The mobile phone is a great invention. In fact, it might just be one of the greatest inventions to occur throughout the past decade. But, as great as the mobile phone is, there are two things you don’t want to do to your mobile phone. The first is to drop it onto a hard surface from very high and second is to spill liquid (of any kind) on your phone. If either of these two things happens, you can expect to pay for a replacement phone.
While there’s no real cure for a dropped mobile phone, other than super-rugged cases that may or may not prevent a screen from cracking.
Well the first thing is don’t take it back to an Manufacturer’s Store or Car-phone Warehouse and pretend it’s nothing to do with water. If you have an iPhone, then fortunately, it has four ‘Liquid Submersion indicators’ inside it that turn pink on contact with water – so they will know if you’re telling porkies. (One of these circular sensors is visible if you look down the headphone socket with a bright light – if it’s been triggered the circle will be half pink and half white).
So if manufacturer can’t – or won’t help – what can you do? Well all is not lost – there have been plenty of reports online of people successfully ‘drying out’ their drenched mobile phones and making them reusable.
If you have completely immersed your mobile phone don’t try to restart it by plugging it into a power source.
Follow the steps below to have the best chance of resurrecting it:
Tips to Dry a Wet Cell Phone
- The most successful method is to get hold of some packets of Silica gel – which is an incredibly moisture-absorbent substance. If you keep your packaging for hi-fi or cameras you may already have some lying around the house. Otherwise you can find it at Arts & Crafts shops – it’s used for drying flowers – or you may be able to blag it from an electronics store.
- Then pack the mobile phone in a sealed plastic bag among the packets of Silica gel and store it in a dry place for at least three days. That should ensure all the moisture is drawn out from the electronic innards of your mobile phone.
- If you can’t get hold of the Silica gel quickly place your mobile phone in a bag or box of uncooked rice and reseal it. This will keep it as dry as possible in the meantime. Transfer the mobile phone to the Silica gel bags when you get them.
- Finally connect up your mobile phone to your PC, load up in PC suite or iTunes if it’s an iPhone, and try to do a complete Restore. This will provide you with the best chance of getting the mobile phone to its pre-drenched working state.
Hope these tips to dry a wet cell phone will help. If you have any other suggestions or tips then feel free to add them to the comments section below, we’ll add those to this post.