What to do if you dropped your iPhone in water or other liquid?

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So you’ve dropped your iPhone in water. Though this situation is distressing and unpleasant, it’s not a rare experience. Apple devices are not entirely waterproof, and accidents happen all the time with iPhone owners. If the unthinkable happens, it is important not to panic because it’s possible to fix a water damaged iPhone. We have created this article to provide you with some useful tips on how to save your iPhone if you have dropped it in water or other liquid. 

What happens if you have dropped your iPhone in water?

Water is an incredibly common damage when it comes to iOS devices. In fact, water damage is the second most frequent type of damage – it is just slightly behind iPhone screen damages. If you drop your iPhone in water, you’re not alone. 

When an  iPhone  is  dropped or fell in liquid and the device comes into contact with water, two major issues occur:

  1. The first is an electrical short circuit. This happens when electrical current is allowed to travel along an unplanned path.
  2. The second issue that plagues a water damaged cell phone is one that you can’t detect right away. As the water in the device begins to evaporate and the phone dries out, small particles that were in the water get left behind. This leaves small deposits of residue behind on the hardware and will quickly cause corrosion. This residue and corrosion blocks important connections and creates unwanted new current paths.

What to do when you drop an iPhone in water, toilet or other liquid, and your phone gets wet?

  1. DON’T TURN IT ON and DON’T CHARGE IT! This is very important. This one move can cause short circuits when current is pushed through the phone while it’s still wet.
  2. Gently wipe the phone with soft cloth.
  3. Bring it to us as soon as possible.

The sooner we receive the phone, the better our chances of fixing it. Starting the cleaning process before the residue deposits begin to form will stop corrosion before it starts.

Things NOT to do with a water damaged iPhone

There are many things you have to avoid when trying to fix a water damaged iPhone. The following actions can mean the difference between a ‘totaled’ phone or a survival story. You better be careful what you do. Before we jump into finding a solution, let’s try to prevent major failures. So in all cases, avoid the following:

  • Do not turn on your phone, as we have already mentioned. Electrical components don’t play well with water when phone is on. An iPhone dropped in water usually wont turn on, so you’d better not even try it.
  • Don’t plug it in either! For the same reason.
  • Don’t press any buttons. (The power button can be an exception here to turn off your phone.) This can push water further into the phone.
  • Don’t shake your Apple device, don’t blow into your iPhone. This could also push water into deeper areas of the iOS device. In all circumstances, try to avoid blow driers.
  • Do not apply any heat to the phone. Remember excessive heat can also damage the phone. You don’t want to add more damage.
  • Don’t move the phone around too much. You don’t want the water to move around inside the phone.

How to fix a water damaged iPhone (iPhone 5, 6, 7, 8, X?

What about rice? I’ve heard it helps…

We definitely do not recommend this. Rice will not remove any liquid from inside your device. It’s an urban myth. Rice has actually got the potential to clog your charging port and the starch in the rice could in fact accelerate the corrosion process and cause motherboard damage. The best solution is to send it to our technicians at iPhone Repair Base for a full chemical clean. Don’t take chances…

Water resistant cases

This is rather prevention. Hopefully this info will help you rescue your phone from death by drowning. If you want to protect your iPhone from water in the future, it might be worth getting a water-resistant case for your device.

Water resistant iPhones

It might be worth noting, that there are quite a few water resistant iPhone available to buy.

The following models are all water resistant:

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / iPhone X


You may read the following Article: Are the iPhone 7, 7 plus and Apple Watch waterproof? What is IP67, IP68 water resistance?

iPhone water damage repair cost in the UK 

 Let us save your iPhone from water damage. Our iPhone water damage repair service is one of our most common repairs and we’ve been able to successfully return iPhones, iPads and iPods to their anxious owners as good as new.

“I dropped my iPhone in the toilet”

This is a sentence we hear on a day-to-day basis.

Don’t Panic! iPhone Repair Base can fix it for you. 🙂

So how much does iPhone water damage repair cost in the UK?

At iPhone Repair Base, we offer a free diagnostics on all water damaged devices. We will always keep the repair costs as low as possible. However, the final iPhone water damage repair fee depends on many factors. If the damage happens, remember to follow the above recommendations to prevent further damages. 

Visit our iPhone Repair Shop in Ipswich and we will be able to tell you how much the repair will cost after a free and thorough check.

Can a water damaged iPhone be fixed at iPhone Repair Base?

We are so confident in the quality of our service, that we also provide a warranty on every water damage repair we carry out. If you dropped iPhone 5s, 6, 6s in water and it won’t turn on, don’t hesitate to bring or send your device to our repair service.

No Fix, No Charge

If we can’t get the phone operating well enough to get your data, then we won’t charge you anything.

Got other issues with your phone, like a cracked screen? Then click how to fix a cracked screen on iphone to learn more about getting it sorted.

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