Spilled water on your Macbook? Don't panic just yet.
The MacBook is an amazing machine, but just like any other laptop, it’s not waterproof. Apple also doesn’t cover liquid damage under its warranty services, and starting 2006 the company has installed a Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) in its MacBooks, iPhones, and iPods to determine whether the device been in contact with liquids.
Apple won’t fix your MacBook if it gets liquid damaged, so you have to be absolutely careful when handling any kind of liquid near your laptop. In case you do spill water or some other type of liquid on your MacBook, though, there are some steps you can take to try and save your laptop and the data on it. While they won’t guarantee that your MacBook won’t be ruined, they will still help to reduce damage. So, take these tips into consideration.
Remember, periodically backing up your computer is the best way to secure your data files! MacBook comes with a free software called Time Machine to help you backup files. You can learn how to setup, restore and delete Time Machines backups here.
1. Prioritize your safety first.
Protecting yourself is more important than protecting your MacBook, so you need to ensure that you take care of any potential electrical hazards if your MacBook gets wet—remember, water and electricity don’t mix.
If your MacBook is connected to an electrical socket, unplug it immediately. Don’t touch your MacBook to avoid electrocuting yourself. If, however, your MacBook was not plugged in and was just running on its own battery, then you don’t need to worry too much.
2. Turn off your MacBook.
Assuming you’ve already ascertained your safety, you need to turn off your MacBook immediately. Shut down your MacBook either by holding down the power button until the laptop powers off or choosing the Shut Down option from the Apple menu.
3. Disconnect everything.
Once your MacBook shuts down, disconnect all devices still plugged into the laptop. This includes power cords, external hard drives, USB flashdrives, mice, and web cameras. These devices possess enough electrical charge to cause a short circuit if they get wet.
4. Get rid of the water.
When your MacBook gets wet, you obviously have to remove the water to prevent further damage to your laptop. You don’t want any foreign material getting lodged into your MacBook and adding to your problems, so the best tools to use are microfibre cloths. They are lint-free which means they won’t cause scratches, and small cloth particles won’t get stuck inside your laptop. They’re also highly absorbent, so you can rest assured that they’ll be able to dry your laptop.
If your MacBook’s keyboard is also wet, you can turn it upside down and have the keyboard rest on a dry microfibre cloth. In addition to drying off the keyboard, this can also help stop the water from getting further into your MacBook and causing more damage.
5. Dry it out with a fan.
You’ve already wiped off the water on your MacBook, so you just need to let it sit for a while. Place it front of a fan and let it dry further, and don’t turn it on under any circumstances.
6. Use silica gel on your MacBook.
Silica gel is made from synthetic sodium silicate. It’s a porous material and is used to eliminate moisture in the atmosphere. For home applications, it can be placed in refrigerators to remove excess water and stop food from spoiling or placed in humid areas of the house to get rid of water in the air.
This makes silica gel perfect for drying your MacBook completely. They’re usually sold in small packets that you can place on your MacBook and under it. They’ll be able to absorb even the water that you can’t see and has already seeped into your MacBook.
Don’t worry, silica gel isn’t hard to find. You can buy them in any grocery or hardware store.
7. Let a few days pass.
Now that you’ve tried your best dry out your MacBook, the only thing left to do is wait. For ideal results, let the silica gel do its work for about three to four days. After that, you can turn it on and see what kind of damage the liquid did to your MacBook. If you think that there’s no damage, then feel free to use it as you normally would. However, the right course of action is still to bring it to your nearest Apple Store so that it can be properly examined by a trained technician.
If you followed the aforementioned instructions, that means you’ve done everything you possibly can to dry your MacBook and prevent liquid damage. However, you need to keep in mind that sometimes, they are not enough to save your MacBook. In which case the only thing left to do is to buy a new one.
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