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What You Should Do If Your Tablet Gets Wet

Find out exactly what you need to do if your tablet gets wet so you can hopefully save it from certain doom.

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What You Should Do If Your Tablet Gets Wet

How many of you have accidentally dropped your tablet into water or some other liquid? If you have, I bet you remember that feeling of panic and fear and I’m sure those around you will never forget that look on your face.

Just because you drop your tablet in water, doesn’t mean that all is lost. On the contrary, if you act quickly and follow the recommendations below, you could rescue your device. Even if your tablet gets wet, doesn’t mean you will have to buy something new. Just follow the procedures below and you have a good shot at rescuing it from certain doom.

Here’s What You Need to Do

So, are you ready to learn what you need to do if the unthinkable happens to your tablet? Good. After all, everyone should know what they should do if they happen to get their precious devices wet.

Don’t Panic

First and foremost, it is important not to panic. Let me say that again, do not panic. If your tablet gets dunked in water you must remain calm and act fast. Speed is really the key here. Most people, unfortunately, drop it in liquid and then sit there and stare at it like a deer in headlights because they can’t believe they did that and they aren’t sure what to do. So, remain calm, and proceed to the next steps.

Get It Out of the Water

Your first mission is to remove it from the water or whatever liquid it is immediately. Don’t waste time here. The longer it stays in the water the greater the risk of damage. If you can get it out quickly, you may have a shot at saving it.

Turn It Off

Once it is out of the water, turn it off. Don’t waste time at first drying off the outside. Just hit that power button and make sure it goes off. You see, water won’t really hurt the outside or the inside of a tablet if there is no power. However, water and power do NOT mix one bit. If you can get it off in time, you may just be able to save your tablet before the water and electricity have a chance to fight it out inside your tablet.

Remove Everything You Can

I admit, this is pretty tough these days, as most tablets are built to be all in one devices where you don’t have to remove anything. Still, many have microSD cards and even SIM cards. If your tablet has these, remove them from their slots and dry them out. Once dry, store them someplace safe for now as you will need them later. If you can remove the batter or any other part easily, go ahead and do that as well, although your mileage may vary here based on the type of tablet you have.

Dry It With a Soft Cloth

Now that you have your tablet off and all the extras removed, take a soft cloth and gently dry out the outside making sure you get all the water out of any crevice, cracks and slots. If you were able to remove any of the parts, gently dry out those spaces as well. If you feel comfortable taking apart your tablet, then go ahead and do it and dry out the inside VERY CAREFULLY. Just make sure you don’t rip or damage any of the delicate components inside if you do take it apart.

Grab Some Rice

On top of the cloth, I recommend everyone at least do this before you try to turn it on. You see, rice loves to absorb moisture. That is why everyone uses this trick with electronics. Grab a large container and fill it with rice. Then, submerge your tablet in the rice completely. The rice will pull the moisture out of the tablet and absorb it, kind of like what it does when you boil rice. The end result is a dry tablet. Try leaving it in the rice at least overnight but I would recommend a full 24 hours or even 48 if you can live without it for a couple of days. The more time you give it, the more moisture can be removed from the tablet.

Extreme Solution – Rubbing Alcohol

If your tablet got a good dunk where it was completely submerged, the rice may not be enough. Now you could try waiting for a few days for it to dry completely, but that takes a lot of time. Instead, you could try a little chemistry. Make sure your tablet is off, then submerge it in rubbing alcohol overnight. Alcohol will displace the water from inside the tablet replacing it with itself. However, alcohol is fast drying, so when you remove it from the alcohol, it will dry very quickly, allowing you to power it on much faster in the long run.

Sometimes It’s Not Enough

Sometimes, no matter what you do, it won’t be enough to save your tablet. If that happens, you will be looking at potentially expensive repairs or even a full tablet replacement. Have a chat with your manufacturer to see what your options are. If you purchased insurance on the device, you may be able to easily get it replaced with just a small deductible out of your pocket. If you didn’t, get ready to pay for repairs or a replacement, you simply won’t have any other choice.


There are many ways you can rescue your tablet when it gets wet. Now I’m not going to lie and tell you these methods work every time. Unfortunately, that is not how life works. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try them, however. Especially when the alternative is spending more of your hard earned money on repair and replacement.

So the next time this happens to you, remember not to panic and act fast by following through each one of these steps. Who knows, you may just get lucky and stop that evil water from destroying one of your most prized devices in your home.

Have you ever dropped your tablet in water? Did these solutions work for you or did you have to get a new device? Let me know in the comments below.