Dropping a cell phone in water can flood the interior of the phone, which can cause it to die. Some phone models are designed to quickly dry out when the phone is submerged, but users should still attempt to get the water out as soon as possible.
To remove water from a phone, use the following steps.
- Dry out the phone
- Use silica gel to absorb the excess moisture
To dry out the phone, remove the screen protector and case immediately. Open the phone and take the battery out, if the battery is removable. Carefully wipe the phone down with a towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Use a cotton swab or a can of compressed air to get water out of crevices.
Fill an air-tight container with silica gel packets. Submerge the phone in the container, seal it and let the silica packets absorb the moisture overnight. Users can also purchase products such as Drybox or Bheestie Bag to absorb moisture from phones.
Some cell phone users swear by rice as a method of absorbing moisture from phones; however, rice can get soft and sticky as it sucks up the water, which can clog up ports and interior parts.