How to Remove Condensation in Camera Phone Lenses

Condensation in phone camera lenses means the moisture may have penetrated the protective exterior. Removing moisture from the lens is possible and should be attempted immediately to prevent damage. Ideally, the condensation is limited to the exterior, in which case the solution is easy and the camera will return to normal with a simple cleaning. In the case of penetration however, the interior condensation will require some manipulation to remove. Eliminating water in an iPhone camera or Android cameras is important for the overall camera and phone functionality.

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Exterior Cleaning

A simple exterior cleaning can defog the camera lens and quickly resolve the problem. It will not solve for moisture in camera lens but will clear water from the exterior. Use a soft microfiber cloth on both the front and back lens on your camera. Microfiber is important because it will not scrape or damage the lens. After clearing all moisture from the exterior and thoroughly cleaning any debris from the lens, open your camera and look for a clear view. You can take a picture as well to see if it has any blemishes or if the unfog was successful. Any remaining condensation is likely on the inside of the lens.

Prepare for Drying

When your camera and phone is penetrated by moisture and you clearly have condensation inside the lens, immediately turn off the power and shut down your phone. This prevents electrical components from contacting moisture and incurring damage. Also remove the battery cover and battery is possible. Use a microfiber cloth to remove any visible moisture from the phone, battery and battery compartment. Do not expose the phone to extreme heat or use tools like hair dryers to remove moisture as they can damage electrical components. Simply remove water with a soft towel and move forward to the drying process.

Removing Moisture in Your Camera Lens

The two best methods of removing moisture from your phone camera and the phone itself is with silica gel packets and uncooked rice. The gel packets are common in newly purchased electronic items, shoes, clothing and anything that is sensitive to moisture. You may find packets at an electronic store. If silica packets are not available, uncooked rice will work as a standalone solution. Fill half of a gallon plastic bag or food storage container with dry, uncooked rice. Place the phone and the battery in the container but keep them separated. Close the container and wait for a full 24 hours before removing the phone and battery. Wipe any rice and residue off the phone and reinsert the battery. Turn everything on and check for moisture. If moisture remains in the camera, reinsert into the rice run another 24 hour cycle.

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