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Dropped your iPhone in the water, the toilet, or the swimming pool? It can be a very frustrating moment to see your iPhone drenched with water, but panicking and rushing to dry it with anything that you find is not the solution and may actually cause more harm.
In most cases, you can still save your iPhone after it has been exposed to water, but itâ€™s important that you take the necessary precautions to limit the damage and avoid causing extraÂ harm. Hereâ€™s the process of dealing with an iPhone that has been damaged by water.
Precautions to Take When an iPhone Is Exposed to Water
- If your iPhone is plugged in to a power source, unplug it immediately as it can cause short circuits. Also, disconnect USB cables, headphones, or any other accessories connected to it byÂ a wire.
- Completely dry the external surface of the iPhone with a piece of cloth. Avoid using electronic devices for drying, such as a hair dryer.
- Hold your iPhone upside down and gently shake it to get liquid out of the ports and sockets.
- If the iPhone is still turned on, power it offÂ by holding down the power button.
- If your iPhone is in a case, take it off to avoid any liquid being trapped inside.
Now that youâ€™ve taken the necessary precautions to limit the water damage to your iPhone, youâ€™re ready to dry the internals.
How to Dry a Wet iPhone
Itâ€™s a popular conceptÂ to stuff a wet device into a bag full of rice to dry the internals. Based on my experience, this actually works and helps to absorb the moisture within the iPhone.
- To get started, grab a plastic zipper-lock bag or anything else that can be filled with rice.
- Now fill it with rice and placeÂ the iPhone inÂ it soÂ that itsÂ entire body is covered by rice.
- Leave it there for about 36 hours or more until all the moisture is absorbed by the rice. Be warned that some dust or rice grains may get into the ports.
- An alternative option is to use silica gel which is more effective inÂ drying a wet device, but youâ€™ll need lots of them to cover the iPhone.
Once youâ€™ve waited for at least 36 hours and feel confident that the iPhone has dried completely, take it out and try switching on. In most cases, the iPhone will turn on successfully.
If your iPhone doesnâ€™t turn on, then you should take it to a nearby Apple Store and have it inspected. Keep in mind that iOS devices have aÂ liquid contact indicator that shows whether the device was damaged by water, so make sure that you donâ€™tÂ claim that the iPhone stopped working without any apparent reason.
Protect Your iPhone from Water
Not all iPhones will survive aÂ bath, soÂ it’s best to play it safeÂ from now on. You already use aÂ case to protect your iPhone from accidental drops, but why not from water damage?Â To protect your iPhone from an early demise caused by water,Â use a waterproof case. This way, the next time your iPhoneÂ takes a dip, water damage won’t everÂ cross your mind. This waterproof iPhone case is IP68 certified, and is compatible with the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 Plus. Get it here for only $29.95.