I see wet phones a pretty good bit here in the Doc’s office. While I don’t recommend anyone go swimming with their device or even get it near water, accidents happen and the Doc’s here to put you on the right track.
If you’re one of the unfortunate people to drop your phone in the water here’s what you need to know:
- Do not try to turn it on. Don’t do it! If you do, you significantly reduce the chance of survival.
- If it’s still on, Don’t use it. Turn it off.
- Wait at least 24 hours, better to wait 72 hours. Wait as long as you can and you increase the chances of your device surviving.
- Remove the battery. (If you have an iPhone or another phone you can’t take the battery out of, you can skip this step)
- Try to suck out the water with a wet/dry vac.
- Put it in front of a fan or on a shelf and let it dry out.
After you’ve given your phone plenty of time to dry…
- Try to turn it on
- If it doesn’t come on, plug it up to the charger and leave it for a while
- Try a new battery
- If all else fails, give it some more drying time
- If it still won’t come on after all of that, don’t toss it. There are still some working parts inside that someone may be interested in.
What about rice?
While rice may assist with drying out parts of your phone, the overall effect of rice is keeping your phone out of your hands long enough for it to dry. And keep in mind: Instant rice works better than uncooked rice, but many internet articles the Doc researched said that silica gel packets work the best of any drying agent.
Don’t throw these little packs away. Keep them in a bag and use them when you douse your phone!
If you don’t want to fool with a wet phone, bring it on into the Doc’s office we’ll do everything we can to revive your device!