Dropped iPhone 4 in water.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ethan028, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    So i was by the pool and my iPhone 4 slid out of my pocket and out into the water... The phone won't turn on but the LED light is on and is shuttering i need some really big help on this one!

    I got a 1600 error after trying to restore in iTunes then after i got a 2005.

    Please guys


    if it makes it any better the water sensor isnt tripped.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    Water sensor?

    Everytime I've had a phone that was submersed in water it would return to full function after a week. Just let it dry off in the sun for a few days.

    If that doesn't work, after a week, you can have Apple replace it for $199
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Sorry, sounds bad. best bet is to let it dry out for a few days. out it in DRY rice to absorb the water. leave it for about three days and check on it. if it doesn't work then schedule an apple appointment and in the mean time let it dry out more. Also keep in mind there is more than one water sensor, there are some on the inside so they might turn you down, but be persistent
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Sorry, sounds bad. best bet is to let it dry out for a few days. put it in DRY rice to absorb the water. leave it for about three days or more and check on it, but DO NOT TURN ON THE PHONE before then, it may short circuit. if it doesn't work then schedule an apple appointment and in the mean time let it dry out more. Also keep in mind there is more than one water sensor, there are some on the inside so they might turn you down, but be persistent
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    this is what you do. DO NOT turn it on after it has touched water. turn it off. remove your sim card and put it in a zip lock bag or a air tight container with dry uncooked rice and Desiccant's. (silica packs). My iphone 3g was submerged in water and in about 3 days of sitting in a container/hot cali sun, it was up and running perfectly
  6. macrumors newbie


    Oct 22, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I personally have had my numerous phones incur water damage.
    Here is what you need to do.

    1- DO NOT turn the phone on again, power it off an leave it that way. Having it on will cause more damage and the phone will short out.

    2- Take a paperclip and remove the SIM card and tray.

    3- Shake out and use a paper towel to remove as much water from the speakers, power & volume buttons, and dock connector as possible. The point is to remove as much water as soon as possible to prevent hardware damage and board erosion.

    4- Go to the store and buy a bag of plain white dry rice. Get a large Ziploc freezer bag and put your iPhone in there. Fill the bag until it fully covers the phone.

    5- Time. Leave it in the rice for about one to two weeks. Removing sooner and trying to power on lessens the chance of survival. Good luck.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    Take the back off (all you have to do is remove the 2 screws at the bottom). And let it try for like a week! Then report back.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    During a breakdown of an iPhone 4 on the TWiT network, the guy said that there were 4 water sensors in the iPhone 4. One in the 30 pin connector area and one in the headphone jack, as well as the battery, etc. So not sure what you were looking at, but I'm pretty sure that at least one was tripped...

    As the others have mentioned, rice is your best bet for getting it up and running again, but I wouldn't put my hopes on Apple replacing it.
  9. macrumors 68020


    May 29, 2010
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    I had also jumped into a pool, then came to realize that my iphone 4 was swimming too. I've taken the back off, disconnected the battery, and let it dry overnight. I re-assembled it, and still nothing. My biggest worry is that the phone was off when I realized it, tried to turn it on with no avail, and plugged it in the charger [before I decided to search the forums that tell me to do none of the above].

    So I'm wondering how to troubleshoot the insides with my electronic meter to see which component(s) need to be replaced (i.e. battery, LCD digitizer, etc.) I have found several sites that have components I can buy.

    Thanks for any help everyone! I'm lost without my baby.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    @hoffeecraw: Don't take this personal, but if you try to turn an electric device on while it's still wet and even plug it in to recharge, you really should not try to fix it on your own!
    I'm nearly 100% sure you're better off paying the 200 dollars for a professional repair.
  12. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    Well put. However, in the moment I was much like a hysterical father who couldn't remember the CPR training he received as he sees his unconscious child floating face first in a swimming pool. 24+ hrs. later, I'm now thinking with a clear (and remorseful) mind. Btw, no...I don't have kids [otherwise my moronic self possibly would have posted a more morbid post on a different site :(
  13. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    Yet another wet iphone4...

