How to Repair a Mobile Phone With Water Damage

Updated March 23, 2017

Accidentally dropping a mobile phone into wet or damp places happens to the best of us. It can be a big hassle to replace the phone because many insurance companies do not replace water-damaged mobile phones. However, if you act quickly, a water-damaged mobile phone can be resurrected with little to no damage.

Turn the mobile phone off and remove the backing, battery, SIM and/or memory card and allow them to air-dry.

Fill a plastic zipper bag with uncooked rice or silicone gel packets. Insert your mobile phone into the bag.

Close the bag tightly and allow the phone to sit in the bag for 24 to 48 hours. This allows the rice or silicone gel packets to absorb the water from the phone.

Remove the phone from the bag after 24 hours. Reinsert the battery, SIM card, memory card and backing.

Turn on the phone and make a test call, send a text or check your e-mail. If everything is working, you're done. If the phone is still not functioning correctly, reinsert the phone back into the bag of uncooked rice or silicone gel packets for another 24 hours.


Never use a blow dryer to air out a water-damaged phone. This can melt the insides of your phone and warp the electrical components.

Things You'll Need

  • Zipper bag
  • Uncooked rice
  • Silicone gel packets
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Based in Chicago, Kenyonda Bradley has been writing for online publications since 2008. With more than 10 years of experience as a hairstylist, she is also studying to become an elementary school teacher.