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How to fix a water damaged phone in 10 easy steps

So you've dropped your smartphone into the toilet, sink or pool. Don't panic! If you act fast you can prevent your smartphone from becoming water damaged. In today's article, we'll show you how you can save (or try at least) a water that has just dropped in water.

First of all, remove the phone from the water as quickly as possible. The longer it stays there, the more water or liquid will seep through the cracks and openings of your phone. Once it's out of the water, there are certain things you need to do right away, and certain things you should absolutely avoid doing in order to prevent water damage.

What not to do

  • Do not turn it on
  • Do not press any buttons or keys
  • Do not shake, tap or bang the phone
  • Do not blow on it. This could send water into other internal parts of the phone that it hadn't already reached, causing more damage in the process
  • Do not heat it up (that includes using a blow dryer or microwaving it) 
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Your phone can still be saved! Try the following steps before giving up. / © ANDROIDPIT

10 steps to saving your water damaged phone

1. Turn it off if, it isn’t already and hold it upright.

2. Remove any protective casing and, if your phone has them, remove your SIM and microSD cards from their slots.

3. Open up the back and remove the battery, SIM card(s) and microSD card if you are able to (note that this won't be possible with all phone models).

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If you can, remove the battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Use a cloth, sleeve or paper towel to dab your phone dry. Avoid spreading the liquid around, because that could push it into more of the phone's openings. Just soak up as much as possible.

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Tab the phone dry with a cloth. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. If the water damage is more extensive, you can use a vacuum to carefully suck out water stuck from the cracks that are harder to get at. Make sure any small parts, such as the microSD card, SIM card, or battery, are out of the way before attempting this.

6. Bury the phone in a ziplock bag full of uncooked rice. Rice is great for absorbing liquid and this is actually a common method for drying smartphones and tablets. You can also buy dedicated phone drying pouches, which are worth having at home if you're the clumsy type. If you don't have one at home, don't bother going out to buy one. Indeed, time is of essence, so get your phone into rice as soon as possible.

7. Let your phone dry for a day or two. Do not be tempted to switch it on see if it still works. Put your SIM card in an old phone, or ask a friend or family if they have a spare that you can borrow. 

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Let your phone dry for a day or two. / © ANDROIDPIT

8. After a couple of days, you can remove the phone from the rice back, insert the battery into the phone and switch the phone on. 

9. If your phone doesn't turn on, try charging it. If it doesn't charge, the battery may be damaged. You could try a replacement battery, or consider taking your smartphone to a repair shop to be checked by a professional.

10. If your phone has turned on and it is running as it should, you should still keep a close eye on it for the next few days, to see if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Play some music to check the speakers and ensure the touch screen still responds as it should.

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Hopefully, it will start up as normal again. / © ANDROIDPIT

In the future, avoid taking the phone with you when you go to the pool, use the bathroom or do the dishes.

Water resistant cases

Hopefully these steps have helped you rescue your phone from death by drowning. If you want to protect your phone from water in future, you can also purchase a waterproof phone case. There are some good options available from brands such as Otterbox, Griffin Survivor and Catalyst.

Water resistant phones

A number of phones are advertised as "water-resistant". Be aware that when phone manufacturers say this, it only applies under a special set of circumstances. A phone's resistance to water often depends on the clarity of the water, the depth of submersion, and the length of time for which it is submerged. We wouldn't advise submerging any smartphone in water unless it is absolutely necessary.

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Some phones like the Galaxy S7 Edge are water and dust resistant. / © AndroidPIT

Some water resistant smartphones worth mentioning

Do you have any other tips on how to save a smartphone that that could have possible water damage? Did our advice help you? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I can confirm that the rice method is the most effective!


  • Silica gel, which "phone drying packs" are typically made of, is far superior to uncooked rice. That being said, don't expect miracles unless your phone is at least partially water resistant. You can get your phone to work again, but it's time to start looking for a replacement once this happens.


  • Or, just throw it away and buy a new one ;)
    Or, DON'T get it wet.
    It still amazes me, when I see coworkers & friends complaining about broken screens, headphone jacks, charge ports not working. I've had 5 smartphones in 8 years. NONE have ever had a broken screen, dropped, dunked in water/wet or anything. The Note1 I had, I did have to replace the charge port multiple times because the $%^&# battery wouldn't make it through the day (which is why my last 3 phones have had 4,000mAH batteries).


    • zoeyst 3 weeks ago Link to comment

      Some people are just so careless about their phones, of course other things as well. Some people's carelessness is really amazing. @0@


  • Mark
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    3 weeks ago Link to comment

    I love it, how to fix a water damaged phone #3. Remove the back and battery LOL unless your like me and stick to old phones with that option your out of luck. With a removable power source you do not need IP68 rating, removing the power source stops the damage. Let it dry and it is fine. My Note 4 and S3 have both been drowned several time and they are both still running fine. Simply because I could remove the battery. Non removable batteries are all about planed obsolescence and nothing else. Just greed from the manufacture that decide how long you should use your phone so you have to buy a new one sooner.


  • Lol, it reminds me of my stupidity when I had a Droid turbo back then and when it's screen was dirty, I always used to wash it with a lot of water. It never hurt my turbo in any way. But one time I was listening to a music and while the speaker was playing the music, I placed the phone under a running tap and speaker volume went too low and it went dead. Earpiece was also not working. I was not worried and just turned the phone off. And after half an hour I turned it on, speaker was working but earpiece worked after shaking the phone. Another method I have heard working is to deeply inhale the speaker area with your mouth and try to suck the water.


  • me...ok 1 month ago Link to comment

    I left my phone in a bucket outside and it rained, when I remembered were it was it had been under water for at least two days...
    what now?


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  • ok so all i need to know if this works for an alcatel onetouch pixi 4


  • I dropped my phone in the river water and it was completely submerged in water I took it out and used rice method, but it is not working. I have checked also other sites like but I did not get any solution.


  • This article tells about fixing smartphone dropped in water.


  • so i dropped my phone (lg k20 v) in toilet couple hours ago and i dont have any rice what do i do? Please tell me right away.


  • Rice and paper towels are great, but you really have to try using distilled water.


  • i just got used LG phone, and it has water in the screen. what should i do? it has been in rice for 3 days and still does not charge.


  • Jen 9 months ago Link to comment

    I own the moto g5
    ok so it was pretty stupid but I dropped my phone in the toilet and it was completely submerged in water I took it out and dried it off and tried turning it on a few times before seeing this post, but I didn't put it in rice straight away, I put it in a while after, it's been in rice for a couple of hours now, is there a chance it will still work if it wasn't put in straight away?


  • this past Tuesday morning I dropped my Samsung g6 into toilet. screened turned black. was going crazy and put it into a Rubbermaid container covered in rice, top to bottom. later in the day I put it in a larger container with much more rice. 4 o'clock this afternoon tried turning on, nothing. tried charging, nothing. took 3 - 4 tries and finally started charging, very slowly. it's now charging, I have gotten texts, sent texts, etc. so far, so good. going to try other things later and see what goes. have a lot of hope right now!!!!


  • Malstron 10 months ago Link to comment

    I used the rice method two times in one year ( ゚д゚ )


  • kitty_ Kat 10 months ago Link to comment

    Help my. phone fell in water but it worked so I didn't do anything and now it cant turn on woud the rice still work


  • Vitanie Jun 7, 2017 Link to comment

    "do not be tempted to turn it on and see if its working"
    Me: wtf do you mean, im the type of person to whats app every fucking second

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