    Yet another iphone4 dropped in water, happened about 2 hours ago... i dropped it in my sink that was filled up, and immediatly grabbed it out of the water. I had figured since it still turned on i was quick, and it worked, a few minutes later, i noticed water came out when i shook it. i was texting my friend, tried to turn it off, and the top button did not work. My father dropped his iphone3g in the bathtub a little while ago and put it in a container filled with rice, after a week he took it out and he believes that because he took it out too early that is why it didnt work. i just put my phone in a container sitting on top of a bunch of rice. My dad wont let me blow dry it or put it on top of the toaster:( and he insists i leave it in that box for two whole weeks! i dont know what to do. will my phone ever work again? if i take it to the apple store will they be able to do anything? should i call and see? p.s. my dad had to buy a brand new phone, i just got mine a few months ago. this sucks.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    ohhh. also i forgot. i plugged it in to recharge cuz that was the only was it would go to the lock screen. but the rest of the phone still worked before i put it in the rice.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Well I wouldn't call it a repair, they just replace the whole phone, lol.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2010
    If you turned on the phone right after you got it out of the pool without letting it dry out for at least 3 days, you have an expensive paperweight.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    well, see, the rest of the phone still worked b4 i put it in the rice, so im gonna wait. i got it recently, my parents def. wont buy me another so im just going to wait it out
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    After slid down into the water. my iphone4 has not working properly. i want to replace it whether make it well
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    How is this possible? Do you not care for your phone enough to not keep it in a loose, open pocket while leaning over the surface of the water or something?
  20. macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    Check it out...

    First of all, if you live anywhere where it's warm outside, i.e., above 80 degrees, I believe letting it dry for a week would most aptly be described as excessive and retarded. Secondly, if you really want to whisk away moisture because you live in a moist climate it would be wise to use vermiculite as opposed to rice. Suspend the item over the vermiculite with a wire mesh. And give it a day or so. I dropped my iPhone 4 (the same one I'm typing this with.) in a bucket of water just 2 hrs ago, where it was completey submerged for about 5 seconds before I pulled it out. I live in Las Vegas where it's hot as hell and relatively dry (around 20% humidity at the time). I turned the phone off and set it in my truck that had been sitting in the sun, where the temperature was probably around 110 F. I shook and blew out the water, then let it sit for about an hour, maybe hour and a half. It's working perfectly. Think about it people, it doesn't take that long for small amounts of water to evaporate. Put the phone in the warmest location you can without getting stupid and putting it in the oven or the microwave (someone probably would...ay dios mio) and give it a couple hours. If its cold where you live you would pre-heat the oven, open the oven door and use a fan to blow hot air towards the phone without heating it excessively. That is, unless you want to wait a week to find out if it's going to work or not. I'd much rather dry it out as fast as possible without causing heat damage, but if you really want to you should go ahead and put it in a bag of rice like an idiot and wait 2 weeks. Come on people...use your brain(s).
  21. macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    I got pushed into a lake with my Iphone 4 in my pocket, needless to say it's still dead. I let it sit in rice for a couple of days to no avail. Ended up going to a Mac store near to where I live and they said they would have to send it back to Apple to get a diagnosis run on it. Got the the call the other day and they said that the motherboard and the screen was toast. They offered to buy it back for parts for $200. I told them to go ahead and send it back to the store and I'll pick it up. My question is this. Is there anything else I can do to save it? Should I ebay it?
  22. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010

  23. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010

    try putting it in rice!!! :D
  24. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    ....A rice box works too, just make sure there is no air getting to the iphone.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2010
    sprayed perfume

    Hey... Could you tell me anyone what to do if the spray sprayed in the iphone 4? It has a bubble inside and you can see how it is moving in the screen.... please, help anyone...

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