How to Save a Wet Cell Phone
The other day, a friend of mine dropped their cell phone into a bucket of water. If you have ever done something like drop your cell phone in the sink, or toilet (yuk!) or gone swimming with your cell phone, you know that sinking feeling you have when this happens.
Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to save your cell phone.
1. Remove the battery. By far, the most important thing you can do to save your cell phone is to remove the battery as soon as possible. Don’t worry about turning it off, just get the battery out of the cell phone as soon as you can. Also, if your cell phone gets dropped into say, a swimming pool, and its at the bottom.
As soon as you get to it, even under the water, remove the battery before you bring it up to the surface. Cell phone damage usually occurs due to the water causing a short circuit in the cell phone. Most cell phones are fairly tight, and can keep water out for say, 15 seconds or so. Even if your cell phone has been in the water longer than this, you can still save your cell phone. Don’t worry about getting shocked by removing the battery under water, this won’t happen with most cell phones, as the battery voltage is too low to shock you.
2. Under no circumstances turn on your cell phone until you have done all of the following.
3. If you have a sim card, remove it. SIM cards usually survive water damage. But again, the most important thing you can do is to remove the battery to save your SIM card.
4. Open up your cell phone, and remove as many covers as you can. This is the first step in the drying out of your wet cell phone. What you are trying to do here is to expose as much of the inside of your wet cell phone to the air so it will dry out.
5. Dry off your cell phone. Obviously! Seriously though, shake your wet cell phone without dropping it. Then take a paper towel and blot your wet cell phone as much as you can. Be careful not to clog the wet paper into the various grooves, gaps, and openings of your cell phone.