Cell Phone Went Through the Wash

Help! I just unloaded my washer and found my cell phone in a pants pocket. Is there any saving it, my whole life is in that thing? Thanks.

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By FloraDee from TN

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful
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Do NOT try to plug in the phone or turn it on. Take it apart and put each piece in raw rice completely covering every part of the phone. Yup, that's right, rice! Leave the parts in the rice undisturbed for 48 hours. The rice will help draw the moisture out of the components. After a few days, reassemble the phone, say a prayer, and try to charge it. Hopefully it will turn on again.

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My son has dunked his cell phone; he dried it out by placing it in front of a hot fan (the fan from his PS3). The phone worked just fine after it dried out. I know of others who have not only washed their phones, but run them through the dryer, and they have continued to work.

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I wouldn't run it through the dryer, as I am sure the tumbling wouldn't be good for it, but put in in front of some warm blowing air, and that should do the trick.

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September 8, 20110 found this helpful

I may have the solution. This may be a round about way of explaining it to you but bear with me.

I had a boss who dropped his cell phone in a bucket of water based paint. He removed it from the paint and then washed it off thoroughly. He then opened it up and took it apart as far as he felt safe. He then placed all the parts under a heat lamp for about 1/2 an hour. When He was sure they were completley dry He put it back together and the phone worked fine.

Now the only difference is this was back in1986 and cell phones were made of high quality materials. This was when cell phones were few and far between and cost an arm and a leg.

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However, a similar process may work for you. But more than likely, if the phone has gone through a dryer cycle it is completely dry and something must have been damaged during the wash.

Good luck.

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know about rescuing the phone, but if you take it back to the store they might be able to rescue the data stored on your SIM card. Good luck!

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

Rice worked for us. The S.O. had his phone in his shorts pocket. He waded in a lake and the water went up to, you guessed it, his shorts pocket.
He was in a panic; brand new phone and it was wet. The person at the phone store told him to put it into a container of uncooked rice for at least 12-24 hours to hopefully resurrect the phone. It worked! Thank heavens. I would have not wanted to listen to him whine...er I mean complain about his lost phone for days on end. *L*

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