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The Samsung Galaxy A10e is a lower-mid range Android device released by Samsung in February 2019. Identifiable by model numbers SM-A102(U, U1, W, or DL).

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Phone sat in liquid, is this repairable?

I had lost my phone only to find it sitting in liquid. It had fallen off my chair and into a cleaning solution consisting of water and apple cider vinegar. Dont know for how long. Dont know how immersed for it was not I who found it. Now the screen is unstable in that its like a static screen on a tv in which you try to change the channel or get a better reception. On top of that, it pushes things at random. I have little to no control over what happens once I turn on the screen after entering the passcode(pattern). I took out the sim card. Tried airing it out for a few days. Left it off for a few days. Hasnt worked. Is there a solution, or is this the end?

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Hi @ceesee ,

Given that cider vinegar is acidic it may be too late to fix it but you can only try.

The impurities in the liquid causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the phone's operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it is completely cleaned away

First do not try to charge or to 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 99%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion. If possible do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do have to use it check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the percentage of IPA the better

Here is a link that describes the process. Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted pcb be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Remove the shields that may be covering some components as the water may have got in under there. The ends of any flex cables and their connectors need to be cleaned as well

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

Here is the Ifixit Samsung Galaxy A10e Repair guide for repairing your phone which may help.

If this process seems too daunting, 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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