What happens if your android phone gets wet? Are you panicking? Are you throwing it in a jar of rice? Are you throwing it away? It turns out that all of these answers are wrong. We’ll dispel the myths and offer sound advice for fixing an Android phone that’s been dropped in a puddle of water or left in the rain.

Turn off the phone

Don’t just turn off the screen. Turn off smartphone fully. Unplug it if it’s on the charger and don’t plug it in again. If possible, open the case and remove the battery.

As a rule, phones do not die due to water. They die because the water causes a short circuit in the wiring. For this to happen, the phone must be powered. If you can turn off the phone and dry it within 48 hours of being exposed to water, chances are good that the phone will continue to work.

Remove case

If a on your phone there is case delete it. Put as much of your phone on the air as possible.

Remove the case from your phone

Try Specialized Cleaning

Take your phone to a service such as TekDry, if they are available near you. Major metropolitan areas will often have several similar services.

Remove the battery

At worst android phone not designed for simple battery replacement and goes out when you turn it off. If you don’t have a phone repair tool kit, the best option is to put your phone on a flat surface to drain the battery before something closes.

Remove Android Battery

Wash your phone?

If your phone falls into the ocean, wash it. Sea water corrodes the interior. If your phone has been dropped in soup or other particulate materials, wash it. Wash your phone under clean running water. Do not submerge it in a bowl or sink of water.

wet phone

Avoid pushing, tilting and shaking your phone

If your phone has water in it, don’t make things worse by letting water flow in new places.

Don’t use rice

Stuffing a phone in a jar of rice is more likely to stuff rice grains into the phone than it is to aid the phone’s drying process. Rice is not a drying agent. Do not use rice. Other things not to use include a hairdryer, oven, or microwave. Don’t heat up an already imperiled phone.


Instead, use drying agents, such as Damp Rid (available in grocery stores) or packaged silica gel (the packets found in vitamin bottles).

Gently pat the phone with a towel, then place the phone on paper towels. Place the phone somewhere where it won’t be disturbed. If possible, place the phone and paper towels in a container with Damp Rid or silica gel packets. Don’t use loose powder; loose powder leaves particles on the phone.


Give the phone at least 48 hours to dry. Longer if you can. After about 24 hours, balance the phone upright and tilt it, so the USB port aims down to make sure any remaining moisture drains downward and out of the phone. Avoid jostling or shaking the phone when it’s wet.


If you are an adventurous warranty-voider and have the correct tools, disassemble the phone as much as you can before drying it out. iFixit has a kit we recommend if you’re into disassembling devices. The vendor also offers instructions on how to repair and reassemble devices.

Look for Water Sensors

How do repair or phone companies know if a phone got wet? Phones have water sensors that detect if there has been water ingress. The sensors in most phones look like small pieces of paper or stickers. These stickers are white when dry, and turn bright red — permanently — when they get wet. So if you take the phone case off, and see bright red paper dots on the interior of the phone, that’s probably a tripped water sensor.

waterproof coating

Before your phone gets dunked or web, take it to a company like Liquipel that coats phones that would normally not be water-resistant. Send them your phone, they coat it, then return it to you.

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