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wet cell phoneI’ve got bad news for you. Dropping your phone in a puddle of water, bath, sink, toilet – even getting caught in a heavy shower – will leave it irreparably damaged. The same goes for tablet computers.

No more apps, games, Facebook, phonecalls or browsing. All gone.

That is, if you leave it switched on. Switching it off right away is probably the best solution, but it’s not all bad news.

In fact, there are a number of ways in which you can stop your phone or tablet computer from being left as nothing more than an expensive brick following prolonged contact with water.

The Effect of Water Damage

It is important to act fast when your phone or tablet gets wet. Water and electricity simply don’t get along, so a wet device could short out and even give you an electric shock. Water can cause damage to the screen, find its way into bezels, slots, under the screen and into the battery cavity.

Basically, letting your phone or tablet (or laptop How To Deal With Spilled Coffee or Coke on Your Macbook How To Deal With Spilled Coffee or Coke on Your Macbook If you have spilled coffee or Coke on your MacBook the best you can do for it is be courageous. Read More ) get wet is a bad idea, and requires you to act as quickly as possible.

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First Things First – Turn It Off!

If your phone has been exposed to enough water to make you concerned, the first thing you should do is turn it off! Not all phones will allow you to remove the battery, but if this option is available to you, do this rather than turning the device off.

Whatever you do, don’t waste time checking if it still works or not – this will make things worse!

You might be out and about when the phone gets wet, or you might be at home or in the office. Either way, you will need to find a flat, dry surface that you can use for the following steps. Fast action is hugely recommended – failure to complete this and the following steps quickly will result in a permanently damaged phone or tablet!

Disassemble What You Can

Fortunately phones and tablets don’t come apart too easily. If they did, they’d probably fragment each time they were dropped!

wet cell phone

However along with the battery, there are at most two other items that should be removed. The first is the SIM card, which you should retrieve, dry and keep somewhere safe. Following this, if your device has a removable SD or micro SD card, this should also be removed and dried.

The reason for this step is simple – water gets everywhere! By removing these two cards, you can dry the slots where they are housed with some tissue paper, soaking up as much water as possible.

Drying the Phone or Tablet

Don’t stop with the SIM and SD card slots, however – any water you can find on your switched-off device should be blotted up as quickly as possible.

What follows is a list of suggestions for alternative methods of moisture removal from your hardware, but in the meantime, before reaching that stage, ensure all water droplets around the edge of the display, on the display itself, around any screw holes and bezels (in fact, everywhere on the exterior of your phone or tablet) is soaked up with tissue paper or kitchen towel.

Without taking the device apart (something that in itself is dangerous and with the added moisture drops trickling around becomes smartphone-suicide) this is as dry as you will be able to physically get it.

But what about the insides? Fortunately, there are a couple of tricks you can use…

Drying the Inner Workings

Inside a smartphone or tablet computer you will find processors, circuit boards, button rockets – all places where water can find a home and cause damage. With your waterlogged device quickly switched off and the SIM and micro SD card removed, however, you are in a strong position to recover the device.

You just need to dry the bare circuit board, wires and processors inside.

There are several ways in which you can achieve this:

fix wet cell phone

Hairdryer: with your hairdryer on a low setting and your phone held far enough away that you won’t burn your hand, use the hot air that it projects to dry your phone, spending some time focusing on the battery and SIM/micro SD card slots (in order to push warm, drying air ito the device). Be careful when warming the screen, however, as you don’t want to cause damage to the touch-screen interface. Continue this for up to 30 minutes, maintaining an even covering of warm air.

Oven: placing your phone or tablet on a small empty box on an oven tray and setting the oven to its lowest setting is one other way that you might dry the internal components of your device. Your oven’s lowest temperature (110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit) shouldn’t cause any damage to your device, but you’ll need to leave it in overnight (or until “done”)

Boiler/Airing Cupboard: another heat-based solution, this will take a few hours to dry your phone – probably about a full day. Make sure your boiler is switched on before using this solution, however.

fix wet cell phone

A Bowl of Rice: while you might have to head to the local convenience store, a bowl of dry, uncooked rice is perhaps the most successful solution to any water damage to your phone or tablet. You’ll need to pack it into a container big enough to hold your hardware and a good layer of rice – about 1 inch on all sides – but the foodstuff will soak up almost all of the moisture overnight, leaving you with a fully working device.

fix wet cell phone

Lots of Silica Gel: if you’re a serial tech addict, the chances are you’ve collected a large supply of silica gel sachets for some indeterminate event in the future. Well, I’ve got news for you – the future is now! Pack your phone or tablet into a box with plenty of silica gel sachets to cover the device on all sides and leave it overnight, and hope that your hoarding wasn’t in vain.

