How to Save a Wet Smartphone


If you haven’t yet experienced that BLOOP then splash noise and the sinking realization that it was your smartphone—the magic computer you keep in your pocket that has ALL of your contacts, apps, direct access to your work computer, and GAMES —that just went into the water, then you‘re one of the lucky few. Resist the tears that might damage your phone even more, take some deep breaths, and try these steps to save your wet smartphone:

How to Save a Wet Smartphone

Infographic courtesy of Fast-Fix on Visually.

Twenty-four to forty-eight hours is a long time to wait to see if you can salvage your smartphone, but it’s worth the effort. (And not only because you invested so much time with your vault dwellers in Fallout Shelter.) Whether or not you manage to save your smartphone, it might be time to think about investing in a support plan. Best of luck to you aquatic smartphone users!

Have you ever accidentally dropped your phone in water? If so, did you save it? Share your tips in a comment or tweet us @ParallelsMac on Twitter.


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Apart from working as Parallels' Social Media & Community Manager, Megan Spurr spends the rest of her waking moments reading up on, playing, and arguing about video and table top games. She is best known for deep conversations on impostor syndrome in hobbies, a deep-seated fear of zombies, and a love of RPG's rivaled only for her affection for Batman.

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  1. Just as an FYI with 35 years in the hardware industry, a warm oven (no more than 130deg f) for 20 minutes will dry the phone out. I can’t tell you how many iPhones and other electronics I have saved with that method. Issue is that the circuit boards are not sealed so the copper ground plane will corrode due to the affinity the fiberglass of the board has for moisture. This will drive any moisture out of the circuit boards and not damage the components. Just let the phone or device return back to room temp before turning back on.

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