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What To Do if I Drop My Cell Phone in Water?

The small convenient size of cell phones unfortunately also makes these electronics accident-prone, especially when it comes to water. If you drop your cell phone in water it is often possible to salvage it. If you drop your cell phone in water, you may have only seconds to retrieve it, so you need to act fast even if it means retrieving it from the toilet!

The next thing to do if you drop your cell phone in water is to remove the battery immediately without even hesitating to turn off the power. Dry the batter with a towel and set aside to dry thoroughly. The battery itself may or may not work again, fortunately batteries can be replaced fairly inexpensively. Even if the battery does work, it is a good idea to get a new one.

After you have removed the battery, dry off the cell phone with an absorbent towel as best as you can. Use cotton swabs to soak up water in crevices and on any fragile, exposed circuits. It is also helpful to disassemble it if you can and let all the parts dry separately. Just be sure that you know how to put it back together. If it is a flip or sliding cell phone, leave it open.

If you drop your cell phone in a beverage or in salt water, rinse the phone off with fresh water once you have removed the battery. Once you drop the phone in water, the additional rinsing will not do further damage, however, minerals or other materials will.

If you drop your cell phone in liquid that isn’t pure water, you may want to try giving it an alcohol bath. The alcohol will displace minerals and microscopic substances as well as aiding in the evaporation of the fluid. If it is available, you should use an alcohol concentration of 95% rather than rubbing alcohol that usually contains only 70%.

Once your phone is clean, leave it in a warm dry area or near an air conditioner for three days before you attempt to replace the battery and turn it on. This is very important, because although you may think that you have thoroughly dried it, the slightest moisture can react with the battery and cause it to short circuit. If droped your cell phone in water, and want to save it, resist the temptation of turning it on to see if it is working until you have waited at least 72 hours.

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water damage


I am sorry but whenever any modern day electronic equipment is exposed to water, especially if it was on. Then it will be a total loss. You see there is an instantaneous, chemical reaction, as soon as the water and the electronics mix. Current tracks, where it is NOT meant to be, and causes catastrophic damage, and no amount of "Drying out" will ever do anything, as the damage has already been done. You will have to get a new phone, it is as simple as that sorry.

Apr 28, 2010 | LG enV VX9900 Cellular Phone

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how do i fix my phone that i dropped in water without going to a shop?


Unfortunately, water and electronic devise don't mix.
You can try placing your phone in a plastic bag with uncooked white rice and let it sit for about a week.
then maybe it will dry out and you can try another battery.
Your battery is almost certainly toast.
Try a new battery and Pray it comes on.
If not, Buy a new phone, water damage is very hard to fix.

If this helps please leave me a vote

May 11, 2009 | LG KU990 Viewty

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my camera is dead as it dropped at seaside.


Probably not.  Salt water and electronics are a terrible combination.  Salt water is an excellent conductor, but, worse, in the process, it is also highly corrosive to copper, so, you get the worst of dead shorts and accelerated destruction to traces.
Most electronics that hit salt water are unrecoverable, unfortunately. (I'm a SCUBA instructor and have not yet flooded a camera, but, I have replaced a number of underwater lights over the years for similar issues).
Electricity+Salt water == Hydrogen, Chlorine, Sodium, and Oxygen.  The electrolysis reaction will tend to remove copper from anodes (things connected to the + side of the batteries) and deposit it on the cathodes (things connected to the - side of the batteries), which is very bad for the electronics.  It will also make hydrogen and chlorine gasses.

Mar 16, 2009 | Opteka (OP-T32X-C5050KT) for Olympus...

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I have dropped the phone in the water and now lost all functions on the key board


Unfortunately, water is very damaging to a phone, and often voids your warranty for getting it fixed. There's even an indicator in some phones that turns from white to red when it gets wet to tell a manufacturer that the phone has been submerged in water.

Technically, you'll need to buy a new phone, unless your carrier is feeling especially nice in which case they may just give you a new one, or they may give you a new one if you can convince them the water moisture indicator is white and not red ;)

Aug 11, 2008 | Samsung Cell Phones

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