iPhone 5S went in the washer...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eNcrypTioN, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. eNcrypTioN macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2009
    yep i am an idiot. my iphone 5S was in my pocket and took a trip through the washing machine. I put it in a bag of rice and plan on leaving it there for a few days...

    I'm under contract with ATT and did not buy any type of warranty...

    What are my options?
  2. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
  3. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cripes, they're unlucky darts :-(
    Take the front cover off PDQ and get warm air into the device. Then order a new battery and hope for the best...
  4. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Prepare to purchase a new phone.

    (As an aside, I always get the Apple Care+ for my phones.)

    My 3GS went into the washing machine and was in it for maybe 60 - 90 seconds. I realized my mistake and fished it out as quickly as I could. The screen was still lit when I pulled it out, but acting rather bizarre. I turned it off... though due to the compromised nature of the electronics, it kept turning itself back on. I took it apart and let the components sit in a warm, safe environment for a couple of days to thoroughly dry out. I put it back together and it almost turned back on (I could see the screen sort of flicker a slightly less black shade of black once), but it was a friggin' stone. Nothing.

    If it was just water, it might've been ok. But laundry detergent is pretty caustic to fine electronics.

    Bummer thing about that situation was that it was about 3 weeks before the 4 came out, so I had to go back to my original iPhone (my daughter was using my 3G) until the 4 was released.
  5. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    Desiccant Granules would be better than rice to cover it with. This is used in flower drying and found at a hobby crafts store.
  6. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    My wife did the same thing. Kiss it goodbye (sadly) and wait for the iPhone 6.
  7. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    If the bag of rice doesn't help, you can take it into Apple and get a Out-Of-Waranty replacement for $269.
  8. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I honestly don't understand how this happens to people. My routine doesn't allow for such error. When I get home, 1st thing I do is empty my pockets of everything. Wallet, keys and pocket knife go in the same place in my room. iPhone comes out of my pocket and docks at it's charging station in my room. But even so, before any time I change out of my clothes, I pat my pockets and make sure they are empty before they come off my body and into the laundry hamper.
  9. surfologist87 macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    When I come home and my girl is in a good mood, there is no time to check pockets. It happens often. Many jeans bearing iPhones have been flung across the room, and more than once have even been washed.
  10. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Now we understand. #
  11. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    Oh, no. Save the iPhones!! :mad:

    The first thing to come out of my pocket is my iPhone, followed by whatever else I have in there.
  12. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Oh. Well I guess my family's genetics have evolved beyond the point of not being able resist animalistic sexual instinct for a few minutes to stop and unload my pockets,
  13. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    same. i cant relax or even sit down with a pocket full of change (i work at a restaurant and get a lot of tips in change) and a thick wallet, keys, and iPhone. and even if i leave them in there, its because im changing my clothes and then immediately put my phone, and wallet back into my pants i just put on and put my change, and keys on the desk. its really not that hard to do...
  14. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    My iPhone is always on me (front left pocket). My routine for doing laundry already involves checking all pockets of every article of clothing I put in the washer. But that's not how I ended up washing my 3GS...

    I was preparing laundry and the shorts I was wearing didn't have pockets (I was getting ready to go for a run). I wanted my phone downstairs with me, so I tossed my phone on top of my laundry (in the hamper) so I could carry the whole lot down in one go. By the time I got to the laundry room I'd forgotten the phone was in the hamper, dumped the whole mess into the machine and walked away. 60 seconds later I came sprinting back digging through the machine, alas.
  15. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2008
    91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol

    Google it... it saved my phone from a push in the pool.

    I let it sit in there for a few hours and then put it in rice for a few days. Perhaps it was a miracle, but it turned on and worked just like new.
  16. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Well... that is a fluke / freak accident, but even so... I gotta say... who dumps laundry into a washer??? The act of doing that doesn't even work well because of the agitator in the middle. I carry a basket to the washer and I load clothes by hand.
  17. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    7 Years of owning an iPhone and i have never once did this :p Anyway unless the rice works you need a new phone.
  18. Markiie macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, California.
    Man, I would've come out of the pool with my hands out saying "who is gonna pay this phone"

    it would've not gone well for whoever pushed me.
  19. gbkrip macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Just so no one gets the wrong idea..... somehow.... TURN IT OFF FIRST.
  20. Potatochobit macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    dont use it for a few days
    if you can open it up, that would be best

    you need some airflow
    dont stuff it down in a bag of rice

    the biggest issue will be: did your battery survive or not?
  21. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Dont be jealous:D
    OP, it was an expensive "lesson". Time to kick in $269 to Apple and get a replacement.
  22. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013

    This will probably be your best & cheapest bet.
  23. ionjohn macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2013
    Look at the bright side, it probably won't happen again if you've learned your lesson.
  24. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    I have my iPhone covered on my home contents insurance, does the OP not have this? Its cheaper than any Applecare too.
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Either this, or use a back up phone for a few weeks and see what Apple announces on Sept 9th.

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