Sooo I 'drowned' my iPhone7... what now?

abiem

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So I was cleaning up my iPhone7 to give away to family...when I took the last step to go 'wash it clean' before it put it away (I've done this many times before). BUT — I found out after that my wife hadn't insert the SIM tray back in its slot yet.

So you guessed it, the phone is now dead after 1 night of constant rebooting. Q: What do I do now? Is recycling the iPhone back to apple the best/only choice? I checked but to 'replace' an iPhone 7 @ Apple is $350 which is not worth it at all. So thought I'd ask the community for opinions. Thanks!
 

Shadowbech

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Even if the iPhone 7 and newer is rated to be water resistance, I still would not wash the phone in water for possible damage that can happen but of course at your own risk. What I would have done was the other way, to take a wet cloth and wipe the phone clean. But that's just me.

I've heard silica gel would work better than rice.
 
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JPack

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With that much water, the logic board will corrode even if you dry it out. A repair shop needs to remove the board and clean it with alcohol or ultrasonic.

Also, the rice method is a myth - it's no better than air drying.
 

velocityg4

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In the future. Rather than washing a phone. Dampen a cotton washcloth or rag with 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Wipe it down. Then dry it with a clean, dry cloth. This will get it squeaky clean without ruining it.

With that much water. I would open it up and let it dry out.
 

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With that much water, the logic board will corrode even if you dry it out. A repair shop needs to remove the board and clean it with alcohol or ultrasonic.

Also, the rice method is a myth - it's no better than air drying.
Well, unfortunately I had to try it 3 years ago when my iPhone slipped from my hand into the water. It worked. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.
As many examples prove it, it is not a myth.
 
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JPack

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Well, unfortunately I had to try it 3 years ago when my iPhone slipped from my hand into the water. It worked. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.
As many examples prove it, it is not a myth.
It's a myth because actual testing shows open air drying performs better than using rice. Whether it's iFixit or iPad Rehab, nobody who repairs phones professionally will suggest rice.

"Dry, uncooked conventional rice was the worst of the seven options we tested. It absorbed the least water in 24 hours, losing out to silica gel, cat litter, couscous, instant oatmeal, classic oatmeal and instant rice.

More importantly, the sponge that we left in open air performed far better than any of the drying agents.
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It's a myth because actual testing shows open air drying performs better than using rice. Whether it's iFixit or iPad Rehab, nobody who repairs phones professionally will suggest rice.

"Dry, uncooked conventional rice was the worst of the seven options we tested. It absorbed the least water in 24 hours, losing out to silica gel, cat litter, couscous, instant oatmeal, classic oatmeal and instant rice.

More importantly, the sponge that we left in open air performed far better than any of the drying agents.
"

Logically, if something performs better, it means the compared method works, but not better.
I shared with you my experience that I had to use on a weekend when no professional service was available. May I state here once again. It worked. The iPhone in question is still operational and used as a backup mobile.
 
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abiem

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I guess over all m doomed and just better off recycling the device back to Apple at least and see what they can salvage for the environment right?
 

AxlTJ

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I guess over all m doomed and just better off recycling the device back to Apple at least and see what they can salvage for the environment right?
Local technicians can clean it up far less expensive than Apple.