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How to Save a Phone or Tablet Dropped in Water

Christian Cawley Updated 05-06-2019

I’ve got bad news for you: dropping your phone or tablet in water (whether a bath, sink, toilet, or pool) will leave it irreparably damaged. No more apps, games, Facebook, phone calls or browsing. All gone.


But it’s not all bad news.

If you leave the phone or tablet switched on, you’ll have problems. Switching it off right away might just save your device. In fact, there are several steps you can take to get water out of your tablet or phone and save it from destruction.

Help! My Tablet Got Wet and Won’t Turn On!

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

Basically, letting your phone or tablet get wet is a bad idea, and requires you to act as quickly as possible.

In short, stop trying to turn it on. You need to let the phone dry out if you ever want to see it working again.


Dropped Your Phone or Tablet in Water? 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! Meanwhile, if you’re using a phone with a removable battery, open the compartment and take the battery out.

Don't let your phone get wet!
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Whatever you do, don’t waste time checking if the wet phone or tablet still works or not. Doing so will only 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 recommended—failure to quickly complete the following steps will result in a permanently damaged phone or tablet!


Immediately Dry Whatever You Can

iPhone sim slot should be dried

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

However along with the battery, two other items can be removed:

  1. The SIM card: retrieve this, dry it with paper towel, and keep it somewhere safe.
  2. Removable micro SD card: remove and dry the card. Note that not all devices will have a removable SD card.

The reason for this is simple—water gets everywhere! By removing these two cards, you can dry the slots with some tissue paper to soak residual water.


Drying the Phone or Tablet

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

Ensure all water droplets around the edge of the display are soaked up. Also check around any screw holes and bezels—in fact, everywhere on the exterior of your phone or tablet.

Without taking the device apart this is as dry as you will be able to physically get it. Opening the phone or tablet is dangerous, incidentally. You’ll only end up persuading moisture to come into contact with mainboard and other components.

So, how do you dry the insides of a phone or tablet that got wet?


4 Ways to Get Water Out of a Phone or Tablet

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.

1. Boiler/Airing Cupboard

A heat-based solution, this will take a few hours to dry your phone—probably about a full day. Switch on your boiler before using this solution, however.

2. A Bowl of Rice

Submerge a wet phone or tablet in rice to save it from water damage

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 the moisture overnight, leaving you with a fully working device.

3. Lots of Silica Gel

Silica can help dry a wet tablet

Do you collect those packets of silica that ship with most electronic goods? 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.

4. 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 alcohol displaces the water, then you remove the device from the liquid the alcohol will evaporate. This is an extreme solution, but useful if the other fixes don’t work.

Find a Water Damaged Tablet Repair Service

If none of the above works, or you can’t find any rice or even a warm place, consider a repair. While expensive (and potentially a waste of time), some phone shops will deal with water damage.

Own an iPad or iPhone? If you have Apple Care+, this should cover you for two accidental damage incidents, which includes water, so it’s probably worth paying for Apple Care AppleCare Warranty: What Are Your Options and Is It Worth It? AppleCare+ protects your Apple device, but is it worth the cost? Here's what AppleCare+ offers and whether you should get it. Read More . For non-Apple devices, you need to check if the insurance you took with your phone or tablet covers the damage.

Don’t Drop Your Phone or Tablet in Water!

These fixes are for extreme scenarios only. Do not let your phone or tablet get wet! A few splashes of rain is okay; anything more could be catastrophic.

These potential fixes are precisely that: “potential” fixes, as opposed to “actual” fixes. They have been shown to work, but none is guaranteed. As such, consider these safer practices:

  • 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.
  • Buy a waterproof phone. Several models are available that can withstand brief plunges in water, including the most recent iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.

Choose the best option: keep your phone or tablet safely away from exposure to water. If you cannot, water damage is a strong argument in favor of taking out smartphone insurance Should You Buy Smartphone Insurance? What does smartphone insurance cover? What does it cost? And after all is said and done, is it worth it? Read More .

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  1. Rilee
    April 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    This helps a lot thank you so much for this I needed it and now I have my tablet in rice thank you.

