How to Dry out / Rescue and Fix a Water-damaged iPhone (or iPad)
Here is a best tips with step by step guidelines of How to dry out, rescue and fix a water-damaged iPhone/iPod/iPod touch.
An iPhone can do a lot of things but it can’t swim. There’s nothing worse than the feeling you get when you get your iPhone wet. You may drop it in the bath, the toilet or a pool. Another common error is to forget to take it out of your pocket when washing your clothes. Whatever the reason, this brings the immediate fear of your iPhone’s death.
How to fix a water-damaged iPhone (or iPad):
Step #1: Do not turn it on!
Your first instinct may be to turn on your iPhone and see if it still works. Do not. Doing so can cause short circuits and more damage.
Remove it from the water, turn it off if it’s on, and remove the SIM and other accessible parts. Use a towel, your sleeve or some other nearby fabric to dry it off. Shake it to set free any water from its ports. You can spray compressed air across ports – not into them – to rid the water from it too.
If your iPhone is plugged in, unplug it carefully while making sure your fingers do not touch the connection.
Step #2: Place it in rice
That’s right. That all-purpose food that goes with so many meals can also save your iPhone. Uncooked rice sucks up water, which is just what you need to save your iPhone. Place it in rice for at least 24 hours to 48 hours and hope that it does the trick. If it doesn’t work you may want to try a few more times just in case. You may want to wrap your iPhone in a paper towel first so that rice grains don’t damage your iPhone.
Other options include silica gel packs like those that come with many electronic items or a drying pouch that you can buy online or at an electronics store. You may want to order a drying pouch ahead of time just to be proactive.
Step #3: Place it in a safe, warm place
Sometimes it works to just lay your iPhone in a safe, dry place like a cupboard. The warmth may help evaporate any liquid.
Step #4: Protect your iPhone
Granted, buying a waterproof case won’t do much luck if your iPhone’s already wet. That’s why you want to be proactive and buy a waterproof case ahead of time and use it.
You can take other steps like using a wrist strap on your phone so that it’s easier to keep a grip on it. That can minimize the concern of it going for an unexpected dunk.
Another step to take just in case is to make sure your iPhone is insured. That covers you in case if the damage can’t be fixed. Asurion and Square Trade offer warranty coverage for spills, submersion and accidental drops.
Step #5: A word of warning
Just because an iPhone works after you dry it out doesn’t mean you’re out of the water so to speak. Water damage may not show itself until later. There is a chance that you did permanent damage to your iPhone that could appear when you least expect it.
If you get your iPhone working again and you haven’t yet backed up the data, back it up just in case. Continue to back it up regularly so that you’re prepared if it happens and don’t lose valuable data that you keep on your iPhone.
You may want to visit an Apple store to see if your iPhone can be saved. Just don’t try to deny it got wet. Apple devices often come with internal liquid detectors that alert technicians that your iPhone got wet.
Step #6: A few don’ts
Thinking about grabbing your hair dryer? Don’t. Leave it for your hair. Using a hair dryer may cause more damage. Same goes for the radiator.
The same goes for the freezer too. It’s just a bad idea. Freeze any thought of doing so.
Step #7: Some good news
If you bought an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Both are water resistant with an IP67 rating. That means they can be submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes and be OK.
If you’ve debated upgrading your iPhone and you’re accident prone, that may just be the information you need to help you make up your mind.