DIY Water Damage

There are many different ways a cell phone can suffer from water damage. Believe it or not, dropping it in the toilet, accidentally throwing it in the wash with the laundry, forgetting to take it out of your pocket before swimming and other ridiculous sounding accidents tend to happen more often than one may think. The problems that many have when something such as this happens is that

• The phone may not be covered under warranty for water damage

• Repair shops may charge too much and/or charge a non-refundable fee

• Some water damage issues may not occur until AFTER the phone is repaired

• There is a 50% chance that your phone can’t be repaired depending on the damage

If you have a phone that suffers from water damage but don’t want to take it to a repair company, there are DIY (Do It Yourself) repairs that can be done but still aren’t guaranteed to completely repair your phone. So if you’ve decided to attempt DIY repairs, where is the best place to start?

Troubleshooting Damage

As soon as your cell phone suffers water damage the first thing to do is to remove the device from the water as soon as possible and remove the battery from the device. Almost all phones have a white indicator near the battery that will turn a pink or red color if your phone has sustained any damage from water or other liquids.

Water Damage DO’s

• Remove device from water/liquid.

• Remove battery.

• Remove SIM card.

• Dry phone with an absorbent towel.

• Examine the phone’s LDI located near the battery (a small square that will be pink or red if the phone suffers major water damage).

Taking these precautions before doing anything else will ensure any excess water and possible long-term damage.

Water Damage DON’TS

• Do not push any button. Water could be forced further into parts of the phone.

• Do not use a hairdryer. This could also force water further into parts of the phone.

• Do not move the phone. Water could spread further through the phone.

• Do not attempt to charge the cell phone.

• Do not turn the phone on. Wait 24 hours and attempt to carefully remove as much water as possible first.

All of these could cause irreparable damage and even more issues to the phone over time. Should you attempt the DO’s and avoid the DON’TS and a problem still exists, we recommend letting our certified technicians analyze and troubleshoot the damage further. However, should you still wish to attempt DIY repairs to your water-damaged device, there are available steps that you can take in order to do so.

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There are a few popular fixes that have seen great results but are still not guaranteed to fix your phone from any water damage incurred. Before attempting any DIY repairs you should be sure to find out if your phone’s warranty and/or insurance covers water damage.

Changing the Battery

When a cell phone suffers from water damage, there are many components within the phone that can be damaged short and long-term from water exposure. This method isn’t the best way to go about attempting to repair your phone from water damage but, depending on the severity of the water exposure and damage, may be all your phone needs. As soon as your phone is damaged and the troubleshooting method precautions are attempted, you should locate a new battery. It may not fix your phone entirely but chances are that your battery is water damaged as well and can become unstable.

Cleaning With Alcohol

Alcohol is a non-conductive liquid that dries rather quickly. Using alcohol (as close to 99% as possible) to clean your phone will help dry it out and even prevent corrosion. Though it may sound insane, if all else fails, completely submerge your phone in an opened container filled with alcohol and let it sit for an hour or 2, then remove the phone and let it dry. This method, as strange as it may seem, has seen quite a high success rate.

Cleaning With Rice

This method is often the most common go-to method when a phone suffers water damage. Rice is highly absorbent of water and you can, more or less, bury your phone in a bowl or container of rice overnight. Doing so will aid the process of removing water from your phone without too much effort. As mentioned in the troubleshooting methods above, be sure to remove the battery and SIM card from your phone.

Clean With Vacuum

A less conventional and less guaranteed method to remove water from your phone is to dry it out with a vacuum cleaner. It may take more work, as vacuum attachments may prove difficult to get harder-to-reach places on your phone where water could spread, but it can also prove a successful method in removing water from your phone depending on how deep your phone was submerged in water or other damaging liquid(s).


In the event that your phone has too many hard-to-reach areas, you can purchase a toolkit and even specialty screws or other components at a relatively inexpensive price to have in the event that your phone does incur water damage. Be sure to purchase the proper screws and/or components based on your phone make and model.