So you’ve gone and done it, you’ve dropped your smartphone into the toilet or sink or pool or whichever body of water you are near to. After a moment of panic accompanied by some very bad words, you need to try and save your mobile device from becoming water damaged. Here are the steps you should take to fix your phone dropped in water.
11 steps to save your phone
1. Turn it off if it isn’t already and keep it in an upright position.
2. Remove the protective casing if you have one around it and take out the microSD and SIM cards from their slots.
3. Open up the back and remove the battery if you are able to. This won’t be possible with certain models that have a battery that isn’t removable, like the HTC One (M8).
4. Take a cloth or paper towel to delicately dab it dry. You want to avoid spreading the liquid around as it could go to into the phone’s openings.
5. If the water damage is more extensive, you can use a vacuum to carefully suck out water stuck within the cracks that are harder to get at.
6. Bury it in a ziplock bag full of uncooked rice. This may seem odd to you, but rice is great at absorbing liquid and is actually a common practice for drying smartphones and tablets. I’ve tried it before and it works.
7. If you have a phone drying pouch, use it! If you know your rather clumsy, you might want to think of preemptively buying one. They are sold in most electronic or department stores.
8. Use another phone in the meantime and let it dry for a day or two. If you have a SIM card, you might want to use an old phone that lying around or as a friend or family if they have one available.
9. After one or two days, you can insert the battery and turn on. At this point you want to see if everything is working as it should be. Try playing some music to check the speakers and test out touch screen responsiveness.
10. If your phone doesn’t want to turn on at all, try charging the phone to see if this will work. If not, the battery may still be damaged. You might need to replace it or let it dry for longer. In worse case scenarios, your phone might be damaged beyond repair. You can try bringing your smartphone to a repair shop to be checked by a professional.
11. If your phone has turned on and it is running as it should, you still want to keep a close eye on it for the next few days to see if you notice anything out of the ordinary.