Time & time again I get customers coming into our store saying that their phone isn’t working. 9 times out of 10 they tell me that “I dropped my phone in water” and that “I put it in rice, but it still isn’t working”. Whilst rice used to work to help your phone after it had been liquid damaged, it won’t work now. Not basmati, not jasmine, not even Uncle Ben’s will save your phone now.
Newer phones, like the latest iPhone & Android phones, cannot be saved by rice. The main reason for this is because of how these phones are produced now. They are built so precisely that not even a single grain will help soak some of the water up. Once the liquid has worked its way in there, it is trapped and can’t get out. This is a positive as well because it is actually harder now for your phone to become water damaged in the first place. The latest iPhone has a IP68 rating. This means it can survive a dunk of up to 2 metres (6.5 ft) of water for up to 30 minutes, compared to the 1 metre IP67 rating on the previous models. The latest Samsung Galaxy is also IP68 rated.
Another thing I hear a lot is that the phone was working okay for about a week after they had dropped it in water, but then it starts to shut itself down & such. What is happening here is that there are different types of metal in your phone (not just metal really) that erode at different rates. When key parts start to erode, you start getting problems.
Your best bet for this situation is to come visit us at Mend My iPhone. We can get your phone back to its original health. This will save you a lot of rice as well which you can use for a curry or something.
If you’ve dropped your iPhone in water and it won’t turn on, see what we can do for you here.