How to Fix a Water-Damaged iPhone

MakeUseOf | 6/15/2018 | Dan Price
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If you own an iPhone, in all likelihood you will drop it in water at some point in your life. The bath, toilet, kitchen sink, and more are all death traps for that expensive device in your hand.

But before you toss your wet phone in the trash and head to the nearest store, stop and read this first. We might be able to help you bring your cherished device back to life.

List - Hopefully - Bullet - Points - Track

Let’s start with a quick list of what you should and should not do. Hopefully, these bullet points will get you on the right track in those precious first few moments. Here’s how to fix a water-damaged iPhone.

Turn it off immediately.

Case - Air

Remove the case to allow air to circulate.

Remove any accessories (headphones, card readers, etc.).

Blot - Water - Paper - Towels

Blot away as much excess water as possible using paper towels.

Put it in a warm, dry, non-humid place.

Wait - Hours

Wait at least 48 hours before trying to turn it on again.

Back up your data immediately if it starts working.

Phone - Ocean - Particles - Soup - Puddle

Lastly, if you dropped your phone into the ocean or any liquid with particles (such as soup or a dirty puddle), wash it thoroughly under the tap for several minutes. It might sound counter-intuitive, but salt will corrode the electrics, and errant particles can short the circuitry.

Plug it into a wall socket or your computer.


Put it in the oven.

Blow a hair dryer on it.

Place - Top - Radiator

Place it on top of a radiator.

Use rice. Rice is not a drying agent. It might even make the situation worse; the fine powder can get inside your phone and turn the water into goop.

Phone - Bath - Water - Parts

Shake it or rotate it. If your phone only took a brief bath, you don’t want water to get into parts that are still dry.

Press the Home button.

Steps - Damage - IPhone

Any of these steps could cause further damage to your wet iPhone.

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