An iPhone is a very expensive bit of kit, which nobody would want to lose in any circumstance. But for some unfortunate people who might accidentally drop it in the toilet or leave it in their jeans pocket before washing them, they expose their beloved smartphone to water which can cause the phone to break, or in worst cases, crash to the point they can never be turned on again.
Whatever the case is, it is never too late to restore your phone back to working condition provided you have not already committed the mistake of switching it on.
Below we have collected some of the methods that will help you to restore your iPhone after you have exposed it to water.
1. Do No turn it on
The thing about water is that it is conductible, and once your iPhone falls in water no matter what, do not turn it on.
Turning on the iPhone means allowing the current to pass through unnecessary and over lapping paths, which will lead to short circuits and will eventually, do temporary or permanent damage to your iPhone.
2. Dry Out
Assuming that you haven’t already turned the phone on or maybe your iPhone is lucky enough to have survived the minor short circuits, all you need to do is open your case, remove SIM card and then shake out water. Now, use a blow dryer on low heat for 15-30 minutes .
Desiccation is a process of extreme drying and the materials or instruments used to do the same are called desiccants and desiccators respectively.
A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance which helps to absorb moisture, and the most easily available desiccant is rice.
After following step 2 all you have to do is put some rice in an airtight bag or box, and put your iPhone in the center without covering it with anything. Doing this will ultra dry your iPhone.
Something that is more efficient than rice is Silica gels which you can purchase at most craft stores.
Wait for about 24 hours or more depending on the time of contact between iPhone and water. If it was in water for few minutes then let it desiccate for 2 -3 days and 6-7 days if your phone was in water for more than that.
Also, you might want to replace the Rice 3-4 times during the process and also blow dry it for 15 minutes every day.
5. Turn On
After following the above steps precisely you are now ready to turn on your iPhone. Hopefully, the above steps do the trick for you, but it won’t work for everyone in cases the water damage is too severe.
If your lucky and your iPhone starts normally, check everything to see if it is working fine, such as the headphone jack, Mic, volume etc. If you see a some minor problems, restoring your iPhone to factory settings may help.
If after following these steps your iPhone still doesn’t turn on, you might want to replace it with the refurbished one which Apple now offers at a price of $199 with 90 days warranty.
Note: Since Apple doesn’t cover water damage many people try to fool Apple by portraying some other defects in the iPhone. But it should be kept in mind that there are 4 sensors in iPhone that turn Pink if immersed in water, making it easy for the folks at Apple to understand water damage. So there is no fooling around. (Or is there?)