- Unplug Mac’s charger
- Turn your Mac off
- Unplug all connected peripherals
- Prevent water from seeping inside
- Unplug the battery if you have the tools
- Wait for the water to evaporate
- Contact Apple Support and fix an appointment
- Going forward
1. Unplug Mac’s charger
The very first thing to do is to unplug your MacBook from charging. This will cut the continuous flow of current to your computer and help limit additional severe damage.
2. Turn your Mac off
Water and dust are two of the most significant external enemies of any electronic gadget, including your MacBook. As soon as water spills on your MacBook, turn it off immediately.
If the trackpad is not wet, swiftly click the Apple logo at the top left and choose Shut Down.
If the liquid is all over the machine, press and hold the MacBook’s power button for a few seconds to turn it off.
3. Unplug all connected peripherals
Do not leave any connected devices like wired headphones, hard disk, external SSD, pen drives, keyboard, mouse, or Bluetooth receivers connected to your MacBook. Removing them will ensure the safety of these peripherals and help prevent water from clogging the ports or finding a medium to go inside.
4. Prevent water from seeping inside
It is easier said than done. But depending on the water you spilled, evaluate the situation and act swiftly to absorb as much water as possible. Use paper rolls, towels, cotton, or any similar safe material to soak up the water from your MacBook’s keyboard area. While doing so, ensure no or minimum water gets inside.
Once all top visible liquid is taken care of, use cotton buds to absorb water from tiny crevices safely.
5. Unplug the battery if you have the tools
Unplugging the battery is accessible even on modern unibody MacBooks. But you need the right tools for this. After you unplug the battery, it prevents current from flowing throughout the wet board, potentially preventing any additional (severe) damage.
Depending on your MacBook model, you will need a Pentagon or Phillip screwdriver to remove the back lid. Once that’s done, gently use an opening tool (or fingernail) to remove the battery connector from the logic board. Here are the instructions from iFixit.
6. Wait for the water to evaporate
After you follow the above steps, wait for the water to evaporate. The best practice is to leave the MacBook off for at least 48 hours. To accelerate the process, it is ok to put it under a fan or use a hairdryer at a safe heat level (make sure not to hurt the internals with too much continuous heat).
7. Contact Apple Support and fix an appointment
After waiting for a few days, you may be confident that water is all evaporated now. If you switch on the laptop, it might work, and things may appear to be ok. But for long-term benefits, you must take your MacBook to an Apple Store or authorized service center and get it inspected.
Traces of water slowly corrode the logic board, which can completely render your machine unusable. So, get it inspected.
8. Going forward
MacBooks are not waterproof, and you must keep liquids away from them. For example, do not place your glass of juice next to your MacBook on the same table. If you often tend to have open liquids around, consider investing a few bucks in getting a rubber cover for the MacBook’s keyboard. Or, use capped bottles instead of open glass on your work desk.
Regularly back up your Mac using Time Machine. This will ensure that your valuable data is safely stored even in unfortunate circumstances and can be recovered to a new Mac or this Mac after fixing (In almost all cases, Apple Store will erase your device. So, having a backup is valuable.) Look at four ways to back up your Mac!
FAQs related to spilled water on Mac
Liquid damage is not covered under the Apple warranty. So, the exact cost of repair will depend on the damage. Apple Service Center will quote you a number after inspecting the device.
Yes. Apple will charge for it, but at least your Mac would be repaired (unless it is not obsolete)
According to It Tech Online, there is nothing wrong with using uncooked rice to dry the MacBook. But it is not efficient and mostly unnecessary.
Yes. A Mac can recover from water damage if the above steps are followed. And after that, once a trained technician inspects your machine and implements the necessary fixes, your MacBook becomes as good as it was before the water spill.
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