Solved water splashed in iphone5, phone dead

June 1, 2014 at 20:11:42
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water splashed into iphone5, screen went black, placed it quickly onto hot radiator to dry it out , phone then started showing up tiny writing on top of screen then went off. Phone is completely dead, it was fully charged before water got in to it .

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#1
June 2, 2014 at 06:10:29
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mmm Usually - if one can get inside a phone - removing the battery and placing the phone in "warm" - but NOT "hot" environment will allow it to slowly dry out and often work OK afterwards... But it will take a while to dry out. If one is able to get inside the phone then the dry out process is logically must shorter. Removing the battery is of course the first item to attend to

I have known electronics after being suitably drowned - and not only in/with water but with soup, coffee/tea, soft drinks... - work fine after being allowed to dry out. In the case of other than water being the drowning agent... the kit would be (all power removed of course) washed in "luke warm" water - and then with iso-proply alchohol (which will help remove some of the moisture too) before being gently blow dried with "warm" NOT hot hairdryer or similar. Then left to sit for a day or so in a warm (NOT hot) environment.

A radiator is not a suitable place to put one; it may well "cook" the components and thus kill the phone...

You might find it useful to chat to your local Apple Store techies to see what they can suggest/do too?

Failing which.. is it insured - either on your house/contents policy; or any other form of insurance?

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#2
June 2, 2014 at 12:09:19
thx for your reply, i left phone over night not knowing wat to do with it, there is some life there today ...black screen with tiny tiny writing at top of screen lines of it.....now thats all dissappeared just nothing accept white apple in centre black screen still...trying to remove tiny screws at bottom , can't seem to remove them at also as to get inside the phone to remove battery..and also you say very hot can ..'cook'..it ...radiator was very very hot wen i first put it to dry..dam...

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#3
June 2, 2014 at 14:31:46
Be "very" careful removing any screws... Ensure you use the correct screwdriver, as using the wrong one can damage the screw heads... Also note carefully which screw comes from where. Often on Apple kit many screw appear to be the same when they're not... So make a little plan on paper corresponding to each screw position, and scotchtape/sellotape each screw to its place on the "plan" - so you know which is from where..

Also it "may" be worth talking to Apple Store techies to see if they will at least have a look-see and advise if it can be recovered - or not. It may be that the battery has effectively discharged fully too - or at least almost fully out... Do you have a charger unit for the iphone?

Similarly has the iphone ever been connected to your computer and backed up? If so then perhaps see what happens if you connect it to that computer and in effect "restore it"? Do NOT sync it or back it up again at this juncture; simply restore it from a previous back up - if it will allow...

Back to the screws.. You may have to go to a decent electronic parts and tools store to get a set of suitably small (and decent quality - don't buy the cheapest...) screwdrivers... Equally it "may" be worth - as suggested above - chatting to Apple Store techies and asking them to have a look-see while you wait; I have found them often very amenable in situations similar to yours. They may even suggest a repair - which will come with warranty too for a modest sum; and that may be the better option overall?

Whatever happens at this time, preserve/safeguard any backups on your computer for the iphone; as these may be useful later (as above) to recover/restore numbers, contacts etc you may have in those backups? Itunes etc. can be downloaded again if you bought them from Apple (legally).


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#4
June 2, 2014 at 15:27:09
well good news , managed to find tiny screwdriver..was very fiddly tho..got charger out ..dried it...put it back together after hairdrying it...left it charging in corner ....couple hours later ...it was back on ..normal screen everything..thxxx ever so much , happy son here now lol...facetime etc...hes happy im happy x

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#5
June 2, 2014 at 15:34:12
Phaaaan-tastic... news and well dun you...

I would advise you make a back up of the entire phone contents at this time; just in-case you have another disaster and need to rebuild the contents of the phone or a replacement...

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#6
June 2, 2014 at 15:42:10
i certainly shall, plus no iphones in bath is very very good idea heehheeh xx

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