There’s nothing worse than getting your iPhone wet. Why? Well, for one, chances are you’ve damaged it. Second, Apple won’t fix it for free now because it voids warranty.
And don’t even think about lying to the Apple guys because they will know. There are actually liquid submersion strips inside your phone that turn pink when the device plops or submerges into water, so there’s no escape. They’ll know you’re lying plus, they really won’t fix your device.
So what do you do? Don’t despair!
Resuscitating your iPhone from a watery death is possible. Here are a couple of steps to follow:
1. Never turn on your iPhone first. It doesn’t matter what type, iPhone 4 or iPhone 5. Just don’t turn it on after it has been dunked in water or liquid.
2. Immediately wipe off the water. Use a cotton towel or something really absorbent to take out whatever water’s in there. Also give it a little shake to take out excess liquid lodged inside. Use cotton buds to absorb the liquid in the headphone or microphone areas. Do this quickly!
3. If it’s not turned off yet, then turn it off. You don’t want it to be running for long otherwise the circuits will fry.
4. Never apply heat. Using a dryer thinking it will dry out the water will only damage it further so don’t do it!
5. Instead of heat, fill a Ziploc with silica packets. Yes, the ones that comes with your devices or shoes. These are perfect because they are designed to absorb moisture. Grab a lot of them and then place your iPhone inside it. Make sure it’s surrounded.
6. Alternatively, if you don’t have these packets on hand or there’s no method to secure them asap, go ahead and use uncooked rice instead. Same thing, fill a Ziploc bag or Tupperware with rice and place your iPhone inside, surrounding it. Leave it in there for 2-3 days or 48-72 hours. Never turn it on during this period. After 2-3 days, take it out and turn it on, then hope for the best! If you managed to act quickly then it’s possible you could revive your iPhone after doing this.
By the way, this could work for your other devices as well like the iPod or iPad.
Of course, don’t expect it to be just like before. There’s a good chance it will show some quirks after its near-death experience. It might show up in the form of damaged audio, slower loading or response etc.
Still if you managed to revive it after the accident, you’re in luck! Enjoy your phone’s second life!
How about you? Got any iPhone water stories you want to share? Let us know below.
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