Dropped iPhone in tea

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by carabrookelle, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2013
    I dropped my iphone 4s in a hot cup of tea the other day and at first the screen worked and everything but after it went completely blank then i took out my sim card and i still havent put it back in. now the screen is just black but it still makes sound and everything. i can even slide my finger over where the unlock thing is and i can heard it unlock. so the only thing wrong is that the screen wont come on. i put it in rice overnight the night i did it and i had it with me all day the day after without rice and i put it in rice again for 24 hours and just took it out a few hours ago and the screen still isnt working! can someone please help me!? :(
  2. macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2010
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2009
    San Francisco Area
    Try putting it in a rice bowl for 48 hours and see if that helps. Also, make sure the power is off. That's about all you can do. If it doesn't work, you'll need a replacement phone.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2012
    Sounds like you've killed your display.

    I hope you live near an Apple store and have a few hundred $$ ready.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2007

    We need to know the type and approximate temperature at the time the drop occurred.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    Not to mention the amount of milk (or lack thereof).
  7. macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
  8. Guest

    Your iPhone has probably about 0% survival, even if it managed to turn on at a later date. I couldn't imagine the type of corrosion extremely hot tea would do to the internals over the long run.

    Cut your losses and replace it ASAP. You don't want it to die unexpectedly when you need it the most.
  9. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  10. Guest

    Also, if yes to the above question regarding milk, are we talking skim or full-cream here?
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    In all seriousness, when something like this happens, you put it in dry rice for as long as you can before turning it on. Turning it on periodically to see if the rice does magic is not how this works. You need to give the device as much time as possible to dry out so that components don't short.
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2013
    okay well the tea was very hot, hahaha and there was no milk in it, just honey;) anyway, so the display is totally ruined even if i can still like touch the screen and unlock the phone? because by accident i pressed play somehow and now i have music playing from it. so i have no idea what to do. and i dont live near an apple store, the closest one is a 2 hour ferry ride and a 2 hour car ride after that so do you think bringing it to an iphone repairer would help and do you think they would be able to replace the parts i need to get it working again? because the only thing thats gone is the display, not the touch on the screen or the sound or anything like that. thank you for all your help guys<3

    oh and it was peppermint tea!
  13. Guest

    Believe me, it has no chance, even if it was able to turn on again. I wouldn't even bother trying to repair it. It will in all likelihood just die again sometime in the future. If you dropped it in water it could probably be repaired, but because it's a substance other than water, it would in all likelihood cause all sorts of problems over time. See reply #8 in this thread.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2010
    I really dislike answers that don't help the OP. Please do the following: Put it in rice for at least 48 hours, then bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour and serve with fish.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Jan 17, 2013
    United Kingdom
    iCe Tea.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    A nice hot cuppa ice tea then, I see. That leaves my question of whether the OP is of British origin pointless, of course. No real Brit would ever dream of drinking let alone heating such an abomination of nature's finest. Yes, that may well have been of great importance to helping the OP.
  17. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010

  18. macrumors 68030


    Jan 17, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I certainly feel for the OP as I've nearly dropped mine in a cup of tea whilst passing it over a table. It always pays to have your iPhone added to your home contents insurance with cover for accidental damage.
    I was just trying to rack my brains as to whether there was a tea beginning with 'i'. Just a play on the Apple brand too. Hope they get it fixed :)
  19. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    This is your best bet.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    OP, it could've been worse.. be glad it was only tea
  21. Guest

    As opposed to what, lava?
  22. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Probably not. For any electronic device that gets wet the first step is always remove the power source and leave the device off until fully dried. Operating it wet will cause damage. Out of warranty replacement is probably your best bet at this point.
  23. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2013
    really well now everythings working again except wifi because like the switch wont turn on
  24. macrumors 68030

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    It must've be camomile tea. It's known to put me to sleep.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    Was it masala chai?

    All those spices and can really burn the internals.

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