Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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Water Damaged, New life, now what?

Ok, So here is my dilemma. I recently dropped my iPhone 5 into water when I fell off a dock. I was wet briefly, and when I got out I immediately looked at my phone...which was creaky wet but still working. After a minute or two, I saw flickering, and then I saw grey and black bars, then nothing. I did try to power it down and the screen was unresponsive. When I arrived home, I plugged it in and tried to start it. It turned on, was all bars and then cut out and never worked.

So. I took it apart, all indicators showing red. I followed all of the ifixit steps. Dried all parts, alcoholed the parts that needed it from the steps and dried it all off. Cleaned all of the connections, put it all together and still nothing.

I purchased a new battery from Ifixit, and installed that. Connected it to the cpu, connected to a wall charger, and still no life. Tried all of the rescues, still nothing.

When is dead...dead? I ran the Dr Fone rescue so I could at least try to get my photos, and it won't recognize the device.

Any help would be wonderful.

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Ok, first of all, stop plugging in a water damaged phone. It's probably only going to make things worse. You can rule out the battery, at this point. What you described of the screen, makes me believe that you need a new screen, but then again you possibly may not. You should clean the logic board, with 90 proof isopropyl alcohol, after you've taken the display assembly off. You can also try a new dock connector, not sure how much battery life your new battery came with

Here's some parts you may need

iPhone 5c LCD Screen and Digitizer

iPhone 5c Lightning Connector and Headphone Jack

Here's a couple guides

iPhone 5 Teardown

How to Force Restart an iPhone 5

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iPhone 5 Teardown

Difficulty: Moderate

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How to Force Restart an iPhone 5

Difficulty: Very easy30 seconds

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Teardowns aren't meant to be followed as disassembly guides, they skip a lot of steps! If you do need to disassemble your phone, try the rear case guide instead, it will help you remove all the components in the phone, step by step!


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