It’s the worst feeling of the world.
That splash when your iPhone slips out of your pocket into the toilet. Or bath.
iPhone water damage is a nightmare – especially because Apple won’t touch a phone that’s been dropped in water (or any other liquid).
Panic sets in because you have just destroyed your iPhone…
…or have you?
There are some simple things you can do to fix your iPhone and get it working again.
But you must act quickly before it is too late…
Read on to find out how you may be able to save your device.
Act quickly to prevent iPhone water damage
If you accidentally drop your iPhone in water, or any other liquid, you must act quickly in order to have any chance of avoiding permanent iPhone liquid damage.
Speed is of the essence and if you react as fast as you can you may be lucky and save your device.
Disclaimer: iChimp can not be held responsible should this article fail to help you fix your iPhone after liquid damage. If you are not confident then please call in an expert.
I have a couple of recommendations in my iPhone repair article.
How to fix iPhone liquid damage
1. This is obvious, but get your iPhone out of the liquid as quickly as possible.
Immediately switch your device off by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds. If your iPhone has switched itself off already be careful not to switch it on again.
Switching your iPhone off as fast as you can is vital.
Every second counts so get it turned off immediately and leave it off to allow it to dry out thoroughly for a few days before attempting to switch it on again.
Well, the liquid inside the phone can cause short-circuits that blow electric parts in the phone. This is the real danger, not the water itself.
2. Get as much of the liquid out of your phone as possible by holding it upright.
3. Dry your iPhone off carefully using a cloth.
Don’t use a hairdryer or oven to try and speed the process up as the heat may damage your phone beyond repair.
4. Fill a zipper storage plastic bag with rice or silica-gel packets and put your iPhone in it so it is completely surrounded.
Squeeze out all the air and seal the top.
5. Leave the iPhone in rice for at least 24 hours, but preferably 48 hours to completely absorb the moisture from the phone.
6. Before you turn your iPhone on you need to check the Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) for circuit board damage.
All iPhones have a Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) which is activated when liquid has been in contact with the circuit board and damaged the phone.
If the iPhone was damaged by water, the indicator will turn red.
If there is no water damage the indicator should be white or silver.
To find where the LCI is located on your iPhone, check out the below table.
Still not working?
If your iPhone is still not working then you may need to have it professionally repaired.
If your iPhone is insured, either through a dedicate policy or via your home or contents insurance then you may be able to claim for a replacement. If you are in a contract then the network provider may help towards the cost of a replacement.
If not, you may be out of pocket to replace your beloved iPhone.
If you want to get good quality repairs without having to pay the Apple’s premium prices then check out my article on how to repair your broken iPhone for some recommendations of who to use.
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Kevin Craighead is iChimp’s chief technology editor and has been covering Apple’s mobile electronics, security, privacy and the wider technology sector since 2011. He is also a highly regarded Web Designer & Developer.
With a career spanning 30 years which began doing PC support (before the internet existed), Kevin’s technical expertise and experience is highly regarded in a wide variety of fields. His well-researched work resulted in highly regarded and often cited articles such as the infamous ‘Unable to move message to trash’ error on iOS devices.