How to dry out your Nokia Lumia or Nokia Belle phone

By their very nature mobile phones are prone to accidents – even the super-sturdy likes of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710. If you find yourself holding a sopping wet Nokia in your hands, follow these easy steps. They’re like digital CPR!

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Dropping your phone into water is a very real danger at the moment. Whether you’re going on an early summer holiday by the sea (or a pool) or braving the outside world during a characteristic April shower, the wet stuff’s bloomin’ everywhere.

If your phone does meet a watery fate, don’t worry. It isn’t necessarily the write-off you might think it is. Here’s some neat advice from Nokia on the corrective measures you should take. It’s good for any phone.

Step 1

Take your Nokia out of the water, stupid! Remember, while your phone may well be redeemable, the longer you leave it swimming the more likely it’ll drown. Take it out, chop chop!

Step 2

Once you’ve fished it out, your next move should be to take out any components that can be removed. We’re not advocating getting a screwdriver to your beautiful Nokia phone or anything like that. Just take out the SIM, battery and microSD card where applicable. Removing the battery is a particularly good idea where possible, as it could prevent your phone from short-circuiting.

Step 3

Now it’s time to give the drying process a helping hand. Use a clean, dry cloth to go over every inch of your phone and all components. Don’t use paper towels or tissue, as they can break up and leave bits in the nooks and crannies of your handset, which can effect its operation. Oh, and don’t, whatever you do, use a hairdryer! It’ll just blown any water deeper into the phone’s mechanisms.

Step 4

Now you have a few options, but all of them require time in a warm, dry place. Try and wrap the phone in something that will draw out the moisture, whether that’s a towel or a bag of rice (trust us – it works).

Step 5

Now put all your Nokia phone’s components back together and turn it on to see if your efforts worked! If it does, hopefully the experience taught you the benefits of backing up your data. Take that as your final piece of advice and back up now!

Thanks to Nokia Connects for filling us in on these steps via Pinterest (our new favourite social network, by the way!).

Have you managed to rescue your Nokia phone from a watery grave before? What method did you use? Let us know in the Comments section below.

  • Mikey_Bee

    If you’ve caught it in time then it should work. Let us know how you get on!

  • ashee shrivastava

    i have use hair dryer for drying lumia 800 it will work or not? plz reply me fast

  • Glen Shaw

    The bag of rice can work. I also believe a hair dryer can be effective. You’re on a salvage mission here so there’s not much to risk at this point. On the positive, the heat of a hair dryer can vaporize water deep inside that will never come out on its own or will take so long to drain out your phone will be ruined before it’s dry. On the negative, a hair dryer can literally melt internal components if you’re not careful. But if you’re at this point you’re desperate so I don’t think there’s much risk in trying.