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Announced on July 2015, this is Motorola's flagship phone. It has a 21 mega pixel camera with a 5.7 inch IPS TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 making it Quad HD. Model number XT1570, XT1579, XT1575 and XT1578.

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Is it worth pursuing repairing my phone?

I accidentally drowned my phone (Moto X Pure Edition) several days ago on a kayaking trip. As soon as I could, I turned it off and put it in a bag with a silica gel packet I had with me. On the way home, it accidentally got turned on in my pocket, but the screen had stopped working by that point and I had no means of doing a full shut down, since holding the power button just seems to restart it. I transferred it to a bag with perhaps a cup of silica gel desiccant and left it for several days.

At present, the screen still does not work, but the motion controls for turning on the flashlight and the camera do work. I’ve also caught it activating alarms a few times. It seems that it will charge the battery (since when I initially tried it, nothing happened at all, but it started doing a little bit after leaving it on the charger), but the computer does not register a device being plugged into it if I connect it by USB.

Does this sound like enough is working that it would be worth trying to repair it, or should I just go ahead and seek out a new phone? Thankfully, I’ve been pretty good about transferring pictures to my computer, so the only things I would seriously lose are the pictures from that trip.


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Hi @sir_tarin

You could always try cleaning the phone as described below and see if that works. At this stage you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain ;-)

As you know water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the phone's operating design and could damage the components.

Dessicant and other products such as rice do not fix the problems caused by corrosion.

Rice Is for Dinner, Not Repair

First do not turn on your phone and then remove the battery as soon as possible from the phone to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the phone and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain scents and is not as effective. If you do need to use it, check the label to verify the amount of IPA.

Here is a link that describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

Hopefully after you have done all this the phone might possibly work correctly again.

Here is a link to the ifixit guide(s) for repairing your phone.

Moto X Pure Edition Repair

If this process seems too daunting, after opening the phone and inspecting the damage, if you deem it still worthwhile, take your phone to a reputable, professional phone repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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