It is common as an iPad or iPhone falls ; at the head of the list of damage, just the screen broke, very closely followed by accidents aquatic.
Don’t worry, a little bit of H2O should not, however, put an end to your iPhone.
So before you throw away your smartphone, follow our tips below.
A drying external .
Let’s start from the beginning. If you read our article, we hope that you have already removed your iPhone from the water, if not, do so immediately.
And more importantly, do you not come to the idea of the plug !
If your iPhone is plugged in at the time of the accident, shut off the power at the circuit breaker before the disconnect. Not be tempted to turn it on or see if there is other damage, as this could cause short circuits.
If it is in a case remove it as well as your SIM card.
It is best not to remove the battery, unless you are good in electronics, and that losing the warranty of your iPhone is the least of your worries.
These few steps will prevent water from seeping into the little nooks and crannies.
Wipe off the excess water wherever you can. To remove the trapped water in the external ports, turn the iPhone from top to bottom and shake it very carefully.
Turn off his iPhone .
To avoid a short-circuit, it is strongly recommended not to turn on your iPhone.
If it is already turned off before you fall, leave it as is, even if you want to reassure you and see if it still works. It could, of course, start again but stop suddenly.
The most likely scenario : your iPhone was switched on or in standby.
Two options are then offered to you. The first would be to turn it off, during this process your iPhone will wake up to turn it off.
The second would be to leave it on standby for 48 hours, hoping that you will not receive notifications.
If the Airplane mode was activated then you are lucky in your misfortune ; do not touch it no more during the next 48 hours.
Dry your iPhone using bags of silica .
At present, it is necessary to remove as much liquid as possible.
Sachets of silica (absorbing moisture), often found in boxes with new shoes or new bags, dry up effectively and properly in your device.
You will need enough bags to completely cover your iPhone or iPad.
You can also find them in stores, for example the Fnac sells them from 23,48 €. You can also take a look at the stores in bags or creative leisure.
Let them act at least 48 hours for complete drying.
Grain of dry rice .
If you don’t have sachets of silica in the hand, use the rice !
Resist the temptation to use a hairdryer or any other heat source, as this can seriously damage the internal circuitry of your device.
For you to get rid of any moisture inside your iPhone, you can also use a device dedicated to it : a dryer.
Many users swear by the rice sec. They suggest putting your precious in rice, or even the walnut, this time you have permission.
Leave it for approximately 48 hours, the rice will absorb the moisture. Only drawback : dust could get into the ports, so be careful.
Disassemble your iPhone or iPad .
Before you begin, be aware that this operation will compromise your warranty.
If you’re handy with tools, open up your device by unscrewing the screws on the top using a suitable screwdriver (you can find it on Amazon.fr).
Dry the inside of your iPhone using a clean cloth and clean with extreme care all the nooks and crannies, and surfaces.
The risk of making things worse is so great that we cannot recommend 100% this method. If your device is not under warranty and that it will not respond to any of the previous techniques, then unmount it.
48 hours after .
The time has been long, but your iPhone is finally dry, you can turn it back on.
If he does not respond or if you want to check the internal system, go to the Apple site for a support by phone, chat or in person.
Be aware that the iOS devices are equipped with detectors of liquid, don’t presume the device has just stopped working for himself to keep your warranty. They will see it immediately.
If your phone turns back on, the first thing to do is to back up your data, by putting, for example, on a Cloud.
Last warning : flooding may cause damage, potentially irreversible, especially on the battery. These damage may appear after a few months.
For example, it happened that an iPhone 3GS has overheated spontaneously a year after it fell in a swimming pool.
The user had used the technique of rice and the iPhone has worked very well up to his heat stroke.
To protect your device .
We hope that the previous steps have saved your iPhone from drowning. To avoid a similar accident, there are cases that are impervious to take photos in the water, or kits of drying.
As we have seen, water is a danger to your iPhone, because it can seep through and cause short circuits. It is therefore advisable to be very careful when you take photos at the beach, you have it with you in your bath or to the toilet.
If you really need your iPad to read an ebook, at the edge of the pool, you can also invest in a shell (on the Fnac or Amazon also).
The cover holder with strap for iPad is also a solution to take into account, they may not escape hands.
The iPhone resistant .
The latest iPhone are water resistant (and dust). This is usually expressed by the system of IP ratings. Before 2016, Apple has not released the indices IP for its phones, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been certified IP67. This means that they should survive immersion in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes.
In 2018, the iPhone XS and the XS Max went even further by obtaining IP68. This extends the immersion to 2m, and you will see very rarely a consumer product to get a higher score than the latter.
Here are the indices IP of the range of phones Apple :
iPhone 6s and earlier versions : not rated
iPhone 7 : IP67
iPhone 7 Plus : IP67
iPhone 8 : IP67
iPhone 8 Plus : IP67
iPhone X : IP67
iPhone XR : IP67
iPhone XS : IP68
iPhone XS Max : IP68
Eject the water speakers .
The iPhones 7 and later have the distinction of being waterproof, however the heaut-in speakers are not.
If the water has reached, the application Sonic can save the day. This app plays frequencies from 0 Hz to 25 000 Hz (although some may not be audible).
You simply download it, adjust the frequency around 165 Hz, and then click Play. The water should pop the speakers. Then, wipe away with a cloth.