How to Tell When it's Truly Dead

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AroundTheFur922, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. AroundTheFur922 macrumors member

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    Any way to tell for sure that an iPhone is flatlined to the point where you should put away the shock paddles and just prepare the eulogy? I dropped my iPhone 6S in the toilet the other day (karma smacking me in the face for always tsk-tsk-ing others who do such things as I never had before) and I immediately reached in, pulled it out, rinsed it off quickly with non-urinated water and sanitizer, and dried it off to the best of my abilities. Now, I know the general rule is to immediately toss it in a bowl full of rice with silica packets, but I was in a scenario where I was on the road and needed to use Waze to get where I was going. The phone seemed fine at first but then gradually started showing oddities such as the volume getting maxed or minimized without my interaction and the touch aspect of the screen not responding as it should. I had it plugged into power so as to keep it alive during my 3-hour drive and it became exceptionally hot and the battery continued to drain rapidly despite being plugged in and eventually came to the all black screen with Apple logo and flashed on and off of that screen intermittently until it finally went black altogether. After arriving at my destination, I quickly tossed the phone into a bag of rice with a couple silica packets and let it sit in there for a few days. Begrudgingly I had to get a new phone as I couldn't go without one for too long (7 Plus) and today I took the 6S out of the baggie, held the power button for a couple seconds, and was greeted with a low-battery signal. I plugged it in and went out for a while only to come back and find that it had not charged and it will not give me any signal at all now. Is it beyond the point of repair?
     
  2. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    Well, if it has stopped coughing up blood, it's probably completely dead. Call Miracle Max if you think it's only mostly dead.
     
  3. addamas macrumors 6502

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    You should have not used phone which was in water... He is dead, Jim
     
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  5. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Aside from the 6s being ruined, Good call with the Silica packets, they do seem to work at a More effective pace to remove moisture over rice, but silica packets are more effective.
     
  6. bufffilm Suspended

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    You should be talking to a Apple store person. They will be able to give you options...we can't.
     
  7. addamas macrumors 6502

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    Silica packets and rice will not completely remove problems after phone getting wet inside. Everything that remains after water is removed is reacting with electronics and makes short circuits which makes problems. Only opening phone and cleaning it in hypersonic bath can make it working fine. But only if you do it fast. No water or fluid is completely "clean".
     
  8. Relentless Power, Feb 8, 2017
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    Rice and silica are strictly temporary solutions and I never mentioned they were permanent fixes.

    That said, not everyone has the ability or understanding to be dismantling iPhones, which could worsen the issue. I would rather have Apple diagnose the issue or allow a certified repair Technician address the problem versus someone who thinks they know what they are doing.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It all might not do the job, just as it might do it.
     
  10. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    I think by now it's understood that the only suggestion you get from an Apple Tech about water damage is a complete phone replacement. You cannot get a guarantee after repair as the extent of liquid damage is usually hard to identify aswell as deterioration of components during usage.
     
  11. Relentless Power, Feb 8, 2017
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    Did you read what Addamas stated prior to you quoting me? It would likely make more sense to you if you read through all the posts.

    He stated to subject the iPhone to be disassembled for a sonic bath, which I wouldn't advise disassembling any iPhone, unless you have complete confidence, let alone water damage. Hence, regardless, allow Apple or a third party repair to advise if the iPhone is ruined beyond repair, if one was unsure or the device has some activity indicated. Some Devices can survive water damage, pending the extent.

    Apple also checks the water indicator for damage and they should be making the appropriate decisions, which I already stated in My previous post.
     

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