How to dry a wet phone

Dropping a phone in the toilet, bath, or a pint glass seems to have happened so much recently that it's almost lost its comedy appeal…almost. Yet, as funny as it may be at first, if you're not careful your clumsiness could end up costing you over £500 for a replacement phone. So you can see why it's important to know how to dry a wet phone properly. See iPhone 5 review.

Here's a simple step-by-step guide of what to do when you have dropped your phone in water. Follow these steps and you'll be giving your phone the best chance to recover from its traumatic wet experience. See all smartphone reviews.

It's worth noting that your phone may have suffered too much water damage for this method to work. However, following these steps certainly won't damage your phone further, and have been successful for a huge amount of people. You've got nothing to lose, so it's definitely worth a go. Visit Group test: what's the best smartphone?

How to dry a wet phone: Step one

As you can probably guess, the first thing you should do is remove your phone from the water you have dropped it in. The quicker you can do this the better.

How to dry a wet phone: Step two

The next thing you need to do is take the battery and SIM card out straight away. Do not to press a few buttons to see if it still works ok. It's essential that you dry your phone completely before using it again - water and power do not mix.

If you have a iPhone then you will not be able to take the battery out, so you will need to switch the phone off as soon as you can and then remove the SIM card.

dry wet phoneHow to dry a wet phone: Step three

Once you have removed the battery and SIM card, you should then dry each component thoroughly (but gently) with a towel until the phone is dry to the touch.

How to dry a wet phone: Step four

dry a wet phone with riceFill a bowl that’s big enough to fit your phone in with uncooked rice and place your phone, battery and SIM card in the middle of the rice so it is totally covered. If you have any silica packets (the ones that come with products like new shoes), put them in to the bowl too. Silica packets, like uncooked rice, are great for removing moisture in the air.

How to dry a wet phone: Step five

wet phoneThe final step is the most important. All you need to do here it wait. It is recommended that you leave your wet phone covered in the bowl of uncooked rice for between 12-24 hours.

It's important that you leave your phone in the rice for between 12-24 hours, so you give it a chance to completely dry and rid itself of moisture.

How to dry a wet phone: Step six

Once you're satisfied that your phone is completely dry, reassemble your phone and try turning it on and using it as you would normally.

Note: Resist the temptation to use a hair dryer to try to dry the phone quicker. Drying it with a heated hair dryer can cause important parts to melt, while forcing water further into, and through, the phone. Drying it will a cold hair dryer will just force water deeper into the phone. It's really not a good idea to try and dry your phone with a hair dryer.