Is Your iPhone Water Damaged? Here is How to Fix It

What should you do when your iPhone is waterlogged? Before water damages your iPhone or its major components, follow this guide on how to fix water damaged iPhone.


Given its strong hardware, your iPhone can always sustain splashes of water while you are close to any water body. If you have an iPhone 7 or later versions, your device can suffer splashes or drops of water. Although Apple manufactures high-quality devices, it is human to worry about your iPhone especially when it is water damaged. Apart from water, your device may come into contact with any liquid. This is the time to take some action to fix your water damaged iPhone.

Note that Apple has gradually improved its water-resistant standards after launching the iPhone 7. Those who own iPhone 6s and earlier devices have to be careful while they are using iPhones. They can follow some tips and possible fixes to repair their iPhone once it is damaged by water.

Tips to Fix Water Damaged iPhone

Difference Between Water-Proof and Water-Resistant iPhone?

Apple, on its official website, never claims its iPhones are waterproof; it is always splash- and water-resistant. The term ‘waterproof’ is normally misconstrued or misunderstood by users as there is no universal standard for waterproofing. This clearly indicates that there is no smart device, which is waterproof.

When a manufacturer cites the waterproofing qualities of a device, they actually mean the device’s strength to tolerate moisture. These are water-resistant levels of the device and not the strength to proof water.

IP ratings mentioned on the product page refer to Ingress Protection; this IP rating allows consumers to decide the water-resistance level of products.

The International Protection Marking is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). IP code, which is also known as Ingress Protection Marking, “Classifies and rates the degree of protection provided by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water.”

Waterproof is rather a marketing term, which misguides users. There are ratings in two digits; first signifies dust-resistance and the second, water-resistance. The first digit – from 1 to 7 – refers to intrusion protection, which means dust. And the second digit, from 1 to 9 is for moisture protection.

The First Thing To Do After Taking your iPhone Out of Water

When you accidentally drop your iPhone in water, it doesn’t turn off. It takes some time for water to ingress. Once your device is out of water, switch it off immediately. Next, you may follow a few solutions to prevent water from damaging your iPhone.

Unplug your Phone

This should be your first step in case your iPhone is plugged in already. Unplug your waterlogged iPhone carefully, but never put it on the charge. This might cause short-circuit.

Remove the case if it is wrapped inside one and let your phone dry. You should also remove the SIM card and battery too. However, removing battery requires some expertise; take a dry towel and wipe your phone from all sides and corners.

These are some primary steps you need to take when your iPhone is waterlogged.

Use Uncooked Rice to Dry Internal Components

This sounds quite weird. Instead of using any electronic gadgets, here is something as old as the hills. Using uncooked rice to fix your waterlogged iPhone is bizarre. Note that you must not use hair dryer or any other equipment as this can permanently damage your iPhone from inside.

Rice contains natural desiccants, which soak moisture from your iPhone. There are many users, who recommend this trick. Put your damp iPhone in a container of uncooked rice; cover the phone with rice and keep it inside the container for 48 hours.

Uncooked rice is easily available in your household, or you can get some from a nearby shopping center. Some experts do not advise this as rice grains may enter the ports of your iPhone. There is a strong chance the grains enter your phone’s charging port or 3.5mm headphone jack.

When you take your phone out of the container, check all the ports carefully.

Use Silica Gel to Dry Out your Wet iPhone

Uncooked rice may sound an old-school idea of drying out a wet iPhone. A better way is perhaps using silica gel.

Silica gel pouches come along with electronic components and a thermos flask. They keep devices dry for a long time. For your current problem, you need enough pouches to cover your iPhone. You can buy silica gel pouches from a craft shop or handbag shops.

Take your Device Apart

This you should do in the last resort as this can invalidate any warranty or guarantee of your device. You can use a third-party iPhone repair kit, which contains a pentalobe (Screwdriver with five prongs). Next, remove the screws available on both sides of a charging port.

Once you open your iPhone, take the battery out and apply a dry swab or a piece of cloth to wipe components. Next, keep the device open for some hours so that your phone gets completely dry.

Call Apple Support

After attempting all the possible solutions, you can fix an appointment with Apple Support. Even if your iPhone runs smoothly after that rice trick, you can take it to Apple Support for further assistance. There is a popular case of Florida woman’s iPhone 3GS, which began to heat spontaneously.

The lady had complained that her iPhone had melted her car’s floor mat.

Future Care

To avoid any such accident in the future, we always advise users to cover their iPhones with high-quality waterproof cases. You cannot stop yourself from indulging in water sports just to keep your iPhone dry. By using waterproof cases, you can dive into the ocean and enjoy aquatic sports. Before you set out for an adventure trip, make sure you have got this one of the must-have travel accessories.

What to Do if your iPhone Home Button is Not Working

Waterlogging can damage the hardware of your iPhone, and the first victims are power and home buttons. Thankfully, your device has AssistiveTouch, which can help you interact with your iPhone without using physical buttons.

That’s all friends!

Signing off…

Waterlogging can wreak havoc on your iPhone. If your device is submerged for more than an hour, there is little chance of it getting recovered. It is always advisable to take the phone out of water first and then follow the guide to save your iPhone.

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