How to Fix Phones With Water Damage


The rise of memory-capable cell phones means that many people rely on these devices to remember numbers and other important memos. Water damage can be a phone owner's worst nightmare, because it can cause permanent damage, erasing vital information and shortening the lifespan of a phone. With a couple of tricks, your phone can be back to its former state without any lasting effects.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Bowl
  • Uncooked rice
  • Turn your phone off--turning your phone on water is inside could damage your phone.

  • Open your cell phone completely if it is a flip or slide phone. Wipe the water away from the phone with a dry towel.

  • Take the battery and SIM card out of your phone--both can be found by removing the back panel of your phone. Set your phone outside for a few hours in the sun to let it dry.

  • Place your phone in a bowl with uncooked rice for a few hours--the rice will absorb any remaining moisture.

  • Turn your phone back on once it has completely dried. As long as no permanent damage has already occurred, your phone should be in working order.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to dry your phone as soon as the water has touched it. The longer the water is left in your phone, the harder it will be to fix.
  • If your phone is still not working after you have completely dried it, try calling your phone company to see if you can get a new phone.

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