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Top 9 Tips to Rescue Water Damaged iPhone

Updated by Brian Davis on Nov 30, 2022 12:52 PM • Category: iOS Tips
6 mins read

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The iPhone revolutionalized not just the mobile phone market but changed how we use phones and the internet. Today we heavily rely on our iPhone to access the internet, use social media, listen to music and even store, process and send important documents. So, when your iPhone falls into water or water spills onto it, the water does not just damage the devices, it damages your whole being with it. However, the good news is that if water gets into your iPhone it does not mean the end for you. You can still rescue your water damaged iPhone by applying a number of tips. Here are the top 9 tips to rescue a water-damaged iPhone.

Part 1. How to check if iPhone is water damaged?

If you don't know if your iPhone is water damaged or not, you can first check the LCI (Liquid Contact Indicator). In normal status, the DCI appears in silver or white color. But it will show red when your iPhone there is water in your iPhone. You can check the follow list and locate the LCI on your iPhone.

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Part 2. 9 things you should do to rescue water damaged iPhone

1. Turn it Off

If water spills onto your iPhone or it accidentally falls into water the first thing you should do once your retrieve it from the water is to turn it off. If it is already off then don't turn it on. The truth is water conducts electricity and the worst part is if the water that came into contact with your iPhone was salty water it is a good conductor of electricity. Leaving your iPhone on after the incident will result in more damage because the water will conduct electricity and end up short-circuiting important components of the phone. However, by switch it off immediately you control the damage by stopping electric flow in the devices. This saves your phone from damaging its internal parts.

2. Remove the External Casing and the SIM Card

An iPhone is a very valuable device for most people. For this reason, many people buy an external casing to protect their prized iPhone from external damage. In case the iPhone falls into water the next steps you should take after turning it off is to remove the external casing. This will create room for you to be able to wipe off all the water. After removing the casing make sure that you remove the SIM card. Use a paperclip to remove the SIM card trey.

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3. Wipe off the Water

It is only natural if water spills onto your iPhone you should wipe the water off at the earliest opportunity you get. The same things should happen when your iPhone falls into water. Use a soft towel to wipe the water off the external body of your prized iPhone. Do this with a lot of care and without applying too much pressure to avoid further damage to the device. Wipe all around to ensure that there is no water or moisture left.

4. Place the iPhone in a Warm Dry Place

You need to dry the iPhone and get rid of moisture and water droplets from both the exterior and the interior of the phone. The best way to do this is to place the iPhone in a warm and dry place to enable the water to evaporate. If it is during the day in the summer place the iPhone near a window in the direction of the sun. It should not be exposed to the sun but in a place to receive the warmth from the sun. If it is during the winter or at knight then consider placing in on top of your television if the television is on or under a burning lamp. These should provide sufficient warmth to cause the water to evaporate.

5. Use Silica to Dry the iPhone

Other than letting the iPhone dry in a warm and dry place you should take further measures to ensure that all the water both inside and outside dry up before attempting to put the phone on. One of the best ways to remove moisture from the iPhone is the use of silica gel packets. You can get these silica gel packets from the boxes you used to buy electronics or alternatively you can check your local stores if they are available. Place a few silica gel packets on a flat surface, place your iPhone on top and then cover your iPhone with some more packets. This will help absorb more moisture leaving your iPhone dry.

6. Use Uncooked Rice to Dry your iPhone

You should put extra effort in drying your iPhone before thinking of putting it on. Uncooked rice is an excellent drying agent for electronics. Submerge your iPhone in dry uncooked rice and let it stay there for quite some time. The dry rice will suck all the moisture from your iPhone leaving it dry. Once you think it has stayed submerged for sufficient time remove it and make sure to remove all pieces of rice and rice floor from your iPhone and wipe it clean before doing anything else.

7. Dismantle the iPhone

Once you have used several drying methods such as the drying in a warm place, silica packages, dry rice, and the hairdryer, try to turn on your iPhone. If it does not turn on, then you should consider taking the phone apart. Use the manual to dismantle the iPhone and be careful in doing so that you don't damage anything. Once you remove the casing and larger parts such as the battery you should dry the iPhone again to ensure that all the moisture on the inside dries up. You can then assemble it and try switching it on again.

8. Take it to an Expert

If after trying all the tips above your phone still has a few issues then the only logical thing to do is to take it to an expert. You should visit in iPhone repair center or an Apple Store near you. This is the safest way to get the problem resolved.

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9. Buy a waterproof case

Once the problem is resolved, then it is time to take care of the future. This can be done by getting a new waterproof case for your iPhone. The casing will help prevent water damaging your iPhone should it fall in water again in future.

Part 3. Things you can't do after iPhone gets water damaged

1. Don't turn on your iPhone

If your iPhone is water damaged, the most important thing for you is not to turn the iPhone on. You should first turn off the iPhone as soon as you take your iPhone out of the water. You still have a chance to fix your iPhone if you first turn off the iPhone. If your iPhone is down after dropping into water, remember, don't turn it on.

2. Don't freeze your iPhone

Some users will put their iPhones into a freezer to prevent further damage. However, putting iPhone into a freezer with low temperature will cause more damage to your iPhone.

3. Don't blow dry your iPhone

The component in your iPhone may be destroyed when the hot wind blows into your iPhone. Besides, the hot wind will spread the water in your iPhone and break your iPhone down suddenly.

Part 4. What to do if you lost data in the water damaged iPhone?

Once your iPhone is damaged by water, the important data on the phone may be disappeared. No worries. You can just download TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Windows or TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Mac on your computer, and it will help you recover lost data from water damaged iPhone via iOS device directly, iTunes backup or iCloud backup with highest success rate.

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