How to Save Your Wet Cell Phone!




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First off, Hello and thanks for viewing my instructable.

Most of us have experienced dropping or spilling liquid over our over priced sensitive cell phones or gadgets and lost them forever.

Most people try to save their gadgets the wrong way . ex using a hair dryer witch may force moisture further into the small components and giving your phone a complete knockout .

In this instructable i will show you how to increase the chances of saving your phone/gadgets from drowning.

Also If you wish to view the video of this instructable for a better understanding or a quick review of the hole project click below.'

Note for this instructable you will need :

1. One or more wet hand held gadgets.
2. One dry airtight container.
3. One pack of household cocking rice.
4. One or more small screwdriver.

Enjoy !

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Step 1: Step 1 : Act Quickly !

The most important thing you have to do is to get that phone out of the water as soon as possible don't just look dumb at it while it's drowning, act fast !

Remove it from the water [pic.1].[pic.2]
Even doe the phone was under water for only a few seconds the vibration function short circuited, resulting in the phone vibrating out of control to view this watch the video or in [pic.3] .

So remember, removing it from the water as soon as possible makes the life/death difference !

Step 2: Step 2 : Remove the Battery & Take the Phone Apart !


As fast as you can remove the battery from the phone, don't waste time switching it off first, just remove the battery as soon as possible.[pic.1]

Using a small screwdriver take the phone apart as well as you can the more parts you remove the better but make sure you will manage to put everything back together once it's all dried out. [pic.2]. [pic.3]

Step 3: Step 3: Don't Use a Hair Dryer !

This isn't really a step it's more like a warning !

Do not use a hair dryer (even on a "cold" mode) to dry out the phone, as this may force moisture further into the small components, deep inside the phone. If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry. Using a hairdryer might be a temporary fix, but this will eventually cause component failure inside the phone.

Step 4: Step 4: the Secret Ingredient !

Now, you will need to take your disasembled phone, a bag of regular dry household rice, and an airtight container.

Take the rice [pic.1] , and pour it in the container half way full [pic.2] , take all the phone components and put them in with the rice [pic 3] , place the cap on the container and give it a good shake [pic.4]

Now let them dry for around 2 days, The rice will absorb any remaining moisture from within small components and prevent corrosion and oxidation.

Step 5: Step 5: Put Everything Back Together

Open up the container...

And remove all the parts inside, inspect each and every one of them carefully , you may use a magnifying glass to make sure no moisture is kept within small parts.

Then carefully put everything back together, part by part ... add the battery and try to start your phone.

Step 6: Well? Dose It Work Now ?

Congrats you probably save your phone...

Even doe my phone short circuited it's vibration function during this experiment after it was subjected to the rice treatment it fully recovered and now it's working perfectly . [pic 1. & 2.]

Also if you would like to see the hole thing in a video for better understanding and fast bookmarking view the video of the project here :

Here are some answers to a few questions you may ask :
1. If i had an iphone i would have used an iphone on this project. (and moisture & electricity work the same regardless of brand or features) so yes, you can save your iphone with this technique.
2. YES it really works !

NOTE : If your phone does not work, try plugging it into its charger without the battery, if this works, you need a new battery. If not, try taking your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it. Don't try to hide the fact that it has been wet. There are internal indicators that prove moisture

Thank you !

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    10 years ago on Step 6

    I gave my iPhone an accidental bath recently. Despite what you say, it's a completely different method than your phone above. The biggest difference is that you have no easy access to the battery...and, even though you can turn the iPhone off, there's still a bit of current running in the battery. I took out the screws on the bottom and pried it open. Let it air-dry and it's been fine since then. I tried the rice method but found a lot of tiny particles and dust that I wanted to avoid. Good advice for all other phones, tho! :)

    15 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    your lucky. my friend sister dropped her ipod touch on the swimming pool, she let it dry for about 2-3 day open, and then the touchscreen was acting weird. Anyway she bough a new one at walmart, put the old one in the box and return it, they are stupid and took it hback.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    why did they took back that ipod touch??? is there any problems in their heads?


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    Just did that with a ps3 slim. I dropped it, it was no more reading bluray(altough it read dvd, maybe the lense gone wrong) Bough a new one, put the old in the box and get a refund. You see, it's how it work at walmart: stupid 16yo kid in blue cloth with a blue brain does what you want- alway!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Ok dude, not to be a cop, but this is basically stealing.  If you are clumsy and drop your stuff, then take some responsibility.

    The reason stuff is more expensive is because of people like you.


    Reply 2 years ago

    same with warranty prices. My friend got an alien ware laptop and he had a 2 year drop and spill warranty so he was gonna purposely break when warranty almost up and they would give him new one. people like this friend of mine are the reason its 200 dollars to get extended warranty on laptops

    spoiled bratddpedersen

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you, I couldn't agree more! I wish more people Thought like we do and had some morals!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Do you think a company who make a million every hour really care about you bringing back a game console that don't work?
    You are like all these eco guy who scream when you drop trash outside. Not like if they never had did it, too.

    spoiled bratac1D

    Reply 3 years ago

    You're nothing but a con artist and a damn thief also.Why are you bragging about this??


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i have had a pair of black headphones i stepped on one (looked brand new still) and they werent that old. i had bought them at best buy. went to walmart the next week, bought some black headphones. went home, put my old ones in the package from my new ones. exchanged them for another color. i still have yet to do this with my blue ones that broke. (these are JVC gummies btw)


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    "they are stupid and took it back"? I hope you can see the error is this irresponsible behaver on her part.

    spoiled bratmrfixerupper

    Reply 3 years ago

    Mr fixer upper: We are beating a dead horse. These people like to be cheats, con artist and thieves. Anyone who would get on a site like this and brag that they returned broken merchandise packaged as new is a piece of s*** and will end up paying for it one day.

    spoiled bratac1D

    Reply 3 years ago

    They are stupid? Your friends sister sounds like a damn thief!


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    how do u open up itouch or iphone? i dropped my itouch yesterday into the toilet. i was in school and taking a break i put my touch to my back pocket jeans while i walk around then i forgot to take it out when i went to washroom. im doing the rice thing now but i didnt open my itouch. hopefully it will help.. my itouch is charging and if i put it into my ipoddock it will play the last playlist it played and using the remote control i can skip the song in the playlist but i canot changed it like going to the main menu since i cant see anything on the screen. its all white!!

    for the iphone 3g you take out the 2 screws on the bottom, then place a suction cubnear the bottom of the screen near the home key (but still on the screen) then carefully and slowly pull up whamo its open!


    3 years ago

    My ancient fliptop was rained upon. Dead. Claimed to take a charge, but various lights were on, would not find service, then did, then a few buttons worked, then didn't . . .

    It's an old LG whose back/case could not be removed, so no interior circuitry could be inspected/treated.

    Allowed it to sit in sunlight for a few hours with the battery removed; didn't help.

    With the battery still removed, soaked it in 95% isopropyl alcohol -- alcohol is hygroscopic, sucks up water -- then dried as well as I could. Preheated the over to "warm" -- 170F -- turned off the element, sat the phone, without the battery, in a bowl, for a couple hours. Let the battery dry at room temp, batteries don't like heat much.

    Finally, it's working, charging, calling, etc.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 6

    He actually talks like that. He's from romania, give him a break.

    spoiled bratcatmen

    Reply 3 years ago

    Nobody was attacking him or being rude.No reason to give him a break,The question was legitimate and had no ill will. Grow up and quit complaining!