How to Get Water Out of Your Phone

by CaliCase Team on November 08, 2023

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.


How to Remove External Moisture from Your Phone

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:

  • Gently wipe your phone with a soft cloth or towel to remove any liquid.
  • If you have a case on your phone, take it off. Remove the SIM card tray and any other removable parts.
  • Tilt the phone to help drain out as much water as possible without shaking it—shaking could push the liquid further into the device.


How to Dry the Internal Parts of Your Phone

Water inside the phone is what can cause significant damage. Here's what to do:

  • Resist the urge to turn it on to check if it works—this could cause a short circuit.
  • Place the phone in a zip-lock bag filled with silica gel packets—the more, the better. Silica gel is incredibly effective at absorbing moisture.
  • If you don't have silica gel packets, place your phone in a bowl of uncooked rice. It's not as effective, but it's a commonly used method.


Activating Your Phone’s Water Ejection Feature

Many newer phones have a nifty feature to eject water trapped in the speakers. Here's how to use it.


For iPhone Users:

  • Download the ‘Shortcuts’ app from the App Store if you haven’t already.
  • Get the ‘Water Eject’ shortcut by searching online for a reputable source or using the gallery within the Shortcuts app.
  • Once installed, run the shortcut by saying “Hey Siri, Water Eject” or by tapping it within the Shortcuts app.

The shortcut will play a specific tone that helps to push water out of the speaker grilles.

For Other Smartphone Users:

  • Check if your phone brand has a built-in sound or app to remove water. Some Android phones may include similar features; refer to your user manual or online forums for your specific model.
  • If available, activate the feature according to the manufacturer's instructions, often found within the sound or utilities settings.


Should I Use Heat or Rice to Dry Out My Phone?

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.


What to Do After Drying Your Phone

After at least 48 hours, check your phone for any signs of moisture. If it looks dry:

  • Reinsert any cards you've removed.
  • Press the power button to see if the phone turns on.
  • If your phone doesn't turn on, try charging it with a different cable and charger.


Professional Repair Options for Water Damage

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.


How long should I leave my phone in silica gel or rice?

At least 24-48 hours. It's tempting to check early, but patience is key.

Will putting my phone in rice fix it?

Rice can absorb moisture, but it's not guaranteed to fix water damage and could introduce dust into your phone.

Can water damage be completely reversed?

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.

Is it safe to use a hairdryer to dry out my phone?

No, the heat can cause additional damage. It's better to use a desiccant like silica gel.