Got your iPhone wet, ignore everything you hear!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dan F, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Dan F macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    Well, maybe you shouldn't, but I just wanted to share my success in fixing mine after dropping it in the toilet bowl. In most threads I have read on the subject, the OP has written a comical tale as to how it found its way into the toilet. Sorry to disappoint everyone but I have no such tale. I do however have a working iPhone, despite (so I have learned through reading a few of these threads) doing most of the wrong things, so I thought I'd let you all know.
    So, I dropped it in, (clean water thank god), plunged straight in after it to get it out, but it still must have been under for a good few seconds. I immediately dried it off and fount that it was still on, and was on the whole still functioning. I tried turning it off but it just kept re-booting. The only real flaws i could find were water under the camera lens and the speakers weren't working (and it still wouldn't turn off.
    I then got a hairdrier and dried the all the ports. After a while i then managed to turn it off and left it to dry overnight (didn't have any rice so it was just out in the open).
    Thankfully, the next day (today) everything was fine. Although I'm going to leave it off at least for today.
    Just wanted to share my alternative (yet successful) method of fixing a wet phone, but also ask for advice on how long to leave it off for? or if it's working can i assume it's fine?
    Thanks in advance guys!:) And btw, the phone was naked, apart from a simple rubber skin that covered the sides and back but none of the ports.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Somewhere in there was a question. I'd leave it off for a few days and the heat from a dryer can damage the phone so rice is generally considered safe.

    Either way, looks like you're good to go.
  3. Dan F thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    Thanks very much jessica. But if i just posted the question, where would the fun be? This way when you finally get to it you feel like you've earned it haha:p
  4. thekb macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010

    Went in the toilet?? .... Burn it.
  5. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Moisture is just one of the problems...and, even after it's completely dry, there may still be issues. Corrosion is no fun and, if you have hard water where you dropped it, your troubles may be far from over.

    Not to mention, I would trust rice over a blow drier any day. Prolonged heat could cause issues and it'd be difficult for it to dry out all the inner recesses completely....whereas, over the course of a few days, rice will find a way to.
  6. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    put the hair drier away..

    what you really want to do is put your phone in the microwave in "heat" setting for 20 minutes.

    following that and once it cools off inside your freezer put in the toaster at level 3 (about 20 seconds).

    you will then be able to turn it on and be free of any condensation and corrosion.
  7. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
  8. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Thanks for this post! I've had a ROUGH day and this post made me laugh so hard I spit my water all over my iPhone!:D
    But don't worry, it still works!
  9. ehPhone macrumors newbie


    Aug 29, 2012
    Kitchener, Ontario
    roflmao. :)
  10. Dennis187 macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2010
    below you
    OMG, THANKS!!!!! I'm gonna try this asap when I get home tonight!
  11. David085 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    I will try that right now my Phone had a accident in the toilet too.
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    No problem in that but no two water incidents are necessarily identical. Specific steps like this that worked for one won't necessarily work for the next and vice versa.

    Until it's fully dry is always the answer. How to tell when it is is the trick, of course.

    Not necessarily. Issues from water can show up later on even if the device seems fine at given point in time.
  13. MagnusF macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    It will stop working soon, trust me!

    Corrosion will eat it up since you didnt really dry it up in a good way

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