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What to do when you drop your phone in water

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So you’ve dropped your phone in water – don’t panic. Alright, maybe panic a little bit.

It doesn’t matter how and where it happened, but you’ve most likely dropped a very expensive electronic item into water, and you know that water and electronics hardly ever mix. Luckily, there are some things you can do to minimise and prevent damage. That said, sometimes the damage is done, and even though you love your mobile friend, you have to let it go.

Immediately after

Don’t try and play another round of your favourite time-waster now, immediately turn off your phone as quickly as possible. Now you’ll be wanting to salvage what you can and minimise the damage, and it may feel a bit like a game of operation.

Grab a paper towel and place it underneath the phone to soak up any excess moisture. Following that, remove the case if you have one, and try to carefully remove your SIM and SD cards, and even take out the battery if possible. Place them gently on the paper towel and let them dry. It also shouldn’t need to be said that at this time you should not charge your phone – you don’t need an electric shock on top of the initial shock of getting your phone wet in the first place.

Assess the damage

Now that the phone is out of the danger zone, it’s important to get it in the clear. Did you just spill a glass of water on it, or did it go through the washing machine? If it was only a little bit of water, you can probably stop where you are – the damage probably isn’t anything to worry about, as a lot of phones are water resistant. However, if you’ve fully submerged your phone, you’re going to want to take further action to hopefully resuscitate your expensive little friend.

Dry it out

Put your phone (minus the smaller pieces you’ve removed) in a sealed plastic container or bag completely full with rice, so that the phone is completely surrounded. Leave it in there for the next 24-48 hours, despite the pain of separation. After waiting, have a look at it and if it all seems to be dry, try turning it back on. If it’s not working, then it’s time to talk to the professionals, or even start looking for a new phone.


If you’ve been lucky enough not to encounter this sorry situation, then there are some ways to prevent you from losing your phone, and saving you a lot of hassle. Simple measures like buying a waterproof phone case or protective screen cover can save you water pain later. If dropping your phone in water is a regular occurrence, next time you’re considering upgrading, there are some phones which are entirely waterproof.

Getting your phone wet happens to the best of us – but it’s not the end of the world. With these tips, hopefully you can keep your phone from meeting its watery doom.

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