Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might have a long list of features but being waiter resistant is certainly not one of them. In other words, even a little amount of water would be more than enough to warrant a death-sentence for your freshly bought iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Once water hits the inside of your device, you have a 50/50 chance of having a non-working phone. Not only that, but there are a few stickers on the iPhone that will turn red once water has hit them, making it impossible to fool Geniuses at the Apple Store when you claim that it just stopped working, and decreasing your device’s selling value when you’re ready to get rid of it at a later point in time.
However, there are a few steps that you can take to ensure that you have the highest chance possible of keeping your device working after facing its deadly enemy, and today, we’re going to be sharing these steps with you, in hopes that they may help you in case you do encounter a wet situation.
Steps to Take Immediately
The minute you watch your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus hit a pool of water, you’re going to be in a frenzy, and it happens. In fact, most people end up playing with the device to ensure that it still works, but this is absolutely the worst thing that you could do. Once removed from the water, immediately turn your device completely off and remove any case that you might have on it. From there, remove the SIM card tray and try using a blow dryer on the device on low-heat in order to soak up as much water as possible.
Whatever you do, do not attempt to charge it, as this will definitely cause a short-circuit within your device and either cause you to ruin your charging dock, or worse. Once you’ve done all you can, do not attempt to turn it on again. Keep it off, and bring out a large bowl or bag filled with rice, instant rice, oatmeal, food dehydrator, or even Cat litter. Stick your iPhone in it, and allow it to sit overnight.
If you do not have any food items available, just allow it to sit in a warm-environment and dry itself out overnight. Make sure that the environment isn’t humid, so a bathroom might not be the best place. Try putting it on a window sill in the kitchen, and allow it to sit in the sun for a bit.
Letting your iPhone sit and dry for 24 hours is the best thing that you can do for it, but if you can, allow it to sit for a few days. Once the device appears to be entirely dry, attempt to turn it on. If all works fine, congratulations, your iPhone 6 lives to see another day. After turning it on, the best things to test are whether or not you can be heard while making phone calls and whether or not your can hear the other person on the line, play music, and attempt to talk to Siri. If all of these functions work fine, your iPhone is in perfect working order.
There are cases where the drop in water is enough to fry the device, and it may not turn on. Don’t go into complete panic mode immediately if it doesn’t turn on, instead, attempt to charge your device. Your battery easily could have died during the encounter with water. If charging it does nothing, either your display, battery, or charging dock has been fried. Once again, don’t panic yet. If you have insurance through Apple, take advantage of this, and ship your iPhone 6 away to get some repairs done. You could also attempt to go to a third-party repair shop, as it may be cheaper, especially if you don’t have insurance.
The Repair Shops
There’s bound to be an iPhone/smartphone repair shop within a 10-mile radius of your house. This is where your iPhone might be able to see the light of day yet again if you don’t have AppleCare+. There are a few things you need to watch out for. First of all, check the reviews on multiple websites of the repair shop to ensure that they’re legitimate. Second of all, make sure they’re not ripping you off and attempting to take your money. You wouldn’t believe how common this is, regardless of whether or not they have great reviews.
If they try to tell you that you need a new home-button flex, volume flex, or anything that sounds absurd as to why it would help you turn your iPhone back on, ask to see the device opened up. Water damage is visible, and you should be able to spot if something isn’t right.
If you’d rather not go to a third-party repair shop, you can still go to Apple, but you will be paying a pretty penny. You can check out repair costs here on their website to see exactly what you would be charged. If you have a close friend who knows a lot about iPhones and repairing them, you could always attempt to go to them as well. Either way, there’s quite a few options to pick from to fix your water-damaged iPhone, so don’t panic!
Please note that these tips do apply for every other device as well, not just iPhones.