This is our first blog post on a series of GoPro Action Camera fixes.

How to repair a water damaged GoPro Camera.

By this point, you may have searched google far and wide in a desperate panic. Or maybe you’ve been quite lucky and this is the first place you’ve come to.

Your GoPro Action Camera is water damaged or you’re worried it might be at some point in the near future. Our advice is to ACT QUICKLY!! Otherwise the Camera can become damaged beyond repair!

Fresh vs. Salt water damage.

  • Fresh water is naturally occurring water such as: ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Salt water is water from a sea or ocean.

If your Camera gets wet from fresh water, there is a glimmer of hope that it may still work. Sadly, there is less hope when the GoPro has been in salt water because of the likelihood of corrosion.

Sinking GoPro - How to repair a water damaged GoPro

How to save with Camera if it’s been in fresh water.

  • Turn the GoPro OFF completely, keeping it on may short circuit and damage the Camera even more!
  • Towel dry the water damaged GoPro thoroughly. Don’t use compressed air, it pushes the water deeper into the water damaged GoPro Camera!
  • Remove the SD card, battery and any loose attachments to it.
  • Open the battery door and proceed to use a fan or hair dryer at a low setting to help evaporate the water.
  • Put your GoPro Action Camera in an air tight container with silica gel, it’ll help absorb moisture. If you don’t have that, use white rice. Cover the water damaged GoPro Camera in the container of rice until it evaporates the water. It may take days so be paitent!
  • When you think it is dry, replace the battery and the SD card. The card may have survived the water attack but the battery will absolutely have to be replaced for safety.
  • Turn on the GoPro. We can’t guarantee it’ll be 100% but it may still record.

How to save with Camera if it’s been in salt water.

Don’t give up all hope, try this method.

  • Turn the Camera OFF completely, keeping it on may short circuit and damage the GoPro Action Camera even more!
  • (THIS STEP IS ONLY FOR SALTWATER DAMAGED CAMERAS) Rinse the action Camera out in a mixture of 50% alcohol and 50% freshwater. Appreciating that you may not have alcohol to hand, still rinse with water as it still helps (you can always add alcohol at a later date).  This suggested mixture may remove salt water residue out of the Camera and helps vaporise the water too.
  • Towel dry the water damaged Camera thoroughly. Don’t use compressed air, it pushes the water deeper into the water damaged GoPro Camera!
  • Remove the SD card, battery and any loose attachments to it.
  • Open the battery door and proceed to use a fan or hair dryer at a low setting to help evaporate the water.
  • Put your Action Camera in an air tight container with silica gel, it’ll help absorb moisture. If you don’t have that, use white rice. Cover the water damaged GoPro Camera in the container of rice until it evaporates the water. It may take days so be paitent!
  • When you think it is dry, replace the battery and the SD card. The card may have survived the water attack but the battery will absolutely have to be replaced for safety.
  • Turn on the Camera. We can’t guarantee it’ll be 100% but it may still record.

Still no joy?

We can have a look at the GoPro Action Camera (and any other Action Cameras) but we can’t promise that we’d be able to fix it. We’ll certainly try our best.

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