Pure Alcohol: one last suggestion that has been proven to work is the use of pure alcohol. If the damage caused to your device by water is the result of basic physics then the submerging of the switched-off device into rubbing alcohol is a result of basic chemistry. The concept is simple: the alcohol will displace the water, and when your device is removed from the liquid the alcohol will evaporate. This is an extreme solution, but useful if the other fixes don’t work.

Conclusion

wet cell phone

With so many ways of resolving the problem of a waterlogged phone or tablet, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is okay to get your hardware wet.

It isn’t.

These potential fixes are precisely that: “potential” fixes, as opposed to “actual” fixes. They’ve all be used by people in the past, but none is guaranteed to work, not even submerging in rice! As such, there are a few things you should consider:

  • Don’t use your phone or tablet over a toilet, sink or bath.
  • Don’t leave your device in the bathroom (steam from a hot shower can condense and cause water damage).
  • Treat your hardware with respect, regardless of how much it cost you. A replacement will be costly and time consuming to acquire.

Keeping your phone or tablet in a safe place where it is unlikely to be exposed to any water damage is of course the best option!

Image Credit: Mobile floats on water ripples, Hair dryer, Silica Gel packets via Shutterstock

  1. Trevor Quips
    June 15, 2016 at 4:31 am

    OMG it really works all I did was turn off my tablet for five minutes and then turned it back on and the water damaged part of my screen fixed I get a second chance yay.

  2. Darryl
    May 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Had some phones in the rivers while fishing found that if you don't try putting them on . Take home break down what you can of your phone battery SIM cards etc wrap in a kitchen towel and leave on a hot radiator for a few days.
    Worked three times for me
    Also had three remotes damaged by vodka and coke (
    Sticky buttons I put them in warm water shakes them around a
    But and done the same steps work a treat had friends do this and worked for them too . Hope it help somebody out good luck

  3. majid hussain
    February 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I worked at Motorola and you would not believe the number of phones people returned because they microwaved to try to dry them. NEVER MICROWAVE electronics..........

    • Christian Cawley
      February 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      It's a mantra that cannot be repeated enough, right?

  4. Dave Miller
    January 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Great article. Most people forget that while using a blow dryer can help to dry out the phone you should never use warm air as this actually speeds up the corrosion process. Don't take my word for it though as I am not an Apple technician- http://t.co/C0Fjbtzh So leaving your wet phone out in the sun is not a great idea either...

    Also remember to put your phone inside of a nylon stocking or something similar before putting it into a bag of rice. You might end up with grains of rice in your headset jack or charging port.

    • Christian Cawley
      January 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Great tips there Dave, thanks!

  5. gzuckier
    September 6, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I've always been dubious about the rice as dehumidifier meme. It seems to me that rice already has absorbed all the moisture it's going to absorb at room temp and humidity. If not, wouldn't it mean that you could cook your rice by just letting it stand in a humid environment until it had absorbed as much moisture as it would by cooking?

  6. Mike Germain
    September 5, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I have heard of the bowl of rice idea, but some of the others are awesome ideas!

  7. syed asghar
    September 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Hi,
    As I am a mobile addicted person I got good knowledge about how to protect or at least precaution when the mobile or i pad suddenly or accidentally met with water.
    I personally like the BOWL OF RICE thing.I never thought it that way.
    Thanks alot

  8. Luke Blache-Fraser
    September 4, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Not sure I agree with the blow dryer part of this guide. I thought too much heat is not good for electrical components.

  9. Jeff Hamilton
    September 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Go to the store and get a tub of Damprid.
    I dumped it into a plastic food storage container that was three inches deep. I placed a small bowl upside down in the middle of the desiccant and placed the SOAKED iPhone on the little platform created my the bowl.
    Apply the lid to the larger container and seal it. Leave it alone for a couple days. NO PEEKING!
    The only thing that would make this better would be the ability to remove the battery.
    The moisture trapped int the device is actually collected in the bottom of the larger container, leaving your phone high & dry!!
    Works great!!

  10. Usman Mubashir
    September 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    hmmmm.....
    sounds helpful

  11. Jim Spencer
    September 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I think we all have dropped one of our phones into the water at least once in our life, when we let out a giant gasp in dibelief! I do not want to use this aticle on the subject, however, if I am unfortunate enough that lightning strikes twice, I will use this resource for sure! Thank you, you have answered some questions I had before reading this! 91% rubbing alcohol should do just fine! I don't use an iPhone, so I should be good to go! I am the proud owner of anything but an iPhone!

