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Unplug it and plug it back in.



Clean the contacts.


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Blow out the dust.


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Check the fuses.



Clean the pots.


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Check continuity.


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Check the capacitors.

How-To: Save a wet cell phone

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Dale Dougherty

    Great tips, Sean.

  • digitaltripper

    I work with computers and have replaced many a capacitor to get the motherboard working again!! Also getting the dust out is really a great idea…All of these are really great tips!!

  • Gareth Branwyn

    Yeah, that rocks, Sean. Thanks!

  • SKR

    Holy dust bunnies Batman. Wow, just wow.