Just dropped my i5 in the toilet

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bahroo, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    Yeah..dont ask how I manage to do it it just happened...but I pulled it out the water ASAP and its working perfectly fine right now...i guess its somewhat water resistant?

    I tested all the cameras and speakers and they are fine...should i still be worried?
     
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    Bugeyeblue

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    Turn it off. Dry it off. Put it in a closed bag of rice for a day or 2 if possible. It'll be fine until the water starts to corrode the internal components.

    Also don't charge it until its all dried out in the bag of rice.
     
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    Your first mistake: not turning it off right away.

    As the other poster said, turn it off and leave it off for a few days, and keep it closed in a container with rice.

    There will most likely be long term damage to the phone, corrosion and other issues. You may get lucky and it won't happen for a long time, or won't happen at all, but chances are that it will go wrong at some point.

    But as for now, all you can do is keep it off (again, turn it off ASAP), and put it in a closed container with rice.
     
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    Yes. Your iPhone is pretty much living on borrowed time now. It can fail an hour from now, tomorrow, or 4 months from now. Or it may be fine until you upgrade to the new model, you don't know.

    If you got Apple Care + when you got the phone, Apple will replace it for a small fee, I think its $50 but I'm not 100% sure of the amount. If not, I would consider other means of getting a new one.
     
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    Follow this advice and also throw that bag of rice after you are done!! :D
     
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    I have dealt with an iPhone 4 that's been into the water 2x. As others have suggested, put it into rice -- it helps absorb moisture. I also recommend putting into an oven as long as you can set to temperature to 150 degrees F or less.

    The first time, it worked when we pulled it out of the sink water. Turned it off, into the rice, and waited 2 days.

    The second splashdown was into the toilet. It didn't work when it came out. After rice/oven, and then after about 18 hours, plugged into a charger, it came back to life.
    [Update - now 8 days later it seems to be fading. Fortunately we've been able to back it up.]

    While getting the moisture out is key, water in and of itself is probably not much of an issue in these situations -- it's the stuff that's in the water. Any contaminants, including minerals that are part of your water supply, could be a long-term problem.
     
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    I took a LED flashlight and looked into the headphone jack and the SIM card slot and the water sensors are not pink...
     
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    Just means water may not have touched the sensors, does not mean water did not get in anywhere.

    Again, it would be wise to follow the advice on this thread to minimize potential damage.
     
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    This. Good luck, OP.
     
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    My doctor told me I had an infection. I looked in my ears and didn't see one, so I must be fine...

    DUDE. Turn the phone OFF and put it in a bag of rice.

    It's almost worse in a way that the sensors didn't go off because it's giving you a false sense of security. When the problems start happening (i.e. "my phone is turning off on it's own and I don't know why"), you will realize how much is happening behind the scenes that you can't see with a flashlight and a couple of holes.

    It's your phone, but there are people here with far more experience and knowledge on the subject. And you did post on the forum asking if you were in the clear after all...

    If not, I can already answer your future "I have a problem" threads for you: You dropped it in the toilet, it got water damage and you ignored it, you need a new phone.

    Just sayin :p
     
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    okay i put my i5 in a full bag of uncooked brown rice... ill leave it there for a while
     
  14. macrumors member

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    I hope all these toilet drop posts are before and not after. :)
     
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    Lol, all I could think of was timing is everything. Splash, plop, ohhhsnoos. :eek:
     
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    shenfrey

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    I read so many of these stories, why do people continue to get their iPhone out while they are having a slash, they last what? 15-30 seconds normally? You can live without your phone for THAT length of time surely?
     
  19. macrumors 65816

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    The iPhone 5 water sensor is only in the SIM card slot. Not the headphone jack. However good luck though. If you do not have apple care + if your country does not provide it. Then if things go wrong. Apple will replace the handset at a reduced cost for a replacement. Also check and to see if you have any insurance for your iphone 5.
     
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    My Uncle dropped his phone in the toilet once. He was talking on it, flushed and dropped it at the exact wrong moment and it went straight down the drain and was gone. No time to catch it. He had a replacement warranty from his carrier that covered any accidents but since the phone was gone, they told him he would have to get a plumber to try and retrieve it to use the warranty. So it could have been worse :p
     
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    Also, props to the OP for posting this, I would have searched Google and bought rice in silently in shame.
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

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    I had a new Android device last year that I accidentally dropped into the bathtub when I was having a bath. I fished it out immediately and dried it all out, turned it off, turned it back on, and it was perfectly fine.

    3 months later it started turning off randomly and a while later it was dead.

    The water sensors told me all was good. They lied.

    Hope you have Applecare+.

    :(
     
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    i wasnt even taking a piss or pooping or anything i was actually cleaning my phone in the bathroom(dumb spot) and it just slipped out my hand and bounced around in the toilet, immediately pulled it out and dried it up... now its in a big bowl of uncooked rice... i think i will be okay

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    i wasnt using the bathroom, i was cleaning my phone and case there and it just basically fell out my hand...
     
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    I needs to be inside an airtight container (covered in dry rice) to have any real use.
     

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