A small and versatile device like an iPhone begs to be carried around everywhere you go. With that convenience comes the risk of dropping the unit into a sink, toilet or swimming pool in addition to general moisture intrusion from a hard rain. Should the unthinkable happen and you see water behind your iPhone's screen, there are proven ways to rescue the device from certain doom.
Immediately remove the device from the water. Remove any peripherals from the unit including headphones, cases or chargers.
Press and hold the sleep/wake button to turn the unit off. Do not press any other buttons.
Wipe down the unit as much as possible, without shaking the unit or turning it excessively. Such actions will probably force water into critical and unreachable places.
Immerse the iPhone into a container filled with dry rice, kitty litter or a few desiccant packets. You can find the latter packaged with vitamins or with shoes or other leather goods. Ensure the iPhone is completely covered.
Let the iPhone remain in the rice, kitty litter or among the desiccant packets for at least 48 hours. Attempt to turn the unit back on to test for functionality.
- If all else fails, Apple will replace your water-damaged iPhone at reduced cost. Note however that water damage is never covered under AppleCare or the conventional warranty. Some cell-phone carriers may sell plans that cover water damage; ask your carrier for details.
- Never apply intense direct heat to the unit from a heat gun, hairdryer or direct sunlight. Although you will probably solve your moisture problem, you'll also probably unseat adhesives and possibly warp delicate internal parts.
- Clean dry cloth
- Sealed plastic container
- Dry rice, kitty litter or silicon desiccant
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