| September 28, 2011

How (Not) to Repair a Water-Damaged iPhone

  • Jacquie

    I really related to this. I am so clumsy that my kids usually step away from me when I have a knife in my hand. I haven’t destroyed my iPhone 3G (yet) but I did, once upon a time have a Planner. You know, one of those little devices that didn’t call or do anything but have a calendar. I had my whole life scheduled in it. Planners are about as hardy as an iPhone and didn’t have any crash cases (that’s what I call my hard case on my iPhone).  Well, Planners don’t take very well to being run over. I don’t know what their crush limit is but one big mini-van was definitely too heavy for it. 

    My hubby, who is very much a great techie, attempted to save it or at least to get the info. from it so I wouldn’t miss all of my appointments. He managed to get the information and the thing still worked but the screen was toast. He had to compare his Planner with what he wanted to do on mine because he couldn’t see anything. Needless to say, I was back to paper and pen for awhile, printing out my Mac calendar almost everyday as things changed. 

    Lessons to learn:
    Don’t drop your smartphone
    If you do drop it, don’t run over it
    Even if you have a geeky techie in house, you just can’t fix a crushed screen (duct tape doesn’t fix everything)

    Accept that you are clumsy and make sure you get replacement or repair coverage on all your electronics.
    Have a great day!

  • waterdamagephoenix

    Iike your blog.

  • http://georgiadisasterservices.com/ Chery Ashmead

    I’m sorry to hear about your cellphone, Jessica. I also dropped mine in the toilet accidentally one time. I immediately opened it, removed the battery and put it in front of an electric fan. After it was dry enough, I let a professional check it. He just replaced some damaged parts and fortunately my cellphone was still functioning well afterward. =)

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    • Coelg

      I would just like to say that Otterbox is in fact, NOT a great product. I had mine plus a ghost shield on it and it dropped and shattered my screen, not to mention that water had seeped in from the rain and caused it die… Get the one from Ballistic that is GUARANTEED waterproof, dust proof, and can fall out a 2 story building without so much as a ding. 

  • http://www.tadibrothers.com/ Backup Camera

    As someone who has lost multiple phones to water damage, I sincerely empathize with your plight. In my experience, fixed by submerging the phone in rice (seriously!) for an extended period. The rice will actually absorb the water stuck in your phone! But this won’t work for serious damage, like if you’ve taken your phone for a swim in the ocean (like I once did). Thanks for your tips and insight, hopefully I won’t have to use them lol

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  • Johnfurner

    I love you way of writing

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    I don’t think its easy to repair water damaged iphone. You would have to contact their service center !

  • The best

    That’s a nice jailbroken phone you have there

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    Awesome! Actually I have no idea how to save my iphone from water damages. Thanks God I found your blog. This can really help me a lot.

  • Star iPhone Repairs

    Please do not use a hair dryer to dry the ports on your iPhone, this will force the water further into the device. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck the water out instead and then put in a bag or container of rice for at least 24-48hrs. Longer if you can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/faisal.usman.56 Faisal Usman

    Great, i have no idea just how to repair my water damaged iPhone , thanks for sharing this nice post.

  • assa

    More then likely the digitizer and screen had fried so really you could of went the extra step as the logic board was working. But not knowing makes expensive mistakes, next time I suggest looking at what works and not then get all the parts as a new phone is at least 100 times more expensive then replacement parts.

  • Atlanta Phone Guru

    I would suggest not to repair it yourself, I have seen various people try to repair their phone, especially when they drop their devices in water. From what I noticed is that the initial instinct is to automatically dry it and turn it off and put it in sunlight but the thing is that it only takes a second for the water to reach the internal parts of the phone which would cause corrosion and leave you with an expensive paper weight. Bring it to us and we can repair any kind of water damage phone, from dropping it in the toilet to dropping it in a bowl of jell-o. Find out more or visit us at atlantaphoneguru.com

  • mr xdream

    what if i had water in the lcd. then its a dried out and some parts dont work what should i do?

  • JoyandPain

    Totally rocking article..I say, use a professional if possible too much can go wrong especially with the iPad and iPad Mini screen repair. I tried to fix my own iPad and failed miserably. I ended up replacing the entire unit at the Apple store. When I broke the screen on my iPad mini I used a online iPad screen repair service. After calling them they notified me that they are also a iPhone screen repair service in Dallas, TX, they offer nationwide mail-in repairs that takes 2-4 business days.

  • martinamiller

    I had the same problem. I first cleant it, replaced my battery and the phone started functioning for 2 days. After that it would only start when it is plugged for charging. I replaced the power management ic on the logic board and now everything is working fine. I also had problem with the dock as it used to sense docked and no voice on the speaker. that got fixed only by cleaning it. I still have a problem now. My phone heats up and the battery drains faster. I guess the battery is duplicate and thus will soon change it and see what happens. And if you lose your data you can use iPhone Data Recovery to get back. And here comes the tutorial.

  • MikeHenry12

    Yes we can use vacuum cleaner to suck the water. Cell Phone Repair

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    Although it may be possible to go back to the store, or to an elector4nics repair store, there is a lot of danger of being misquoted or misdiagnosed by the staff. When the repair is something you are pretty sure you can handle, it can be a big money saver to take on the project yourself.

  • Johnny

    Thanks alot for sharing this knowledge with us.. or should i say unknown people.. lol (including me).. this blog has been very useful for me.. thanks alot


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    You probably believe you can watch a video on You Tube and you’ll be able to change the parts on your own. Don’t watch just one video. Find six and watch them all. Re-watch the best video over and over before you start on your phone. THEN, watch that video in segments as you actually spread your iPhone pieces all over the table.

  • luisepid

    Indeed, Apple does not cover water damaged devices. There’s an LCI (Liquid Contact Indicator) installed in the device and can be checked by a tech to determine whether the unit has been exposed to liquid. If so, the warranty is void. Here’s an article with more details:

    How to Fix Water Damaged iPhone

    As the user above mentioned, many Third-Party repair sites offer coverage of this sort of damage. Do thorough research and find the vendor most suited for your case.

    Good luck!

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  • Tennor123

    For water damaged iphone, I know the first thing to do is to put it into the rice to drain off water, then check all the phone function are ok.