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Dropped iPhone 4 in saltwater, it wont power back on?

It dropped in 6 feet of salt water for about 5-10 min. I submerged in fresh water a couple times to rinse. Then I let it dry for 3 days. Now it wont turn on. Is there anything i can do to save it?

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brilliant first aid rinsing the saltwater off with fresh water.

by pollytintop

Did you have any luck getting this to work?

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disassemble iphone and clean parts and connectors with isopropyl alcohol and a soft brush. residue from water is either white or green. allow to dry, check and clean again if necessary. let it dry for a few hours to be safe, then reassemble. You can submerge the motherboard in the iso for a short time, give it a gentle jiggle to make sure iso gets everywhere and to remove the residue.

reassemble, charge on the mains charger, and let us know how you get on.

the battery is the most likely part to need replacement which is why I suggest mains instead of pc etc so you can test phone for what does and doesn't work.

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thanks. i'll give it a shot & get back with results. is there anything in there that i shouldn't get the iso on?

by G Man

you should be ok with most parts by doing a brushing with the iso. I'm pretty cautious with the LCD's as I don't want the iso getting behind the screen itself. but cleaning the connection on them usually sorts display problems out

by pollytintop

is there anything to look for as far as sure signs of 'fatal' damage in here?

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I like to submerge the board in 99%ipa and go over it with a toothbrush, cleaning under the EMI shields. Replace the battery, and LCD if necessary. SALT is a nasty thing!

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i take the shield off too, but not all people are confident to remove this part..

by pollytintop

i am only going by the tutorial posted on disasembling it, so im wondering if i should take it some where and pay somebody more experienced? it looks some what easy though. is there anything i can do that would damage it even further? i would like to do it myself. thanks again for everyones input. i have already told a few people about this site.

by G Man

Definitely let someone else handle it if youre not up to it. You can do some damage if you use the wrong tools or just slip. Im sure there are plenty of places in your area? I am in California, and I have people send me their phones to work on, kind of a unique niche I have going though.

by hectordtruong

if you want to do the repair yourself then do. we all start somewhere, and if you are cautious there should be no problem. just really familiarise yourself with the job you are going to do before you get stuck in

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If it happens to get into the sea with the water , I believe it can be Fixed. There is no electronic device that cant be fixed. Neither Apple would say it can be fix cuz they would want to make money and not encourage people to fix their phones by themselves (Technic of Marketing). Read guides. Use the forums..If you love your device you will do it. Opening the phone , cleaning with some alcohol doesnt makes me so sure as it can damage some parts - Cant be sure though - I'd try replacing battery after super cleaning the phone with some alcohol or else the old battery might re-damage the parts and fully destroy it. Water is not a matter to think about it. Salt water is a serious business but there is still chance to get it fixed.

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Unfortunately no. Hopefully you had insurance on it. If not you can sell it on eBay or similar site to recoup some of your money out of it.

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please don't say no unless you are 100% certain. this is why I have given you a downvote. I repair/refurbish iphones and have repaired phones that have fallen in toilets, gone through hot wash cycles and the drier!! about 90% of phones are repairable from immersion. Admittedly saltwater is bad, but there is a glimmer of hope. Always! Jen

by pollytintop

You are to quick to say "can't be done" there is always a chance as you will find out by checking the last 200 pages of answer and see what has been accomplished. At least we should give it a try.

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G Man will be eternally grateful.

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