I dropped my iPhone in cooking oil!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by meesarules, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. meesarules macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    I dropped my iPhone in a bowl of cooking oil for a second. Now everything still works except the speakers. They have a very damp, low sound. When people call me I can't hear them.

    I once dropped my computer speakers in water and they didn't work for some time until the water dried but apparently oil doesnt evaporate at roomtemperature.

    What should i do?
  2. Acronym macrumors 68000

    Apr 26, 2008
    hmmm thats a tough one i wouldnt try heating it up to dry out the oil putting it in a bowl of rice probably wont work you could try taking it apart and letting it dry that way but if you dont know what your doing (like me) then i wouldnt.

    i dont think there is much you can do
  3. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    give it some days, hopefully it will fix itself.
    Anyway, what color are the liquid sensors? Since it's not that damaged it shouldn't be hard to fix and use it as a refurbished, from Apple's part, so I guess it wouldn't be the most unethical thing I've read on this forum, try and get it fixed/exchanged by Apple.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Do not try to get Apple to fix it for free. You dropped it in oil, it's now on you.

    I would let it sit for a bit but basically oil won't really dry. I'm thinking you should take it apart and try to clean it. I mean the warranty is voided anyway.
  5. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009

    Does the iphone have any external speakers you can buy for it?
  6. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009

    What are the liquid sensors?
  7. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    The little stickers inside the phone, that tell Apple wether or not you have gotten it wet.

  8. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Are these stickers availible for me to look att?
  9. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    Only if you choose to open the phone. And if you remove them and try to put new ones in (not sure where you'd get them) Apple, could sue you for fraud if they found out.

  10. bizzle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    Yes. One is in the bottom of the headphone jack and the other is under the dock connector on the under side of the iPhone and is a bit difficult to see. Look inside with some light and see if you see pink. Pink means they've been triggered.
  11. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Cooking oil?

    Oh dear… I guess its fried?

  12. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    Yes the OP has the first FryPhone! :D

    Ok sorry to hear about your phone. I don't know what could be done to clean it... would anybody here use a Q-tip rubbing alcohol to clean away the oil? It sounds logical but it might not get all the oil and I'm not sure if rubbing alcohol would damage anything.
  13. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    No it is not pink
  14. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    I am happy to reply that i left it vertically on a paper towell for some hours with the speakers downwards and the sound is significantly better now. I am hoping that if I do this longer they will recover fully. Thank you for your help.
  15. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    Rubbing Alcohol will definitley damage it.
    I suggest leaving it out for a while.
    And YAY for the first FryPhone!
    You could lie about it then.;)
    But I wouldn't suggest it, it would be quite unethical.
  16. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Add some seasoning, simmer over low heat, slice and serve? ;)

    (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
  17. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Ok, so I left it vertically with the speakers and the microphone down for some time and they have improved but I seem to have some black stains under the screen now. Its probably the oil trapped under it.

    I read this other guys thread who had the same problem with fluids trapped under his screen and he put it in the oven at 140 degrees for 8 hours and he says it's fixed now.

    Should I do this? I heard th battery's performance gets worse if you put it in the oven.
  18. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    I think you're having a laugh now.

    Water may evaporate, oil doesn't.

    So, put it in the oven at 140, add some seasoning, serve on a bed of apple sauce and mashed potatoes for a truly unique meal. Enjoy!
  19. pisces03x macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    I heard the iPhone's reception disappears if you melt it. :/
  20. mattniles007 macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2005
  21. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Ok what now?

    Ok so I made this thread a while ago and now the speakers and the micropone have recovered and theres just some black spots on the edges. But I got another problem. A few weeks ago I noticed a thin diagonal white line appeared across the screen at the corner. Now more have appeared and the first one has gotten very thick. More and more lines and white spots are appearing every day. What can I do to prevent more from coming and can I fix it?
  22. lftrghtparadigm macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    Who are you to determine this? He has every right to clean it up the best he can and go to Apple for replacement. its Apple's job to determine what is and what is not covered under their warranty. Not yours.

    If he goes in there with the right attitude, he will walk out with a free new iPhone. Apple is there for customer service, not customer strangulation.

    Your opinion of "don't go to Apple, its your fault!" is the least helpful comment anyone could conceivably offer.
  23. meesarules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    I'm worried

    I'm really worried right now that the lines are gonna keep appearing until the whole screen is filled, making it useless. I bought it almost two months ago so I don't think they'll just give me a new one at the store. They'll most likely offer to send it in and after 6 weeks offer to fix it for me for alot of money.
  24. gabe281 macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2009
    How the hell do you drop your computer speakers in water? Don't they just sit on the desk?
  25. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Are you for real? Seriously, you are advocating that those who damage their products to clean them up and try and get Apple (or whatever company) to replace it?

    As an AAPL stockholder, I find your suggestion abhorrent.

    As a human being, I find your morals quite lacking.

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