The Rice Drying Method And Other Myths

When you require iPhone repair in Auckland, or from anywhere around New Zealand, we strongly urge you to have the issue resolved by professionals. Ideally, they’ll be Apple authorised iPhone repair experts like us. A quality repair will see your device restored to a highly functional level; on the other hand, repairs carried out in unauthorised service centres typically use non-genuine parts and are done by unskilled personnel. The results will be mixed at best, and will often need even more service work sooner rather than later.

Just as bad as using an unauthorised repairer is relying on the internet for advice on how to resolve an issue yourself. There is a lot of misinformation online yet it is presented in such a way that it looks credible. Our advice is to ignore all of that advice, no matter how well-intentioned it might be, and leave it to the experts.

As an example of how dubious some of that information can be, let’s look at water damaged phones. This is one of the most common issues we resolve but if you were to rely on online advice you’d be told to put it into a microwave (and turn the microwave on), dry off the device with a hairdryer, or stick it in a bowl of rice to dry the whole thing out. The rice method is very well-known but it shouldn’t be. Research has found that after 48 hours in rice, only 13% of the moisture was drawn out. At the same time, starch and dust from the rice infiltrated the device, further damaging the internal components.

When a phone sustains water damage, the corrosive effect kicks in almost immediately and so drying the device is not enough to ensure it will be functional again. This is yet another reason to overlook online recommendations and go straight to the experts.

Regardless of the issue and the type of device, you will be able to find all sorts of advice on the internet about how to fix it. Most of that advice is dubious, mischievous and often dangerous. Once again, we urge you to disregard what you read and have the matter sorted promptly and properly by authorised and skilled repairers. We sit firmly in that category and we invite you to contact us and tell us what the problem is. We’ll be able to provide a real solution that actually works.