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I have an iPhone 5s which got baseband damage from the rain about a month ago. A while after, my iPhone started working again, and a few days later I updated to iOS 11 Beta and the baseband issues started again. Somehow, when I downgraded to 10.3.2 (latest public OS) I was able to get signal again for one night, and now my iPhone won't turn on whatsoever, is not recognised by iTunes, will not charge and is showing zero signs of life. I do not know what has happened or what to do. I forgot to mention I cracked the screen ages ago and had it replaced; if that may make a difference.

Please help as my Samsung is not a good substitute.

Thanks in advance,


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Nathan, unfortunately, the mistake you made was not having it properly decontaminated immediately after it's exposure to rain. You were lucky in that it worked for a brief moment but the longer water festers inside the phone, specifically on the logic board, the worse the outcome will be.

Some phones exposed to water have very minimal and localized damage but usually the water seeps under the IC's and wreaks havoc. At some point, they become very difficult to troubleshoot and often times unrepairable.

Additionally, Baseband issues can be difficult to fix permanently. Hopefully you had a chance to back up your data. You could seek out a reputable micro-solderer to try and repair or recover the data but you'll have to balance that against the inherent value of the device or data you wish to recover.

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