How to Dry a Water Damaged iPhone: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Dry a Water Damaged iPhone: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Dry a Water Damaged iPhone: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

If you accidentally drop your iPhone in the sink, sink, toilet or swimming pool, panic often sets in immediately. Saving your phone can turn into a drama or a success. There are a number of ways that can help you save your phone. With a bit of luck, you will be able to dry your phone, returning it to normal functioning.


Part 1 of 2: Knowing what to do immediately

Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 1

Step #1. Get your phone out of the water right away

This seems like a logical step, but you might panic if you drop your phone in water. Calm down and get the phone out of the water as soon as possible.

Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 2

Step 2. Disconnect the plug

If the phone is on the charger then unplug it as soon as possible. Be extremely careful to avoid getting electrocuted yourself.

Keep your fingers away from the plug and charging port of the phone. Hold the phone with one hand, grab the cable with your other hand, and then pull it out of the phone. Normally you should not remove the cable in this way as it is bad for the cable. But in this case it should be done this way to avoid getting a shock

Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 3

Step 3. Turn off the phone

It is best to remove the battery first. Since this is not possible with an iPhone, it is best to switch off the device as soon as possible.

Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 4

Step 4. Remove the SIM card

Use a paper clip or a SIM card removal tool for this.

  • Find the micro SIM card tray on your iPhone. This is normally on the right side of the phone. You will see a small entrance.
  • Insert the paperclip or SIM card removal tool into the hole. The micro SIM card tray will slide out. Temporarily remove the entire holder.
Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 5

Step 5. Dry the phone with a towel

Try to dry the outside of the phone as soon as possible by using a towel.

Run the towel through the various ports to remove the water

Part 2 of 2: Taking further steps

Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 6

Step 1. Remove water from the ports

Try to shake the water out of the device. You can also try to remove the water by using compressed air. However, you don't want to blow the water further into the phone, so be careful.

If you are using a compressed air purifier, spray the compressed air over the ports and inputs of the phone instead of in it. The water will be removed by the force of the compressed air

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Step 2. Choose an absorption method

Some people use regular rice to dry something, but this is not the most effective option. Instant rice may be better but can get stuck in the gates. A better option is silica gel. These are the small bags of granules that are often packaged with electronic items. These absorb the water better than rice. You can try to collect as many of these bags as possible or buy some at a hardware store or specialty store. You will need enough to cover the entire phone. Finally, there is the option to use a moisture-absorbing bag. These are specially designed for such situations. You can buy them online or at electronics stores, among other places.

  • If you can't find enough silica gel pouches, try crystallized cat litter; these absorb moisture in the same way.
  • Some tests show that it may be better to let the device dry in the open air rather than immersing it in a desiccant.
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Step #3. Immerse the phone

If you're using rice, wrap your phone in paper towels for protection before submerging it. Immerse the phone in a container of rice grains. Cover the phone with as many silica gel bags as possible if you choose this method. You can also use a moisture-absorbing bag. Put the phone in the pocket and close it tightly.

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Step #4. Let the phone dry

Leave the phone to dry for at least two days. You want to make sure that all components in the phone are dry, otherwise there could be a short circuit when the device is turned on.

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Step 5. Reinsert the SIM card

Place the SIM card back in its intended place. Make sure it is put back in the same way.

Dry Out a Wet iPhone Step 11

Step 6. Try to turn on the phone

After the phone has dried completely, you can try turning it back on. If you're lucky, this will work and you'll be able to use your phone normally again.


  • Try a waterproof case for your phone to protect it in situations like this.
  • If possible, order and have a set of phone drying supplies on hand so that you are prepared for such situations.


  • Do not use a hair dryer or any other heat source to dry your phone. The heat can cause even more damage.
  • Phones dry best when you take them apart. However, this may affect the warranty. You could also damage the phone if you don't know how. However, in most cases water damage will void the warranty, so this may not be a problem for you.
  • Even if you got your phone working again, water can cause permanent damage, especially to the battery. The risk of overheating remains even a few months after the event.

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