What To Do If Your Android Phone Gets Water Damage

Yeah, I got this from one of the Blackberry blogs I still read. But it’s good all around advice for owners of expensive phones. I know first, second, and third-hand how horrible it can be if your $400+ smartphone gets water (or other liquid) spilled on it. Or even worse, dunked in water.

    1. Pull out the battery. (Some also recommend pulling the SIM)
    2. Put your device near sunlight.
    3. Rotate your device so all sides get sunlight.
    4. Leave it near sunlight for 24 hours. Some suggest in a bowl of uncooked rice or with silica gel packs.
    5. Do NOT put your battery back until the 24 hours are up.
    6. After 24 hours, put the battery back in and power on.

Yes, the bowl of rice trick does work. A friend of mine got drunk and dropped her Blackberry in the sink, over night in a cup of uncooked rice brought it back to life. If this doesn’t work for you, hope you have insurance on your phone, suck it up and pay the deductible. And don’t try and sucker you way out with a warranty claim, your carrier will find out. It’s not hard to tell if a phone has been water damaged. And above all, just be careful around water!


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  • wugui

    read this somewhere before.

  • BillWright

    Silica Gel is strongly required for drying cell phones. It is the most absorbent commercially available material out there. It will dry out anything, I got my original iPhone (don’t laugh at me) wet and was not covered under warranty because of their moisture sensor. I covered the phone in silica gel and it worked wonders and it actually worked again! It seems like that the Silica Gel option is the most effective, thus why they use this in every electronics packet you get when you buy something new!

    Just google the terms: Silica Gel Packets and you will find plenty of suppliers, I used SilicaGelPackets.com and got shipment quickly.

  • Roguegirl11

    The uncooked rice trick does actually work. I got drunk a few weeks ago and dropped my phone in a cup of water and my friend put it in a bowl of uncooked rice and it did suck out all the water. Unfortunatly, a few weeks later my phone went crazy and it didn’t really work anymore. But when i took the battery out to see if the water detection sticker was red, and its white. Hopefully my carrier won’t know that i dropped it in water, because im not sure if my insurance covers that.

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