Help-some rubbing alcohol got inside Iphone 6

pittguy578

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  • Can't believe this happened. Got a dog bite. Freaked out and started pouring rubbing alcohol on my arm and rubbing alcohol got inside the phone. For some reason I had phone in my hand. I had a silicone case on it so it must have been a perfect strike and some leaked through volume buttons, No other way inside. It had just turned LCD screen a different color before i turned it off and put it in rice. Anything else I can do?
 

Ladybug

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Placing in a warm area might help, not in oven or any place hot of course. Hope the alcohol doesn't damage your phone permenantly. Keep us posted.
 

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If you got to have liquid in your phone, alcohol is one of the good ones. Unless the alcohol was saturated with water, you should be good in no time as the alcohol will evaporate off quickly. If it was old alcohol or it has been exposed or l ft open for a long,period of time, it might have some water in it but rice should take care of that.
 
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Toltepeceno

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If it's 98% I would say you probably won't have problems, don't know if that would turn your sensors red or not. Again I say probably, some put alcohol in their phones when they get wet to dry out the water.

Here there are some watered down versions of alcohol that barely have an alcohol smell. That would probably be bad.
 

pittguy578

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If it's 98% I would say you probably won't have problems, don't know if that would turn your sensors red or not. Again I say probably, some put alcohol in their phones when they get wet to dry out the water.

Here there are some watered down versions of alcohol that barely have an alcohol smell. That would probably be bad.

it is rubbing alcohol only 50% purity so rest is water. I guess that is still better than 100% water.

Phone is working perfecly other than screen. I read on Apple forums where someone fixed the water issue by turning auto lock off and putting brightness to high and leaving it turned on while inside a bag of rice. Unsure if having the LCD on high 24/7 will cause it to dry faster. But it can't hurt.

Really pissed at myself. I was going to use this as a trade in for iphone 7 :(
 

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it is rubbing alcohol only 50% purity so rest is water. I guess that is still better than 100% water.

Phone is working perfecly other than screen. I read on Apple forums where someone fixed the water issue by turning auto lock off and putting brightness to high and leaving it turned on while inside a bag of rice. Unsure if having the LCD on high 24/7 will cause it to dry faster. But it can't hurt.

Really pissed at myself. I was going to use this as a trade in for iphone 7 :(
Ah, yes. Was hoping it was the 98%. Hopefully the 50% will still help dry out the water part.

Things happen my friend, beating up on yourself only makes it worse. Good luck to you.

I would still stick it in a bag of dried rice anyway. Some say it doesn't work, some says it does. One thing for sure is it can't hurt. I would wrap gause or cheesecloth around it so rice does not get in the orifices.

Personally I have done that and had it both work and not work on different devices.
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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Phone is working perfecly other than screen. I read on Apple forums where someone fixed the water issue by turning auto lock off and putting brightness to high and leaving it turned on while inside a bag of rice. Unsure if having the LCD on high 24/7 will cause it to dry faster. But it can't hurt.
Water + electricity can't hurt? Do people not think these days?
 
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NovemberWhiskey

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You are probably fine. I would probably still turn off the device and put it in rice or w dessecants just to be safe.

Alcohol itself should be fine for electronics. But rubbing alcohol is likely 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water. That 30% could theoretically do damage if it did penetrate

Was it the iPhone 6 or 6S that came sealed with rubber gaskets? If the 6 has it, you'll be fine. If only the 6s, I would dehydrate for sure.

Don't worry. But take the precautions.
 

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Pure, clean, distilled water doesn't damage electronics. It is the impurities (like salt) in water that help conduct electricity and can cause a short circuit. That rubbing alcohol probably has blood and sweat and dirt from your skin. All that will be left as residue inside the iphone even after it is dried. I don't think there are any steps you can take to prevent damage, just enjoy your iphone till it breaks.
 

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My iPhone 6 dropped in Bohinj lake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Bohinj :D 8m under water 1h wtf in find a guy with diving equipment and find my iPhone i dried open and put to sun iphone lol work buth problem is stuck in headphones mode no luck for now i tried all possible but this is record hahahah.

Sory for my english :p
 
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