So, you dropped your cell phone in the toilet or the sink? Or in your glass of water at dinner. How about the pool. Not all hope is lost. Now, I know that none of us want to lose all of our phone numbers and personal info due to a wet phone. In many cases, there are ways to rescue your phone from water damage.
- Don't turn on the ON. This will cause your phone to short out, causing permanent damage for sure. Many people make the mistake of trying to turn it on to see if it still works. Resist the urge.
- Don't use a microwave to dry out the phone. This sounds like common sense, but it really needs to be said. And, be careful if you use a hair dryer or something like it. The excess heat could also cause damage, beyond the water.
There are no guarantees, but in a lot of cases the phone just needs time to dry. And with the high cost of most cell phones, and the cost of replacing them, giving them a chance to dry is worth a shot. Here is one of the more promising methods for recovering a water damaged cell phone.
The Rice Method
As soon as your phone gets wet. Dry it off with a towel or something to remove as much of the water as you can. Disassemble as many of the parts as you can: i.e. battery, Sim card, and any other parts you can remove. If you are adventurous, you can remove the housings, LCD screen, circuit board and so forth. Place the parts into a sealable container with enough rice so the parts can be covered. Place on an air tight lid and give one last final shake, just for good measure. Let the phone sit in the rice for 24 to 48 hours. The rice will soak up the moisture and dry out the phone parts. Remove the parts and shake off any rice stuck to them. Reassemble the phone and off you go.
Disclaimer: Disassembling your cell phone will void the warranty. Proceed with the following instructions at you own risk. www.howtofixmyphone.com is not liable for any damage that may occur.
Originally posted 2008-11-08 00:22:27.