How To Repair A Water Damaged iPhone

How many times have you almost dropped your iPhone into a puddle?  How many times have you dropped it into a puddle only to have it get ruined by its encounter?

Most people would buy a whole new iPhone at this point, especially since most warranties don’t cover water damage, but you may not have to.  A water damaged iPhone can be repaired, if you know what you’re doing; however, there is no completely foolproof method of repairing a water damaged iPhone.  These tips though should at least help.

1) Get The iPhone Dried Fast

If your iPhone accidentally takes a swim, get it out of the water as fast as you can and check it out.  Occasionally, if you’re lucky, your iPhone will work, or at least still partially work.  Next, dry your wet iPhone with a towel, as much as you can, and try any one of the following.

2) Turn Your iPhone Off

Leave it turned off for 48-72 hours so it can air dry and not get fried by being turned on with water in the circuits.  Put the iPhone somewhere warm and well ventilated, but not too hot or you’ll do even more damage to your phone.  And, don’t turn it on for the duration of up to seventy two hours or the drying effect will be ruined.  For some people, this works, other times, not so much.

3) Remove the Battery and Sim

As soon as you get iPhone out of water, remove it’s battery and also remove SIM card, removing battery will ensure that there is no short circuit happens inside the phone because of water as current keeps flowing even if it is turned off.  Removing SIM will save your sim from any damage however normally SIM does not get damaged by getting wet.

4) Remove excess water

You can always remove excess water by various means, like putting it in Towel, Shaking the iPhone, wrapping in Newspaper and then shaking. Do whatever you can to remove most of the water, after that only few droplets of water will be left inside phones which can be removed or dried following next few steps.

5) Use Ear Buds

You can use Ear buds to reach to those areas where your finger, papers and towels can not reach use ear buds to clean those area, You can make your own by using cotton and needle to clean it up.

6) Use Vacuum Cleaner

You can also use vacuum cleaner to suck extra water out of iPhone. If you have Air blower that can also be used at low temperature setting to dry it. Any kind of Air blower or dryer can be used, basically water will vaporize when air blows through the iPhone, remember Air and water can reach in tiny holes which we can’t even see.

7) Freeze Your iPhone

Put the iPhone in the fridge.  It sounds bizarre, but the cool air will draw out any moisture safely.  Make sure to place it on a towel first and do not put it in the freezer or the LCD screen will be damaged.  Take it out every ten minutes to check on it until it is dry.

8 ) Pull Your iPhone Apart

If you’re technologically savvy, as a last resort you can pull apart your iPhone and dry and clean each piece individually and put it back together again.  You have nothing to lose.  The warranty is probably already null from the water damage and some iPhone users have done this before and had their iPhone working again.  You may find that you have to replace a few pieces, but this is still cheaper than a complete replacement or having the Apple company repair the Iphone for you.

9) Put Rice With The iPhone

Towel dry it and put your water damaged iPhone into a dry zip lock bag filled with white rice and leave it somewhere warm and dry for twenty four hours.  The rice will draw out the moisture without damaging your phone.

Although your first instinct with a water damaged iPhone is to scream and then buy a replacement one, you might not have to.  Although there is no guaranteed way to repair a water damaged iPhone, the above tips may work for you and save you a lot of time and heartache.

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