How to Repair an iPhone From Water Damage

The iPhone is an expensive piece of electronic equipment that seems to do so much more than just make phone calls. Nevertheless, the iPhone is a phone, and it gets treated as such. Even the most careful user will leave her iPhone in her pants pocket before running it through the washing machine or drop it into the bathtub, toilet or puddle. Thankfully, if your iPhone does become water damaged all is not lost.

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Remove the iPhone from the source of water immediately. Do not power on your iPhone or touch any buttons. This can damage the phone irreparably.

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Remove anything that might be plugged into the iPhone. This includes earphones, protective casing and holders.

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Remove the SIM card. The SIM card is located at the top of the iPhone near the earphone jack. Stick the SIM card remover tool (or the end of a small paperclip) into the small hole. The SIM card will eject itself.

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Dry the SIM card with your hand towel and set aside. Dry the outside of your iPhone with your hand towel. Shake the iPhone up and down to remove and excess water. Dry once more with your hand towel.

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Set your hair dryer to cool and on the lowest air flow. Position your hair dryer 6 to 8 inches away from the base of your iPhone. Blow air into the phone (the area where you insert the USB cord) for 10 minutes.

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Set the phone aside for approximately 72 hours. Do not turn the phone on during this time.

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Insert the SIM card once the 72 hours has passed. Turn on the phone. You phone should work. If you are having issues with your applications, connect the iPhone to iTunes and restore the phone to its factory settings. You can restore the phone by clicking on your "Phones" icon in iTunes. Click the "Restore" button.