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The third generation Pixel released by Google in October 2018.

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Water logged, no - is there a way to get pictures off of it?

In short, my pixel 3 met with shallow salt water for 5 minutes. upon exit it was still on! But then turned itself off. Now it will not power on. I'm told the motherboard was likely impacted.

I'm not ultra concerned about the phone fully working again. I am totally concerned about losing my photos....

Is there a way to get the photos off of this phone???

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Did you ever set up cloud backup?

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I do have a backup - google photos. However, I was on an 8 day trip with no access to internet... thus 7.5 days of photos that I am trying to restore....

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It would require advanced micro soldering and equipment. You would need to take it to a professional.

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Adam not without your phone at least powering on. For now it's best that you stop continuing to try to charge, sync or otherwise use your phone. This potentially can make a bad situation worse.

Salt Water will get your components to corrode quickly. The very first step I would take is to disassemble your phone. Use [these guides] to disassemble your phone. Take a careful and close look at all components and connectors. Truly assess the damage. Look for major corrosion, evaluate the pins in the connectors etc,. Take a look at all connectors as well as cable ends. After that I would suggest that you clean it a couple of times in sterile water, not drinking water (that might have helped right after it got submerged in the salt water). Use a soft brush and clean it very, very thoroughly with the sterile water. With the amount of corrosion that I envision, you will have to remove all the EMI shields. Once you got the gross contamination cleaned, use 90%+ isopropyl alcohol and clean your parts some more. For a proper cleaning, use this guide. It was written for an Apple iPhone 3G but it is still pertinent to your phone as well. I can not stress the importance of a good cleaning enough, so do it over and over while replacing the alcohol after each cleaning. Do not use compressed air for the cleaning since that can drive liquid as well as corrosion particles into areas that will cause trouble later on. Do not use drinking water, if you need to use water, use sterile water. Also, you do not need to leave it to dry for any length of time since Isopropyl alcohol in the higher concentration will evaporate quickly and dissipate the water. The importance here is the cleaning. Best of course would be if you could get it professionally cleaned. Do not forget to replace the battery. This is a must and not an option. It will fail if you do not take care of it now. Keep in mind that water damage is the hardest to troubleshoot and to repair. Hope this helps, good luck.

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