Oh so sorry that you dropped water on your tablet! Did you get a mini-heart attack when your beloved tablet decides to go for a swim? Yeah, I’ve been there too.

While I all love a good beach day or a coffee-shop work session, our tablets don’t exactly share the sentiment when it comes to water.

But fear not, I’ve got you covered with a comprehensive survival guide for your waterlogged device. Quick hint: grab a towel (and maybe a bowl of rice), and let’s get started!

So You’ve Got a Soggy Tablet?

First off, don’t panic! Your tablet might not be ready for the digital graveyard yet. While I can’t guarantee a 100% success rate (because, let’s face it, water and electronics are mortal enemies), following these steps could give your tablet a fighting chance.

Dry It Off, Quickly!

Water is a sneak, seeping into tiny cracks and crevices faster than you think. The first step in our tablet-saving regimen is to dry your device off completely. But remember, do this while it’s still turned on! This helps you gauge whether the primary functions are still working.

If your device is working like a charm and there’s no moisture in sight, give yourself a high five, let it rest a few hours, and voila! If not, keep reading, you’re in for some more fun.

Turn Your Tablet Off

If there’s even a tiny droplet inside your device, turn it off immediately. Why, you ask? Because water and live electronics are a recipe for short circuits. Think of it as a timeout for your tablet while you get ready for the next step.

Clean Your Ports

Your headphone jack, SIM tool (if your tablet has one), volume rockers, home button, and any other physical port or opening are where moisture can collect and damage your device. Therefore, cleaning them as quickly as possible is of utmost importance.

In order to do so, we recommend picking up a dry Q-tip and gently rolling it in areas where your hands or fingers can’t reach. After a few tries, you should have cleaned up your ports pretty well. If your ports were affected by water damage, you can turn your tablet on at this stage and try charging it.

If your tablet starts charging, well and good! If it displays a water warning, you’ll have to proceed to the next steps like the rest of us. Sucks.

Its Rice Time

You’re probably thinking, “Wait, rice? I thought this was a tech blog, not a cooking channel!” Well, dear readers, rice has an exceptional talent for absorbing moisture, making it a valuable ally in our war against water damage.

Submerge your tablet in a tray filled with uncooked rice and park it near a fan or an A/C. After a good 24-hour rice bath, your tablet might just be ready for action!

Use Alcohol

Pure isopropyl alcohol (99%) alongside other alcohols has the property of displacing water when present near it. Isopropyl alcohol does not harm your device, unlike water. Therefore, you can gently pat your entire device with isopropyl alcohol, wait for it to dry off, and you should see some positive results.

Back Up Time

If all of this fails and your device still is not able to boot up, that means that you’ll probably have to give up or take it to a certified technician for them to try their fair share of fixes. Before you do that though, we recommend checking whether your tablet still is able to connect to your PC.

If it is able to do so, backing up your files and making sure you have the latest copy of them should be of utmost importance. You can use iTunes for iOS and Google Drive for Android to make sure that happens.

Head To A Repair Technician

Most repair technicians tend to not cater to water damage unless they’re absolutely sure they can fix it. This is generally because a tablet that has been soaked in water for too long is a lost cause since all the electronics short circuit or rust.

However, if your device still has parts that are dry, they can be salvaged. For instance, if your storage module or camera is intact, valuable information or parts can be extracted which can then be salvaged for parts.

In essence, even if you feel like there is no hope for your device after it is wet, we still recommend taking it to a local repair technician to hear their second thoughts.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.