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Released September 21, 2018. Models A1921, A2101, A2102, A2104. Available as GSM or CDMA / eSIM or nano-SIM / 64, 256, or 512 GB / Silver, Gold, or Space Gray. (Pronounced "iPhone 10 S Max.")

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Water damaged XS Max, worth trying to repair?

I recently &&^&@@ up my iPhone XS Max after washing it in the sink.

The phone is not dead, the screen is fully covered with green pixels. But eveything else seems to work. Should I just sell it as it for cheap or should I try to atlease open it up and dry it? Or even repair it. My provider won’t touch it, which is understandable.

Thanks in advance.

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Water damaged phones are always at risk of developing other issues downstream. It’s certainly worth cleaning it inside to see if it solves your problem. If it does and it lasts, it was a worthwhile endeavour. If it doesn’t at least you tried and then you can always sell it for parts. Unfortunately, on the iPhone X, the logic board is a dual-layer sandwich design which makes a full DIY repair very difficult if not impossible.

Here is what you can try…

  • Open your phone and remove the logic board
  • Inspect the logic board, especially around the connectors and look for corrosion.
  • Inspect both sides of the board.
  • Put your board in a container with >90% isopropyl alcohol and let it sit for a while.
  • Use a soft brush, like a toothbrush and lightly brush away any corrosion you see.
  • Rinse in alcohol and repeat.
  • Let it air dry for a day.
  • Re-assemble and hope for the best.

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ive been told by seasoned logic board repair guys that a toothbrush can kill a board. id use somthing much softer. good concept though! but looking out for anyone taking the above advice pertaining to the tooth brush suggestion.

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Well, I'm a seasoned logic board repair guy and while I don't use a toothbrush myself, this guide is intended for DIY repairs and weekend warriors...I don't expect anyone attempting this for the first time to actually have a proper brush for cleaning pcb's.

The biggest risk with a toothbrush is the development of static electricity, as it is not an antistatic tool. However, you will see lots of videos of experienced and well established techs using a toothbrush.

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