  2. Brandon French
    November 6, 2018 at 2:50 am

    There is a lot of alternative ways to fix or repair your phone with your self. There is no problem about that and There is nothing wrong in trying something by yourself. But there are chances that you might end up doing more harm to your phone. However, your article is very interesting and very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Fairlight Dawn Lucero
    April 27, 2018 at 8:43 am

    When i was in the bathroom,while im holding my tablet,i put on basin's lid and it slip off i was so nervous because i dont know how to do.I told to my brother that the tablet fell into the water and he was angry and he said put it on the rice.Few hours i can see moistures and i think its working.I dont if it'll work but i hope!!

  4. Octavian S
    December 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I read your article with much interest because I am found in an awkward situation right now. I dropped my Oneplus One on the ground and damaged my touchscreen, went to replace it at a GSM service store. Picked up the phone the next day happily that it now works but after 3 hours noticed a red blurry dot on this new display. I went back to ask it replaced on warranty and left it with the guys. The next day they call me to notify that after disassembly, the display looks like it has been soaked in water and it will no longer be subject of warranty. Moreover, after they assemble it back for me, the display now has vertical and horizontal lines all over it, along with the red dot. I am curious to whether there is a way to prove that they are lying since I know for sure there has not been a single drop of water on it in the interval that I got it back from them the first time till I left it to be replaced on warranty. Maybe the display that had oxide traces on it was like that from the beginning or they managed in the process of detaching the display with a heat gun of something hot to create chemical vapors from the adhesive that created that oxide.
    I need to mention that about 8 months ago I forgot the phone outside in the rain at a phishing contest but that didn't damage the phone then nor I think water remained inside for so long. The water damage indicator from the earphone plug is not colored but the service guys showed me the water damage indicator next to the motherboard that was pink. How in the *** that got soaked and the external one not?
    Maybe some techie' experts can give me some hints or links to experiments that can show the oxide is also created by vapors or that water contact will first color the indicator in the earphone plug then the one inside.
    Thank you in advance,

  5. Rowan
    September 10, 2017 at 1:08 am

    My story is i fell into a river with my phone and tablet on me,saw that my phone was on and calmly texted friends about the accident thinking it was fine..soon after it started turning on an d off so now thyre both in rice for the night xD

  6. rachel
    March 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    My tablet got drenched in water and it won't turn on, I can hear the volume button and the alarm. My tablet screen is all black and don't know how to fix it and it seems like that doesn't describe the things happening to other devices in water.
    Can someone please tell me how to fix it?

    • Alana
      March 9, 2017 at 4:13 am

      This is because the screen is broken I drooped half mine in waterv and out it straight in rice and it seemed to fade away after 5 or 7 days

    • Christian Cawley
      March 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      NEVER try to switch on a wet phone or tablet. These are electrical devices. Electricity and water do not mix.

      January 19, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Rachel try submerging your tablet in a containerfill with Rice about 1 inch above.
      & leaving for a least 1 day...
      Hope this works Rachel

  7. rachel
    March 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    A cup of water spilt on my tablet. I woke up, and my tablet wouldn't turn on. I can here the volume button, and the alarm. But my entire tablet screen is black, since it can't come apart I'm confused how to fix it. Does anyone know how?

    • Christian Cawley
      March 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      That sounds as though the screen has been damaged. Has it resolved itself? Did you leave it switched off to try out?

  8. 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.

    • Christian Cawley
      March 31, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Glad you're happy, but sounds as though you should have switched it off for longer!

  9. 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

  10. 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?

  11. 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- 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!

  12. 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?

  13. 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!

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

    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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!!

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

    sounds helpful

  18. 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!

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

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

  20. 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.

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

    it is good

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


  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

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

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

    Good advice. Hope I never need it.

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

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

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

    very useful tip for me

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

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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").
        "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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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!)

  43. 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 ;)


  44. 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:

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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...

  48. 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

  49. 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...

  50. 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?

  51. 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!

  52. 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

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

    Thanks for sharing!

  54. 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 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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).

  57. 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.