Dropped iPhone 7 in Water – What do I do?


Those people who have chronic butter fingers when it comes to handling their mobile devices have reason to celebrate. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus have been give the IP67 rating which basically means that they are resistant to water up to one meter for a period of 30 minutes. People have always maintained that their phones fall into water and these damages caused by water are not easy to fix.

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After being subjected to a wide variety of tests, the iPhone 7 did not get damaged by falling into water. In one of the tests the testers turned on the timer of the iPhone 7 and then put it in a foot of water. They expected the device to have problems after 30 minutes but it kept on going for hours; actually they removed it after 8 hours and it was still functioning as normal.

Apple has spent a lot of resources in ensuring that their latest  iPhone model is waterproof and their efforts have born great fruits. So should your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus fall into the bathtub, or toilet bowl, you should not panic, simply pick it up, dry it off and continue using it in the normal way.


However, Apple does suggest that you should avoid intentionally submerging the device in deep water or using it while taking a shower, water-skiing or boarding or jet surfing.  In other words do not subject your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus to soapy, salty or chlorinated water.  The phone may work with fresh water but chemical-infested water or liquid is a different thing altogether.

Dropped iPhone 7 in toilet water – fix

Remember liquid damage is not covered in the warranty and there is a possibility that the phone will work. But in case, you dropped your iPhone 7 or iPhone Plus in water and it does not seem to work, here are things that you may try –

  1. Remove the phone from water, remove cables, dongles and other connectors; and wipe the device with a soft, lint-free cloth or soft, clean towel.
  2. Tap the phone in a gentle manner against your hand, with the lightning connector looking down. When you do this, you remove trapped water from the lightning connector.
  3. Let the iPhone air-dry. Put it in a dry spot with fresh air flow like a fan. Do not insert foreign object, paper towel or cotton swab into the lighting connector.
  4. Do not charge the iPhone for 5-6 hours. Let the phone dry completely before you open the SIM-tray.
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