There are few more frustrating things nowadays then having to deal with a water-damaged iPhone, Apple Watch or Smart Watch. All of these devices have become such an important part of our daily lives that we can’t even think about living without them for even a second and thus the chances of water-damage to them are very high.
An accidental dip into the water either while bathing or worse in the toilet is all it take for your wearable devices to become water-damaged. However, there is no need to worry about as the water-damage to such devices can be fixed, although it is not an easy task and is best left to the professionals.
Using the Wet Device Would be a Cardinal Sin
It is best that the wet device is taken out of the water immediately and put aside to dry as it would be a big mistake to try to use it while it is wet. The device must be turned off and all of its accessories including the SIM, if it is a phone, must be stripped and a towel must be used for rubbing it dry.
However, taking apart the accessories of an iPhone or wearable device is not that simple a task and might involve taking out the screen in order to reach it internal parts. This can do even more damage to the device and might also invalidate your warranty as well so it is best that you do not try it on your own and let the professionals deal with it.
The Power of the Rice
One of the tricks that might be used for the purpose of fixing water-damaged iPhone or wearable devices is to store them in a bowl of rice for a day. Since it is an amazing sucker of water, the rice will hopefully leech away all the water and leave your device dry and functioning as good as it was new.
The chances of failure however are very high and there is every likelihood that the iPhone or the wearable device will not turn on even after being kept for 3 or 4 days in the bowl of rice. Silica gel can also be used in place of rice for drying wet iPhone and other wearable devices.
Thus, it is best that the task of fixing a water-damaged device is done be professionals rather than by amateurs using tricks and home remedies.
5 thoughts on “How to Fix a Water-Damaged iPhone, Smart Watch or Apple Watch”
Thanks for the advice. My wife dropped her phone in the kitchen sink last night. I took it apart and hand dried all the parts that I could. I had never heard of putting it in rice, though. I will have to call my wife and tell her to try that out and hopefully when we turn it back on it will work. At least we still have a land line.
My iPhone got wet, and I don’t know what to do. I didn’t know that turning it on while it’s wet could be so bad for it! I tried the rice technique, but it didn’t work. I’ll see if I can get a professional who can fix it for me.
I dropped my iphone in water yesterday and want to try and get it fixed as quickly as possible. I did not know that storing it in a bowl of rice for a day could help. That is interesting that it will suck out the water! I will give it a try and see if it helps. Thanks for the suggestion!
Although the rice can help in the right situation it will take much longer than you would expect to actually do its job. It’s best to let us dry and clean the board properly. When the water starts to dry the minerals from the water will cause corrosion. Give our shops a call and we can get it cleaned up for you properly.
I agree that trying to use the phone when it is wet would be a bad idea. I also liked your trick to store the wet phone in rice for a day to dry it out. I think it’s a good idea to choose an iPhone repair company that specializes in Apple products.
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