Water Damage


It happens all the time. Cell phones fall into your soup, the tub, the sink, the toilet, a puddle. You name it - if it's wet, your mobile phone has a knack for finding it. Even if you have spilled something into your phone, there is a possible chance that it could be damaged.

Depending on what components inside the phone got wet, drying it out may not solve the problem. The damage may have already been done.

I dropped my cell phone in the water. What should I do now?

First of all, SAFETY FIRST.

  1. If your phone is plugged in and submerged, unplug your phone's charger from the outlet if you can do so safely.
  2. Remove your phone from the water, lay it flat and pat it dry.
  3. If the battery is removable, try to remove it without moving the phone too much, patting down any water you find as you remove the battery.
  4. Carefully remove the SIM card.
  5. With the battery removed, store the phone in a warm dry place. Some have suggested putting it in a container of rice because rice tends to absorb moisture from the air.

What not to do:

  1. Don't dry the phone with a hair dryer. The air can force the water further into the phone.
  2. Don't shake the phone as this also can push the water further into the phone.
  3. Don't push any of the buttons.
  4. Don't turn it on until you can be certain it is dry. At least 24 hours, probably more.