How to Repair a Water-Damaged iPhone

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How to Repair a Water-Damaged iPhone
Restore functionality by placing the phone in a bag of rice. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Not only can exposure to water fry your iPhone and cause internal corrosion, it also voids your Apple warranty. Each iPhone is equipped with Liquid Contact Indicators that clearly show Apple when your phone has come in contact with water. But instead of tossing your phone and purchasing a new one, try repairing your phone in the hours and days following the water damage. At times, you can dry out the phone and return it to partial or even full functionality.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Silica packets
  • Rice

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    Remove your iPhone from the water as soon as possible. The less time the phone is in contact with water, the more likely it is that you'll be able to restore functionality to the device. iPhones that remain in contact with or completely submerged in water for long periods of time, such as in a full washing-machine cycle, may not be repairable.

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    Power down the phone if it has not turned off. Never attempt to power up a wet iPhone. While it's tempting to see whether the phone still works, it's best to let the phone dry out before you attempt to power up again.

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    Pat your iPhone dry with a soft towel to remove any outward signs of moisture.

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    Gather 10 to 15 silica packets. Those are the small, highly absorbent packets that often come in a new pair of shoes or a handbag. Head to a shoe store and ask whether you can have extra packets; then place them in a plastic sandwich bag. If you cannot find silica packets, fill a sandwich bag halfway with rice. Place your iPhone in the bag and zip it closed. The silica or the rice will help to draw out some of the water trapped in the phone.

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    Leave your iPhone in the bag, powered down, for 48 to 72 hours. Remove the phone, discard the rice or packets, and then attempt to power up the phone. You may notice reduced functionality, even if the phone does power up. If your iPhone stops working, won't power up or is so damaged that you cannot use it, contact Apple. The company offers lower-cost replacement phones for iPhones that have suffered water damage within the one-year warranty period.

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