It’s all too easy to drop your iPhone into water; no matter how careful you are. One fumble, especially with the larger newer models, and it’s in a puddle, the sink, the bath, your coffee cup or even (heaven forbid) the loo. Quick action can help to save the day, so you need to know and follow a common-sense routine in case it happens to you. First of all, and most evidently, you need to take it out of the water as quickly as you can (yes, it is stating the obvious, but it is the first step).
Next, switch off the iPhone – never try to use it if it’s been in water, we can’t stress this too strongly, as it may harm the iPhone even more. Take out the SIM and then do what you can to remove as much water from the SIM and the iPhone as possible. Don’t rub the SIM vigorously on your jumper sleeve or any other material, or you may scratch it and render it useless.
Tip the iPhone gently in all directions to give any water in its various crevices and ports a chance to run out and then pat it dry with something absorbent – a towel or tea towel of some description, a paper towel, or a tissue (if you use a tissue, especially loo roll, make sure bits are not left blocking the various apertures).
That’s got rid of excess water, so now you need to continue to act quickly and apply some kind of desiccating agent. Dry rice is a favourite – put your iPhone into a dry container and tip enough dry (uncooked) rice on top to cover the body, and then, if you’re sensible, bag up your iPhone, rice and all and take it along to your nearest iTechnician repair centre as soon as you can. Water damage repairs are one of the commonest repairs that the iTechnicians carry out, so an expert will give your iPhone appropriate first aid, and hopefully save it, or at the very least recover your precious data.
If you’re set on a DIY rescue, then after a nervous wait of at least 24 hours (preferably longer), put your SIM back in and see if the iPhone will switch on. If not, it may still contain water so put it in the rice again and give it another day. If it still won’t start up, you still need to get it into the hands of a competent repairer, or give up and declare it dead.
There is another thing you could try – put your iPhone, complete with rice, in a ‘warm’ place. This needs to be qualified for those among you who get impatient – don’t put it in your oven, (especially not a microwave oven!), or on top of a radiator, or blow it with your hairdryer, or put it in your tumble drier – get the picture? You need somewhere with gentle heat like an airing cupboard, but don’t put it on top of the hot water tank.
The final piece of advice is; do take your iPhone to a competent repair technician such as an iTechnician, after all it’s a valuable device, and you probably run your life on it so you need to give it the best possible chance of survival.