I saved my wet iPhone 4!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by daver11, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    I dropped my brand new iPhone 4 in, well, lets decide to call it "water". It got totally soaked, but I saved it! Here is what I did:

    1) I took it out of the "water"

    2) I turned it completely off

    3) I thoroughly rinsed it in the sink (this step was necessary for me, but may not be for others)

    4) I removed the SIM card and dried everything off as bet I could

    5) I got my vacuum cleaner and hooked up the attachment with the smallest nozzle

    6) I placed the vacuum attachment at the bottom of my iPhone (where the connector is) and sucked air though it for 20 minutes. At the same time, I stood about 3 or 4 feet away blowing warm air over my iPhone with a hair dryer (I set my hair dryer to the lowest heat setting)

    7) Then I submerged my iPhone in a bowl of uncooked rice

    8) 4 or 5 times over the next 24 hours I repeated the vacuum procedure

    9) I left the iPhone in the rice overnight

    10) In the morning I put the SIM card back in, powered it up, and viola! It works!

    And here is the best part. The MasterCard I used to buy the iPhone comes with purchase insurance. I told them what happened, and they are refunding the $299 I paid! Of course, that really just covers my loss of the residual value of the phone. I would of been able to get about $300 for it when the new ones come out again. Still, I could of been much worse.

    By the way, most people are not aware that their credit cards have purchase insurance. You usually do not have to pay extra for it. If you suffer a loss, it never hurts to call your credit card company and ask. :)
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Glad to hear your iPhone was fixed! That ol' uncooked rice method works time and time again on every sort of electronic device.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    For now. MasterCard may want the old one, or maybe not. Either way, I come out about the same in the end. Here's why:

    I get the refund no matter what. I can keep using my current phone, and have nothing to sell when the new ones come out again, or I can but a new one now, and resell it for about what I paid when the new ones come out.

    Although the phone still works, it no longer has a warranty, or a demonstrable resale value, other than for parts or scrap, so I have still suffered a loss.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2008
    Good for you. I dropped my in a slow draining sink Monday. Tried drying it out using rice and an oven set to 45C. Two days and no luck. Called Apple and they'd replace it for $199. That's ~$50 more than one of these online repair places. In 20 minutes at the Apple store, I had a brand new 32gb iPhone 4. They don't have refurbished units yet. ;)
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm glad you mentioned that. Apple also offered me a $199 replacement. My refund is still in the underwriting department at MasterCard, so I assume they will now just pay for the replacement. That's fine with me! Now I will have a phone with a warranty and resale value. Plus I won't have to worry about any mysterious odors!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    went swimming with iPhone 3G

    Went swimming for 15-20 minutes with my fully-charged iPhone 3G. Read a bunch of posts about how to deal with it--bought a bag of uncooked rice, a can of compressed air, and Damprid. Took out the sim card and resisted the temptation to turn it on for a while because of the short-circuiting danger. After trying damprid in a bowl for a couple of hours or so (which actually made the phone WETTER because instead of absorbing the water, the damprid seems to just gather it and bring it nearby). Nothing worked for several days. Finally I dipped it in 91% rubbing alchohol (which seemed counterintuitive, but at that point I was willing to try anything) for a minute or so, then put it in a new bag of uncooked rice in a sunny spot for about 2 days, just plugged it in and it works!

    Sob story: in the interim I went out and upgraded to a 3GS because they were out of the Iphone4, but now I want to return the 3GS and restore the formerly wet one so I can wait until they get it in stock! Any tips on that???

  8. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2009
    So, some of you have NO trouble with getting paid back for a phone that is working? I think that is WRONG to do that, but then what I think dont count, but there is someone who will judge you on that! Enjoy the shakedown of your credit card Company! Glad I dont know you, dont need friends like that!
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    Hard work pays off. The trick didn't work when i droped mine in the pool.
  11. macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    I put one of those shields that require you spray the surface with water, now the camera lens is foggy and the iphone freezes and the touch screen doesn't respond properly.
    NOTE I was being really careful not to let water in the open parts (headphone jack, buttons and mic/speaker), guess not careful enough.
    I'll let it dry for a few hours see if that helps.
  12. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    And who are you to judge?:rolleyes:
  13. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    And you are? Exactly... just a post on the Internet.
  14. macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    At least you got one thing right. Do you happen to work for MasterCard?

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