What to Do If You Drop Your Phone in Water

One of your worse scenarios became reality. You were soaking in the bathtub, playing on your phone when you accidentally dropped it in the water. Or maybe your kid threw your phone in the pool because he just discovered gravity. Regardless of how you got your device wet, follow these life saver hacks to minimize the damage and increase its chances of survival.  

Step 1: Take It Out of the Water

phone dropped in water at the beach

The longer your phone stays submerged, the slimmer the chances it will survive. So try to get it out of the water as soon as possible. Put your safety first, though. If you dropped it to the bottom of a lake and the visibility is low, then don’t dive too many times trying to find it. 

Step 2: Turn It Off

Turn off the device as soon as you got it out of the water. This will prevent any short circuit from frying your phone. Press both volume buttons at once for Android phones and hold the home button and the lock button simultaneously on iPhones for a hard shut down. 

Step 3: Get as Much Water out as Possible

All the components of your phone are now soaking in water. Try to disassemble it to get as much liquid out as possible. Unplug the headphones, remove the battery, SIM card, and memory card. If you don’t know how to open up your phone, check this article here for detailed instructions. 

Once you’ve opened the device out, try to get as much liquid out of it as possible. Shake it, tilt it or use a vacuum cleaner to suck the water out. 

If you’ve dropped your phone in salt water, a clogged toilet or any other type of liquid, make sure to rinse it first under running cool water. Don’t worry about making the problem worse – you have to remove any residues first if you want your phone to survive. 

Step 4: Dry It

drying phone after dropping it in water

Shaking your phone won’t suffice to get all the water out. Try these hacks to help dry your device: 

  • Open-air drying might just be your best chance, especially if you live in a dry area with good air circulation. Just leave your phone out and wait for a few hours. 
  • If the environment is humid, however, then you may want to try to absorb some of the excess liquid. Don’t bother putting your phone in a container with uncooked rice. It’s one of those life hacks that is just a myth. Use couscous instead instant oatmeal (although the latter is quite messy.) 
  • You can also try warming up your phone to 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit (or 113 degrees Fahrenheit for iPhones,) to speed up the process. You have to be extremely careful if you opt for this hack. One degree hotter and you could permanently destroy your phone. 

Step 5: Give It a Few Days

You’ve followed all the steps and now you want to know if they worked and if your phone is still functional. But, turning it on too soon may cause irredeemable damage. Leave it for a few days before powering on.

Step 6: Turn It on

Once your phone has dried for a couple of days, it is safe to resemble it and turn it on. In most cases, it will power on immediately. If not, then try charging it for a few hours or swapping the battery. 

Over to You

A wet phone isn’t necessarily a dead phone. Let us know if these life hacks worked.