your cell phone to make sure all the excess water has come out. If you have accessories such as cell phone covers, take them off promptly otherwise water will still be stuck in your phone.

Step 4

Saving your information by removing the SIM card immediately. The damage done to the relatively small SIM card is minimized by reducing the time in contact with water. The SIM card is located below the battery in most cell phones which use cards.

Step 5

Remove excess moisture by covering your phone with either desiccant gel packs or rice. Desiccant gel packs can sometimes be found when purchasing brand new shoes or clothes. Make sure your cell phone is completely covered with either one of these for at least 8 hours.

Step 6

Use a wet-vacuum hose placed 4 inches away from your cell phone to remove additional water. While this won't remove all the water, it will certainly eliminate the big spots of water. Do not use a regular vacuum, use one designed for water.

Step 7

Wait at least a day or two before powering on your cell phone to see if it works. Even if the phone itself doesn't work, the battery, SIM card and other accessories may still work.