If you dropped your phone in water and now need to dry it, don't worry too much about it. There are several ways you can do that without putting your phone in a container of uncooked rice. In fact, rice may not even be the most reliable substance for getting the moisture out of a wet phone. If you want to let your phone dry, it is imperative that you take it out of the water and take it apart as soon as possible. Wipe the internal components dry and let them sit in a desiccant for at least 48 hours. Also, never shake your phone when it is wet, as this could damage it even more.
Method 1 of 3: Choosing a desiccant
Step 1. Try crystal cat litter
Crystal cat litter is made of silica gel. This material is very absorbent and can very well remove the residual moisture from a water damaged phone. You can buy crystal cat litter at any major supermarket or pet store.
Do not use any other type of cat litter. Powdery or clay-based cat litter can stick to your phone and turn it into a wet, clay-covered mess
Step 2. Give oatmeal a shot
Oatmeal flour absorbs better than regular oatmeal and more than the coarsely chopped oat flakes. If you already have oatmeal in your house, this may be the most effective substance you could use to dry your phone. Just keep in mind that when you use oatmeal flour to dry your phone components, you might end up with a phone covered in small and sticky pieces of oatmeal dust.
You can buy unflavored oatmeal flour at a grocery store
Step 3. Look for synthetic desiccant bags that you could use
Synthetic desiccant pouches are those small pouches that come with various commercial items, including shoe boxes, dried foods (e.g., dried meat or spices), and electronic devices. The bags are usually filled with highly absorbent silica beads, which can draw the moisture out of your phone. You do not have to open the bags. Just stack them on your phone and let them pull the moisture out.
- This option will only work if you've saved up silica gel bags several months in advance. However, this is not a bad idea: many people have a smartphone and the chances of dropping it in water at some point are quite high.
- If you haven't saved up any silica gel bags, you can order them in bulk from online wholesalers.
Step 4. Use couscous grains to dry your phone
Couscous is a type of ground and dried wheat grain. The small and dry granules work much like silica beads or oatmeal and draw any residual moisture out of the phone components. You can buy couscous at any supermarket. These granules don't leave any couscous dust on the phone components, making this a cleaner option than oatmeal.
Be sure to buy an unflavored and unseasoned strain
Method 2 of 3: Getting your phone out of the water
Step #1. Immediately remove your phone from the water
Whether you dropped your phone in the toilet, bathtub or in a lake, the first step is to get it out of the water as soon as possible. The longer you leave the phone in the water, the greater the water damage will be.
Leaving the phone in water for an extended period of time will cause the electrical components to absorb more water and become more soaked
Step 2. Remove the phone battery and other internal components
Before taking any steps to dry the outside of the phone, remove the electrical components from the phone. Open the phone case and take out the battery and SIM card. If you put an SD card in your phone, take it out as well.
The internal components are critical to the functioning of the phone. If they are soaked with water, the phone will not work
Step 3. Blow off the water from the phone components and dry them with a towel
Blowing on the electrical parts of your phone can get most of the water out. Wiping the phone parts with a clean, dry towel will help remove any moisture left on the parts. You should only use a desiccant to remove the moisture that has entered the phone's components.
Instead of blowing on the phone components, you can also quickly shake them back and forth in the air. Just be careful not to accidentally let the battery fly across the room
Method 3 of 3: Using a desiccant
Step 1. Place the telephone components in a container with a capacity of 1 to 2 L
If you're going to cover your phone with a desiccant, you'll need quite a bit. So look in your cupboards and take out an empty pitcher, a large bowl or a large frying pan. Put all the disassembled telephone components on the bottom.
You can omit the plastic back of the phone. This is not essential for the phone to function and can be air dried
Step 2. Pour at least 350g of desiccant over your phone
Do not be stingy with the chosen desiccant. You need a significant amount of it to get the last of the water out of the electrical telephone components.
Put a lid on the container if you are using a non-edible desiccant such as silica gel
Step #3. Let the phone dry in the tray for two to three days
It will take a while for your phone to dry up and be fully usable again. Let it sit in the desiccant for at least 48 hours. If you take the phone out too early, you'll likely end up assembling it while there's still water in it.
If you need your phone in the meantime, you can ask a friend to borrow his or her phone. You could also communicate via email and social media, rather than texting or calling
Step 4. Assemble your phone and try to turn it on
Remove your phone from the desiccant once 48 to 72 hours have passed. Shake off bits of the desiccant and put the battery, SIM and SD card back into the phone. Then press the power button to turn your phone back on.
If the phone won't turn on after drying – or if it does turn on, barely works, or the screen is damaged – take it to a professional repair shop
- If you don't have a desiccant, leave the phone in a cool room with a fan pointed at it.
- Never put the phone in a hot oven or under a hot hair dryer. The warm air can damage or even melt the essential components of the phone.
- If you have a Galaxy (or another Android), you can open the case with your fingernails. Some may require a small Phillips screwdriver, like the one you would use with glasses. For an iPhone you have to use a special 5-point screwdriver.