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iPhone 5s water damage screen not working

My parter accidentally dropped his iphone5s into the toilet for literally seconds. He said it was working fine so he dried it off and put a towel on the radiator and putting the heating on low : / instead of rice trick etc... He kept phone on and then didn't really think but decided to put it on charge that night as battery was on the verge of dying. He put the phone on to find the screen was completely unresponsive and not working with one vertical line to the left if the screen and little white blocks right at the top of the screen again like I said the screen does not work.

I have switched the phone off and put it in rice for 24hours and switched phone on still got the same problem. I have brought a replacement screen refitted and still the same problem.

Any ideas how to fix this the phone does seem to hold a charge but I have brought another battery just incase

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Lauren

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Hi again, I have opened the phone cleaned the motherboard and parts etc... with 99.9% isopropyl alcohol but still I have reassemble everything and I still have this white blocks flashing on top of the screen, two lines running down the screen on the left side and the touch screen isn't working still, it still powers up fine, buttons are fine, replaced screen and battery. Any ideas thanks lauren

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Hi Lauren, sorry to hear about the phone. The best thing to do when a phone comes in contact with water is to power off the phone, disassemble it as soon as possible and clean its logic board and any parts that are involved with its circuitry. Use 90-99% isopropyl alcohol to clean the logic board and other parts. I use a tooth brush or similar softer bristle brush to scrub all the parts down. The reason water is bad for the circuitry is because when it dries it leaves mineral deposits behind that corrode and eat away at the metal components causing poor electrical connections and more problems. If left uncleaned it will keep corroding and other parts of the phone may start to fail too. Isopropyl alcohol(90%+) helps break up any corrosion and it evaporates very quickly. You could probably find a video tutorial on the internet to show how this is done.

The thing that scares me about this situation is that he left the phone on, and then plug it into a charger. Hopefully it was not still wet inside the phone when it was charging (which I am guessing it was). The sooner the battery is turned off and removed from the phone the less likely it will short out. Look over the logic board for any obvious burn marks or damage that may signal a short.

I think getting a new battery was a good idea because lots of times that is the first thing to fail. It can be truly difficult to pinpoint the true problem when it comes to water damage. That's why its best to clean it all the best you can then reassemble it. If none of this process helps and it's still not working correctly with the new parts you have purchased I would sadly guess that you mother board has been damaged by an electrical short and may need replaced or repaired. Hopefully not though.

Best of luck, and hopefully the isopropyl alcohol bath will help.

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Hi again, I have opened the phone cleaned the motherboard and parts etc... with 99.9% isopropyl alcohol but still I have reassemble everything and I still have this white blocks flashing on top of the screen, two lines running down the screen on the left side and the touch screen isn't working still, it still powers up fine, buttons are fine, replaced screen and battery. Any ideas thanks lauren

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Hi Lauren this problem you are describing is usually caused by the ribbon cables not being seated properly in their connections. I've seen people run into this problem when doing a LCD/digitizer replacement on the iphone 5. Try reseating the cables for the LCD and digitizer and checking the cables and connections for damage. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get that great connection. If you don't have any damage to the parts and cables than this should fix the issue. Please let me know if you get it working.

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was the ribbon cable the issue ?? I'm having the same issue on an ihone 6 and I need to know what to do

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Rice rice rice what do you think that is going to do .... Absolutely nothing

Phone needs opened up washed with ISO alcohol left to dry then assemble and see what the problems are..

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Phone pudding...

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I need help. I dropped my iPhone in water and it will turn on and off, the home button will work but the screen has no signal. What will fix it?

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Hey there, I left my phone out in HEAVY rain and thunder. The phone was face down with a case on. The phone seems to be fine other than half of the touch not being responsive. Need help ASAP.

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