It’s a big-time problem when you drop your iPhone into the water. If you take it out immediately, the consequences might not be there. But it has dropped down so low that you can’t get it out as soon as possible, it will definitely damage your phone. There’s no need to panic and make silly decisions. We looked at many incidents on the internet and made a guide compiling various ways that helped users save their devices.
Solved: Dropped iPhone in Water, What to do?
Here are a few things that you can do in order to safeguard your device from the impact of getting dropped into the water:
1. Don’t turn on the iPhone
First things first, you shouldn’t be turning on your device. The problem with trying to do so is that if it fails to turn on, you will immediately start panicking and do something stupid. If you try to turn it on manually, things can go from bad to worse. So the best you can do is keep your phone ideal and do not turn it on if it has already turned off. If the water has already reached inside, turning on the device would do more harm to it than good.
2. Don’t blow-dry the phone
This is what people do usually. They feel that blowing dry air into the phone will suck all the water out of the phone and that’s the happy ending to the misery. It is not really that simple. When you blow-dry your device, the phone might get heated. This heat may cause a bad impact on the hardware inside the iPhone. The screen can get completely damaged and you will have to replace it altogether. It is just going to increase the amount of expense you will have to withdraw in order to run your phone smoothly all over again.
3. Remove SIM card
When you take the phone out of the water, you should be removing the SIM card quickly. It is an easy process as SIM cards can be removed comfortably. If you keep it inside the phone, the chances are high that it will get damaged. The tray needs to be opened and the SIM card has to be brought out of it. Keep the slot open so that it can get dry on its own and there’s no problem when you insert the SIM card back into the phone all over again.
4. Cleaning the exterior
The least or the best you can do is to clean the exterior. That’s all that you can do anyway since you’re no hardware engineer to open the device correctly and wipe out the water. You need to take a dry cloth and wipe out as much as you can. Try to do it quickly so that you have other things to do as well in order to safeguard your device.
5. Keeping it in rice
This is the most common and probably the best solution which would wipe out the water pretty well. But don’t put it in cooked rice. You have to put it in the uncooked rice. If the rice is unpacked, open it and put it in a big bowl. Then dip your device deep into the rice. You need to dip in such a way that the device is not visible at all. You can also use a plastic bag in order to do the job. When you use a plastic bag, there would be no chance of air or water entering into the bag. You have to keep it for at least a couple of hours in order to soak all the water out of the phone.
6. Visiting the Apple store
If nothing really works, you should be trying to visit the Apple store. There are high chances that none of the abovementioned solutions work for you. Once you realize so, you shouldn’t be trying to do anything on your own. Visiting the Apple store as soon as possible would be the better option as the experts there can fix the problem with your device, sometimes in minutes.
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Q.1: My phone is still working even though it got dropped into water, should I do anything?
If the phone is working fine then you don’t have to do much. But since it got dropped into the water and there are high chances that it can create trouble, you should be trying to put the phone into rice or blow dry air into it.
Q.2: Can I sell a phone which is water damaged?
Yes, you can definitely sell a phone which is water damaged. But there are high chances that the damage can be removed completely when you visit the Apple Store.
Q.3: How does water damage your device?
The liquid damage will always be crystal clear to your eyes. The tiny bubbles may appear under the screen. That’s when you should be trying one of the solutions which can get rid of water from your phone.
Q.4: How should I check if my device is water damaged or not?
You can look into your LCI which is also known as the liquid contact indicator. It is located on the same slot as the SIM card of your phone. In some earlier models, it can be found around the earphone jack or charging port or both.
Q.5: How much does it cost in order to fix a device which is water damaged?
It completely depends upon how much the water has damaged your system. In most cases, it can impact your headphones jack or the charging port. Sometimes, there is an impact on the motherboard as well. The higher the degree of damage, the more cost you will have to bear at the end of the day.
Conclusion: Save and fix iPhone dropped in Water
You can also use silica get packets in order to dry your phone. They absorb the moisture in a great manner. Although hair dryers should be prohibited in most cases, you can also use them in case the dryer has a cool wind setting. If there’s a guy who can open the system around you, make him do so quickly before the water gets absorbed deep into the system.