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The Fitbit Versa 3 is a smartwatch released on September 25th, 2020. It features a larger display and built-in GPS.

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Water proof damage not responding

I have been using my watch to go swimming this time I believe it's had a bit of a leak and is not responding or turning on even on charge.

Is there any way that it could be cleaned up or repaired somehow?

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Hi @ianmburton

You may be able to repair it or have it repaired but if it does work after this chances are it won't be as waterproof anymore i.e. so no swimming with it would be recommended.

The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the watch's operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it is completely cleaned away

First do not try to charge or to turn on your watch and then remove the battery as soon as possible from the watch to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the watch and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 99%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. If possible do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do have to use it check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the percentage of IPA the better

Here is a link that describes the process. Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted pcb be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Remove the shields that may be covering some components as the water may have got in under there. The ends of any flex cables and their connectors need to be cleaned as well

Hopefully after you have done all this the watch might possibly work correctly again.

Here is a teardown video of the watch that may help.

If this process seems too daunting, take your phone to a reputable, professional phone or electronics repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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