Water damaged iPhone 3GS.

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  1. Bez59 macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    My wife put my sons bed sheets in the washing machine and didn't realise his phone was wrapped up in there so it got washed.:eek:

    I'm guessing it isn't going to work anymore but is there any chance that if i leave it in a warm place for a long time to dry and hope it was turned off and the battery was empty that it might work again?

    I don't think my son is going to be very happy when he gets back from school.

    Thanks Bez.
     
  2. emacna1 macrumors regular

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    The old trick is to put it in a bag of rice and leave it there for more than a few days. Don't turn it on at all. It's not guaranteed to work, but sometimes people have some good luck.
     
  3. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks i will give it a go and keep my fingers crossed.
     
  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    A bowl of rice would be better. If you put it in a (sealed) bag, you'll just trap all the moisture in there and nothing will change...
     
  5. PNutts macrumors 601

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    I did the same thing with the kid's iPod except I also ran it through the dryer. I figured that was equal to a day or two in rice. ;) The water under the LCD did look kind of cool. It's been running fine ever since but I assume corrosion is slowing eating the insides. At some point it came out of the Otterbox case but the headphone jack, connector, etc., were never covered or plugged by the case so they were open to water.

    But... I am NOT recommending you put the phone in the dryer. :)

    And... I had a talk with my daughter about leaving it not just "on" the bed but "in" the bed.
     
  6. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have gone for the bag of rice option over the dryer lol.

    I have told him not to leave things on his bed from now on not that he will remember.:(
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    If you put it in an open bowl the rice will pull moisture from the air and not the iPhone.;) If in a climate controlled environment the bowl will be fine but if there is humidity you should use the bag. The rice absorbs the moisture and this removes it from the iPhone.
     
  8. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Old enough to have a phone but not old enough to do laundry?
     
  9. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Hadn't thought about it that way. I guess it all depends on which has more moisture... the phone or the air.
     
  10. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How long do you think i should leave it in the rice for?
     
  11. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    Don't waste your effort with all this rice stuff and dryer that... Even if you do get the phone to work again, there's no guarentee of how long, it's just a matter of time. Just get an out of warranty replacement for $169.
     
  12. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well just to update i left it in a bag of rice for a week taking it out a few times to give it a quick blast with the hair dryer on low heat of course and it doesn't work so i will have to buy him a new one.:(

    He says he wants a 4s what a joker lol.
     
  13. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    How about he can wash his own bed sheets next time ;)
     
  14. jimmyjones macrumors newbie

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    The rice should work but the battery life may have diminished if it works again.
     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Rice doesn't fix shorted electronics.
    It's worth a try but most times the damage is irreversible.
     
  16. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That sounds like a very good idea thanks :)
     

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