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Released September 25, 2015. Model A1688/A1633. Repair of this device is similar to previous generations, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB / Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold options.

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So i dropped my phone in dish water and I didn't put it in the rice. But when i charge the phone up it makes a vibration when i put my phone on the home button. And it has a black screen but light up at the same time. Can you tell me whats worng with my phone please?

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With water damage, you have to decontaminate the logic board before doing anything else.

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.

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 or 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.

The proper way treat a wet phone is to do 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.
  • 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.

Most shops today will not work on a water damaged device to save the phone but a professional repair shop that does water damage repair may be able to recover your 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 data/no fee policy so you don't have to spend money to find out if the data is recoverable or not.

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I agree with previous answer with one small exception; I have found 99% proof Isopropyl alcohol is better than 90%. I have no desire to criticize that response over something this trivial as overall we are on same page.

Even though 99% alcohol is no guarantee I was able to save the logic board on my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro Laptop after a bunch of cockroaches somehow managed to get inside Laptop. No idea how they got in, but 99% alcohol, soft toothbrush, and lots of patience fixed it.

Seems like You are having similar problem.



@robertfschmidt re-read my answer ;>). My suggestion is >90%, not 90%. While I personally use 99%, that is not always easily accessible for most people. I state >90% so that folks will stay away from regular rubbing alcohol (70% IPA). If there are a lot of salts to dissolve, demineralized water would be a good first step, followed by high purity IPA to get rid of any water residue.

Thanks for your feedback!


As I said earlier this isn't something worthy arguing over as we overwhelmingly agree. Certainly not worth getting into a debate over a 9% upgrade although I have found 99% readily available and affordable priced at Von's Store in Santa Monica, CA

All the best!



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Corrosion might have caused the device to short out or the water might have caused the device to short out as well. You might have to get a new board.

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