Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7" screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus. Identifiable by the model numbers A1549, A1586, and A1589.

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Can water damage effect an iPhone screen?

I'm assuming the answer is yes, but I'm wondering how safe it is to purchase a water damaged iPhone 6 so I can use the screen to replace a cracked one. The seller claims the iPhone was sitting the jacket pocket while on a hike through the rain. When they turned it on, it turned on for a brief moment, but then shut down never to turn on again.

Thoughts? Is it a huge risk?

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Water can seep into the screen behind the backlight layer causing water marks. While the backlight is replaceable it is very delicate to do. You can alternatively clean it which is even harder to do.

I would get a new screen over that. Also the connectors could be burnt or corroded from liquid damage for the screen so it might not even work anyway when you reconnect it to something else.

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This makes a lot of sense. I'll hold out for either a non-water damaged unit, or pick up a screen from eTrade Supply as I've read that they have one of the best OEM screens. Thanks!


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@futuremcfly , futuremcfly , Water damage could definitely effect iPhone screen and other components. If you are getting it cheap enough/free and would like to try saving it for use, use the links below on how to tear down the phone and 2nd link explains/procedure how to clean up the water damage. ((No guarantee's)) but could be a good learning experience. Good luck.

I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

iPhone 6 Teardown

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Thanks for the detailed answer. Very helpful. The person is selling it for $100 CAD, and at this point, feels like it's a bit much to gamble on a water damaged unit. The tear down and cleaning links are very helpful. Thanks!


@futuremcfly, wise choice not to purchase at $100.00, way too much to gamble. Thank's for replying back.


@futuremcfly , forgot to mention if considering new replacement screen, screen assy/complete screen assy's can be had at ifixit store from approx. $70-$85.00 with life time warranty. Use the link below and click on your iPnone 6 model. Good luck.


I have a iphone 6 plus left outside and it rained i found it the next morning. turned on thank god threw it in rice for 48 hrs then battery stopped charging and could not keep charge then couldnt push any buttons. I then thought if its standing vertically maybe it might help, then powered off wouldnt charge or anything. DONT give up i left it in my work truck on my dash vertical for 2-3 days (i work out of my truck) forgot about it,( my cell holder is a magnet on my heater)not plugged in then all of a sudden before wasting my money i decided to give it a shot again plug into a charger left it and after rebooting my phone everything works and battery is at full charge. I think the heater of my truck and being vertical left alone it came back to life. lesson learned and didn't wast $$$


That actually happened to me too, i left it on the charger for like a day and a half and i got home it was on.


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