Just how do you dry out a cell phone that got wet? This same question crossed my mind quite recently when my four-year old son dropped my cell phone down the toilet! Instances such as these are rare, but it’s not rare to find your cell phone getting wet in the rain, or when it suddenly falls into a pool of water or getting your phone exposed to some type of water.
What happens in a situation like this? Obviously your immediate reaction would be figure out how to dry out a cell phone that got wet to prevent it from further damage.
What’s the first thing you should do when your cell phone has been exposed to water? Here are some tips:
Remove Battery - Common sense tells us that electricity and water don’t mix, neither do electronic signals and water, so remove the battery as soon as possible from the phone to prevent further damage.
Remove Sim & Memory Card – If you happen to have a GSM phone, don’t forget to remove the Sim card as well as your memory card if you have one.
It’s also very essential that you dismantle the phone without completely dismantling it to the point that you won’t be able to put it back together and make it work. To stop the inner circuits of the phone from being damaged, the water has to be completely removed and dried out. The longer the water stays, the more the greater the chance of the electronic circuits being damaged.
Don’t worry too much about water damaging the phone, as long as you have tried your best in drying it out, most of the times it should be ok.
Here are some ways in how to dry out a cell phone that got wet:
Drying – Once you have removed the majority of the components such as the sim card, memory card and battery, you want to get a soft, dry cloth or a paper towel and wipe all the visible water off from every part of the phone. Once you’re sure that you’ve wiped it dry, place the phone and it’s components in a cool dry place to dry out completely. If it’s sunny outside, go ahead and use the sun to dry it out.
Vacuum Cleaners – use the hose of the cleaner to suck out the water from your phone. If you prefer, use a wet-dry vacuüm for the job, either way, it will do the same job. Another good alternative is to use compressed air, which is a readily available at all major stores. If you’re careful, you can use a hair dryer too, but be careful, exposing your phone to too much heat could damage some of the components.
Rice – yes, you read it correctly, you can use rice to dry out your cell phone. All you have to do is put the phone in a bowl containing rice, leave it overnight and the rice will suck out the moisture. If you’re really worried about the grains getting into the components, use silica gel packets, they do the same job. (Next time your friend asks you how to dry out a cell phone that got wet, tell them about this technique, they’ll be highly impressed!)
Heat Vents – If you live in a house or apartment that has a central heating system, you’ll be familiar with the heat vents in almost every room. You can use these heat vents to dry your phone of any moisture that is still left on it. But you want to make sure that you do not leave it on those heat vents too long, prolonged exposure to heat could also damage the inner circuits.
These are just some of the methods on how to dry out a cell phone that got. There are plenty more methods that can be used, but one thing you want to keep in mind is that you do not want to over-expose the phone to excessive heat, as you’ll damage the components and the circuits in it.