Here’s What to Do When You Drop Your Smartphone in Water

Whether you drop your phone in a pool or it goes for a swim, the most important thing to do is grab it. The longer your precious handset takes a bath, the more likely water is to get inside of and ruin it. Get your phone out of the water right away, and there’s a good chance it will be fine.

If you grab your phone and it’s still turned on, turn it off as fast as you can.

Now that your phone is off and  you’ll have to dry it off. If your handset has a removable battery or removable microSD card, take it out. Similarly, if your phone has some kind of port cover or even a removable back panel, open it up to let your handset air out.

Do not try to dry your phone with a blow drier. The heat from the drier could damage your handset’s internal components permanently.


Just because your phone is dry on the outside, doesn’t mean it’s dry on the inside. To take care of that, fill a bowl with uncooked rice and bury your phone in it.

The rice wicks away the moisture trapped inside your phone, ensuring that it is completely dry inside and out.

You can also fill a plastic baggy with silica packets and drop your phone in into it. Silica is a desiccant that sucks up water moisture, so it’s perfect for drying a wet smartphone.

Whether you choose the rice method or the silica method, you’ll have to leave your phone in the bowl or bag for about 3 days to make sure that all of the moisture has been removed.


Now that your phone is nice and dry, turn it on and test it to make sure it works. If it doesn’t power on after charging it, then you’re out of luck. If it does turn on, you’re good to go. t’s important to note, though, that the water inside of your phone could have corroded the handset’s internal components. If that’s the case, your phone might start to malfunction over time, at which point you’ll have to retire and recycle it.

Take your phone apart, completely stripping it down to the circuit board, wet a toothbrush with more than 90 percent isopropyl alcohol and gently brush the board. You can also try submerging and swishing your phone around in the alcohol for a few short minutes.