Smart Phone Hacks: 8 Steps to Save Your iPhone May 26 2017
Dropped an iPhone in the water?
Don't stick your cell phone in a bag of rice. The rice only removes about 14% of the water and leaves the water inside the phone untouched.
Shut off your iPhone
This will help prevent a short circuit and reduce further damage to the device.
Don't plug in your charger
Water and electricity don't get along. Just imagine liking an exposed electric wire. Our body will probably not appreciate the electric current.
Open the iPhone and clean
Opening the device and removing the excess water is crucial to its survival. Preferably take it to a cell phone repair shop. Let a professional handle your iPhone, but that is just our recommendation.
These three steps are a simplified version on what you should do if you accidentally got your iPhone liquid (water) damage. You should do these steps even if your device shows no signs of damage. Who knows, maybe your lucky and have no liquid damage or maybe your device will have a delayed reaction. My point here is to not wait.
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Rice or No Rice
First we need to address the elephant in the room. We've all heard myth. Put your cell phone in a bag of rice for a couple of days and MAGIC! I'm here to advice differently and debunked this myth. Don't get me wrong, studies have shown that rice absorbs about 14% of the liquid present outside the the device. But this method fails to absorb liquid/water inside the cell phone. The liquid inside the device is what you should be concerned about, not the exterior of the device.
About 80% of our customer that come in for water damage repair claim to have had no success after placing their cell phone in a bag of rice. It is common to see liquid and corrosion present in these liquid damaged devices. Which is why we highly recommend turning off the device and not plugging in your charger. Corrosion and short circuit is the leading cause of cell phone malfunction. Even the slight amount of liquid inside the device can cause a short circuit. Therefore it's important to avoid any interaction with electricity until this problem is address.
But what about the those individuals that had success with putting a cell phone in a bag of rice? The answer is simple, the device was spared from any internal damage. Smartphones nowadays all have some sort of water resistance. The most common iPhone 6/6 plus can resist a few seconds of water before it starts becoming an issue.
8 steps that will increase the chances of your water damage iPhone in surviving
Step 1: Take your device out of the liquid
Step 2: Turn Off Your Device
Step 3: Don't plug in your charger
Step 4: Rinse the device with fresh water (may not be applicable if the device was already dropped in fresh water)
Step 5: Open the device (this may be the last step)
You need to remove and properly clean any liquid inside the device. If you want to attempt cleaning the device yourself then iFixit has step-by-step tutorial guides on opening devices. You can also purchase a startup opening kits from iFixit. I would advice against this method unless you already have the parts, equipment, and prior experience on opening electronic devices. Furthermore, different cell phones devices have different levels of difficulties and can be damaged even further if not careful. Continue with steps 6-8 if your considering opening your device.
Instead, take it to a cell phone repair store.They have the proper tools necessary to open and sanitized the device properly. Furthermore, most repair stores have a "no fix, no charge" policy. Essentially risk free.
Google "cell phone repair store near me". That Google search should give you a list stores near your city. There is a lot of shady companies out there so read reviews about the company. A handful of great reviews means they can be trusted with your device. Call the business to ask what policies and warranties they have for water damage devices. Cell phone repair stores charge any where from $50-100 dollars to properly clean and remove liquid damage. This price usually doesn't include parts that need to be replaced.
Step 6: Clean off the excess liquid with a paper towel.
Step 7: Do a thorough clean
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