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How do you fix a cell phone with water damage?

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Depending on the amount of water in the device, remove the SIM card and memory card along with anything else plugged into the device. Dry with a soft, absorbent towel and place the device in a bowl of uncooked white rice.

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If the water damage is not severe, the above tips should help resolve the problem by drying out the phone. However, a phone with severe water damage may need professional help if it is going to work again. Never touch a phone that is wet and plugged in.

  1. Remove any cards from the device
  2. As soon as the water damage is discovered, remove any cards, such as memory cards or the SIM card from the device. Remove the battery, if possible.

  3. Pat the device with a towel
  4. Remove as much of the water as possible with an absorbent towel. Pat the device; do not rub it.

  5. Place in rice
  6. Place the phone in a bowl or container of rice. Make sure the phone is completely submerged. Allow it to sit in the container until the water has been absorbed, usually overnight for mild water damage.

If the phone has not been exposed to water for a long time, rubbing alcohol may work to dry the device. Users may also try using a vacuum cleaner to remove some of the water, but do not hold the vacuum too close to the phone.

Some tips for saving a phone suffering from water damage include never moving the phone more than necessary, not pushing any buttons and waiting at least 24 hours before attempting to turn the phone on. If these steps do not work, it may be time to contact a professional phone repair service.

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