What to do when your mobile phone washed in washing machine?

@ifa225 (11098)
Indonesia
April 28, 2012 7:56am CST
So I forget that I had put my mobile in to my pant. Then I put it in washing machine without checking inside the pant because I was in a hurry preparing breakfast for my kids. I just realized it when the washing machine comes up with a strange noise. When I check it, there my mobile. Uh uh uh… can my mobile go ‘healthy’ as it was…lol What should I do ?
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20 responses
@AKRao24 (21051)
• India
28 Apr 12
Dear Ifa, I faced similar situation few years back when my wife complained that our son's mobile phone got washed in the washing machine when it was left in the pant pocket. The immediate solution as a student of science what I did then was to disconnect the phone from power source and dry it. So first thing after removing the phone from machine I did was to remove the battery.After removing the battery I kept the phone to dry in sunlight for few hours after drying it with my wife's hair dryer. Believe me the phone started working after that. Yes I had to recharge my battery after drying it too. Thus I feel if there is no physical damage to your phone, then I think you can definitely make it work if you follow the above steps! Wish you all he best! Thanks !
28 Apr 12
i dropped my phone in the toilet and i picked it up wrapped it in a towel my husband took out the battery and turned the hair dryer on it and put it in the sun for a couple of hours and the next day he put it back together and it worked. that was 2 years ago no problem. now i carry it in my bra. instead of my pocket so it can't fall out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck people. Barb
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
8 May 12
@Barb you put it on your bra... it is work now but sometimes the phone just hang for a moment and i have to restart it again i guess there is something wrong because of the water but i don't know what it is
• India
28 Apr 12
We people live in a very rushy sorrounding and it is quite common to do such mistakes but we people waste our part of our income by putting them in water by our carelesness. The rapid action you have to do is, Make use of a hairdryer or a clean dry cloth tn sweep out the water from each part of the mobile. Remove the case,battery,sim,memory card and all other detachable items. Make use of a smooth drying towel to absorb the water by rubbing slowly and smoothly. Make use of the hairdryer to clear of the water which is present battery housing holes. Make sure that your phone is clear away from water and keep them under a fan, which can clear away the water contents. Keep your phone to a rest for 30 minutes and insert the battery and try to switch on your phone. If the water doesn't affect the phone much it will work otherwise you have to consult to mobile care. NOTE : The above said technique should be done as fast as possible, before spreading the water to rest parts of the mobile phone.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
28 Apr 12
do the detergent make some bad effects too for my phone? now i try dry it but i have not yet turn it on
• India
28 Apr 12
May detergent will affect the phone but the biggest thread to the phone is water. Get rid of the water faster before spreading to new parts, for this you can make use of any method but make sure it can make your phone dry easily and quickly and make sure that you don't switch on the mobile before doing the above mentioned actions.
• Italy
28 Apr 12
now move dry it out in a dryer machine also, this will improve its services, hahahhahahhah i have done this also about 4 months ago so you are not the only silly person.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
8 May 12
glad to know that i am not the only one people do take advantage from silly people tough
@thechans (79)
• United States
28 Apr 12
Chances are it won't work again. I have heard of cell phones getting wet in the rain and when they dry out they work again. But the fact that is went through the washing machine, I don't think it's gonna recover. Do you have insurance? Hate to say it but your probably gonna have to get a new one :(
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
8 May 12
uh...i don't insurance cell phone but that is a good idea but i wonder if there is such insurance in my country
• India
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@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
5 May 12
You should hang it for drying and then wait if it still works. If not, you should get a new one.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
30 Apr 12
Hi Ifa.... Remove the battery. This is one of the most important steps. Don't take time to think about it; electricity and water do not mix. Cutting power to your phone is a crucial first step in saving it. Many circuits inside the phone will survive immersion in water provided they are not attached to a power source when wet. Remove the SIM card. Some or all of your valuable contacts (along with other data) could be stored on your SIM. For many people, this could be more worth saving than the phone itself. SIM cards survive water damage well, but some of the following steps might damage it, so getting it out immediately makes good sense. Just pat it dry and leave it aside until you need to connect your phone to your cellular network. Remove all other peripherals and covers that can be removed. Remove any covers and external connectors to open up as many gaps, slots, and crevices in the phone as possible. Dry your phone. If there is even one drop of water left inside, it can ruin your phone by corroding it and making the wrong contact. Obviously you need to remove as much of the water as soon as possible, to prevent it from easing its way into the phone: Use a vacuum cleaner if possible. If you want to try and suck the liquid out of the inner parts of the phone, try using a vacuum cleaner. Remove all residual moisture by drawing it away with a vacuum cleaner held over the affected areas for up to 20 minutes, in each accessible area (take it in turns with a friend). This is the fastest method and can completely dry out your phone and get it working in thirty minutes. However, unless the exposure to water was extremely short, it's not recommended to attempt to turn your phone on this soon. Be careful not to hold the vacuum too close to the phone, as a vacuum can create static electricity, which is even worse for the phone. Note: Contrary to common advice, it is not recommended that you use a hair dryer (not even on the "cold" mode) to dry out the phone. Using a hair dryer may force moisture further into the small components, deep inside the phone, as the air blows inward. And if it is too warm, it will likely melt them. If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry. Using a hairdryer might be a temporary fix, but this will eventually cause component failure inside the phone. While this applies to blowing air into the phone, using a heater, fan or other moving-air device to blow air ACROSS the phone's openings will work. The Bernoulli principle states that as the warm, dry air moves fast over the openings in the phone, the decreased air pressure will gently pull or suck the moist air out of the phone. The best part of this option is that you can leave a phone in front of a warm (not hot), dry movement of air for hours on end without effort. Use a substance with a high affinity for water to help draw out moisture. Leave the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice overnight. The rice would absorb any remaining moisture. Test your phone. After you have waited at least 24 hours, or longer if possible, check to see that everything on and in your cell phone is clean and looks dry. Re-attach the battery to the phone. Try turning it on. Note: If your phone still does not work, try plugging it into its charger without the battery. If this works, you need a new battery. If not, try taking your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it. Don't try to hide the fact that it has been wet – there are internal indicators that prove moisture and they're more likely to be able to help you if you explain exactly what has happened.
