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Released September 22, 2017. Model A1863, A1905. Available as GSM or CDMA / 64 or 256 GB / gold, silver, and space gray.

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Touch screen issuses from water damage, help :(

I dropped my phone the other day and got it fixed but the back is still smashed. I had it in the bath two days ago and I dropped it in, it got completely soaking but I dried it and it seemed fine, but soon after the bottom right corner turned black and won’t respond to touch, soon after the whole thing went black so I put it in porridge oats instead of rice but only in a bowl and not a bag, took it out after about 10 hours and then just left it. It turned back on this morning but the black area is still there, can’t unlock my phone because the area where the touch doesn’t work is over my password so phone is pretty much useless, will take it back to the shop when I get from my holiday in a week, but is there anything I could do before then

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Rice and similar home remedies don't work, and in fact often cause more harm. Right now you have Schrodinger's Phone; it's both broken and not-broken. Its destiny depends a bit on luck and a lot on what you do next.

The PROPER thing to do is a COMPLETE disassembly, inspection, and cleaning of the motherboard. Reassemble using new ancillary parts (new charging port, new home flex cable, new rear camera, etc), install a new screen and battery, and hope for the best. The good news is if the phone turns on and functions properly after doing this, the odds are very high that there are no secret/unknown problems with the phone and it will likely have a normal lifespan.

If you cut corners (e.g., just replace the screen) then you run the risk of allowing corrosion, contamination, or electrical issues to affect your phone in possibly strange and/or phone-damaging ways. A tiny bit of contamination or oxidation under the wrong part of a chip can be a phone-destroying issue.

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