One of the worst things that can happen to a smartphone is for it to fall into water. When it happens, the chances that it

What to do with water-damaged smartphones (and what not to do)

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One of the worst things that can happen to a smartphone is for it to fall into water. When it happens, the chances that it becomes damaged are very high. So, as much as possible, you should try to prevent your phone from falling into water. But then, if your phone does fall into water, there are things you can do to reduce the damage. Here are some ways to fix water-damaged smartphones:

water-damaged smartphones

  1. Turn it off immediately and hold it upright.
  2. Remove the protective cover, the battery, your SIM and microSD cards from their respective slots.
  3. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to soak up as much of the water as you can. Be careful with this, as you could mistakenly push in water to more of the phone’s openings.
  4. If the water damage is more extensive, you can use a vacuum to suck out some of the water from the phone’s cracks. Make sure there are no small parts that could get sucked up by the vacuum.
  5. Place the phone in a Ziploc bag full of uncooked rice. This would absorb the water from the smartphone. There are many phone drying pouches in the market, and these are important if you tend to drop your phone in water. But when you don’t have those, a bag of rice would do.
  6. Leave the phone in rice for a day or two. Do not try to switch it on during this period.
  7. After two days, you can bring the phone out of the rice and try switching it on. If it doesn’t come on, try charging it. If that doesn’t work either, you might need to change your battery.
  8. If your smartphone turns on, watch it carefully for a few days. If you notice anything strange, like an unresponsive touch screen or a faulty speaker, you need to take it in for repairs.

You can prevent water damage to your phone by making use of water-resistant phone cases. There are several of those on the market. Also, there are several smartphones that are water resistant. These phones include the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and the iPhone 7/7Plus.

Here are some things you should never attempt on water-damaged smartphones:

  1. Do not turn it on
  2. Do not press any buttons
  3. Do not shake or hit the device.
  4. Do not try to take the smartphone apart.
  5. Do not blow on it. This could push the water deeper into the smartphone, thus damaging it more.
  6. Do not try to heat up your phone.


  1. What about those of us that use non-removable back covers? Well, I think holding the phone upright and then inserting it in a rice-filled Ziploc would suffice. If you have silica gel (you will sometimes see this in tiny packs stuffed in handbags, shoes, etc), this is a better option to using rice.

  2. Thanks for these tips, I found it useful. This is what all phone users should know, concerning phone and water.

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