My iPhone Got Wet. What Do I Do? Don’t Use Rice!

Step 4: Turn It On and Assess The Damage

You’ve left your iPhone alone overnight and it’s time to determine whether or not your iPhone has been damaged.

Before you attempt to do anything else, double-check the outside of your iPhone to make sure it’s still absolutely dry. If there’s any liquid at all, follow the suggestions in Step One to dry the outside of your iPhone without accidentally causing any additional damage.

Next, plug your iPhone into the charger and wait for it to turn on. If your battery is completely dead, it’s normal for your iPhone to take several minutes to turn on. However, you should still see the battery icon appear on the screen.

It will be very apparent if there’s damage to the display, but often times the smaller problems water-damage can cause aren’t that easy to recognize, at least at first. In part two of this series, we’ll talk about how to assess the damage and the best repair options for each of the main components of your iPhone.

If your iPhone is completely dead with a black screen and no signs of life, a last-ditch effort is to try a hard reset. We’re hoping that it’s just the software that’s crashed. It’s a longshot, but it’s worth a try.

To perform a hard reset on your iPhone, hold down both the power button and Home button until the Apple logo appears on the display. Doing a hard reset on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus is a little bit different. Instead of holding the Home button and power button, press and hold the volume down button and power button at the same time. Release them both after about 20 seconds, or when you see the Apple logo pop up on your iPhone’s screen.

If your iPhone still shows no signs of life, well, that’s what we’ll discuss in part three of this article. Don’t despair: There are plenty of options when it comes to replacing a water-damaged iPhone, and a lot of them probably don’t cost as much as you think.

Wrapping It Up

Why do people do such crazy things when their iPhones get wet? It’s because of the massive amount of misinformation on the internet and the crazy theories we hear from our friends.

Being prepared can be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation, and it’s the same with the life of your iPhone (albeit not as important). I hope this article has given you the confidence that you’ll know exactly what to do if your iPhone ever gets wet. Tell your friends, too. As someone wise once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

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