1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    I dropped my phone in water and left it there for a few hours, after a little bit it was back to normal but now it has white horizontal lines on it do you know how to fix it?
    12-05-2019 09:36 AM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    You should leave it powerd off for few days maybe into a plastic container with rice but damage might be done already. I'll leave a link to register so you can communicate here, as a guest account u cant .https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=409154
    12-05-2019 09:37 AM
  3. Jumbo78's Avatar
    Rice? OMG... You really mean rice? It's scam...

    If the phone isn't water resistant, you can throw it away (depends, how old is it)...
    If it is possible, remove battery and go to service.
    12-05-2019 10:05 AM
  4. hallux's Avatar
    We have a guide on this topic - https://forums.androidcentral.com/am...e-got-wet.html

    Of course - the first steps are to stop using the phone, remove the battery and not connect it to a charger. The battery part isn't easily accomplished, but the first one certainly wasn't followed. Better than rice would be some other desiccant (liquid absorber, those little packets inside many products) but rice works when you don't have those available in large quantity.
    12-05-2019 10:10 AM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Rice? OMG... You really mean rice? It's scam...

    If the phone isn't water resistant, you can throw it away (depends, how old is it)...
    If it is possible, remove battery and go to service.
    Worth a try..
    12-05-2019 10:11 AM
  6. Jumbo78's Avatar
    Sorry, but it isn't...
    12-05-2019 10:12 AM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    Sorry, but it isn't...
    Sorry then, get it repaired!
    12-05-2019 10:24 AM
  8. belodion's Avatar
    I dropped my phone in water and left it there for a few hours
    That answers your titular question.
    mustang7757 likes this.
    12-05-2019 11:56 AM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Rice? OMG... You really mean rice? It's scam...
    I wouldn't call it a scam, per se. Is it effective? Probably not very, but uncooked rice can act as a desiccant, so it will absorb a little moisture at least. Maybe using a bunch of those "Do Not Eat" silicone packets that come with many packaged items would be more effective, but most people don't have a ton of those lying around. Rukbat's guide that was linked above advocates soaking the phone in rubbing alcohol, since alcohol doesn't damage electrical components, but the reality in the OP's situation is that after "several hours" of water immersion, the damage is done.
    mustang7757 likes this.
    12-05-2019 12:02 PM
  10. belodion's Avatar
    If salt water, it was probably damaged after a few seconds.
    mustang7757 likes this.
    12-05-2019 12:58 PM
  11. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Sorry, but it isn't...
    The trick is not to use cooked rice.
    12-05-2019 01:05 PM
  12. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The trick is not to use cooked rice.
    Especially not Chinese sticky rice.
    12-05-2019 01:06 PM
  13. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I wouldn't call it a scam, per se. Is it effective? Probably not very, but uncooked rice can act as a desiccant, so it will absorb a little moisture at least. Maybe using a bunch of those "Do Not Eat" silicone packets that come with many packaged items would be more effective, but most people don't have a ton of those lying around. Rukbat's guide that was linked above advocates soaking the phone in rubbing alcohol, since alcohol doesn't damage electrical components, but the reality in the OP's situation is that after "several hours" of water immersion, the damage is done.
    You are correct.....it's not a scam and it does act as a desiccant.
    12-05-2019 01:06 PM
  14. mustang7757's Avatar
    The trick is not to use cooked rice.
    Definitely, might eat it before you put the phone in container
    12-05-2019 01:06 PM
  15. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Especially not Chinese sticky rice.
    Or puffed rice
    12-05-2019 01:07 PM
  16. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Definitely, might eat it before you put the phone in container
    Beans are optional
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    12-05-2019 01:07 PM
  17. Jumbo78's Avatar
    Rice doesn't work at all for soaked phone. It's only an urban legend. Every good technician will tell you...

    Only help is removing battery and going to service. They will use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning. But of display shows lines, then I think, they will have to replace it.
    12-05-2019 01:08 PM
  18. mustang7757's Avatar
    Beans are optional
    You made me hungry now !
    12-05-2019 01:25 PM
  19. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Rice doesn't work at all for soaked phone. It's only an urban legend. Every good technician will tell you...

    Only help is removing battery and going to service. They will use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning. But of display shows lines, then I think, they will have to replace it.
    Despite any urban legend claims it does act as a mild desiccant. Will it save phone?....doubtful. Its moisture capacity is low so it would require massive quantities to have any potential effect. There are much more effective products availble to remove moisture.
    12-05-2019 01:43 PM

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