How to Dry Out a Wet Phone

Tech Tips

It happens when you least expect it. You’re washing dishes after dinner; having a drink at the bar with your buddies; potty training your toddler. And then you hear it. The most awful sounding splash that confirms your worst fear, your phone is wet.

Liquid damage will zap your phone’s functionality before you even realize it happened, instantly erasing the pictures, contacts and data you have on your cell phone.

Your phone is wet. Now what?

After the initial panic of realizing that your lifeline is hanging out at the bottom of the sink/beer/toilet wears off, there are a few steps you can take to help recover your cell phone, and the priceless information on it, successfully.

1. Pick up your phone. Sounds obvious, but shock does weird things to our brains. 

2. If you have a protective case on your phone, take it off. Remove the battery and completely dry your phone off with a towel.

3. Place your phone in a warm, dry place and don’t touch it for 24 hours (if you can wait that long).

4. If your phone still won’t turn on, it’s time to call the professionals. Head over to to file a claim.

What NOT to do

  • Do not use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry out your phone. Doing so, even on the lowest setting, can melt the hardware inside your device.
  • Do not turn your phone on. I know it’s tempting- you want a sign your precious baby is still alive. But resist! Firing up your device while there’s still water inside can fry the hardware permanently, and you’ll never bounce back from that.