My Cell Phone Fell into the Water! Lose the Guarantee or Have Salvation?

Even though a wet cell phone looks dead , there is a good chance it can be resurrected. Just make sure you act fast because the longer the water stays inside, the more likely it will destroy the phone.

My Cell Phone Fell into the Water! Lose the Guarantee or Have Salvation?

Warranty? It’s over!

This is a do-it-yourself moment. While consumers are conditioned to return broken merchandise, their phone’s warranty probably does not cover water damage. And you can not have much luck in “getting it right”: most phones today come with a “water etiquette” that permanently changes color if it gets wet. Even high humidity can change the color of the label. Therefore, my dear, there is no Brazilian way: it is only you who can find a way on your device.

Cutting off power: do not switch on your device!

The first step: immediately cut off the power by removing the battery. I know it’s tempting, but resist the temptation to turn the phone over to see if it works. This may cause a short circuit. You will want to remove the SIM card as well. Even if your phone gets wet beyond repair, your SIM should retain a large amount of your information on board, such as the contacts in your phone book. Needless to say also that a backup of information constantly from your mobile device is necessary, is not it?

Dry your phone

With the battery aside, you now have a goal: to dry your phone, and do it quickly. If you let the moisture evaporate naturally, the possibility of corrosion damaging the viscera of the phone increases. Instead, blow or suck the water. But do not use a hot hair dryer: your heat may fry the inside of your phone. Instead, opt for a can of compressed air, an air compressor set for a low PSI, a blow dryer cold, a vacuum cleaner or even a fan. The idea is to use air to push or pull moisture through the same channels through which it entered.


Finally, use a desiccant to keep away any leftover moisture. The most convenient choice is raw rice. Just leave the phone (and its battery disconnected) submerged in a bowl of cereal overnight. If you are concerned about the rice powder getting inside your phone, you can use the silica gel packs which often come stuffed in the pockets of new clothes. But acting fast is a lot more important than avoiding a bit of dust, so do not waste time buying kits to dry cell phones or if you do not have a drawer full of silica gel.

Run from the heat

The most important thing to remember is to avoid the heat. This means no hair dryers, ovens, microwaves or prolonged periods under direct sunlight. While the heat will surely evaporate the moisture, it can also deform components and melt adhesives. These fragile colas are also the reason that you’ll want to avoid watering your phone in alcohol, a common Internet tip for drying mobile phones. Alcohol is a solvent and can dissolve the internal adhesives. If you drop the phone in the bathroom though, it is good to use it to wipe the outside with alcohol to disinfect.

Final considerations

If your phone gets soaked in salt water, you should probably wash the whole thing in fresh water before it dries. When the salt water evaporates, it leaves crystals that can damage the fragile components of the phone. Just be sure to remove the battery before flooding the device. Follow these steps and know that chances are good to recover your device, but not 100% guaranteed.