Have you ever dropped your cell phone in water? Perhaps it may have fallen out into a toilet, or maybe you forgot it was on your person when you walked into a pool? Possibly you may even have got your phone wet by getting caught in a rainstorm?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways our phones can get damaged from water and we’re left devastated when our phones have to be sent to the mobile graveyard.
There is hope! I know because it happened to my husband’s phone last week. We returned home from shopping and other errands with many bags to tote upstairs to our condo. We had taken with us a mini cooler bag to keep some bottled water in. In hubby’s haste he threw a half bottle of water into the bag with an unsecured lid and proceeded to throw his phone in there too.
When we got upstairs, I went to put away the bottle out of the cooler bag, which I discovered was leaking through the hallways, and scooped out his phone now swimming in 3 inches of water. The screen on the phone was cloudy, and the phone was no longer functioning.
After I got through lecturing him about not checking the lid on the bottle and presented him with his now dead phone, I headed off to Google search any last hopes of salvaging the phone. I’d heard about a ‘rice fix’ before but wasn’t sure if I had any faith in it. But when it happens to you, you’ll try anything as a last ditch effort.
After reading several forums about successes people had with this method, I figured we had nothing to lose and gave it a whirl. I was ecstatic that it really worked! So I’m going to share with you all here what to do if this happens to you.
- First take out the battery and SIM card and dry them off with a dry cloth then place them somewhere safe where they will continue to remain dry.
- Wipe off the phone, then place in an airtight tupperware, or ziploc bag.
- Pour about a cup of rice (they say instant rice is best) on to the phone, making sure all ports such as the charging hole, microphone hole, etc. are all covered. Then seal the top on or zip the bag.
- Twenty-four hours seemed to be the magic number to leave the phone alone in there for.
- When a day has passed, remove the phone and dust it off well, then replace the battery and SIM card. Magic! You’re phone should work.
Of course I was curious and removed and dusted off the phone about twelve hours later. After putting it back together. I tried it and the phone already worked, but the screen still had some cloudy spots on it, with some distortion of the background. So I took it apart again and put it back in the rice for another twelve hours, and presto! Everything was working again perfectly.
Note: Some phones don’t offer the option to take out the battery. If this is the case, you can just put the whole phone in the rice. Also note that it is advised to never charge a cell phone that has water damage because it could burn out some of the electronics inside, and then your phone will be toast. Also, the less you do with it before trying to rescue it, the better. This means, don’t bother even trying to shut it off because by taking out the battery your doing that anyway.
I hope you never have to experience this, but if you do, know that there is hope!