Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7" screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus. Identifiable by the model numbers A1549, A1586, and A1589.

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Water Damage iPhone 6 DIY Fix

Hello everyone, I have never attempted to repair my own phone before so some basic questions,

My iPhone 6 was in a pool for about 2-5 minutes, I cant fully remember. I did try to turn it on about 1 million times (I know it wasn't good idea I was just freaking out).

About 15 hours later I took the screen off fully and put that and the rest under rice and silica packets (I know its more of a placebo than actually working.)

After being under rice for about 4 days I put it back together and it still doesn't turn on.

So to my question, is there anyway I can search through my phone to see what new parts I might need to buy and replace or should I just cut my losses and leave the phone.

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With water damage, you have to decontaminate the logic board before doing anything else, otherwise there will be latent issues down the road.

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 rice myth kills too many phones...

The water is inside the phone, on the logic board and under the shields, even under the IC's. The rice is nowhere near where the water is. So while it “may’’ soak up some water vapour, 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 in rice, 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. Here’s a great video that summarizes these issues.

On some phones, rice treatments appear to work. But those are phones that had minimal water ingress and not anywhere near a danger area on the logic board. They would have recovered regardless of the intervention.

  • 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.

A professional repair shop that does water damage repair may be able to recover your phone or the 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 fix/no fee policy so you don't have to spend money to find out if the phone is fixable or not.

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Will 70% alcohol work? Instead my country doesn't sell 90%, also the battery can go in the alcohol too?

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I would not recommend 70%....it could contain trace amounts of heavy minerals

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If 70% is all you have, then it will have to do. If you have access to Methanol, that would be even better. I wouldn't put the battery in the IPA, just the logic board.

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Thanks! I followed the guide and what you said and actually got the phone to turn on, but I made another post about the touch screen it would be so helpful if you could check that one out too real quick. :)

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