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Water damage, is my iPhone beyond repair?

My iPhone SE was not completely submerged in water, it was face down in a puddle and now my phone is damaged. It still sort of works, I can still use it and it still connects to wifi with a slightly distorted screen. Unfortunately, it doesn't recognise the SIM card and the speakers don't work although the vibrate function still works. I want to get this repaired as soon as possible and plan to take it in to a professional repair place but I'm really worried that it's broken beyond all repair, especially after hearing that water damage is not covered in my phone's warranty and the reputation of iphones breaking.

Is my phone beyond repair or can it be saved?

Thanks in advance!

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Jayeff has given you some great recommendations.

In relation to your specific question "Is my phone beyond repair or can it be saved?", the answer is yes, it can probably be repaired. The phone works as is for the most part. Water probably leaked in via the speaker mesh (hence no speaker functionality) and the SIM card tray.

The problem with water damage is its insidious nature. You can pay to swap out the screen, the speaker and maybe have the SIM card reader replaced. However, there is always the danger that more damage is occurring underneath the electronic chips on the board, most of them tucked away by shields.

Your phone needs to be professionally decontaminated to stop the (hidden) corrosion for progressing. Then you can look at how much it will cost to repair and determine if its worthwhile compared to an OOW replacement with Apple.

Once your device is wet or repaired by a third party, your warranty is already over so don't give that another thought. The iPhone 5S/SE is a great phone and well designed. It has very few known flaws (unlike the 6/6+) so its certainly worth the investment.

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The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the phone's operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it is completely cleaned away

First do not try to charge or to turn on your phone and then remove the battery as soon as possible from the phone to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the phone and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 99%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. If possible do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do have to use it check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the percentage of IPA the better

Here are a couple of links that describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

Repairing iPhone Liquid Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted pcb be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Remove the shields that may be covering some components as the water may have got in under there. The ends of any flex cables and their connectors need to be cleaned as well

Hopefully after you have done all this the phone might possibly work correctly again.

Here is a link to the ifixit guide(s) for repairing your phone.

iPhone SE (1st Generation)

If this process seems too daunting, take your phone to a reputable, professional phone repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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I had a similar problem. My iPhone SE got wet (not submerged) in my backpack biking home in the pouring rain. The screen was visibly damp near the bottom so presumably the water got in through the speakers or ports. Despite some speculation on the interweb, the SE does not appear to be water resistant to any great extent, so don't be dumb like me and keep your phone dry!

I briefly tried the standard advice of both putting it in a container of rice and a baggie with random dessicant packs. I've got a small humidity gauge which indicated that neither of these environments was any drier than the ambient air in our house, so I settled for just leaving it on the counter. It got pretty warm (which was probably the battery shorting out), the screen went all screwy (double images, etc), and the home button was stuck on. After about 2 days the screen was back to normal and the phone would turn on briefly but would not charge, and the home button didn't work at all.

Since both the screen and main board seemed to be working, I decided to take a stab at fixing it. Running with the assumption that the battery was toast, I ordered ifixit's battery replacement kit including tools which includes some handy items for getting the phone apart. Most (like the suction cup and prying tools) could be scrounged from home, but the pentalobe screwdriver is essential and the price of the kit is pretty reasonable.

Once I had the phone apart (following ifixit's directions), an inspection of the home button connector revealed some corrosion. I scrubbed both male and female sides with a toothbrush and 91% alcohol. I didn't see evidence of corrosion elsewhere (though I didn't look too deeply), and knowing that the phone only got damp decided to skip/risk not removing and cleaning the main board. I replaced the battery and reassembled the phone, and it appears to be fully restored for now.

iPhone SE (1st Gen) Battery Image


iPhone SE (1st Gen) Battery


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Disassemble then soak the logicboard in liquid solution like tinner or alcohol to extract the rust use old toothbursh let it air dry 24hrs then run in tester if there a shortage or not u knew the next move

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