Can a water damaged iPhone be repaired?

As a human being you make mistakes and dropping your iPhone in water is one of them. It is undoubtedly one of the most common complications that people experience. However, you should realize that repairing a water damaged iPhone is possible.

It mainly depends on the extent of the damage and how quickly you implement the mitigation measures to solve the problem.

If things aren’t within your limit, you may need to take the iPhone to an Apple service center or a local service center, depending on your preference. This article discusses everything you need to know about repairing an iPhone after water damage.

How do I know if my iPhone has water damage?

When it comes to water damage to an iPhone, the first thing you need to do is find the cause of the damage. Is the damage beyond repair or something you can fix over time?

The easiest way to check if your iPhone has water damage is to assess what the water damage indicator on your iPhone suggests. If the tab is bright red, it means your iPhone has significant water damage.

However, if the indicator shows a white tab, it suggests that the iPhone has no water damage of any kind, at least not something to worry about.

How can I fix the water damage on my iPhone?

Once you witness the bright red tab on the iPhone’s water damage indicator, take immediate action. The steps are pretty simple and nothing that will cost you a lot of money or effort (at least not in the beginning).

Here’s a quick rundown of the top 5 tips to follow:

Turn off the iPhone

If you accidentally dropped your iPhone and think there’s a chance of possible water damage, turn it off first. This reduces the risk of a short circuit that can further damage the phone’s hardware and wiring, costing you more money to repair the phone.

Remove the case

If you have a protective back cover for your iPhone, remove it from the phone immediately. Failure to do so will leave excess water inside, leading to further damage that you could have prevented for good otherwise.

Remove the SIM card tray

After turning off your iPhone, the next thing you want to do is immediately grab a pin and pull out the SIM card tray. Take out the SIM cards and immediately try them out on kitchen paper.

Knock down

As the first solution, you should take a strong water-absorbent substance and drain the entire iPhone with it. Doing this will absorb any excess moisture that clings to the outside. You can also use a toothpick to suck up the water from the charging ports, etc.

Let it dry

After doing all the above steps, leave the iPhone in a cool and dry place. Don’t store it in the sun or even in front of an oven as you think it will dry out the water faster. That’s not how things work. You should leave it alone and let it air dry completely. If possible, leave it aside overnight and then come back and turn it on to see if it’s functional.

If the above steps don’t work and your iPhone won’t turn on, the water damage is likely greater than the initial repairs. So in that case, you should take it to a professional and let them fix it.

Does Rice Help Fix an iPhone After Water Damage?

Putting an iPhone in a can of rice after water damage is one of the most common solutions we’ve heard. But does it work and should you do it?

While it might help to soak up a little water from the iPhone, we don’t recommend that you try it. The smaller rice and the dirt and grit from the rice can eventually get stuck in the charging ports leading to an even bigger problem.

What we recommend is to let it air dry for 48-72 hours for best results. Sometimes, if you are quick and try to charge iPhone after water damage, water may remain inside iPhone, which can lead to short circuit and permanent damage.

How do I retrieve my data from a water damaged iPhone?

So your iPhone is now damaged. But is there any way to retrieve the data from the damaged iPhone? Fortunately, there are ways you can fix this problem in no time.

You can get the data back if you have iPhone backup on your computer or even iCloud. So if you have backed up the data, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Connect iPhone to your computer
  2. Open iTunes and tap your device in the menu
  3. From there, tap on “Restore Backup”

If you don’t keep any backup on the computer, you have to go the complicated route of downloading a third-party application and then recover the lost data.

Where can I get my water damaged iPhone repaired?

If you are having trouble with a water damaged iPhone, we recommend contacting the nearest Apple service center or opting for a local service center if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Ideally, if you have AppleCare, we recommend that you visit the registered service center without hesitation.

Since Apple does not sell its parts separately on the market, the third-party service centers usually fit a cheaper part, with a reduced warranty.


A water-damaged iPhone is easy to repair if you take the right measures. We recommend that you follow the tips and measures that we have elaborated in this article. If the damage is beyond repair, have it repaired professionally and without question.

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