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Dropped phone down the toilet help!

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I dropped my iPhone down the toilet and I put it into rice straight away I left it on and never wiped out the headphone jack and the charging port. When I put it in rice it worked perfectly and the touch worked. I then turned it off half an hour later and it's been 3 hours now and I turned on my phone there are big boxes on the screen and the sensor doesn't work. Does this mean my phone can no longer be fixed?

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As you now know, water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The minerals in the water cause corrosion and the water also provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the phone's operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion process starts immediately and will not stop until it has been thoroughly cleaned away

Rice is good to eat but does nothing to fix the problems caused by corrosion.

Don't Put Your Device in Rice. Here's Why...

First do not turn on your phone and then you need to with the phone turned off, remove the battery as soon as possible from the phone to minimize further damage.''

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the phone and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% or less and is not as effective. If you do check the label to verify the amount

Here is a link that describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

There is also this link that in general describes how to hopefully repair liquid damage to an iPhone.

Repairing iPhone Liquid Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

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

Here is a link to the Ifixit repair guide(s) for an iPhone 5s that may help you

iPhone 5s Repair

If this process seems too daunting, take your phone to a reputable, professional mobile phone repair service experienced in water 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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