can i save my iphone from water damage?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by vicky, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. vicky macrumors newbie

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    A week ago, i thrown my iphone in the toilet. The iphone was open. I putted it out immediately and I tried to dry it by blowing cold air from the hair drier. The day after I plugged it to my Mac book and itunes dedect an iphone but no software version, serial number or capacity. Iphone shows the image that requires to blug it with itunes (I did it) and itunes ask to restore. I perform the restore action, iphone shows the black screen with the apple and seems that it tries to restore, itunes then finish the restore actions (final message: your iphone has been restored) and then asks again to restore (in starts the prosedure aigain and nothing happens to iphone). The iphones buttons donts work also, the screen it shows the pluging sybol with itutens again, and it shows this only when I connect it with mac book. Is there any case to save iphone. I live in Greece and here we don’t have apple support for iphone yet.
     
  2. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    I'm sorry. There are occasional stories of miracle recoveries from wet iPhones/iPods but if it's not working by now, it's a dead iPhone.
     
  3. JWFerne macrumors regular

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    try putting your phone in sealed bag filled with uncooked rice and set it next to a window so the sunlight heats it up a bit. That should absorb a lot of the moisture. Might be too late though
     
  4. andyblila macrumors 65816

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  5. midas888 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah give JW's idea a try. Do this for a couple days, keeping your iphone off. Good luck!
     
  6. AlphaBob macrumors regular

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    I carry my phone in my shirt pocket. In a comedy of errors, the toilet seat decided to close. Rather than "stop" I grabbed for the seat with my "free" hand. The sudden motion caused my phone to fall out of my pocket right into the toilet, but I snagged it with free hand, saving it from doom. Meanwhile the seat closed and I made quite a mess.

    I no longer carry my phone in my pocket when going to the bathroom.

    So can't say how/why the poster did, but that's one way it could happen.
     
  7. vicky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It was an Accident off course! I would never imagine that it would happen to me. The only positive thing was that the toilet was clean….
     
  8. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    I think she must have meant dropped!!!! I couldn't even fathom why anyone would throw their phone in the toilet.
     
  9. benflick macrumors 68020

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    maybe hers was a piece of shitt and she put it where it belongs:D
     
  10. Espo macrumors 6502

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    Rofl.
     
  11. jmpmntwnty3 macrumors 6502

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you've turned your phone on with water still in the device, you've fried the circuits. To be on the safe side, whenever your phone meets water, cut it off IMMEDIATELY if it doesn't cut itself off. Put it in a bag of uncooked rice, put it near a heat source, and let it sit for a day. Take the phone out of the rice, and let it sit for another day ... maybe two just to be on the safe side. You don't want ANY moisture inside of the phone. You want it to be COMPLETELY dry before you turn it back on.
     
  12. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    Quite possibly! LMAO! :D
     
  13. vicky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok I have decided to buy a new iphone when it comes to Greece (who knows when….)

    The conclusions after the 3-day stay in rice:
    The iphone is now dead, nothing works

    But one hour before that:

    I connected with itunes, it opens and the display showed the following message:
    No sim card installed, insert an unlocked sim…. And there is the slide bar at the bottom of the screen (slide to unlock) when I did this it tooks me to the emergency calls keyboard. The touch screen was working and no trace marks from water. It was a jail broken iphone and seems that after the restore I mentioned in my first post, it locked again. So now I have not a valid card.
    And the itunes shows
    “the iphone “iphone” cannot be used with itunes because the sim card is pin locked or not installed. you must enter your sim pin or insert your sim into your iphone in order to activate it.”
    so i couldn’t restore anymore because instead of the restore options that dialogue appears on the itune window.

    My question: is there a case that the phone stopped working because the water has ruined the battery but not the phone?
     

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