Waterlogging is one of the most common issues for any device user. However, keep your cool and do everything you can to save your iPad. Here, we have a few practical ways to revive the condition, and you can start using it again. Let’s get straight into it and fix your Ipad/tablet Asap.
You may come across one scenario among the two. One happens when the water is spilled on the Ipad. The second scenario talks about the Ipad submerged in a pool, lake, or sea for an extended period. In this case, your battery puts you in danger and has a chance of being corroded.
If your iPad is installed with a protecting case, then there are greater chances your iPad is safe, thanks to the extra layer of protection. What’s the good news? The iPad is fairly water-resistant and has a glass display and aluminum that allows little to no access to water conditions. Also, note that the edges of an Ipad are sealed perfectly that further prevents water damage.
Whenever the iPad is exposed to water splashes, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. However, there are a few points of concern; speakers, lightning indicator, sleep/wake button, home button, and headphone jack.
After suspecting the water damage in your iPad, it’s essential to figure out the issues. If you can see the visible moisture while using the iPad, you’re likely to be in trouble. For a non-tech-savvy user, it is advisable to reach out to the Apple store or other repair shops and fix it. But, if you’re totally unaware of the situation, let the iPad dry for at least 24 hours and refrain from using it.
Below are the easy tips you can try to prevent your iPad/tablet from waterlogging:
Turn Off iPad/Tablet
Turning off the iPad/tablet can be a great way to put yourself on the safe side. After wiping the external components and thorough cleaning with a lint-free cloth, turn it off to avoid electrocution as it can cause short circuits.
However, if the iPad is already on, you should immediately power it off with the wake/suspend button and continue to hold until the iPad shuts down completely. Never attempt to turn it on after suspecting the waterlogging, as it may seriously harm the iPad or tablet.
Dry iPad With Rice
After the exterior of the iPad is dried, it’s time to inspect the internal components of the iPad/Tablet. Strip down the device; remove the sim tray, sd card, open the case, detach the battery(if any), shake the water out, and wipe it down with a lint-free cloth to kick out the trapped water. Note that opening the iPad case would allow the air to circulate, which can result in quick and effective drying.
Prepare a filled container of uncooked rice and then simply bury the iPad under the rice. Ensure that the grain of rice doesn’t get stuck anywhere in the interior. The rice can speed up the corrosion process inside the device when the water stagnates. Let it alone soak for around 48 hours.
For more effective drying, you may use silica gel packets. These sachets come with electronic devices for water protection. Apply the same technique and cover the iPad with multiple sachets of silica gel. Allow the desiccant to pull the moisture from the device and wait for 48 hours.
What to do if nothing works out
Despite following all the necessary preventive measures, if your iPad still doesn’t work, the moisture has gone deeper and deeper while conking out the delicate electronic components.
If your iPad gets power on but still shows the odd colors, lines on the screen, freezing, and struggling to operate, don’t hesitate to reach the Apple store or your nearest local repair shop.
How long does it take for an iPad to dry out?
Let your iPad dry for 48 hours. You want to make sure that the hardware has dried out completely. Otherwise, if there’s still moisture inside your device, it might irreversibly damage your iPad.
Does the rice trick work?
Many people love using the rice trick due to its fruitful results. The rice trick can certainly draw out the moisture, but starch can promote dust, hampering your iPad’s interior. However, the rice trick is not an instantaneous process. You might have to wait for two or even more days to expect good results.
When is it too late to put my wet device into rice?
If your device has been exposed to water, there’s no such thing as too late. It would be best if you took action immediately.
Try to leave your damp device for 24 to 48 hours or even more. But here comes a small caveat. The rice might contribute to dust and starch, which is not suitable for a wet device. Keep in mind the longer the wet device stays there, the higher chances of absorbing moisture.
Are iPads water-resistant(iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini)?
iPads are not water-resistant, nor are they waterproof. They don’t possess any IP rating. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the iPad would get out of action after a single drop of water. iPads can resist liquid incursions, but speakers, liquid damage indicators, charging ports, and lightning must remain safe.
Can I use a blow dryer to dry my iPad?
Avoid using the hair blow dryer at any cost as the excessive heat may harm the hardware of the iPad. Never switch on the iPad when the water is still stuck inside. Keep in the upright position and wait for the right time to turn it on.
Water is the biggest enemy of electronic devices. iPads or tablets regard special consideration, especially when there’s the uncertainty of water conditions. It is a tough job for iPads to survive waterlogging, so it is crucial to buy a smart case for passive protection. If the above simple tips don’t work out for you, the local repair shop or the Apple store is your way to go.
If you have a story to tell about how you got your iPad wet and how you saved it, feel free to post it in comments below.