30 Apr 12
Nice Discussion Friend. Your mobile washed in washing machine thats very bad but you have to more care full about it. Because your mobile washed because of hurry preparing breakfast for your kids. You can do nothing for it but you can repair it at mobile shop or buy a new cell phone.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
30 Apr 12
This has happened to me a few years ago-a phone get into the drain and I really thought that I will going to lose it but glad that someone manage to save the phone. I don't know how she did it but I am pretty sure that she dried the parts of the phone. That;s years before and I don't use the phone anymore but I really thanked my sister for saving my phone's life that time.(^^)
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
29 Apr 12
Best thing to do is take it apart, remove the battery, wipe the visible water off, and then--nothing. Set it aside and leave it alone. Packing it in rice can help absorb the moisture a little faster but rice grains have a way of finding very tiny crevices. Just leave it alone. It is probably useless but it is possible that it may have some functionality after drying. Be aware that even if you let it dry and it then works, some functions may not work at all.
@pandora22 (869)
• Romania
29 Apr 12
this actually happened to me one.i was in high school and my mom put my jeans in the washing machin without checking the pockets i was lucky that at that time i had a very cheap cell phone so the damage was not so big. i couldn't make the phone work again but i was happy that my phone card was ok so i didn't lost the numbers. i acn't su
@derek_a (10902)
29 Apr 12
Well, I once dropped my mobile phone into a large cup of steaming coffee. Needless to say it would not work when I got it out. I took the batter off and put it next to a hot radiator to dry out. After a few hours, I turned it back on and it was working. I couldn't believe it! It continued to work OK for about a month or so, but then would keep switching itself off probably something has rusted inside maybe.. Anyway, I got a new one, and used my old sim card that is still working to this day. _Derek
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
29 Apr 12
oh no!!! so is it still working? my nephew accidentally dropped my phone in to a basin of water and i was so worried that it wouldn't work anymore but good thing it still does. i just opened it, took the battery and the sim card out and wiped them off and let them dry in front of the fan. i am so glad it is still working. how is it now? does it still work?
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
29 Apr 12
Take out the equipment and keep it as it is.Though drenched in water you still have chances of getting it rejuvenated. Take the handset to the service personnel at the earliest. Trying to tamper with the keys or opening up the back lid would only destroy your handset forever.It is for the qualified engineer who would service it carefully and hand it back to you.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
29 Apr 12
Hi ifa Maybe that is Lords signal that you should have a new handset... But there are really great tips on earlier responses and you can try any of them (or even all of them) and I hope that your handset gets all okay. Only I wish my wife did something like this to my cellphone... A chance for me to get a new handset... but she is not around until June
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
I also experienced that what I did was I grabbed out the cellphone right away from the washing machine, I never switched it on that would cause short circuit, I removed the battery and my sim card, and after that I let dry to the sun for three days and its still working but I can still notice some of the pad has been damaged but the keypad is replaceable so I saved my cellphone at the time and until now I am still using it and works well :)
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
28 Apr 12
Hi ifa, I don't know, but you are getting some real good suggestions, don't know if any of them will work or not but good luck with the phone... Sounds like you have washed the phone now you have a "clean" slate..
@jadoixa (1171)
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
i would feel bad if i accidentally was able to put my mobile phone in a washing machine without knowing it..especially if it's a great phone like the best and latest phone nowadays..i would regret it very much but there is nothing i can do about it..sometimes accidents and things like these happen that we forgot something..
• India
28 Apr 12
don't put the better till it get dry. niether you will have shortcircuit in IC chips. i will damage your phone to put the bettery in before drying it fully. sunlight is the main source to get it dried. put it in sunglight 2 or 3 days to get it fully dried and then put the bettery and hope it would work. if wont then be ready to spend money to get your phone repaired. best of luck.
@twinkz89 (29)
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
you can still recover your phone because it just got wet through water , just take the advice of put it in a zip with a rice then leave it there for 1 or 2 days then dry it up to the sun with taking out the battery , keypad if you can take out the housing much better then again leave it for 1 day but keep it not to get wet again. its okey if its just water you can recover but if its sea water there is no way you can recover it.