iPhone 5 down the toilet, help!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jfeijfow, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. jfeijfow macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2013
    first time wearing new dress with pockets, slid right out and into the loo+no2 :eek: TMI - but aaggghhhh!!!!

    First instinct was to tissue wash it with soap and water then put a hairdryer on it, now I searched online, maybe not the best thing to do as it could 'fry' the insides.

    Bought it sim-free from applestore.

    Helllppppppp :mad:

    I'm going to stitch up every pocket on all my clothes today
  2. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but Apple Store will not be of any help. The usual procedure is to put the device immediately into a bag of rice, and leave it there for at least 4-5 days.

    Washing it might have not been...ah...the best idea. However considering the ca-ca situation, I'm not sure what your options were.

    I fear your phone is now a paperweight!:(

    So sorry about your...um...misfortune!
  3. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    The advice I have seen is to under no circumstances switch the phone on. Turn it on and leave it for a long period in dry place (maybe a week or more). Then if you are lucky it might work.

    Hopefully Apple will make the next iPhone waterproof and dust proof (or at least weather sealed), like Xperia Z.
  4. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    That iphone is likely gonna die. Assuming you didn't buy AppleCare plus, you can take it to the Apple store and they will swap it out for a couple hundred bucks. It's far cheaper than buying one outright.

    If you did buy AppleCare plus, then you can get it swapped for the $49 deductible. Sorry that happened OP!
  5. jer04 macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2012
    Townsville, Australia
    I guess you can try a bag of rice to get the water out as someone metioned above. One of my friends did that to his iPod after he dropped it in water. After two weeks, his iPod started to work again.

    However, since the battery has been in contact with water, I don't think it would be 100% safe to use even after putting it in a bag of rice.

    If worse came to the worst, apple store would be happy to sell you an out-of-warranty replacement phone for $229 in the US and similar price in other parts of the world I suppose. You shouldn't have to pay for the full price.
  6. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Out of warranty replacement for a couple of hundred dollars.
  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    ^^^^^ This.

    Though you might not want to be as forthcoming about what really happened to the phone. Might just say you dropped it in water and leave it at that. :D
  8. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
  9. Ziger Woods macrumors member

    Ziger Woods

    Oct 21, 2010

    It may b 2 late, but I dropped my ip4 in the toilet & I took the vacuum hose & put it by the pin connector. I then created a seal w my hand & it then sucked all the excess water out & my phone went back to normal!!! Hope this helps!? :)
  10. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    It's a bit late now, but if your phone ever ends up submerged the best thing to do is get it out as quickly as possible. If you've ever watched torture videos of Apple products on YouTube you'll know that it takes a few seconds for water to enter the device and begin destroying it. If you get it out milliseconds after going in, there's a high chance the phone will be okay. But yeah, a bag of rice seems to be the way to go to draw the moisture out. You're not under warranty for an accident which was your fault so the Apple Store will turn you away. Good luck!

    Ps, you could cross your fingers and hope your phone develops a hardware fault naturally which would grant you a replacement under warranty. Happened to me when I chipped my iPhone 4 quite badly, was distraught about it but the knock caused the vibrate motor to stop working a few weeks later. Got a full replacement at the Apple Store...felt so good!
  11. big787 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
  12. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    As opposed the the smells-like-a-rose, looks-like-a-piece-of-art boys poop...


  13. TheProFTW macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2013
    Washington, DC
  14. calpolygraduate macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2008
  15. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
  16. ionaetp macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
    The advice I have seen is to under no circumstances switch the phone on[​IMG]
  17. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Put it in rice. Since it fell inside with "loo+no2", you may not want to eat the rice afterwards… just saying.

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