Alrighty, so I got my hands on a pretty messed
up iPhone 5c today. See the screen is cracked and it’s completely unresponsive due to
water damage. It won’t respond to any of the buttons; the power or the home button,
and it won’t respond when I plug it into a charger. So I’m going to take it apart
and show you a really simple way that will most likely get your wet phone working again.
I’ve had a lot of success with water damaged devices just by swapping out the internal
batteries. Keep in mind that swapping the battery won’t always work but it is a good
first place to start. Water is pretty devastating to electronic devices so make sure the phone
is completely dry before starting this repair. Because the screen is cracked I can’t use
my normal suction cup to lift the screen off after pulling out the bottom two screws. I’m
going to show you a quick little trick that you can do with a razor blade, just make sure
you are gently pulling up on the frame of the screen and not the glass of the screen
itself. The frame is much more durable. You can see here that the water damage indicator
is red as well as the screws in the bottom left corner of the phone are starting to rust.
This phone was completely submerged in water and has been dead for a while. Once the screen
lifts away from the phone you can start unscrewing the metal bracket that holds the battery in.
I’ll link the tool kit in the video description below. The battery is usually what dies first
when water gets inside your phone. Once that metal bracket comes off, unclip the little
latch that connects the battery to the main board. It is very similar to a Lego piece.
The battery will be very strongly glued into the bottom of the phone. You can use a plastic
pry tool to gently pry the battery out of the phone. Just make sure not to put any pressure
on the motherboard, you don’t want to cause any damage to your phone when you are removing
the old battery. You can see here that the battery is all soft and mushy. I will link
good replacement batteries in the video description below, so check that out. They are pretty
darn cheap so you aren’t out very much if it ends up not working out for you. The links
are located in the little “about” tab right below this video. Once you have your
new battery (you can see this one is much firmer than the old one), set it gently in
place and clip that little connector back in. It will clip down just like a little Lego.
You can see that we have a working iPhone 5C again. Swapping the battery has a good
chance of bringing your dead phone back to life. A battery swap will not fix any screen
issues that you are having though. If your phone turns on but the screen is white or
has lines or condensation in it, make sure to let it dry in a bag of rice for a couple
days. And if that doesn’t fix it, then maybe swapping the screen will fix that issue. Watch
my iphone 5c screen replacement video to see if it is worth your time and money to replace
that. Remember replacement parts are always listed in the video description. Replacing
the battery will most likely fix phones that don’t turn on at all, or that don’t hold
a charge after being water damaged. If the phone does not recognize a charger you’re
going to need to change the charging port. You can watch my iPhone 5c charging port replacement
video for more information on that. If you have any other questions or suggestions be
sure to leave them in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe and “like”
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Thanks for watching!