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Anyone ever wash their cell phone?

Ok..I am functioning on zero sleep thanks to Burntash's Bday bash...and I did something so stupid just now!! I left my cell phone in my jeans and threw them in the wash. I realized what I did after the wash had been going for a few minutes.

Has anyone ever washed their cell phone and actually have it survive?? I am so mad at myself as it's my connection to the world...all of my #'s are in there!

Any advice for drying it out and seeing if it will work tomorrow?

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chances of survival are slim but it has happened before. Take the battery out and let it dry fully before putting it back in.

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My friend washed his phone, it took about a week for it to dry enough to work. Take the battery out NOW!

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Yeah, I dropped mine in the toilet one time.

Take the battery out and leave it out to dry for a few days and then try to turn it on again. Though, a full cycle wash could have killed it.
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Yeah, I dropped mine in the toilet one time.

Take the battery out and leave it out to dry for a few days and then try to turn it on again. Though, a full cycle wash could have killed it.
It was in the wash for maybe 3 minutes..then I grabbed it out real quick. I'm sooo mad at myself! This is what I get for staying out on Saturday nights and go sleep deprived to work.

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My friend washed his phone, it took about a week for it to dry enough to work. Take the battery out NOW!
I took the battery out right away. Any good suggestions for drying it out?

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I took the battery out right away. Any good suggestions for drying it out?

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In a ziplock bag with Saltine crackers, change the crackers every couple hours, or whenever they seem stale.

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I did that with my iPod last week so now I am at a loss for my workout music!!! Especially since I recently sold my old iPod! I feel your pain Nicole!

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In a ziplock bag with Saltine crackers, change the crackers every couple hours, or whenever they seem stale.
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In a ziplock bag with Saltine crackers, change the crackers every couple hours, or whenever they seem stale.
Seriously?!?



I've never done this but I've had friends who have and it has survived. I hope it works out for you!

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i heard putting it in alcohol for a second or two will pull the water out....dont hold me to that or has anyone else ever heard of this????
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I did that with my iPod last week so now I am at a loss for my workout music!!! Especially since I recently sold my old iPod! I feel your pain Nicole!
Oh no!!!! Vanessa...we are kindred spirits.

But I have a deal for you..give me your bike, and I'll give you my new ipod. It's a win/win situation I tell ya. I WIN...I WIN!!

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Put your cell phone in the oven on 150 degrees for 2 hours. It will dry it out. Seriously.

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get some electrical contact cleaner and take the phone cover off and clean everything. Blow drier can help but let dry for a couple days. This worked on my electrical guys phone that was dropped in trans fluid that sat in there for about 10 mins. Hopefully it works. What kind of phone is it and what service do you have?
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Seriously?!?



I've never done this but I've had friends who have and it has survived. I hope it works out for you!
This is why I am going to get a treo for my next phone!! At least I can back up that bad boy up on my computer. If this doesn't dry out ALL of my contacts are gone. ugghhh!

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get some electrical contact cleaner and take the phone cover off and clean everything. Blow drier can help but let dry for a couple days. This worked on my electrical guys phone that was dropped in trans fluid that sat in there for about 10 mins. Hopefully it works. What kind of phone is it and what service do you have?

I have a Sanyo Katana, and I'm with sprint. I bought the phone at Radio Shack and took their extended warranty. not sure if they cover water damage.

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I have a Sanyo Katana, and I'm with sprint. I bought the phone at Radio Shack and took their extended warranty. not sure if they cover water damage.

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Usually water damage isnt covered, maybe radio shack has a different policy. The oven trick should work also but keep it at 150 or lower. I am not familar with Sprint phones but if they have a sim card you will be ok. Good luck
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There is a watermark under the battery of your phone. It it is a color (usually red) it shows the phone got wet. Use this if you try a warranty claim. Time is your friend, let it dry beofre powering it up.
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Usually water damage isnt covered, maybe radio shack has a different policy. The oven trick should work also but keep it at 150 or lower. I am not familar with Sprint phones but if they have a sim card you will be ok. Good luck
It has a sim card. So even if the phone doesn't work can i get my info somehow off the sim card?

The radio shack warranty seems pretty good. They covered my battery which is almost 2 yrs old. It wasn't holding a charge so they shipped me a brand new one. I'm hoping I can get it to work...if not, I'm F****

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That was an honest recommendation. The crackers are very dry when fresh. They will pull moisture from the air. If you put the phone in an airtight bag with the crackers, it will draw the moisture from the phone.

I also used this technique to further dry my pot... Back in the day.

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water mark dot was white to start and turns red one water hits it.... Good luck. verizon has number back up service so hopefully if that is your service numbers are not lost.........

Good luck interested to see what works if anything based on all the suggestions you got....

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That was an honest recommendation. The crackers are very dry when fresh. They will pull moisture from the air. If you put the phone in an airtight bag with the crackers, it will draw the moisture from the phone.

I also used this technique to further dry my pot... Back in the day.
No no no...that response was to DAVE...not you. I heard of the cracker trick before. I'm going to try it. I'm afraid of putting it in the oven.

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The oven will be fine just do it under 150. Hopefully all your numbers are saved on your sim card. If you ahve a friend that has the same service as you try swapping sim cards and see if you stuff is there.
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Just think of the oven like if its 90 out and you leave your phone in the car with the windows up. It gets much warmer then 90 in the car and phone still works.
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Just think of the oven like if its 90 out and you leave your phone in the car with the windows up. It gets much warmer then 90 in the car and phone still works.
True. Besides taking the battery off (which I already did) should I take off anything else before putting it in the oven?

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No just the battery, if it makes you feel better do it at like 110 or so. but it will take some time to dry it out. Just check on it every 30 mins or so.
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if its nextel there's a motorola program you can download to backup your contacts..
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Uncooked rice kernels are also good at sucking out moisture. Water damage phones are a pain and most service centers won't touch it even if you have insurance on the phone. It's better off to say you lost the phone.

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what's so hard about setting up an Excel file with contacts? You're still out a phone but at least everything's there. Does no one have a real address book anymore?
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