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Accidents happen and it’s not uncommon for someone to spill water on their Macbook keyboard. If this happens to you, it’s important to act quickly to minimize the damage to your device. In this blog post, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on what to do if you spilled water on your MacBook keyboard (or pretty much any liquid). Note: if you only spilled water on your keyboard, check out this guide.
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How To Fix Liquid Spills On Keyboards
Step 1: Turn off your Macbook:
The first thing you need to do is turn off your Macbook immediately. Do not try to turn it on or use it until it has completely dried. If you need to shut down your Macbook, but the keyboard is not working, press and hold the power button until it turns off.
Step 2: Disconnect the power source:
Next, disconnect your Macbook from any power source, including the power adapter and battery. This will prevent any electrical damage to your device.
Step 3: Take Off MacBook Keycaps, Clean & Dry:
You can use a keycap puller, razor, or even a guitar pick to remove keycaps (see video). Once removed, try to hang the keyboard upside down on something allowing gravity to work against any liquids. Then pat dry and wait 24 hours.
Advanced MacBook Keyboard Removal & Repair
If you have a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you can remove the keyboard by following the steps below.
- Turn your MacBook upside down and place it on a flat surface.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the keyboard in place.
- Carefully lift the keyboard and disconnect it from the logic board.
Step 5: Dry the Keyboard and Macbook
Once you have removed the keyboard, you need to dry it as well as the inside of your Macbook. Here are the steps you can follow:
- Use a clean cloth or paper towel to gently blot any excess water from the keyboard.
- Use a can of compressed air or a blow dryer on low mode to blow any water droplets from the keyboard.
- Place the keyboard in a safe and dry place to air dry for at least 24 hours.
- Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the inside of your MacBook
Step 6: Check for Water Damage
After 24 hours, reattach the keyboard to your Macbook and turn it on. If the keyboard is not working, you may need to replace it. You can also check for water damage by looking for any discoloration or corrosion on the logic board. If you find any signs of water damage, take your Macbook to a professional for repair.
Fix: Spilled Water On MacBook Screen
If you spilled water on your Macbook screen, you can clean it by following these steps:
- Turn off your Macbook and disconnect it from any power source.
- Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot any excess water from the screen.
- Use a microfiber cloth and a small amount of water to gently clean the screen.
Does AppleCare Cover Water Damage?
AppleCare does not cover water damage to your Macbook. If you need to repair your water-damaged Macbook, you will need to pay for the repair out of pocket or through a third-party warranty or insurance.
In conclusion, if you spilled water on your MacBook keyboard, it’s important to act quickly to minimize the damage. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can clean and dry your keyboard and check for water damage. If you’re unable to fix the issue on your own, take your MacBook to a professional for repair.