How To Save A Water-Damaged iPhone-An Overview

First and foremost, do not be alarmed. Most devices, including iPhones, iPods, and iPads, can withstand some water if one condition is met: the system is not powered up. DO NOT TURN ON, CLICK ON, OR POWER ON YOUR DEVICE! After rubbing it dry with your shirt or towel, this goes against natural instinct. It’s reasonable to be curious about the extent of the damage. LISTEN CAREFULLY: THIS SINGLE MOMENT COULD Destroy YOUR System. It’s not worth checking. Turn it off. Take it off! You may find more information at

Assassinate it. If you have an older phone or one that is not an Apple model, you must carefully and quickly remove the battery. A email, post, or phone call waking up your computer is the last thing you want. This move is more complicated for iPhone, iPod, and iPad users. I’m sorry, but without preparation, equipment, and experience, anyone with iPods or iPads won’t be able to access their batteries. iPhone users have a better chance. You can quickly watch a YouTube video on how to open your device; if you have any electronics experience, this part may not be as difficult as it appears. If you have any doubts, consult a technician right away. Before any harm is done, we can easily and quickly detach the battery.That’s the third step, and it’s a bummer. If you don’t have the ability to turn off your device, you can still proceed to the next level.

The fourth step is to play the waiting game. It’s now time to wait after an hour of vacuuming (roughly 30 minutes per side). The best choice is to open the unit and position it for 24 hours under the heat of a 60-75 watt light bulb held at a distance of 1-2 feet. If it’s not hot enough to burn your palm, it’s not too hot for the iPhone. If that isn’t feasible, I’ll have to return to the rice/silica process. Allow it to sit for 24 hours in a bag with rice or silica packets. You can look up the best ways to do this online, but make sure you vacuum for at least an hour first.

Take a gamble. As a repair technician, I will always recommend bringing it in and having someone like me disassemble it, dry each bit, air it out, and reassemble it. It’s the safest and most reliable option, but sometimes your budget is tight and you’d rather risk fixing it yourself. This should be a viable option if you are patient. Let’s recap: Keep it powered off, unplug the power supply to prevent accidental activity, vacuum it out, wipe it down, vacuum it out again, and then place it in silica or heat for 24 hours. Best of luck!