  12. Ahmed Khalil
    September 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

    the main point is to make the device off in the correct time

  13. Mani Ahmed
    September 3, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Awsome and very very informative need ... as emabressing as this might be, a month back while in the loooo i dropped my cell phone in the WC :s from my short pocket .. its a small tiny cell phone .... a few bucks to the cleaner retrieved the phone but it still ended up in the waste basket ... i was too grossed to use it again specially when had no hope to get it up and running every again ...

    still trying to get my contacts in order.

  14. josemon maliakal
    September 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    it is good

  15. Shahzad Billimoria
    September 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    nice

  16. tarzan2001
    September 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Nice tips! We could have used some of them when my sister dropped her phone into some water last month. :P

  17. John
    August 31, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I have an iPhone 3gs that I happened to have in my pocked when entering my swimming pool and turned on. About 30-40 minutes later I realized that I had the phone in my pocket and promptly got out of the pool and dried the phone off the best I could. After leaving the phone for about 9 days in a clear plastic container of rice in the sun, I tried turning it on and it worked just fine. The only damage seems to be ghost lines behind the glass. So the rice technique does work but you cannot be impatient.

  18. Leland Whitlock
    August 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Great advice especially for those unfamiliar with fixing and repairing their own electronics. I have used many of these methods over the years to rescue supposedly dead devices. Thanks for putting it all into one great post I can share with my friends.

  19. Mark
    August 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    i did the rice thing few years back..and it's turn out ok

  20. Edward Bellair
    August 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Good advice. Hope I never need it.

  21. anthonymonori
    August 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I always used a bowl of rice. Thanks for the tips.

  22. Praveen pandey
    August 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

    very useful tip for me

  23. H G
    August 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Interesting tips. I hope I never have to use them!

  24. Ken Jokken
    August 31, 2012 at 1:29 am

    One great way to get water out of small electronic devices is by simply blasting them with compressed air. I personally have a small air compressor at home like many others, however if you don't, most gas stations/mechanics/tire shops where you can fill your tires up (usually for .50c) will also have an airblow nozzle for use if you ask. There is always the cans of air at most retail outlets (Chinawalmart/Homedepot/Lowes etc.) but these will set you back $5 - $10 and for those of us who are more "accident prone" you may want to consider a protective film solution such as "Aquashield". Goodluck.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      This is an interesting option, thanks for sharing Ken!

  25. Charles Church
    August 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I have been told, avoid using a hair dryer or blower of any type as it will only force the water deeper into any crack, crevice, opening in the device and allow the water to further contaminate or damage the electronics. Use of desiccants such as rice in a sealed container is best.

    • Patrick
      August 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

      See this link http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Wet-Cell-Phone for another good tutorial that warns against using a hair dryer.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      A hot air blower should cause the water to dry out/evaporate, so nothing would be pushed deeper into the device - however it is worth thinking about, so thanks for sharing Charles!

  26. Muhlis
    August 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I had à HTC Sensesion XL drop Litle milk over,
    I tride to restore i washt it with sentetick tinner
    Had à handdryer over it.
    Then i left it in rice for over tree days but notting metter
    It dozend metter notting works Anny more.

  27. PeterC
    August 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    "At best, a bit of water will condense on a HOT circuit board or processor and cause damage to the screen"
    WRONG!!! Condensation takes place between a warm moisture laden (not necessarily a completely saturated) media & a COOLer surface - NOT a HOTter surface. Please research simple & basic high school physics before unleashing your lack of knowledge on people that may be relying on you for answers! The damage you cause may be greater than that caused by a dunking their gadgets in the bathtub, because they will believe you are correct, & will go on to assume everything you spout is valid. This lack of basic knowledge indicates that you may not be a reliable source of information on any topic.

    • Christian Cawley
      September 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      *Clearly* there is a word missing here before "condense", namely "evaporate" (followed by "and").

      Perhaps as a valued reader of MakeUseOf it would have been more appropriate to drop us a quiet note pointing this out, rather than making an unwarranted personal attack.

