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The Rice Solution – #5 Tips to Save a Drowned #Cellphone

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Wipe off the phone, then place in an airtight tupperware, or ziploc bag.
  3. 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.
  4. Twenty-four hours seemed to be the magic number to leave the phone alone in there for.
  5.  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.

My Results:

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!


Do any of you have an experience with a water logged phone you saved that you’d like to share?

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


    • dgkaye

      Thanks for the kudos Marian. A girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do, lol. I hope you never have to use it, but at least you have a cure. 🙂

  • Teagan Geneviene

    I’ve heard of the rice thing for years. But fortunately never needed to try it. Thanks for the feedback and info.
    No news from either Texas interview. So back to house hunting in Arizona! Ever heard of Sahuarita? It’s south of Tucson… I’m just dreaming, because I’d still have to work, and Sahuarita is too far from a city to have any good paying jobs… but they’ve got some uber cute cheap housing! Rainbow-shades hugs.

    • dgkaye

      Glad you never had to try the rice thing, but peace of mind in case disaster strikes, lol.
      Grr on the no news 🙁 So now if you did find your dream place in AZ you would only search for jobs there right? It’s sounds like a chicken or the egg thingy, lol. Either you get a job and move, or you move and find a job.
      Sahuarita sounds groovy. Perhaps when you’re ready to quit your day job and write full time that’s a place to consider?
      In the meantime, keep the shades on! That’s how I roll. 🙂 xoxo

        • dgkaye

          Omg Teag, thanks again for the beautiful video link. I just love that song, it takes me to places I want to be.
          And, what could be better than an artsy community in a retirement area where there is peace and quiet? Perhaps you’ll need a friend to go have a look-see? Let me know, lol. Wouldn’t that be fun? xo 🙂

  • Deborah Jay

    I’ve heard of the rice thing, but not about putting it in a sealed bag – I wonder why that’s necessary. Having queried that, if it works, who cares, but inquiring minds do like to know the answer to such trivia if anyone can shed light…

    • dgkaye

      The container is to be airtight so the rice can do all the work absorbing the moisture. 🙂 If you didn’t seal the container it would be more like ‘air drying’ and probably take several days. The rice being absorbent, draws the water from the insides of the phone. 🙂

  • Sherri

    Glad you got hubby’s phone up and running Deb…I’ve got a special waterproof cover on mine and got my son one too. He hadn’t had his other phone long when it slipped out of his pocket into the loo…luckily, he had flushed lol!!! Thanks for sharing another great tip though…you are a wealth of knowledge my friend…but let’s hope I never have to use it…although my daughter used it once for her laptop battery and it worked a charm 🙂 <3 xoxo

    • dgkaye

      Lol Sher, thanks for the details lmaoooo. But seriously, I wasn’t aware there are waterproof covers, and that actually work. And thanks for sharing proof that the rice method helped your daughter. 🙂 🙂 <3 xo

      • Sherri

        Haha!! It’s in the detail Deb, always in the detail 😀 😀 I haven’t put mine to the test, but it is supposed to work unless it’s dunked under water for any length of time. I hope not to find out…yikes!! And yes…that rice tip is surefire!! 🙂 <3 xoxo

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