How To Recover a Wet Cell Phone

  1. DON'T PRESS THE POWER ON BUTTON! REMOVE THE BATTERY! When your hands are wet, would you touch the mains socket and press the ON switch? Same applies to the wet phone. Once you turn on the power to the wet phone, the electric current from the battery will "kill" the electronics of the phone.
  2. Remove the SIM card and the memory card. Both your SIM card and Memory cards have electronic circuits too; that is why it is advisable to remove them.
  3. Dry the memory card and SIM card with a tissue.
  4. Dry the exterior of the phone.
  5. Bring the wet phone to the Service Center IMMEDIATELY! The service center will disassemble the phone and clean it for you.
  6. Note that liquid-damaged phones are out of warranty. Some manufacturers will do a last time repair for you free-of-charge, but warranty is void. If you had followed my instructions as mentioned above right after the cell phone gets wet, the chances of reviving your phone are high. However, there is no guarantee that the phone will be back to full working conditions again.
  7. Buying a new phone will get you a full 1 year warranty and a fully working phone. You might also be able to buy a cell phone without a new plan, though that will be more expensive. If you find that your phone works abnormally after the repair, it means that the phone has already been "injured" from the liquid damaged. Consider buying another new phone because it will be too costly to get the phone repaired.
  8. Last but not least, prevention is always better than cure. Here are some tips to prevent your phone from getting wet:
    • Don't use your phone in the rain.
    • Do not place your phone near any liquids.
    • Never put your phone in your breast pocket; bending from the waist will cause the phone to drop (who knows where? maybe in the toilet bowl).
    • If it's raining, shelter your phone from the rain.

I know there are a lot of unauthorized repair centers out there, but I strongly advise you to go to an authorized service center and your phone might even be revived!


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If you dunked you phone in potentially corrosive liquids (e.g. seawater, juice, heavily chlorinated water [in pools], vinegar and other acids), you can increase the chances of survival for you phone (or any other electronic gadget) by rinsing it with fresh water. But do this only after you have completely removed power from the device (removed the batteries/unplugged). This will considerably slow down the corrosion of the fragile parts that is sure to occur from the time it got wet to the time you get it to a service center. Using distilled water is even better bacause it does not conduct electricity and contains no impurities that could be potentially corrosive. Where to get distilled water in a hurry? Some bottled drinking water are actually distilled, check the labels. And good luck.

By Ysrael Itchon