      • PeterC
        September 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        No personal attack intended. I am just annoyed that someone setting themselves to have influence over others by what they write as an authority in a forum, can make such an elementary error & expect to not be called on it. Proper research, backed up by facts from legitimate sources counts far more than just letting go with incorrect statements. You are setting yourself up to be the source of information for others who may not have any idea about the consequences of following your dialog to the letter, & therefore are tasked with an obligation to know your subject.
        I stand by my previous statement: you should know & research your subject before committing to something that cannot be retracted. Please consider the following amendment, as suggested by you:
        *Clearly* there is a word missing here before "condense", namely "evaporate" (followed by "and").
        So:
        "At best, a bit of water will "evaporate" "and" condense on a HOT circuit board or processor and cause damage to the screen"
        Still WRONG!!!
        I ask you, would a quiet word away from the throng have had any bearing on correcting your error, since you are still adhering to it?

        • Christian Cawley
          September 4, 2012 at 7:48 am

          Your attitude is unnecessarily aggressive.

          Moreover I'm more than qualified to speak on this matter and present my suggestions. This is my piece, edited and approved by the MUO team. You, sir, are a commenter, offering thoughts under the guise of some perceived expertise. But you don't offer anything to back it up.

    • soraya
      May 24, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      sootrue and the best thing that can help my tablet is that it can be in a bowl of rice for a few hours and a hairdryer

  28. Martin
    August 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I dropped my iPhone 4S into a lake whilst fishing. It sank to the bottom (about 5 feet) and was under for about a minute before I got it back.

    It was still working when I got it, so switched off immediately except it came back on again. Took it home and put in a lunchbox and covered with silica gel (loose, not in packets). Left it for 36hrs and it's as good as new.

    Moral of story: if it gets wet, it can still work if you're lucky.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I think luck plays a large part in all of it!

  29. Steve Rathbun
    August 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    While travelling,I spilled coffee on my cell phone,soaking it thoroughly.So I removed the battery and placed it on the dash over the defroster vents,and covered it with a small towel.The defroster on high was trapped under the towel,and after about three hours,when I stopped for the day,I tried it.And it worked!

  30. Allan Joffe
    August 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    best way to date is to roll device in a heating pad set on LOW and leave it for 3 or 4 hours...if when you examine the unit you see water vapor drops on the inside of the display...it means the proces needs more time to get remaining water out of unit.
    check at hourly ntervals until no water vapor steam shows up. then
    turn unit on...might need charge to work well....this has worked well with 2 cell fones
    that were really sopping wet. Note that some devices will make a record of past water
    damage which can be detected in case a claim was made for a defective device in
    warranty and was not caused by significant water damage.

  31. Richard
    August 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    You say:
    "basic physics then the submerging of the switched-off device into rubbing alcohol is a result of basic chemistry. The concept is simple: the alcohol will displace the water".
    Nothing could be more wrong. Alcohol and water mix extremely well. They mix so well that they are the textbook example of a property called miscibility.
    From Wikipedia: "Miscibility /m?s??b?l?ti/ is the property of liquids to mix in all proportions, forming a homogeneous solution. In principle, the term applies also to other phases (solids and gases), but the main focus is usually on the solubility of one liquid in another. Water and ethanol, for example, are miscible because they mix in all proportions."
    The fact that commonly available forms of isopropyl alcohol come in different percentages is testimony to the miscibility of alcohol and water.
    I recommend having a first aid kit made up ahead to time to deal with these situations. Pure alcohol is very hard to find anytime, much less at 2 AM when an accident occurs. I also recommend that, when using a desiccant or drying agent such as silica gel or white rice, that you have a large ziplock in which to enclose both the electronic item and the desiccant and seal it from the atmosphere.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Richard

      Appreciate your clarification there, thanks a lot!

  32. Stephen Bozzone
    August 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I worked at Motorola and you would not believe the number of phones people returned because they microwaved to try to dry them. NEVER MICROWAVE electronics!

  33. Irshaad Abdool
    August 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks Christian. i always thought that if your smartphone (ya smartphone not Nokia 3310 :P) falls in a water stream, pick it up, remove your SIM card and the memory card and then put it back where it fell :P

    • Aditya Roy
      August 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Haha.... :D

  34. Krzysztof Buzko
    August 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Great article! The most important thing is not to try turn on wet device(as most of people do to "check if it works"). This can really kill your device. I was usually disassembling my mobile phone to the smallest elements ald left it for night to get dry. I had 3 phones, all 3 got into water(bath, toilet, sea) and all 3 was saved. My friend however had less luck. He didn't disassemble his phone and after 3 months his phone was dead, corrosion on mainboard... So Dry your phone as fast as possible.

