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iPhone 5s damaged by water damage possibly?

So recently my iPhone 5s has been put in the washer and this is what happened. If anyone can help me with this problem it will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzSblRb... For the video.

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Hi Ethan. First of all, stop trying to power it on. The sooner you open it up to disconnect the battery the better.

With water damage, you have to decontaminate the logic board before doing anything else, otherwise there will be latent issues down the road.

Not every water-damaged phone is recoverable and depending on the kind of liquid (salty, dirty, filthy), sometimes the success rate is quite low. That said, IMHO, it's always worth a try otherwise we are just piling up the e-waste.

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, 80% of the board is covered in shields. That's usually where the damage is occurring.
  • 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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When we looked inside the phone. I saw no water damage inside at all. All of it looked dry. I had a protective case on the iPhone 5s, but I think the charger port was open and may or may not of gotten water on it. I could eventually post a screenshot of what the phone looks like on the inside. Also, if you saw the video, there's a part inside that sounds loose, I have no clue what it could be. I think in the washer something may of hit it possibly? No clue. But I don't think it requires the logic board to be cleansed with alcohol.

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