(Closed) Help! I dropped my phone in water! :(

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Put it in a bowl of uncooked rice. The rice is supposed to pull the moisture out. Not sure if it will work or not, but it’s worth a try. 

Post # 4
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Second the rice, it worked for my FSIL!  Her phone had been dropped and submerged so many times and it still worked when she used the rice!

Post # 5
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Third on the rice! It works every time…not that I would know about dropping my phone into water multiple times….

Post # 6
20 posts

I dropped my phone in water. Immediately turned it off, took it apart (as much as I could) and put it in front of a hair dryer for about an hour. Then let it sit TURNED OFF for a good day or two. Worked as good as new! I’ve also heard of the rice trick and that is probably just as good as the hair dryer. The trick is to immediately turn it off so the electric current doesn’t mess the phone up. Be sure to let it dry ALL THE WAY before you turn it on. Don’t “just check” <

this will be very hard, but don’t be tempted. If you wait it out 2-3 days. It should be just fine. I couldn’t wait and turned mine back on 24 hours later, but it worked just fine.

Post # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If it makese you feel any better….the last phone I had before my droid I dropped in a toilet and FLUSHED IT. It was lost and gone forever. I was standing up and had the phone in my pocket of my work pants and it literally flew out of my pocket, landed in the toilet JUST as it was flushing and landed perfectly in the center of the pot and down the drain. Rice wasnt even an option for me ๐Ÿ™ I hope the rice works – Ive heard it does on some phones but I dont know abotu droids!

Post # 7
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@hamster: Oh no sorry to hear that!! ๐Ÿ™ I ruined my first Iphone this way.. but luckily Apple replaced it for free since it was still under warranty. Hopefully the damage isn’t too bad!!!

Post # 8
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yes, I washed my phone in the laundry once.  I was at a summer camp without access to rice, but here’s what I did.  Good luck!!

Took everything apart and sat it on a towel.  Blow dried the phone completly (for 15-20 minutes).  Let it sit for at least a day, all apart.  Blow dry it some more (for good measure). Put is back together.  Let it sit another day.  Then I turned it on.  It worked for a good year and a half, until the speaker died.  I don’t think that had to do with being washed, but since it showed water damage they couldn’t do anything for it. 

Post # 9
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Oh no! It’s great that you immediately took it apart and put it in the rice. I’ve had a friend have her phone submerged in the surf before. She dried it the same way that you did and it did end up working ok for a little while. Unfortunately, b/c of the salt water, it started to eat away at the inside of the phone. She ended up having to get a new one after a few months.

Good luck! I hope it’s ok!

Post # 11
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You’ve definitely had some great advice here!  I agree with everyone that said don’t turn it on to ‘check’.  My husband did that after dropping his phone in the toilet, and it definitely ruined it.  Good luck!

Post # 12
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Good luck. I’ve done this several times, but never had one survive. However, I didn’t do the rice or hair dryer thing.

Post # 13
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@PitBulLover: That’s pretty impressive actually.

I killed my iphone in water – didn’t know about the rice thing at the time. I know that hair-dryers are a bad idea because they can blow dust into the phone.

Post # 14
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I tried the rice thing on my iPhone when I dropped it in the toilet a few months ago. It is functional, but the screen was so dark you couldn’t see anything without holding it up to the light.  I just got another one.  Sigh.

Post # 15
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

done this before and the uncooked rice trick worked. Good luck!

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