How to Remove Condensation from Inside Your Phone

How to Remove Condensation from Inside Your Phone

Taryn Williford
Jan 19, 2011
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

If our editors' Tech Top 10 profiles are any indication, we're all stuck like glue to our mobile phones. Those little wired gadgets come with us everywhere —including some places where it might be a little too humid, oops. Even if you come out of a self-induced gadget sauna with a working phone, you still might get stuck with a little bit of condensation inside the screen or camera lens. Here's how to get the condensation out without opening up your phone.

Those condensation wallpapers are everywhere these days. But when you wake up to see that life has imitated art—yep, there's a bit of water underneath your screen—don't panic.

There's an easy fix for killing the condensation without taking apart your phone (and voiding your warranty!). Just ask blogger Darian Cabot, whose iPhone woke up with a steamy camera lens.

It turns out that you can use the same process to zap away the condensation as you would to dry out drowned gadgets:

Leave it in a bowl or baggie of rice overnight.

If your phone takes a deep dunk into water (or worse!), we've shown you that you can leave it overnight in a bowl of dry, uncooked white rice to hopefully save its life.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

But even if your mobile isn't on its deathbed, you can use that rescue trick to quickly suck up any condensation. The rice acts as a desiccant, a substance that induces a state of dryness in the nearby vicinity. A packet of silica gel (like the ones you throw out of new running shoes) should also work well.

Read more: More DIY Uses for Silica Gel Packets

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