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phone dropped in sea water

Whilst on holiday last week I had my personal mobile in a waterproof ( or so i thought) bag and this was dropped in the sea. Straight away, after realising that the bag was not as waterproof as I hoped, I pulled the phone apart dried it with paper towels and left it to dry.

I have thoroughly dried it out, hot hotel balcony and at home a radiator, then a bag of uncooked rice (5 days now).

However I have since got home and read online that I should have rinsed the phone in tap / de ionised water or alcohol first, prior to drying it and that the residual salt is likely to foul it up if I turn it on... (Makes a lot of sense if you stop to think about it - rather than panicking about getting it dry.)

Not wishing to completely wreck it. I have not yet turned the phone on or rewet the phone..

What would you recommend to hopefully bring the phone back to working order without further knackereing the phone.

I am a little cautious as I do not have to pay my £200 excess for water damage on my insurance.

Would rinsing the phone now, do anything to remove the now dried up salt? what would be the best rinse - de ionised water or isopropyl alcohol?

Any other advice?

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Gareth, I am certain that you are running into corrosion damage from the salt water. I would recommend that you disassemble your phone totally. You can find a disassembly guide on here. Clean all the parts with high grade isopropyl alcohol (try 90% and great) and a soft tooth brush or a similar device. You can let all the pieces soak in the alcohol. After that, replace the battery and re-evaluate for any damage. Do not forget to clean the connectors and cable ends, hope this helps. Good Luck.

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"Clean all the parts with high grade isopropyl alcohol"

Are you sure ?

Alcohol does not dissolve salt (NaCl)

Distilled water does.

That make sense ?


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Gareth sera éternellement reconnaissant.
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