We are in Hawaii, let’s face it, phones are going to get wet.

Whether from ocean water or pool water,

the chance of a liquid damaged phone is pretty high.

What happens when you get you phone wet?

How do you keep it from happening?

If it happens, how do you fix it?

The first step is prevention. If possible don’t even get your cell phone near water! Keep it away from the ocean or pool. Take it out of your pocket before using the bathroom or doing laundry. Keep it off of the kitchen sink. Remember, not all liquid damage comes from submersion. Rain, sweat, humidity or any exposure to moisture can cause damage. So don’t have your phone in the bathroom while you take a hot shower – your phone will get the same treatment as that foggy mirror. Keep it out of your pocket or waistband when exercising – try an armband


I know, I know. It is hard to leave your phone behind. Especially with the great cameras they have these days. Can’t miss that beach selfie for Instagram. So if you bring your phone near water, protect it! Buy a waterproof pouch or case. Or, worst case scenario use a zip-lock bag. Just do something. But remember, these methods are not fool proof. Always test your waterproofing first. Put a dry paper towel in the case, seal it, and drop it in water. If the towel comes out dry it passes the test. Also make sure you dry off a wet case before removing the phone.


Most waterproof cases are intended to protect, not to make your phone SCUBA ready. Be sure to read the instructions. Check to see what the case is tested for and intended to do. Make sure to seal all openings. I have seen quite a few phones that were soaked while in waterproof cases because the seal was broken or the case was not properly closed. Many cases are no longer waterproof after being dropped. Impact can damage the seals. So be sure to re-check the case if it suffers trauma. And be sure to check that seal over the headphone jack on your Lifeproof case before you go jumping into any swimming pools.