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Cell pjone water damage

How do I dry out a cell phone with water damage (no salt water).

my daughter put my phone in the dogs water. the outside screen is black and the inside screen is white. i cant get it to power on more than a split second. if i let everything dry for 24 hours will it work.?

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Re: cell pjone water damage

Unfortunately it may be too late...the phone should have been turned off the battery should be taken out as soon as it was taken out of the water...this keeps circuits from shorting out... never hurts to try everything...

Place the phone in a sealed container full of uncooked rice, and leave it there for at LEAST 3 days...thats 72 hours of not powering it tempting as it is to "check"

You have to give the rice time to draw out any moisture.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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Remove the battery and let the unit sit for a day or two. It takes a lot longer to dry out than it seems. If it doesn't work after that amount of time, the water probably did permanent damage. The cell company's regular warranty covers defects, but their premium insurance should cover even water damage. If they don't cover it at all, the repair cost probably isn't worth it if you can get a deal on a new phone. Definitely worth a shot to call or stop in your cell company's physical store and chat them up.

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If your cell phone gets into water...

Two differents situations can occur when you drop your cell phone in water: depends if it is salt water (beach) or fresh water (rain, etc). I use to repair cell phones for 6 years, and this is my best recommendation.
If the phone gets into fresh water, just remove the battery immediately, because the battery normally creates a short circuit inside the phone, then try without battery and if you can remove part of the housing, do it and put a small fan or a hair blower ( not too hot) aside the phone at least for 15 minutes continue, moving around constantly. This has to be done immediately, because the minerals in some types of water can cause bridges between the IC (integrated circuits), and cause malfunctions.
If the phone gets into salt water, and this include if you drop it into the toilet while urinating (remember, the urine if full in chemicals, most of them are salts), although it sounds crazy, just immediately remove the battery, and give a fresh water wash, I mean, try to wash all the salt from the phone, and then start doing the process to dry it as described before. 
Two tips more: It is probably that your battery will damage permanently, and nothing can be done. And, this not guarantee that the phone will work, because it depends on how long it was soaked. In a next opportunity, I can give you a little higher difficult level to do in order to completely recover your phone from future problems due to water damage. 

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Your best bet is to replace it. It's better than wasting good money on a phone you'll soon need to replace anyway.

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Remove The Phone From The Water

The first step is to remove the phone from the water as soon as possible. The less time the phone spends submerged, the greater chance it has of being saved. The plastic covers that come with cell phones do provide some protection, but it takes a mere twenty seconds or less for water to get through these barriers and start causing damage to your phone.

Once you pull the phone from the water, remove the battery immediately. Cutting power is a crucial step when attempting to save a wet cell phone. There are many circuits inside cell phones that can survive getting wet, but only if they are not attached to a power source.

If your cell phone comes with a SIM card, remove it promptly. Do not heat the card, simply pat it dry with a soft towel, and put it aside until the rest of your phone is dry and back to working order. The good news is that SIM cards recover well from water damage. If for some reason, your phone doesn't survive the accident but the SIM card does, there are plenty of places that sell unlocked cell phones. Simply place your SIM chip into the new phone and go.

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Please take note; if your phone was submerged in salt water, you must rinse it in fresh water before the drying process begins. Even after the phone is dry, crystals can form and continue to cause damage and erosion.
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The next step you must take to save a wet cell phone is to allow the phone to dry. A great method in providing an optimum drying environment is to set the phone on the vent found on the back of a television set or cable box. The low heat emitted will gently dry your cell phone. Another trick to help speed drying is to place the phone in a bowl of dry rice. This will help draw out the moisture. You can also try placing the phone in a plastic baggie with a few silica packs that come in purchases such as shoes and electronics. Silica, like rice, absorbs moisture.

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Wouldn't suggest putting it under any sort of heating device (hairdryer, oven, etc). Just isn't a good idea to heat up electrical items...

Placing it in a closed container (ie a jar) filled with uncooked rice should draw out all the moisture. Remove the battery and any covers on the phone and place it in the uncooked rice. BE SURE TO LEAVE IT THERE 72 HOURS....and do not place the battery inside the phone. You may need to replace the battery if it was damaged from the water.

Hopefully the rice will have dried it out before any damage was done by mixing the water and electricity with the phones circuits.

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