Water and electronic devices don’t get along too well. And that’s a fact even for the mighty Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. The most obvious clue that your iPhone 8 is not waterproof and should be protected from water contact is that term clearly written in the warranty. You know it, the one that explains how a water damaged iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus will make no subject of warranty…
Now, of course, if you’ve been going through this accident with your iPhone, there’s no point in crying out that you might have voided the warranty. In fact, there are three essential things that you must do ASAP:
- Turn off the water-damaged iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus – it is crucial that you interrupt the powering process so that no hardware short circuiting will manifest. (Tip – to shut it down instantly, remove the battery).
- Remove as much water from it as fast as you can – here, you have two main options and, depending on how much water you think it got into it, you can choose to:
- Shake, tilt, or even blow air into your iPhone to speed up the water evaporation process as fast as you can – after that, it is mandatory that you open it up and let the device exposed to air, so that it will continue to dry out on its own (Tip – to learn how to open an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus case, check out com);
- Keep the device closed but sink it in a bag of absorbing material – you’d be surprised, but aside from rice, the silica gel, or even the instant versions or couscous and rice work very well. In fact, pretty much anything other than the plain dry rice will work better to absorb the water (Tip – just because an ingredient is “instant” it doesn’t make it the best – instant oatmeal, for instance, will make a real mess out of your phone!);
- Let it sit for at least 24 hours before you check up on it – it doesn’t matter what drying method you have chosen to use, it’s best not to power on the device too soon. So, the 24-hour waiting time should be decent enough. After that, you can clean it up or put the pieces together and turn it on, to see if and how it works.
The water-damaged iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus is still not working. Now what?
First of all, there are a couple of different things that you should be checking. Even if the iPhone doesn’t seem to want to turn on, you can test it by trying to charge its battery, to see if anything changes with a full battery. Also essential, pay close attention to how long the battery will hold after that full recharge! (Tip – if the battery disappoints you, consider trying a new one and the iPhone might start working very well).
Next, you can sync the iPhone with a Mac or a PC – seeing how it responds to a regular sync process or if and how you can access some data from it should make a difference.
If everything you try seems to fail and you can’t seem to fix the water-damaged iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, why don’t you just sell it? Depending on what is broken about it, a buyer can still use some of its parts so, your damaged cell phone can turn into some extra cash, if nothing else. Just keep your SD and SIM cards, will you?