Have you ever inadvertently drop your iPhone into a tank full of water, sink or even worse, in the toilet? Or maybe you left it in your pocket and ran your clothes through a washing machine, or perhaps you were beaten by rain. In any case, your iPhone may seem dead, but there are good chances that it can be resuscitated.
The sad fact is that recovery and repair cannot be guaranteed, but if you know what to do as soon as you drop the iPhone into water, then there are chances, many chances that you will get your amazing phone back to its original state.
Here the steps to follow in case of an iPhone water damage:
- We all know water and any electric device aren’t friends, so as soon as you drop it, remove it as quickly as humanly possible. The quicker you are the more chances or recovery.
- You must turn off the iPhone immediately, well if it’s not already off, and remove any casing, enclosures that can trap moisture. Don’t panic; just hold the lock and home button simultaneously for 5 seconds for a hard “shutdown”.
- Don’t forget to remove the battery, after shutdown, and don’t pull the battery before switching off, because as you know, iPhone batteries are non-replaceable. Remove headphones, chargers and other accessories available for water can quickly fill the entire parts damaging any component on your iPhone. You don’t have to remove the screen protector unless obvious water bubbles are seen.
- Great tip; clean it out. If your iPhone fell in the salt water, or something other than regular water, you can run it on 99 percent alcohol to flush out the residue salts and other contaminants. Believe it or not, alcohol is non-conductive liquid, so won’t cause much damage than contaminants. But remember, you are not washing it; you are just cleaning it to avoid further damages.
- You will have to force as much water as possible. Wrap it with a dry cloth, sleeve, paper towel and if need be, blow it in the right warm air. You can use a vacuum cleaner with discretion to suck the liquid. A point or precaution here; avoid sucking water from small parts such as SD card, SIM cards or battery. Also, don’t use the hair drier. I would also advise against shaking, banging or tapping it.
- Don’t take your iPhone apart, unless you are qualified to do that. iPhone and other iPod devices come with an LDI (Liquid Damage Indicator) that shows when the device was in contact with water. If you trigger LDI, you could void your warranty.
- Don’t turn the phone on, unless you are sure it well dry. The only way to be sure is contacting a Singapore company specializing in iPhone water damage. Try switching it after a day or two, and if it doesn’t give it few more days. Your iPhone may turn on, but there are chances that many of its components will be far from working, which is why it’s more than important to contact a professional company specializing in water damages.
Out of the most tested method of drying an iPhone is the use of Ziplock bag full of uncooked rice. Rice is said to be great at absorbing liquid, so can be of great help.
Choosing the right company for iPhone water damage
As noted above, the surest way to getting your iPhone back to its original state after water damage is getting a company that specializes in the same field. They will use the most moisture-absorbent substance, such as silica gel, which is much better than the rice. The Gadget Doctor is one of the best companies in Singapore that will help you recover your water damaged iPhone. They have trained and experiences technician who will make sure you get all your data in place and your phone alive without voiding your warranty.
With these simple steps, you phone should be up and running. Many at times iPhone water damage are beyond repair, depending on the extent of damage, and the only person who can be able to recover what is left is a professional like Gadget Doctor. If all these methods, doesn’t work, then I suggest you look into other alternatives such as an exchange or a new purchase. Irrespective of your iPhone water damage state, contact the manufacturer and see if they can help.