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The Nexus 6 is an Android phone developed by Google and Motorola released in 2014 with a 6-inch display.

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Nexus 6 Phone won't charge after Water Damage

So my Nexus 6 fell in the water, I was under impression it is water proof, but when the screen started flickering I knew it's not so water resistance/proof, so I decided to turn it off and put in rice, it was so desperation to check if it's working or not, but I still left it in rice for 2 days. After 2 days, when I tried to turn it on, it didn't turn on, so I plug it to power and left for couple of hours for charging, when I came back and tuned it on, it did turn on, but the battery was still showing as 1%. Generally with Motorola turbo charger it should be 100% by now.

So I figured it's not charging and need troubleshooting/repair. I checked Motorola warranty was void with water damage, so decided to do repair myself. First off I tried charging from Qi charger, hoping there should be short circuit in regular charging, but that didn't work either. So I thought maybe battery is gone, so I ordered a new batter and replaced it successfully, but the new battery is also not charging. When I opened the phone I noticed some water stains on the unit next to USB connector, that would be charging unit.

Does anyone know, if replacing the charging unit is possible, what's the part number. Is there anything else I can do? The phone work perfectly while connected to power, no issues in the screen or anywhere else, I have been using the phone connected to power for few days now.

If someone can confirm this phone can't be repaired, I would love to buy new Nexus or OnePlus 3 :-). Any help or ideas are appreciated.

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Sorry but putting any device in rice solves nothing. All it does is causes some but not all of the liquid that is currently still inside of the phone in liquid form to evaporate. Some will still be there and the damage would still be there as there will be corrosion, green marks on shorted areas of the board.

What you need to do is disassemble the device to the board and clean the ribbon connectors on the logic board with at least 99% isopropyl alcohol and any other affected areas that you see water damage or green marks. There are even some areas that can be liquid damaged and not be visible by the human eye, which could require a microscope to see it.

Best to wait for what others say about this because I'm sure they have better suggestions, recommendations.

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Hi @benjamen50

+1 on the answer. It would be really nice to be able to dispel the rice "myth" regarding electronics and liquids


Rice myth... He's an answer. Actually its called BS. The best way to treat any mobile device dropped in water is to turn it off and leave it turned off while it dry's out. (24hrs in the airing cupboard or on top of radiator would do.)I suspect the Nexus device (I use one too) even if it is a 'water resistant' model (P2i phone) would not be able to withstand a full immersion, esp' while turned on, as water and an active circuit reacts like acid to the circuits solder. If you see flickering or odd random GUI behaviour after water ingress has occurred then you are looking to replace the phone as water damage, unless treated with an advanced (Yet to be released) coating, always ends fatally to the device.

Disassembly and cleaning with ISO Propanol, is a waste of time, if you really want to try and repair water damage use a soldering iron to replace the dissolved solder around components, but imo this is also a waste of time.


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