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Dropped P30 into a pool, now it won't come up. Can it be repaired?

My cousin thought P30 had IP68 as the pro one and took photos into a pool. Now the phone won’t come up. Such camera was incredible and I am wondering if it is possible to repair the phone?

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I just remember P30pro is what had IP68 and P30 just have IP53.

This means your cousin just made a stupid action

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@wouldntdrive first stop continuing to try to charge, sync or otherwise use your phone. This potentially can make a bad situation worse. as this may further damage your phone. The next thing to do is to clean it.

The very first step I would take is to disassemble your phone. Use this video as well as this one to help you 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. You will have to remove all the EMI shields. If you do not remove the shields, you are not cleaning the board. 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 a day. Isopropyl alcohol in the higher concentration will evaporate quickly and dissipate the water. The importance here is the cleaning. It would of course be best to get it professionally cleaned. Best thing to do would be to clean it with an ultrasonic cleaner, but if you do not have access to one, this will at least help. 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. After that, reassemble your phone and re-evaluate. For as long as you have not cleaned your board and replaced the battery, everything is just a guess. Keep in mind that water damage is the hardest to troubleshoot and to repair. It does not matter if is was exposed for 2 seconds or 2 hours, what matters is where the water (particulates) did the damage.

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Hi Mark.

If you’re comfortable with it, I’d recommend disassembling the phone and allowing the components to dry out. DO NOT put it in rice.

If if you’re not comfortable with taking it apart, take it to a repair shop near you, who can take it apart for you.

Assuming it wasn’t in the water for very long, it should be fixable.

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