How To Dry Out A Wet Cell Phone
Of course, remove the wet cell phone from the water as soon as possible. If it is soaked, or waterlogged, do not take it out of the water yet. Open the wet cellphone and remove the battery while it is still under water. This should eliminate arcing, which can cause big-time damage.
If the cellphone hasnt been in the water long enough to get soaked, take it out immediately and remove the battery.
If you use ATT, Tmobile, or any other GSM carrier, take the SIM card, or smart card, out. You valuable contacts and data are stored there, in addition to what is contained in the phone itself. To some people this could be more worth saving than the phone itself. The SIM card, and all the data on it, will likely get through this ordeal just fine.
You cant miss the SIM card. It looks like a X 1 credit card on the side you can see. It was just slid in and you can slide it right out, though you may need to compress a little lock-point first.
If your cell phone does not survive the ordeal, you will need the SIM card for your new cell phone.
1. Now take a soft, non-scratchy towel or rag and pat all surface area of the SIM card dry. Dont rub or scrub the towel across the brass colored strips that are located on one side. Thats where your data is stored.
2. Next, sling or shake as much of the remaining water out of the cell phone itself. Then blot all of the water you can get to with a soft, non-scratchy towel, or rag.
3. Then, get out your trusty vacuum cleaner. Hold the end of the hose 2-3 inches away from the cell phone and suck out the remaining moisture. Twenty to thirty minutes should be enough in most cases to get the parts you cannot see reasonably dry.
Do not us a hair dryer. Even on cold, it can put out enough heat to potentially damage your cellphone. It also can cause static electricity, which is a big no-no for anything that uses computer chips. So do not use a hair dryer to dry out your wet cell phone, no matter how exasperated you are.
1. Next, use a substance that wicks water away from other substances. Some good absorbents are said to be “Damp Rid”, “Dry Right” and “DRY-ALL. Put the cell phone in a bowl, surrounded by liberal amounts of this stuff. If that stuff is not available, let the cell phone sit on a bowl of dry rice. Either way, leave it there over night.
2. The next morning, do a test to see if all of the moisture is out. I know, really. But, it takes what it takes. Lay cell phone, one open side down, on some paper towels. Wait an hour. If you see no evidence of moisture, do the same thing on the other side. If you get the same results, you are ready to test it.
3. The test. Re-install the dry battery and the dry SIM card. Turn the cell phone on. If there is no power, plug it into its charger without the battery. If this works, you need a new battery. If it does not work, you have two choices.
1. Take it to an authorized repair shop. You cannot hide the fact that it has been wet, so dont try. There are internal indicators that prove moisture, or
2. If they cannot fix it, take it to an authorized cell phone disposal store and chalk up the $100 – $500 to experience, because I know you didnt just do all this work on a free or cheap cell phone