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What should I do to fix my water damaged phone that won't turn on?

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So I know this problem is entirely my fault. I was at a pool party with a few friends. I got pushed into the pool and my phone fell in. It was in the deep end; about 8 feet. I couldn’t retrieve it because I was unable to see where it is. Finally when I saw it, I had to go get goggles and get the phone out. Finally when I got it out, the phone had probably been in the water for a good minute. I just dried it off with a towel and didn’t overthink it and continued with the swimming. Because I had no prior knowledge of what to do after dropping my phone, I didn’t even power it off completely. After a while (about an hour) I went to check a few texts, and the home button was completely clicking on its own. I just brushed it off because I thought it would go away. After the party ended (about 3 hours after initially dropping my phone) I realized my phone wouldn’t turn on. I kept on trying to power it on during the way back home, but now I realized after searching for solutions that it would push the water even further. Then I stupidly decided to try to shake the water out and that obviously didn’t work. When I got home and researched I realized my phone was basically a lost cause. I asked my mother about it and since I am still not old enough to work or earn any money, she said she would not be buying a new one.

Basically I was thinking; if I removed the screen and replaced the logic board and battery with new ones, would my phone be working again?

Or should I clean the corroded logic board and replace just the battery?

If yes; what else should I clean or are those the main components that let the phone work?

^Are those solutions even possible?

Please help me; thanks :D!

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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 (salt-water pool, chlorine pool), 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.

Replacement logic boards are usually as expensive as the actual phone itself so it probably won’t be an affordable option.

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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