Learn how to dry or repair a water damaged iPhone. While these methods increase the chances that your iPhone will walk again, they are not 100% guaranteed.
Part 1 of 3: Rescue a Soaked iPhone
Step 1. Immediately take your iPhone out of the water
The longer your iPhone is submerged, the more likely it is to be bypassed. The speed of your reflexes will make the difference between a working phone and another good to throw away.
Step 2. Turn off your iPhone
Press and hold the power button and then slide the button that appears at the top of the screen to the right. The sooner you turn off your device, the more likely it is to recover.
If the screen is black, but you're not sure your iPhone is on, quickly press the power button to see if it turns on. If so, turn off your device. Otherwise, leave it turned off
Step 3. Remove the case from your iPhone
Your iPhone case can retain moisture. Remove it to dry your phone faster.
Step 4. Remove your SIM card
Take the supplied SIM eject tool or a paper clip and insert it into the hole in the SIM card drawer. Pull out the drawer completely to drain the water.
Step 5. Wipe your iPhone
Wipe your iPhone with a dry, absorbent cloth. Remove all traces of moisture from the charging connector, volume keys, headphone jack and any other openings.
Step 6. Use a toothpick and a piece of cloth
Take a small piece of cotton fabric (from an old shirt, for example) and wrap it around the end of a toothpick. Use it to soak up excess water in the charging connector and jack.
Step 7. Place your iPhone in a warm, dry place
The best way to get rid of the water inside your iPhone is to simply leave it in a warm place for as long as possible.
- Several guides claim that placing an iPhone in a bag of rice will suck the water out of it, yet this method is ineffective. Letting the phone air dry is still the most effective solution.
- Air drying will be more effective if you can remove the battery from the iPhone.
Step 8. Wait at least 48 hours
The longer you wait, the more efficient the drying process will be. Wait at least 48 hours, or even 72 hours for more effectiveness.
Step 9. Check the liquid contact indicator
Each iPhone has a small indicator that lets repair technicians know if it has been in contact with liquid. It is a piece of plastic that turns red on contact with water. You can check this indicator yourself to see if your iPhone is damaged or not. Use a flashlight to see inside the harbor. Liquid damage is usually not guaranteed, which means you will have to repair your iPhone yourself.
- For iPhone 5 and newer: Look for a red indicator in the SIM card drawer on the display side of the device.
- For iPhone 4S: look for a red indicator in the charging connector or in the jack.
Part 2 of 3: Continue to use your iPhone
Step 1. Back up your iPhone
Back up your iPhone immediately after turning it back on. Even if it gives up after a few days, the data it contains can be installed on a new device.
Step 2. Activate the AssistiveTouch feature
Activate the AssistiveTouch feature if your home button no longer works. This kind of problem is common with water damaged iPhones, but you can work around it by activating AssistiveTouch which places shortcuts for certain features on your screen.
AssistiveTouch also lets you lock your screen, change your iPhone volume, and take screenshots
Step 3. Use a USB docking station
Use a USB docking station or Bluetooth headphones to listen to music. If the water has damaged your iPhone's headphone jack, you'll need to use another audio device instead of your regular headphones.
- Connect a compatible docking station to your iPhone's charging connector. He should detect it immediately.
- If the charging connector does not recognize the connection of a device, you will no longer be able to charge your iPhone.
Step 4. Keep your iPhone charged
Keep your iPhone charged if the power button stops working. If the power button stops working, it will be very difficult for you to turn your device on and off. You will need to keep it charged and turned on to continue using it.
- If your iPhone drains and turns off, it will turn back on when you plug it in to the charger.
- On iPhones with the "Lift to Activate" feature enabled, simply grab your device to turn on the screen.
Step 5. See if you have Apple warranty service
AppleCare does not always cover liquid damage, but you may get warranty service if your device is still new or if the repairman is understanding.
Part 3 of 3: make extensive repairs
Step 1. Turn off your iPhone
Press and hold the power button, then slide the button that appears at the top of the screen to the right.
Step 2. Remove the SIM card
Take out the SIM card drawer and the SIM card before disassembling your iPhone.
Step 3. Remove the screws at the bottom of the iPhone
You will need a pentalobe screwdriver (5 prong) to remove the screws. The screws are located on the left and right of the charging connector.
Step 4. Use a suction cup to remove the front face
The suction cup is one of the best ways to remove the front panel of an iPhone. This avoids the scratches that can occur when trying to force the case.
- Place a suction cup on the screen and grasp the back of the case with your other hand.
- All you have to do is pull to separate the iPhone in 2.
Step 5. Use a Phillips screwdriver
Use a Phillips screwdriver or other flat tool to remove the battery. Put it aside.
Step 6. Remove the cable connectors
You will need to remove a few cable connectors before you can access the motherboard. Some will need to be forced and others will require a Phillips screwdriver.
Step 7. Remove the motherboard
Remove the motherboard from the plastic shell. Once you have completely disconnected the motherboard, you can pull it out of the plastic shell.
Step 8. Immerse the motherboard in 97% isopropyl alcohol
Keep the card submerged until any visible residue on the surface has loosened.
Step 9. Rub off visible residue
Use a soft brush to scrub away visible residue. Clean all contacts and connectors. Rub debris on the motherboard and repeat if necessary.
Step 10. Allow the motherboard to air dry
Let the motherboard dry completely before reassembling everything. Make sure there is no more water left. If it is still wet, you may damage it even more during start-up.
Step 11. Clean the screen with isopropyl alcohol
Clean the screen with isopropyl alcohol to remove liquid residue. Do not immerse it indoors, as you may permanently damage it.
Step 12. Allow the components to dry
Isopropyl alcohol takes a while to dry completely. Allow all components to dry for at least 4 hours before reassembling your iPhone.
Step 13. Reassemble your iPhone
Reassemble your iPhone by replacing all connectors and reinserting the screws removed during disassembly.
Step 14. Turn on your iPhone
If you are sure your iPhone is dry, you can restart it. If you have cleaned thoroughly and the components have not been excessively rusted, the device may still be working.