If you accidentally dropped your iPhone 6 in the sink or the toilet, or dropped it in a big rain puddle on your way home, not all hope is lost. Here are some ways to recover it from most kinds of water damage.
As you may have learned growing up, water and electronics don’t mix at all, so it’s usually a good idea to not play with your gadgets while going for a swim or taking a shower. Of course, more and more smartphones are becoming waterproof and water resistant, with many cases coming with waterproof capabilities, and companies believe we should embrace the fact that both water and smartphones are big parts of our lives.
However, the iPhone 6 itself is certainly not waterproof by any means, and even a quick dunk in the toilet can be catastrophic. The good news is, while every case of water damage is different, not every dip in the dunk tank will result in a completely broken device.
This is why many users aim to recover their iPhones from water damage by trying all sorts of tricks to dry their devices off as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage.
Of course, once water touches the handful of water sensors on the inside of the iPhone 6, it’s resell value drops significantly, but if it still works and you plan on keeping the phone, then you don’t really need to worry about that, specifically.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to recover your iPhone 6 from water damage and make sure that it still works even after being completely submerged.
When you discover that you accidentally dunked your iPhone 6 for a bath, your first reaction will most likely be taking it out and panicking without really knowing what to do, and that’s a completely normal reaction, but knowing the immediate steps to take right away will ensure that your iPhone 6 will live to see another day.
There are a few important steps to take between the time that you take your iPhone 6 out of the water and when you leave it out to dry:
Shut It Down: Immediately power down your iPhone 6 after you take it out of the water (that is, if it’s still working). This prevents the possibility of the device short circuiting.
Open the Flood Gates: Anything that can be removed from your iPhone 6, remove it. This includes any kind of case and even the SIM card tray. Doing this allows any water on the inside to escape more easily.
Empty It Out: Get out as much water as possible by shaking your iPhone, blowing on it, whatever you have to do. You may look like an idiot, but it’s worth it in order to save your iPhone 6.
You have probably been told countless times that burying your iPhone in uncooked rice will absorb the moisture from your iPhone and help it dry quicker, but regular ‘ole air-drying actually works far better.
So where did the rice trick myth come from anyway? A cellphone repairman says that he mostly tells customers to put their phone in rice “so that they aren’t trying to charge it to get it to come back on. Attempting to charge your phone because it won’t turn on after dropping it in water is a sure way to short the board and make sure it won’t work again.”
He says that if you have a food dehydrator around, it arguably does the best job at removing moisture from your water-damaged iPhone, simply because that’s its job in the first place.
Alternatively, simply leaving your iPhone out to dry is the next best thing to do, and a fan can aid the process along. It’s recommended that you keep it in a dry place that isn’t humid, and if you can leave the device sit in a warm area, the heat will help evaporate the water, but just be careful, since the iPhone has a limit of 113 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Apple.
If you still want to dunk your iPhone in an absorption material like rice, Gazelle recommends using silica gel, cat litter, couscous, instant oatmeal, classic oatmeal, or instant rice (as opposed to regular rice). These items do a far better job than regular rice, but they still aren’t the best options when it comes to drying speed, as a wet sponge can actually dry faster than an iPhone in cat litter.
It’s recommended that you don’t touch your iPhone 6 and let it dry for at least 24 hours, but even then we’d recommend leaving it alone for a couple of days.
Once it completely dries, try turning it on. If it turns on and works just like before, congrats! If it doesn’t turn on, there are a couple things you can try.
Charging it for a few hours could give it a kick-start that will allow it to turn on, but it’s possible that the battery could be completely toast. This is where you could swap out the battery for a new one, but seeing as how the iPhone’s battery is internal, you’ll probably want to take it to a repair shop to have that done.
If your iPhone still doesn’t turn on, you may still be able to sync it to your computer, allowing you to recover any important data, but be prepared to say goodbye to the iPhone itself if you can’t get it to turn on.