It can happen to everyone that an iPad or iPhone slips from his hands, at the top of the damage list, comes the broken screen, followed very closely by water accidents, especially during the holidays.
Rest assured, a little water shouldn’t end the life of your iPhone though, so before you throw it away, follow our 10 tips below.
1. External drying
Obviously, the first thing to do is to remove your iPhone from the water and, most importantly, leave it plugged in!
If it was already at the time of the accident, then turn off the power directly at the circuit breaker. Do not be tempted to turn it on or see if there is any other damage, as this may cause short circuits.
Your iPhone is protected by a shell, so remember to remove it as well as your SIM card.
It’s best not to remove the battery unless you’re good at electronics, and losing your iPhone warranty is the least of your worries.
Wipe off excess water wherever you can. To remove the water stuck in the external ports, turn the iPhone up and down and shake it very carefully.
2. Turn off your iPhone
To avoid short circuits, it is highly recommended that you do not turn on your iPhone.
If it’s already off before it drops, then leave it as it is, although you want to make sure it’s still working. It could certainly start again but also stop suddenly.
Whether it is on or in standby, two options are available to you:
- The first would be to turn it off, during this process your iPhone will wake up to shut down.
- The second would be to leave it on standby, for 48 hours, hoping that you won’t receive any notifications.
If Airplane mode was on, then you are in luck; also do not touch it for the next 48 hours.
3. Dry your iPhone using silica sachets
It is then very important to remove as much liquid as possible. To do this, silica sachets (moisture absorbers), which are often found in new shoe boxes or in new bags, are very effective. They will effectively and cleanly dry your device.
You will need enough to completely cover your iPhone or iPad. You can also find them in stores, for example Amazon sells them from € 12.95. You can also take a look at bag or craft stores.
Leave them on for at least 48 hours for complete drying.
4. Grains of dry rice
If you don’t have silica sachets on hand, then we recommend that you use rice!
Many users swear by dry rice. They suggest dipping your precious in rice or even drowning it, this time you have permission.
Leave it for about 48 hours, it will absorb moisture. The only downside is that dust could get into the ports, so be careful.
5. Avoid heat sources
Resist the temptation to use a hair dryer or other heat source, as this could seriously damage the internal circuitry of your device.
To get rid of any moisture inside your iPhone, you can also use a device dedicated to this: a dryer.
6. Disassemble your iPhone or iPad
Before you start, be aware that this operation compromises your warranty.
If you are a good handyman, open your device by unscrewing the screws on the top using a suitable screwdriver (you will find some on Amazon.com).
Dry the inside of your iPhone with a clean cloth and very carefully clean all corners and surfaces.
The risk of making matters worse is so great that we cannot 100% recommend this method to you. If your device is no longer under warranty and does not meet any of the previous techniques, then dismantle it.
7. Wait 48 hours
It’s been a long time but your iPhone is finally dry, so you can turn it back on.
If it does not respond or if you want to check the internal system, go to the Apple website for a assistance by phone, chat or in person.
Note that iOS devices are equipped with liquid detectors, do not pretend that the device has stopped working on its own to keep your warranty. They will see it right away.
If your phone turns on again, the first thing to do is to back up your data, for example by putting it on a Cloud.
Last warning: submersion may cause potentially irreversible damage, especially to the battery. This damage could appear after a few months.
As an example, it happened that an iPhone 3GS spontaneously overheated a year after falling into a swimming pool. The user had used the rice technique and the iPhone worked very well until she got hot.
8. Protect your device
We hope the previous steps were helpful in saving your iPhone from drowning. To prevent this type of accident from happening again, there are waterproof protective cases to take pictures in the water and drying kits.
For capture underwater images without risking damaging your iPhone, take a look at our 5 tips.
As we have seen, water is a danger for your iPhone, because it can infiltrate and cause short circuits. It is therefore advisable to be very careful when taking pictures at the beach, you have it with you in your bath or in the toilet.
The support cover with strap for iPad is also a solution to take into account, it will no longer be able to escape your hands.
9. Favor waterproof iPhones
The latest iPhones are water (and dust) resistant. This is usually expressed by the IP ranking system.
Prior to 2016, Apple did not release the IP ratings for its phones, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were IP67 certified. This means that they should survive submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes.
Since the release of the iPhone 7, Apple has equipped its iPhones with this protection.
10. Eject water from the speakers
IPhones 7 and later have the distinction of being waterproof, however the speakers are not.
If the water has reached them, the application Sonic can save you the day. This app plays frequencies ranging from 0Hz to 25,000Hz (although some may not be audible).
You just need to download it, adjust the frequency to around 165 Hz, then click on Play. Water should eject from the speakers. Then wipe off with a cloth.
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