What to Do for iPhone Water Damage

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Cedric Grantham Posted on Jul 31, 2017 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

iPhone water damage can be the worst problem among all the iPhone physical damages, which can not only cause a remarkable value drop but also may bring data loss on iPhone. When iPhone water damage happens, we need to quickly solve these two issues: one is to check if your iPhone has water damages precisely, and if yes, what to do to fix iPhone water damage.

How to tell iPhone water damage

Once your iPhone makes contact with water or steam and problem, it is easy to tell whether it has water damage or not. We can refer to Apple built-in Liquid Contact Indicators to have a check. Under normal circumstances, the Liquid Contact Indicator is white or silver, once the iPhone comes in contact with water, it turns red and can be discovered from outside.

How to check the Liquid Contact Indicator is red

1. If you are using iPhone 5 or later iPhone model, you need to remove the SIM tray to check the water contact indicator.

2. You can use a flashlight to help you see the red liquid contact indicator clearly.

3. If you are using iPhone 4 or even earlier model, you can check the headphone jack or charging port to find liquid contact indicator. As long as you see a hemisphere of red, your iPhone has been water damaged.

What to do if iPhone suffered water damage

If you have made sure the iPhone water damage exists, adopt following tips to make a fix.  

1. Turn off the phone immediately and remove the SIM card. This is the most important method to prevent iPhone water damage. Do not turn it on after only a few minute, neither charge it or connect it to a computer.

2. Dry off your iPhone with a soft towel or cloth. Remove the SIM card and also dry off the headphone and charge ports. Do not use a hair-dryer to dry your iPhone.

3. Put iPhone in a bag of uncooked rice. The rice can be used as the desiccant to remove the moisture on iPhone surface. If there was no water inside iPhone, after 48 hours, re-insert the SIM, and try turning it back on.

4. If you are unlucky to have water damage inside iPhone, you have to go to Apple Care to repair your iPhone.

5. If the iPhone water damage has cause data loss, you can restore iPhone from iTunes backup or from iCloud backup.