1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Yesterday I recived a Iphone 5s with water damage, what is the best method to make it work again?
    I have seen 2 methods, the first one is to put it in rice, the second is cleaning it with ethanol, wich one will work better?
    The phone has dropped on water about a month ago, is there still hope?
    01-19-2016 04:31 PM
  2. Mollycat's Avatar
    I can't tell you if there is hope. I dropped my first iPhone, a 3, in a bucket of water and put it in rice. Oh, yeah, I also put it in a toaster oven and cooked it. I don't recommend that method. I said something like "You left me in a hot car". I sent it back and got a new one. Next time it was a 5s and a kitten I was fostering knocked it in the bathtub. I got it out really fast but it was wet and wouldn't do much so I shut it off. I read a lot and one reputable source had purposefully dropped phones in water and then tried to restore them. They said taking it apart and drying it on a shelf was preferable to the rice treatment (and definitely better than baking it). I took mine apart using utube and let it dry for a while. WHen I put it back together, it worked - except for the phone, that is. Or wifi. I read that that was usually an antenae problem, which entailed taking the battery out. I had not gone that deep. So, I never went farther, although I still think about it when I am particularly annoyed with Apple and iPhone 6. I particularly was unhappy to spend $900 on a new phone and find I was not "allowed" to restore my music. I had a large library and when I moved I donated all my CDs to the Humane Society, so I could NOT "just recopy them" as I was instructed to do.
    So, I don't have an answer, but it is worth a try. I am not that dexterous and just didn't want to do it again, plus I use it as an ipod since Apple decided I couldn't have my old library of music (which I had already spent a vast amount of time ripping from CDs and would not ever have the time or patience to do that again). Good luck.
    01-19-2016 06:31 PM
  3. Smply_Rckless's Avatar
    Does the device even power on ? It's way to late for the rice method. If it doesn't turn on, 9x out of 10 it's fried.
    01-19-2016 06:39 PM
  4. kataran's Avatar
    After a month it should be dry so plug it in and hope for the best. The odds are not on your side
    01-19-2016 07:00 PM
  5. Fit24's Avatar
    Was the phone dropped in water or was water spilled on it? In either case, if it doesn't turn on it's too late to recover the phone.
    01-19-2016 07:58 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    If it were me, I'd make plans to purchase a new iPhone. The effects of water damage are sometimes immediate and other times appear later. A trickle down effect, for lack of a better term, occurs in numerous cases regarding water damaged iPhones.
    Rob Phillips likes this.
    01-19-2016 08:10 PM

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