  35. tkj tkj
    August 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Placing a phone inside a dry (need i say 'unused'?) condom, tying a knot, then invert and place in a 2nd condom, tied too, then tossing it in a swimming pool will yield ...

    a normal working phone ;)

    I suspect the newer 'clear plastic' polypropylene condoms would have the advantage of youre being able to push buttons .. tho i dont know the capacitance of PolyPro or latex. A gummy-bear condom, tho , should allow touchscreen use too (Theoretically! Gummybears have same capacitance as human finger!)

  36. tkj tkj
    August 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Nice article, generally, but you have a bit of an error in understanding how alcohol removes water ..
    Water is soluble in alcohol .. it does not "displace" it ..

    Rather, alcohol, when it evaporates, is obligated to take water molecules with it as it leaves the wet surface. It is very difficult to get pure alcohol: that's why you can get it much higher than 92% or so .. No matter how well you distill it, it will always bring with it a low percentage of water. (To get 100% you need to place a pan of alcohol in a container where there also exists an extremely hydrophilic {water loving} substance such as sulphuric acid .. The acid will remove the water from the air in the container and that will allow the water in the alcohol to evaporate into the air and thence again into the acid tray.

    Ive rescued 3 phones by turning off, removing backcover, battery,sim, etc, as you say, and then immediately immersing it in a bowl of 91% alcohol ..with agitation .. Pulling phone out of bowl for quick shakes or gentle hot air is good, but then get it back into the alcohol. After several minutes, warm-air drying, and overnight in dry uncooked rice as final step saved the day.

    It is nice to see your article, good work ;)

    jon

  37. Fayz
    August 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I have often used the last 3 as a solution to dry my phone or tablet, but never the first 3! Good to know there are other ways. Thanks for the info and a great read! c:

  38. GrrGrrr
    August 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    never knew abt the rice option.
    does it really works?

    • Aditya Roy
      August 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Can vouch for it... tried and tested

  39. Cesar
    August 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Although the article did have some good advice, it did not mention how to remove the water and dry you phone/tablet the fastest. Since Water and Alcohol don't mix very well and Alcohol evaporates quickly dunking the powered-off device in alcohol. Then taking it apart and allowing it to dry will bring back you device, as long as the device has not already shorted out.

    • bounce
      October 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      this is very hard to understand. it makes me feel like you have no idea what you're talking about. the article make it very clear what to do and why to do it. lmao

      • Cesar
        October 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        LMAO, I guess you and I must be on different wave lengths. My 2 cents, it also helps that I'm a chemist. So you can think "You have no idea what you’re talking about" but I do know what I wrote about. Just try it at home mix some rubbing alcohol and water see what happens for yourself.

  40. Petey Pabler
    August 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    You also forgot to mention how most carriers will say you Voided your warranty by getting it wet. Inside the iPhone and some Motorola devices, there is this tiny paper tab. It dissolves when it gets wet, and the manufacturer or store will KNOW if you got it wet or not...

  41. Petey Pabler
    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I think maybe that telling a bunch of geeks to put electronics in the oven might be a bad idea LOL...In my experience, Rice and condensed air have worked the best for me. Then afterwards you can cook the rice...WIN/WIN

  42. Sacha Obado
    August 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I have particularly used the rice option many times and it works.. I used it on a camera that dropped in water left it in a rice bowl for 2 weeks and it worked perfectly after no probs at all...

  43. Paul Burnett
    August 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Put the device in an expedient vacuum chamber and pull a slight vacuum (not a hard vacuum) on it - the water will evaporate quicker.

    If it's been submerged in dirty water, rinsing it in distilled (or clean) water first may be a good idea.

    • Petey Pabler
      August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Hey Paul, my expedient Vacuum Chamber is not working...may I borrow yours?

  44. Kao Vang
    August 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I was able to recover my phone to working order via the rice method and left it out in the sun. Awesome!

  45. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    August 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    My brother's phone got wet when he'd been in water for about 15 minutes (he forgot that he put the phone in his pant's pocket). Disassembled, dried and soaked in rice. The phone works but can't use camera anymore. Heard another alternative to save a wet phone, but cost money, use thirsty bag http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/Thirsty-Bag/IF145-163

  46. Ashwin Ramesh
    August 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  47. Kirby
    August 30, 2012 at 2:42 am

    One solution Filipino rescuers made during the flood rescue operations was put their phones in condoms to protect their cellphones.

    I just wanted to ask if its advisable to drown the device in alcohol before putting it in a bowl of rice? Or just choose one of the two potential fixes?

