iPod touch My Ipod Touch is water damaged

Farhan360

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May 22, 2012
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My Ipod Touch 2G fell into water while I was washing my hands. It was completely submerged and stayed for a few seconds until I pulled it out. I immedietly dried it but the screen flickered and went black. I then put it on charge and after a few seconds the screen went completely white but you can see water droplets inside the screen. I tried the home button but it didn't work. it soon ran out of charge. Now the screen is black and you can see water inside the screen. I don't know how to fix it if I even can. Plz help.
 

mad cow disease

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How did you "dry" it - by wiping it dry, or leaving it into a jar of rice/drying it out completely (leaving it alone for ~1 wk or so)? I'm guessing not the latter. I did manage to salvage an iPod Nano 2G that went through the wash by leaving it in direct sunlight for 4-5 days so it would completely dry out. Everything worked just fine afterward, amazingly.

Water likely had enough time to penetrate the seams in the time it was submerged, given the fact you're seeing water on the inside of the screen. By charging it and trying to turn it on so soon after the moisture has worked its way inside, you probably shorted out the internals/screen/etc.

It's a brick, IMHO.
 
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Nyy8

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Jun 12, 2011
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Umm congrats for killing your iPod touch.. you just did a perfect example of what "not-to-do"

WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE:
Turn off iPod touch as soon as you can..
Leave in bag of white rice for 1-2 weeks
plug it in and pray to god it works..

Well buddy.. The logic board is probably short circuited.. hope you have $200 for a new one.
 
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iAppleseed

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May 11, 2011
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Happened to me on my 3GS. Flickered and exactly as you said. Sa I left it to dry for a day and it actually booted up again. Except the quad band is dead. Had to replace it. But so far so good.
 
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Farhan360

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May 22, 2012
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What do I do now

By now I figured out that I did everything I wasn't supposed to and that was stupid of me, but can anyone tell me how to fix it now, maybe open it and dry it or something else that works
 
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mikeo007

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Mar 18, 2010
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By now I figured out that I did everything I wasn't supposed to and that was stupid of me, but can anyone tell me how to fix it now, maybe open it and dry it or something else that works
The logic board is fried. You shorted it out. You can't fix it without replacing the logic board. It would cost the same to just buy another iPod.
 
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Farhan360

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May 22, 2012
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From what I heard from you guys my hopes were very low so as a final effort I put my iPod on charge after thoroughly drying it. The apple sign soon appeared followed by the regular charging sign, I did some poking around and found out my battery is fried, so I am going to put in a new one. But in the process of "poking around" I broke my front cover and am replacing that too.
 
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old-wiz

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From what I heard from you guys my hopes were very low so as a final effort I put my iPod on charge after thoroughly drying it. The apple sign soon appeared followed by the regular charging sign, I did some poking around and found out my battery is fried, so I am going to put in a new one. But in the process of "poking around" I broke my front cover and am replacing that too.
It would probably be cheaper to just buy new one.
 
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Lucas Godfrey

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Jul 12, 2010
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From what I heard from you guys my hopes were very low so as a final effort I put my iPod on charge after thoroughly drying it. The apple sign soon appeared followed by the regular charging sign, I did some poking around and found out my battery is fried, so I am going to put in a new one. But in the process of "poking around" I broke my front cover and am replacing that too.
so you got your ipod wet, plugged it in, shorted the battery, broke the front cover and lost the home button?

seriously?

jeez.

maybe tech isn't for you. like at all.
 
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xacrosstime

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Jul 2, 2012
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This happened to my iPhone a couple weeks ago. I'm not even sure how it happened. Honestly, you're best bet is to just buy a new one...
 
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Orange Furball

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May 18, 2012
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so you got your ipod wet, plugged it in, shorted the battery, broke the front cover and lost the home button?

seriously?

jeez.

maybe tech isn't for you. like at all.
One of the best ways to learn is to poke around. That is how I learn about almost everything. You look around and try to fox something. At least he figured it out. Good luck OP.

I know everything I know about fixing computers from picking up a cheap one and taking it apart and putting it back together a few times. Same thing with iPhones. TVs. Tablets. Xboxes. Etc.
 
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ShaleBeach

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Jul 23, 2012
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By now I figured out that I did everything I wasn't supposed to and that was stupid of me, but can anyone tell me how to fix it now, maybe open it and dry it or something else that works
There is a HUGE possibility that it is done for, but I know thats what you do not want to hear right now.

You said that
screen went completely white but you can see water droplets inside the screen. I tried the home button but it didn't work. it soon ran out of charge.
well something has to be working to make the screen, so the logic board might not be destroyed

Instead, do this:
put it in a bowl/bag of rice or
set it out in a place where air ventilates (anywhere but a drawer, for example)

leave it like this for as long as possible.

because the screen blacked out/white screen, plan to buy a new one, so you wont be too disappointed if it still doesn't work.

If you have bought a new ipod, make sure to plug it in (and hope for the best) before you are unable to return the bought iPod (it case it works). But this should at least be a couple of months?? if not familiar with the warranty..

Finally, If you do want to tinker with it, which I love to do, (its fascinating inside) I found great use of iFixit.com, I'm not advertising, its just that their instructions are great. Just be VERY careful, and a small flathead screwdriver in the right place (next to or even at the metal clips holding on the screen) works way batter than the "ipod touch opening tool".
 
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Ipodboss7

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Jul 8, 2012
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My Ipod Touch 2G fell into water while I was washing my hands. It was completely submerged and stayed for a few seconds until I pulled it out. I immedietly dried it but the screen flickered and went black. I then put it on charge and after a few seconds the screen went completely white but you can see water droplets inside the screen. I tried the home button but it didn't work. it soon ran out of charge. Now the screen is black and you can see water inside the screen. I don't know how to fix it if I even can. Plz help.
It's an iPod touch 2g.
It's sooooooo old! But a new one!
 
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babyace

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Jul 24, 2012
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thanks so much for the info above. My iphone got serious water in it when i dropped it in my bath last month…it looked really bad news. This article helped me get it sorted and dried out. Thanks a million! It works fine agian now!
 
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Ipodboss7

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Jul 8, 2012
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thanks so much for the info above. My iphone got serious water in it when i dropped it in my bath last month…it looked really bad news. This article helped me get it sorted and dried out. Thanks a million! It works fine agian now!
Your welcome.. ;)
 
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