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Display not working (phone got wet in storm). Can i take it apart and let it dry overnight?

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You could try it.You even could blot the circuit board dry probably with a paper towel would be best.A cloth will lint too easily.Just blot at it ,don't rub.I have not seen much success when a cell phone gets wet because they are so delicate and small,but it's worth a try.It's better to at least try before replacing.Dry the battery and compartment too.Good luck!(You need alot right now).

Posted on Aug 07, 2010

  • rossatl97 Aug 07, 2010

    Hi icantry, thanks for your response. I will try putting it back together and recharging the phone just before the local provider store opens later this morning. They claim on their web page to offer loaner phones so if my phone is dead my I can get a loaner until a replacement phone arrives. Thanks again.

  • rossatl97 Aug 07, 2010

    Hi icantry, thanks for your response. I will try putting it back together and recharging the phone just before the local provider store opens later this morning. They claim on their web page to offer loaner phones so if my phone is dead my I can get a loaner until a replacement phone arrives. Thanks again.

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Good afternoon Steve.

Drying it with towels or such will sometimes work, sometimes not. Depends on what the wet was. On the drying side, for a more thorough dry, if you're comfortable taking it apart again, do so, wrap in a couple layers of paper towels, lay on a cloth towel on a cookie sheet, and put in your oven, if you can get a setting under 200 degrees F. There is often a Bread Proofing or 'Keep Warm' setting that will be in this range. Put it in overnight to let the higher temp actively drive more water out. I did this with my iPhone 4s that I inadvertently ran through the washing machine in a pants pocket. Next morning, after cooling off and re-charge, worked fine. When you're done, let the phone cool slowly - no putting it in the fridge, you'll condense water on it. Put it back together and charge, see if things improved.

the other possibility is that the source of the wet either carried crud in that's all over the electronics, or it corroded stuff. If you have corrosion, you have little to lose trying to gently clean it, but corroded electonics are rarely more than circling the drain before they fail.

As a general drying-of-electronics tip, go to a Michaels, or other craft store, and get a can of flower-drying dessicant. It's not that expensive, and made specifically to suck up moisture at room temp. Next time a phone drops in the sink, wrap it in a layer of paper towel (to keep dessicant from migrating into the earphone jack, charging port, etc), optionally warm in a gentle oven again to encourage the water to take to the air, and be patient. It works better than the dry rice that is often recommended as a moisture soaker.

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One method that has worked for many people and water damaged phones, (myself included), is to put the phone in small zip lock bag of rice to dry.

Simply disassemble the back cover, remove the battery, and place the phone in a zip-lock bag filled about half way with white rice. The moisture in the phone from the water should be absorbed by the rice after a few hours. This is best done every evening for a week or so until the phone has completely dried out.
It is best not to wait until the phone has dried on it's own after a few days, because if water evaporates on it's own in the phone, it can leave behind residue on the internals of the circuit board.
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some times water is still in the phone...
If you have a blow dryer then u can dry it out...
By turning it on every side the phone will get hot but will dry it out...

The battery may have water in it too do the same to it....

Do this for 3 days then try to charge your cell phone for 24hrs...
Then push the power on to see if it works and some times u have to press the power switch down 2 or more times....
Because my phone does that some times..
So good luck to ya..,,,

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