How to Rescue a Water-Damaged iPhone or iPad


So your iPhone or iPad decided to take a swim in the local swimming pool, your toilet, or in a glass of water just large enough to fit your device. Keep reading and we will go over how to potentially save your water-damaged gadget.

Everyone at some point will drop their phone or tablet. Nobody is perfect. With every iteration of the iPhone design seeing a slimmer bezel, there's no wonder why we take in more broken screen iPhones than any other item here at Itemcycle.

However, the second most common damage we see on phones is water damage. While we can't guarantee your device will live to launch another app, this article will cover the best actions to take when you've rained on your device's parade.

Step 1: Dry it off

If you haven't already, get your device out of the water. Don't even think about plugging it in. If you drop it in water while it's plugged in, unplug the charger very carefully. If your device has a case on it, remove it; take out the SIM card too (a paper clip will fit in the hole to pop the tray out).

This will allow air to more easily flow through the device and dry the components. Wipe the surface area of your device down to get any excess water off of it. At this point, try shaking or blowing as much water as you can get out of your device.

Step 2: Power off your gadget

In the unlikely event that your device is already turned off, make sure to leave it off. Don't be tempted to turn it on and see if it is working properly. Activating the circuits while the device has water in it can lead to short circuits, which ultimately cause long-term damage.

In the more likely scenario that your device was turned on when you dropped it in water, power it off as soon as possible.

Step 3: Circulate air with a fan

We're not going to bother drying your device with rice or silica packets. Leaving the phone out to dry in the open is your best bet. If you have a fan, let it blow on your device to aid the process and keep air circulating.

Make sure your device is left in a dry place with low humidity, preferably in a warm area to help evaporate the water. Don't let it get too hot, Apple devices have a limit of 113 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Apple's help documentation. Let your device dry for at least a day, preferably two, before turning it on to see if it works properly.

In the unfortunate event that your iPhone or iPad isn't working properly, head on over to Itemcycle to sell your iPhone or iPad. We will pay for your broken device which you can use to put toward your next bright and shiny phone or tablet. Stay dry out there, folks!