Mobile Phone or iPod dropped in Water? Rice to the Rescue!

Dropped your Mobile Phone or iPod in Water? Rush to the Kitchen

What is the next step that you would take if your expensive mobile phone or iPod gets wet in the rain or your drop it in a wash basin?


Such accidents are not very uncommon. Adam Curry once dropped his iPhone in the toilet. Venadium went for a swim while the iPod was still in his pocket. Leo Laporte did something similar to his cell phone. Virgo soaked his iPod when a bottle of Diet Coke fell over his trousers.

Since the warranty for most electronics does not cover water damage, what can you do to revive that wet gadget ? The answer is in your kitchen.

Power off the device (if it’s not off already) and try to completely cover the iPod or iPhone in a bowl of rice. Rice being a natural desiccant will help absorb the excess moisture. Let it try for at least 24 hours and DO NOT try to charge the device.

If your gadget has a removable battery, dry it separately to speed up the whole drying process.

This home-remedy is cheap and worth giving a try before you rush to the Apple store for a replacement.

Ernesto Londoño successfully managed to fix his wet BlackBerry phone after he left the device soaked overnight in a bowl of uncooked rice.

(Via Digital Inspiration.)



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7 responses to “Mobile Phone or iPod dropped in Water? Rice to the Rescue!

  1. Iranian Ajax

    Do you have to take apart the iPod or what? How does that work exactly if the water finds it way beyond the shell….

    Iranian Ajax

  2. It sounds like the rice will absorb the water without taking the iPod apart BUT keep in mind it doesn’t work all the time…..Your best bet is to keep all electronics far away from h2O.

  3. The idea sounds like a great one I hope I never try.

  4. Another option is silica gel, those small packages you often find in shoeboxes that say, ‘Do Not Eat.’ If you have lots of small electronics, it may be worth asking a store to set some aside for you. I used it to rescue my iPAQ and folding keyboard after a coffee spill.

  5. Silica – That’s a great tip as well! thanks!

  6. trugiaz

    Well thanks for the tip gotta remember this but still hope it doesn’t happen to me.

  7. asad123

    Cool tip!

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