Released September 25, 2015. Model A1687/A1634. Repair of this device is similar to previous generations, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 64, or 128 GB / Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold options.

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Water damaged and wont turn on!

My iphone fell in water and we tryed to turn it on when it was wet and left to dry for a week. Then i went to apple store and they cleaned it up but it didnt work. What could be possably damaged within the circuit board? And there is no visable burned components or rust it just wont turn on! Please help and thankyou if you could help.

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With water damage, you have to decontaminate the logic board before doing anything else, otherwise there will be latent issues down the road. It wasn't the best idea to let it dry for a week. The water is inside the phone, on the logic board and under the shields, even under the IC's. The real problem is the mineral deposits that can cause short circuits and the corrosion that is taking place as the water evaporates. Leaving the power on the device accelerates the process. The longer you let a phone sit, the more time you are giving corrosion to damage your logic board. The saltier or harder the water is, the more damage will occur. The water needs to be displaced, not evaporated.

I would try the following:

  • Open your phone and remove the logic board (follow this guide)
  • Inspect the logic board, especially around the connectors and look for corrosion.
  • Inspect both sides of the board. Unfortunately, most of the board is covered in shields. That's usually where the damage is occurring. The back shields are made of cloth so those can be removed easily.
  • Put your board in a container with >90% isopropyl alcohol and let it sit for a while.
  • Use a soft brush, like a toothbrush and lightly brush away any corrosion you see.
  • Rinse in alcohol and repeat.
  • Let it air dry for a day.
  • Re-assemble and hope for the best.

You should also replace the battery if it has swollen. Resist the temptation to pop it to let the gas out. A compromised Li-ion battery is a fire hazard. If the device appears to power up but behaves erratically, then use a tool like 3uTools to flash the firmware as it may be corrupted.

A professional repair shop that does water damage repair may be able to recover your phone or the data because they have access to pro-level ultrasonic baths and specialized cleaners as well as the skills to troubleshoot your board. Many shops have a no fix/no fee policy so you don't have to spend money to find out if the phone is fixable or not.

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It was alredy cleaned but it still wont work there is also no visable corrosion. Could a cap or an ic be burnt out from the water shorting the conections? And could you tell me all the possable damaged ic's from the water? And how do i tell if an ic is broken?. I realy need the phone to work again there is over 5000 photos in it and i never made an icloud account or back up please if you can help


You said you went to the Apple Store and they cleaned it. The true Apple Store does not even touch water damaged phones. So either it was not cleaned or you went to an independent, third-party repair shop. Do you know how they cleaned it? There's a right way to do it.

That said, just cleaning the logic board rarely works. It requires board level troubleshooting to determine what has failed. Literally, any component on the phone can be damaged and usually there is more than one component. These are difficult repairs, even for the "experts". If you want to have any chance at recovering your data, get it to a professional asap. You can check my profile.

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