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Our phones are crucial to us, almost like our wallets and keys. But accidents happen—phones can end up in water, from a pool to a toilet. If this happens to you, don't worry just yet. Even if your phone isn't in a waterproof case, you might be able to save it.
To get water out of your phone, immediately power it off, remove any cases, and eject your SIM card. Pat it dry, avoid shaking or using heat sources, and place it in a container filled with silica gel packets or uncooked rice to absorb moisture. Leave it to dry for at least 24-48 hours before attempting to turn it back on.
If you've just rescued your phone from an aquatic mishap, the first line of defense is to remove any external moisture. Follow these steps with haste:
Water inside the phone is what can cause significant damage. Here's what to do:
Many newer phones have a nifty feature to eject water trapped in the speakers. Here's how to use it.
The shortcut will play a specific tone that helps to push water out of the speaker grilles.
No, do not use heat to dry out your phone, as this can warp components and melt adhesives. Rice can be used as a desiccant, but it's not as effective as silica gel and can leave behind residue. Your best bet is to use silica gel or another purpose-made desiccant.
After at least 48 hours, check your phone for any signs of moisture. If it looks dry:
If your phone still isn't functioning correctly, it's time to consider professional help. A technician can open your phone to dry and clean the components more thoroughly than you can at home.
Ditch the worry next time you're near water. Our CaliCase waterproof cases are designed to float and can keep your phone dry up to 100 feet underwater. Simple, durable, and reliable, they're made with your lifestyle in mind. Take a moment to check out our cases and find the perfect fit for your phone.
At least 24-48 hours. It's tempting to check early, but patience is key.
Rice can absorb moisture, but it's not guaranteed to fix water damage and could introduce dust into your phone.
It depends on the extent of the damage and how quickly you act. Some phones can be saved, while others may suffer long-term damage.
No, the heat can cause additional damage. It's better to use a desiccant like silica gel.