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6 Steps for Saving a Wet Cell Phone

3. Get rid of any heavy moisture by blowing on the phone, gently shaking it, or dabbing it away with a paper towel. (Those cans of compressed air used to clean computer keyboards are ideal for the task, but we’re assuming you don’t carry those around with you). Do not use a hair dryer, an oven, or any other kind of heat-intensive dryer as this could permanently fry the delicate electronics.

4. As soon as you can, completely cover the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice and leave it there for several hours. The rice will extract any remaining moisture. (Those small bags of silica gel will do the same thing but, again, they’re harder to come by.)

5. Blow away any rice dust from the phone and replace the battery and SIM card. Hopefully, it will power on as if nothing happened.

6. If there are no signs of life, try removing the battery, and plugging it into the charger. If it powers on, then your battery needs replacing, but the phone itself is good.

If you dropped your phone in the toilet, then you might want to wipe it down with disinfectant before you start the drying process. But don’t be too liberal with the cleaning fluids; the adhesives and other delicate material in the phone can be easily damaged.

Remember, the faster you act, the better your chance of salvaging a working phone.

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2:58AM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

Apparently the rice thing works but you should leave the phone in it for a couple of days NOT hours.

2:41AM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Live long and prosper!

1:05AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

When wet cell phone condition happened so eject to battery and Sim card and wait to dry it, perfect tip to save a wet cell phone. http://www.lowermycellphoneplan.com

4:24PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Good grief! I'm an old lady. The bathroom is sacred space. It's the last place I'd want a phone.

11:06AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

I've heard of putting it in rice before.

5:37AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:00AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you

6:29PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thanks

5:38PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

My son used my minute rice, covered the phone in it awhile and works real well.

4:33PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Hmm; thanks.

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