Fix A Water-Damaged Phone: Actionable Steps

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Have you ever had a phone that fell in water either accidentally or experimentally? What did you do next, did you throw it away? You may be washing something, utensils, clothes or even a glass of water suddenly pours on the table where your phone is placed. All the same, this tutorial is going to help you with the steps you must follow to fix a water-damaged phone after a day.

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First of all, you must know what you should do immediately after you get your phone out of the water.

  1. Do not turn it on.
  2. Do not plug it in or try to charge it.
  3. Do not press any buttons or keys.
  4. Do not shake, tap, or bang the phone.
  5. Do not blow on it. This could send water into other internal parts of the phone that it hadn’t already reached, causing more damage in the process.
  6. Do not use a blow dryer it can have the same effect as described above. Heat could also cause further damage.

Ten Simple Steps to Follow While Fixing a Water-Damaged Phone after a Day

1. First of all, switch it off if it is not and hold it upright.

2. Remove your SIM and microSD cards from their slots.

3. If your phone is of an old make, open up the back and remove the battery. However, since most current smartphones do not have removable batteries and are hard to open, the best step would be to take it to a phone repair shop before attempting to open it yourself.

4. Use a cloth, sleeve, or paper towel to rub your phone dry. Avoid spreading the liquid around because this can push it into more openings of your phone.

Fix a Water Damaged Phone

5. If the water damage is more extensive, you can use a vacuum to suck out water stuck from the cracks that are harder to dry with a cloth.

6. Now place your phone in a bag full of uncooked rice since it is a great absorber for liquid, and this is a common method for drying smartphones and tablets. You can also purchase dedicated phone drying pouches.

7. Leave your phone to dry for a day or two, do not switch it on within this period to see if it still powers on. This may disrupt the whole process and you may fail to recover your phone anymore.

8. After a couple of days, you can remove the phone from the rice, insert the battery and switch it on. 

9. If your phone doesn’t turn on, try charging it. If that doesn’t work, the battery may be damaged. You could try a replacement battery, or consider taking it to a professional phone repair shop.

10. If your Smartphone has turned on and it is running as it should, you should still keep a close eye on it for the next few days, to see if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Play some music to check the speakers and ensure the touch screen still responds as it should.

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Buying a Waterproof Mobile Phone

Many times we ask ourselves how to know if a certain type of phone is water resistant or not. Well, this must be clarified by the person or company that made the phone. Note that, the degree of water resistance must be defined genuinely; say the depth of water it can pertain, to and the length of time when it is still in the water. Of course, you wouldn’t test the degree of your phone to resist water penetration by placing it in a washing machine, this does not work really.


Pay specific attention if your phone has an IP53 rating – that means it is only partially water-resistant and will not withstand water sprays. Although manufacturers might claim otherwise, smartphones with this rating can even get damaged if used in the rain.

It’s also important to remember that no Smartphone is fully waterproof. However, devices with an IP67 and IP68 rating are as close as you can get at the moment. Phones with these ratings are also becoming more and more common, especially among flagships compared to a few years ago.