Fixing a phone dropped in the toilet – basic tips

Fixing a phone dropped in the toilet

The chances are you know someone who has dropped his/her phone in the toilet. God forbid something like this happens to you, it’s good to know what can you do to fix a phone which suffered this fall.

8 steps to follow when a phone drops in the toilet are:

  1. Get it out, fast
  2. Turn the phone off
  3. Take apart what you can
  4. Wipe off as much water as you can
  5. Dry it out
  6. Leave it to dry
  7. Resume your business
  8. Test it out

Two things you should NOT do:

  1. Use a hairdryer
  2. Try to charge the phone before it has dried

Finally, you may consider getting one of water-proof devices, such as the HTC Butterfly, Sony Xperia Z, Motorola Defy Pro and Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2.

Check out these and few other useful information from the infographic below, prepared by the good folks of Better Bathrooms.

Fixing a phone dropped in the toilet

  • all well and good, your phone will no doubt stink off piss though

  • get it out quick, wipe of any turd residue.

  • Tueksta

    umm, you forgot to stash a bunch of silica gel bags on them, wrapping it all in a soft towel and put it in a warm place for a few hours. silica gel is shipped with all new devices and will suck all moisture from its surroundings.

  • Roaduardo

    What a nightmare this situation is. Labor day last year, it happened to me with my Galaxy Note 1. Similar measures taken as you’ve written and after it was all over my phone was still working great.

    Entry on my FB that morning:

    Your never really prepared (emotionally) for something like this to happen. You listen to other people’s stories (in amusement) and think to yourself, “that will never be me”. Then it happens, and the terror is real people. It is real, raw terror…

    This morning was supposed to be the start of a relaxing day with the family.
    Labor Day, little sister off from school and a chance to catch up on some of our favorite shows. Why was it so critical I browse through this morning’s world news as I was walking to the bathroom? Probably because I’m a psycho and I need to know what’s going on in the world at any given moment.

    I was still half asleep, thinking about the nightmare I had the night before. Then it happened. My left hand’s basic gripping function betrayed me and my Galaxy Note flies out of it and into the toilet. It was perfect physics that made it land perfectly inside without touching any other part of the toilet.

    I’ve never dove inside a toilet that fast before in my life. There was no hesitation. My desire to sink my hands inside this toilet was great.

    The brain is a funny thing. As soon as I grabbed the Note and removed it from it’s aqueous grave, I immediately went into auto mode and starting acting out the things I’ve read over the years about saving these kinds of situations. I started ripping the thing apart, removing the back casing popped out the battery and started shaking and drying out each piece as much as possible with a t-shirt. Then, one dominating image popped into my mind:

    RICE! Specifically, dry rice. I rushed to the kitchen and ripped open the first box I
    could see (The Inception music was playing in my head the whole time). Grabbed an empty plastic container and dumped the box of rice inside. I buried the Note in the rice with the battery and sealed the container.

    I thought back some more and tried to remember if there was any other little special detail I forgot but I think this is the best I could do. I’ve read various things about the amount of time to leave it in the rice. It generally depended on the kind of liquid damage. I really feel sorry for those that washed or swam with their mobiles in the
    ocean. Thankfully, I was a good boy the night before and flushed so the water it fell in was generally clean. As much as water inside a toilet can be anyway.

    After it was all done I sanitized it as best I could and everything worked fine. Sold that Note a couple of months later.

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