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How to Save Your Wet Cell Phone

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It happens. You leave your cell phone on the bar next to you ands someone knocks over a drink. Or you leave it out on the deck and it rains. Or, a more common scenario, your cellphone takes an accidental fall into the bowl when you are using the bathroom.

If you are brave enough to fish it out, is there a way to save your cellphone, and if so how? Or is this going to become yet another cellphone condemned to sit in a landfill for years, which far too many of them are these days. In fact There are more than 500 million used cell phones in the U.S. sitting in people’s drawers or worse, in our crowded landfills and that number is only going to increase unfortunately.

Very few phone companies will cover your water damaged phone either, so if cell phone CPR is unsuccessful your bank account is going to take a hit as well.

The fact is that most partially drowned cell phones can be salvaged, but only if you act quickly. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the battery. Unless you have an iPhone, as the battery in them is never supposed to be removed (a great innovation on the part of Apple that almost ensures that you will have to buy a new one withing a few years anyway) Make sure your iPhone is off and locked though.
  2. If your phone has a SIM card take that out too. If the worst comes to the worst and your phone cannot be revived at least you will not lose all your data as well.
  3. Dab up excess moisture by blowing on the phone or dabbing at it with paper towels. The ideal thing to have with you in this situation would be one of those cans of compressed air used to clean keyboards, but  the chances that you bought one out to the pub with you are, we assume fairly slim (since this is where these accidents seem to happen most often)
  4. This is the crucial part. As soon as you can, that wet phone needs to be buried – in a bowl of uncooked rice. The rice actually works wonders to remove all that moisture without ruining your phone. Leave the phone in its rice bed for at least several hours.
  5. Remove your phone from the rice, reinsert the battery (if you ever took it out) and hope for the best. Most of the time, if you acted quickly this will work and your phone will be restored to its former glory.

If the phone still does not work, even with its charger, don’t throw it away. It may be useless to you now but it can be recycled. Instead send it to Earthworks Recycle My Cell Phone. You won’t receive any cash or direct reward for doing so, but you will be able to write the cost of the drowned cell phone and the amount you paid to mail it off on your next tax return.