Repair a Wet Cell Phone

Take it all apart

OK, so now that we've stopped panicking, we try to save the phone! Yes, I know what you're thinking. What were you still doing with an ancient Nokia 6100 and why bother saving it? (especially when the ring sound no longer works!)

Well, at the time, it was coming up to my daughter's birthday, and Christmas, and I couldn't afford a new phone. Plus, it had all my contact numbers on, and messages that I wanted. So, saving it was a priority! I now have an iPhone, and tried the same rice method when my 3 year old spilled her juice on it recently. The phone still worked, but the sound didn't - however the next day, after sucking out that moisture, it was back as good as new!

So, here's what to do next.

Dry the exterior of your phone with a cloth, and then take it apart as much as you can.

Remove the back, the front casing, the keypad, the battery, and the SIM. Take more pieces apart if you can. Moisture will have crept up into all the nooks and crevices, so the more surface area you can expose, the better.

The most important thing is to remove the battery. Many circuits within the phone will survive water intact provided they are not connected to a power source, so taking this out quickly is vital. It is also important to take out the SIM, and dry this thoroughly. At least if the phone does not survive, you will still have your vital details stored on the SIM to be retrieved later.

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