Wireless World says liquid damage in electronics is a bit like egg yolks on a plate after you eat: on Sunday morning, it’s relatively easy to wash off. Dried egg yolks on the plate on Sunday night—now that’s a different story! The same thing happens with water/liquid damage in your iPhone.
When you put a phone in rice, it is the same thing as doing nothing for an iPhone repair. It just FEELS like you’re actively trying to fix it. Since the rice doesn’t actually *touch* the liquid inside the phone, how can it absorb the liquid? If it COULD absorb water from a distance and outside the phone, we would be able to cook rice by placing it *beside* the pan of boiling water instead of actually IN the water! Corrosion starts instantly when a phone is exposed to water and requires an iPhone repair. Sometimes the corrosion hits important components and shorts them out, sometimes not. If you resist turning the phone on or plugging it in until it dries on the counter, in the rice bag, or anywhere else, sometimes you get lucky. If you had the phone in the rice bag, you think the rice saved the phone. But it didn’t! It just naturally dried out and would have done the same thing even without the rice! Even if the phone seems to be working, it will have oxidized solder joints that are weakened and brittle due to the rust and corrosion incurred by the liquid damage. If you plugged your phone in while there was liquid damage inside the phone, the damage will be significantly worse since water and liquid do not mix. It shorts out and destroys critical circuits inside the iPhone. Corrosion will continue to spread inside the phone until it is removed by an Apple Certified Technician at Wireless World. Until then, you have done nothing but experienced temporary “luck”.
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What you want to do is first displace the water—or more specifically, all the conductive stuff in the water such as minerals and impurities. You can do this best by using 99%+ isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and a toothbrush. Open your device as soon as you can, take out the battery, and get scrubbing. Submerge the whole motherboard in alcohol, and scrub away. Only then, dry it and see where you stand. By getting the liquid displaced before it can dry, we are “cleaning the egg yolks from the plate on Sunday morning” instead of that evening! This is your best strategy for liquid damage.
Of course, it’s tempting to just put the phone in rice—you never know, it might be okay. We want to ignore all that work above and just hope for the best instead.
You’d be hard pressed to find any experienced professional in the repair industry that doesn’t roll their eyes when they hear the word “rice.” Here at Wireless World, we see daily the sad result of phones/devices that have been carefully placed in the Mahatma bag with fingers crossed and it never works!