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My iPhone 4 was submerged in water and now won't power up.

Hi, i went swimming with my iphone 4. I dried it out but it will not power up. I have a lot of pictures and contacts on the phone. what would you suggest to be able to extract these? New Battery? Thanks for looking.

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Paige is very correct about power speeding up the corrosion process so do not try turnning it on. I am sorry to say but do not do put the phone in bag of rice. It is like doing nothing the moisture will still be inside . You need to strip the phone and take the motherboard out. If it has metal plate's ie heat sheilds you will need to very carefully remove them so that you can gain full access to all the componants.

Once the heat sheilds are off, clean the board with old tooth brush and isopropyl alcohol and then do it again. You may also need to put it in a ultra sonic cleaner if you have one or can borrow one. Once this is done try the phone again as I have had quite a few phones that i have had fire back up just by doing the above. The isopropyl alcohol will not only clean the board but it will push excess water out and away from the board.

In extream cases you may need to gently reflow the corroded componants as the contaminant /particles in the water will corrode /crack the soldered joint.

This is why the phone stops working.

Also this is not for the inexperienced though.

Good luck

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Hi,

I think you might find that Mayer's answer, located here:

Picture Recovery from unbootable phone

could be helpful!

In general, water damage is pretty nasty—it causes corrosion that can destroy a phone. Trying to power your phone on is not a good idea, as pumping more electricity through your phone can cause more/faster corrosion.

Good luck!

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Put your phone in a tub of rice take off and case and if you can take the back off and let it stay for at least 24 hours This works with almost all electronics and the longer in the rice the better

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Paige is very correct about power speeding up the process so do not turn it on. I am sorry to say but do not do put the phone in bag of rice. It is like doing nothing the moisture will still be inside . You need to strip the phone and take the motherboard out. If it has metal plate's ie heat sheilds you will need to very carefully remove them so that you can gain full access to all the componants.

Once the sheilds have come off clean the board with old tooth brush and isopropyl alcohol and then do it again. You may also need to put it in a ultra sonic cleaner. Once this is done try the phone again as I have had quite a few phones that i have had fire back up. The isopropyl alcohol will not only clean the board but it will push excess water out and away from the board.

In extream cases you may need to gently reflow the corroded componants as the contaminant /particles in the water will corrode /crack the soldered joint.

Then the phone stops working. This is not for the inexperienced though. Good luck

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Gary, I did try to plug the phone in after 24 hours of drying, I heard a little sizzling. Do you think the battery fried? I just ordered a new one.

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Without actually seeing the phone it would be very hard to say. How long was the water in the phone? also have you tried the above?. It is possibe you have a short. Have a look at this link from ipad rehab (jessa) her tutorials are great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DubLr9pt...

This will really help. Also better tan waiting 24hours for reply. Good luck

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You know that. Have a look at this one also and if you like trying to fix devices you can learn alot from her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plmElKA6...

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