How to Fix an iPhone That’s Been Dropped in Water

Have you dropped your iPhone in water - be it the bath, sink or long-drop toilets? We show how to revive a water-damaged iPhone with this step-by-step guide

The first rule of iPhone ownership – like Gremlins – is never let them get wet. Because odds are it will stop working and Apple specifically refuses to cover water damage in its warranty.

Don’t try to go to Apple Store and plead ignorance either. The iPhone has a ‘Liquid Submersion indicator’ inside it that turns pink on contact with H20 – so they can see through your fake smile.

So if Apple won’t help, do you simply have to cut your losses and buy a new one? Not so fast. Plenty of people have successfully dried out soaked iPhone and are happily using them post water-gate (sorry).

Remember, if you have completely drenched your iPhone in water don’t try to restart it by plugging it into a power source. Be patient and follow the steps below first.

First off, power down the iPhone. Remove any protective case and wipe away the water on the surface.

Remove the SIM card holder and card, this will open another cavity to help air circulate.

Gently shake the iPhone to try to remove any remaining water inside the device. You may use a hair dryer to blow air into the phone to help water evaporate, but only if the hair dryer has a cool setting.

The best method is to get hold of some packets of Silica gel – which is extremely moisture-absorbent – that is often in the packing of expensive and water-sensitive electronics components.

You can also go to the high street or market and find a handbag or luggage store. These products are often shipped with small bags of silica gel in their pockets and insides

You can also order 20 sachets of silica gel sachets online from

Pack the iPhone in a airtight container among the packets of Silica gel and store it in a dry place for at least 24 hours. That should ensure all the moisture is extracted from your iPhone.

If you can’t get hold of the Silica gel quickly place your iPhone in an airtight bag or box of uncooked rice. This will keep it as dry as possible while you wait for your Silica gel bags to arrive.

Finally connect up your iPhone to your PC via USB, then boot up iTunes and do a complete software Restore. This should provide you with the best chance of resurrecting your drowned iPhone.

If you do manage to revive the waterlogged iPhone, do an immediate backup of all your data. The iPhone may not stay working for long, and it’s better to be safe.

If all else fails, the final option is to splash out on a commercial water-recovery kit. Companies like Revivaphone sell these for about £15 ($10) apiece, and claim that they are 300% more effective than the silica gel method. The Reviveaphone kit comes with a money-back guarantee, so it’s definitely worth a punt.[/geot]

Finally, you could try Apple’s Reuse and Recycling page to see if your water-damaged iPhone is worth anything to them. At present, water-damaged phones don’t attract any cashback. But in the States, Apple does pay $35 waterlogged phones that don’t power up – and that policy may spread to the UK.

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