How to Dry a Wet Phone

man holding phone in aquapac case

How many of us have dropped our phone down the toilet? That momentary lapse of concentration when you forgot it was in your back pocket. Then there are the adventurers amongst us who like to take their phone on canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding adventures. Apparently it’s something that 19 per cent of us have done at some point in our lives!

Whichever way you’ve soaked it, you need to act quickly to try and remedy the situation. Here are our top five tips:

Turn it off

It’s really important that you don’t try to use your phone. Turn it off immediately and remove and dry the sim card. This is incredibly important as the more you try to use it when wet, the more you could damage it.  You will probably find that it shuts down itself, but if it doesn’t then switch if off quickly.

Bowl of rice

Next head to your kitchen cupboards and grab a packet of rice.  Rice swells to three times its size when cooked – one cup of rice will soak up two cups worth of water. Grab a big bowl, pop your phone in and cover it with dry, uncooked rice then leave it for at least 24 hours.

Silica gel

Others swear by the absorbing properties of silica gel. Small little white packets of this desiccant are popped into deliveries of new electronics, shoes, and some food stuffs.  It works to absorb and hold water vapour – about 40 per cent its weight in moisture – so it keeps things condensation and mould-free. You’ll need to hunt in shoe boxes, and packaging to find some but if you don’t have any, your local craft or hardware store should.  Then pop your phone in a sealable bag together with three or four packets of silica gel (don’t open them up) and again leave it for 24 hours before attempting to turn it on.  

What not to do 

Definitely don’t try to dry your phone with heat – for example don’t use a hairdryer or try putting it in the tumble dryer or, even worse, the microwave.  The heat could damage some of the internal parts.

Buy an Aquapac case

Invest in a waterproof mobile phone case from the specialists here at Aquapac. Our waterproof phone cases come in all sizes for all makes of phone and have been termed “lifesavers” by our local customers.

In fact, one of our online reviewers is quoted as saying, “On a company ‘team-building exercise’ our boat sank.  Our guide’s phone and radio weren’t waterproof so *boom!*. My phone in its Aquapac case was bone dry and straight to the rescue.  It truly saved lives that day.”

Your phone is still fully responsive in the case and allows you to text, take phone calls and take photographs without removing it from the case.   

My phone is already waterproof

But I hear you say “my phone is already waterproof so why do I need a waterproof mobile phone case?”  Many of the top-end phones on the market nowadays are water resistant, including the Samsung Galaxy S10, iPhone X series and Google Pixel 3.  But there are two top reasons why you still need a waterproof phone cover:

Waterproof ratings

IPX8 is the waterproof rating given to Aquapac waterproof mobile phone cases.  The IP stands for ‘Ingress Protection’ and is a rating only given after special specific testing carried out by a certified independent company.  IPX8 is the second highest rating available and means that the case can be submerged deeper than one metre.  In fact, Aquapac cases are protected to a depth of 10 metres. 

The iPhone XS holds Apple’s highest waterproof rating but is only up to one-metre submersible.  It isn’t recommended for swimming (due to the chemicals in the water) or water sports or using with liquids like suncream or insect repellent.  Furthermore, any liquid damage isn’t covered under the warranty and the water-resistance of the phone also decreases over time.  The Samsung Galaxy is the same.  It means both models are actually water-resistant and not waterproof.  You’ll be ok if you spill some wine on them, or drop them down the toilet, but that’s about your limit. 

Salt water

The salty water of the sea has particularly corrosive properties.  When saltwater evaporates, it leaves crystals that can damage a phone’s fragile components.  This is why ‘waterproof’ phones aren’t recommended for use in the sea or during water sports.  Waterproof cases like Aquapac’s protect a phone from saltwater damage.  Our seams are welded together with high-frequency radio waves, creating a super-strong bond.  And our proprietary Aquaclip seal secures the phone not just from water, but also dust, sand and dirt.  This leaves it functional in extreme conditions including desert and arctic.