    • Vipul Jain
      August 30, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Alcohol is a last resort kind of method. It's advisable to put it in a bowl of rice first, and let is stay for 1-2 days.
      After that if it still doesn't work, then try alcohol.

      • Shmuel Mendelsohn
        August 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        I wonder what sort of alcohol is best. Rum? Scotch? Whiskey? Does it help if you use brown rice? Organic rice?

        • L Farrell
          September 3, 2012 at 1:18 am

          rubbing alcohol:-)

        • L Farrell
          September 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

          use rubbing alcohol, not the drinking kind ... I've used this method successfully to dry out a couple of cameras.

        • Christian Cawley
          September 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

          hi Shmuel

          "submerging of the switched-off device into _rubbing alcohol_ is a result of basic chemistry"

          As for the rice - it really doesn't matter, we want to absorb moisture, not establish a healthy and life-sustaining diet for the device ;)

      • Shmuel Mendelsohn
        August 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        This is what I like - practical, good advice! However, I would still advise insuring the phone.

        • Billy Tyler
          August 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

          See Joe's comment below..you shouldn't be going about and buying random alcohol but getting alcohol designed specifically for cleaning electronics.

    • Joe
      August 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Beware, as there are different types of alcohol! The most common sort is isopropyl, and many drugstore varieties are 50% water! Very bad. Other types of alcohol can actually damage plastics and dissolve glues. You can buy iso that is over 99% pure, and is intended for cleaning electronics.

  48. Glenn
    August 30, 2012 at 1:10 am

    My 18 month old dropped my wife's iPhone 3GS into the bath last year. Not even rice fixed that!

    I work on the railway and keep my phone dry in a ziplock bag. It allows me to key in data in the weather without getting stuff wet.

    • Ed
      December 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      that's because it said in the upper article- turning it off right away is the key. the damage was already done, there was no fixing it, because i'm sure your kid didn't know to turn it off when she dropped it.

      read the entire article before making yourself look bad.

    • Jackson Brown
      February 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Quote article: "These potential fixes are precisely that: potential fixes"

      Your own idiocy offends me Ed.

  49. Rob Hindle
    August 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    With the power off a lot of electronics survives quite well. Coffee in the keyboard? run it under the tap and give it plenty of time to dry - warm dry place. Mobile phone fell in the toilet (yes, done it, luckily nothing other than water down there at the time!) - whip the battery out - leave the back off and leave it in warm dry place (the airing cupboard?) - problem solved.

    One problem I keep getting is with pocket devices (phone, camera) when I'm out in the rain. Outside pockets are risky but tucked away inside the waterproofs is at risk of condensation too so some kind of waterproof holder is good. Camera is best kept warm so it doesn't get condensation on the lens when you get it out for a photo (and battery life gets cut short if you go sub-zero).

  50. Scott
    August 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    As an Apple technician that sees a lot of spillages (esp from wine, beer etc..) I do not recommend following the steps in this guide.
    While it is good to remove the power source from the computer or Phone, it's not always possible, e.g. iPhone. Even though you can power it off, the battery is still supplying power to the iPhone.
    The best thing to do is submerse it in rice, this will absorb the moisture, do not use paper towels on circuitry, and especially don't use a hairdryer as they produce negative ions, can overheat the circuits and cause electromagnetic damage. The same goes with ovens, some use electromagnetic or Infrared waves to heat, which can damage electronics.
    As soon as possible take it to a service provider and have them dry it out correctly and clean up any corrosion that has taken place before re-attaching the power source.
    This is quite the irresponsible and misinformed article, please research yourself before following any of the steps provided in this article to prevent further damage and data loss to your device.

    • SomeoneSmarterThanYou
      October 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      You're a *technician*??!!

      Half of what you wrote is a pile of pseudoscientific claptrap. "Negative Ions" from a hairdryer? Ooooh, scary "Electromagnetic Waves" from an oven!! Not unless it's a microwave.

      I'm assuming by "Apple technician" you mean "Underpaid, polo-shirt wearing, Genius Bar idiot"

      This article contained many useful tips, and you sir, are a fool.

    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      My son accidentally spilled water on the port of the ipadmini wthout telling me, in the next day i saw it empty bat, so i charged it, it was still fine, it reache to 100% of its life bat, then i used it but after an hour it started to dim and blinking, i turn it off and on and still the dim dim blink blink until none, i plugged it on with its charger non happened, decided to try the rice and hoping for the best remains to be seen by about tom. Hope it wil get fixed.

    • Christian Cawley
      February 26, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Almost 3 years on, thanks for the laughs, Scott.

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