All too often when that unforgiving back pocket is tasked with holding onto your iPhone and nature calls, you rush to the loo but before you can even start using the lavatory the iPhone has done a medal worthy triple back-flip dive in the toilet water bringing your life to a momentary halt.
I will discuss today about the solutions you can implement to recover your device should you find yourself in this unfortunate and more common than you would think circumstance.
Water damaged iPhones are more widespread than you may think. The culmination of all the washing machines, sinks and toilets we interact with on a daily basis means it's only a matter of time before worlds collide.
According to trusted news site inews.co.uk there are "more than 100,000 smartphones damaged by water or other liquids following quick dips in sinks, toilets and pint glasses each day." So don't feel so bad when it happens to you! - chances are someone you know is doing the same thing as you're reading this.
Citing their sources inews reports "Water damage is the second most-common reason behind phones needing to be repaired, topped only by broken screens".
If you want to read the full on article inew's site you can click here.
Breathe and don't panic. Okay, panic a little but don't start shouting at mum demanding a pound of rice.
After rescuing the phone from the depths of the toilet pond, try to switch it off if it is still powered on, you don't want any current surging through a water-filled electronic device.
The main goal after this would be removing as much water from the device as possible. This means:
This does not mean:
So you've carried out the above steps. A couple of hours have passed and there's still no sign of life from your iPhone. Then the best advice I can offer you is to take it to a mobile phone repair shop you trust.
Your iPhone requires surgery or at least an internal inspection. There will probably be liquid still inside your device which can only be removed by professionally disassembling the device and even removing the main board to try and dry any water below it.
So you're one of the lucky ones and your iPhone has managed to recover from exposure to water. However, is it me or does that display look blotchy?
This is usually a good sign - believe it or not. The water has mainly seeped into your screen and is caught between the different layers that make up you LCD panel - namely the backlight light. This is causing the light to shine through less on certain parts of the screen giving you that blotchy look.
This also makes the touchscreen sporadic and unreliable. The indication is that you would benefit from a screen change as your mainboard should have less exposure to water.
Aside from the screen, other symptoms (and cures) for a swimming iPhone are:
If your earphones no longer work when plugged into your phone this is due to the headphone jack having shorted out. Another charging port fault is when the other person cannot hear you on a call. A charging port replacement is needed.
Apple themselves categorically do not attempt to repair liquid damaged devices.
They would opt instead to swap the device out altogether for a fee. If you have AppleCare+ this is normally a low flat rate you need to pay. If you aren't covered by AppleCare+ you would be looking at more substantial fee in order to replace your device.
Independent repair shops take on water damage repairs and while the expertise of independent repairers are increasing, you need to make sure you are giving your device to a reputable company.
I have provided links above to give you an idea of how much lighter your money jar would be after a liquid damage repair.
If you were one of the lucky ones who survived the dive or if you were less fortunate and had to bury it at the back of the garden, we hope this guide has left you more informed.
In any case, prevention is always better than cure. So it pays to have ground rules, whether it be no phones in the bathroom or no watching Youtube near the sink. A good quality case may buy you precious seconds before any liquid can seep into the innards of your device.
Try to think of what your major new rules would be be to prevent water damaging your iPhone in the future and share it.
Always have a backup plan and a trusted repairer you can get to asap if ever you have a second round on the water slide with your device.
Please reach out to us if we can help with any liquid or water damaged devices.