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Dropped iPhone in Water? Don't Panic!

Updated on December 12, 2013

Wet iPhone Repair Is Available

If you are like so many cellphone, smartphone, iPhone owners I know, if you haven't suffered the dropped iPhone in water syndrome yet, chances are you will soon.

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That sounds pretty negative, but it is so darn common that it is almost a national joke by now.

As you probably already know, there are almost an endless number of ways that your iPhone can come into contact with moisture. For example, recently, I had my iPhone 4 in my back pocket when it accidentally slipped out when I had my pants down using the toilet. Don't ask ! There is some good news however, and that is in most cases, a wet iPhone repair can be made without your having to buy a new one. Yes, dropped iphone in toilet is very, very common.

The terrific news is that all models of iPhones can usually be repaired after sustaining water damage, but this must be evaluated on a case by case basis (in my case, my iPhone could be repaired for a nominal charge).

Fortunately, iPhones consist of parts that can be readily swapped out for good ones. If, however, your iPhone has been fully submerged in water or other wet substances, chances are that the logic board in your iPhone has been exposed to moisture and corrosion has begun to take place.

If the logic board is damaged, the cost of the repair can get quite pricey, especially if other parts also need to be replaced on your iPhone. The logic board is the main circuit board in the iPhone that runs the operating system and stores all data on the iPhone. The logic board is not typically too expensive to replace on its own, however, coupled with other parts that might also need to be replaced, the cost for repair may run you a pretty penny..

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How To Repair A Phone With Water Damage

How To Save Phone From Water Damage

You know the sinking feeling when you see your beloved iphone, your vital connection to your life and the world submerged in a liquid of any sort? it may be a mud puddle, a glass, a dog bowl, a bucket of water, a stream, a river or even the ocean. Immediately, you wonder what you should do to fix the iPhone Water Damage Fix.

Your first concern is how to save phone from water damage. Here are some ways to minimize the damage, and if you are lucky, following these steps may be all you will need to do to get your phone back in working order.

(1) Remove it from the water immediately.

(2) Turn the iPhone off.

(3) Dry it off with a towel

(4) Grab a bowl and fill it with uncooked rice or you can also put your phone in with a bunch of silica packets.

(5) Put the phone in the bowl of rice and cover it up.

The purpose of this is to draw moisture out of the phone as quickly as possible. You can also let it air dry, however the above methods will work faster.

NOTE: Do not dry it off with a blow dryer as this could melt the circuit board and other parts.

Leave your phone in the rice for at least 24 hours and preferably 48 hours. Hopefully, after 24 -48 hours the phone will have dried out, the logic board wasn't damaged, and hopefully you can turn your phone on and it will work. If not, your next option is to see if it can be repaired without costing you an arm and a leg.

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Fix iPhone Dropped Water

If you are still reading this, the chances are you have completed the above steps, waited the full two days, but your iPhone still didn't fire up. Not good, but of course you already figured that out. Unfortunately, if Apple believes the phone has water damage, they may refuse to repair it.

If this is the case, then your best bet is to check out a reputable repair company that uses only certified Apple technicians. The company we've used offers FREE diagnostics for the very common

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How Do You Tell If Your Phone Has Water Damage?

How does the Apple certified technician determine if your iPhone has water damage? You can do the same thing they will do from the comfort of your own home.

If you look in the bottom of the headphone jack, you will see a white circle. If the iPhone has been immersed in water, the circle turns red or pink.

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      radharenu 7 months ago from India

      Excellent hub with useful information! This article actually helped me to prevent water damage of my iPhone.

      The following post on the same subject is also worth reading:

      http://www.the-tech-addict.com/iphone-fell-in-wate...

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      ydtparts 12 months ago

      Really very useful articles.

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      Sadie 2 years ago

      I have never dropped my IPhone or IPod in water and I'm 11!

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      Maggie42 3 years ago

      I had heard of the rice trick before but wondered if it was just an urban myth glad to hear it really does work thanks

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      lee-barratt3 3 years ago

      @anonymous: am in the same predicament, dome everything a was told turnd it on worked fine except the sound then the battery ran out charged it the screen flickerd for a min then went black so need some info what to do.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my iPhone in a swampy type of water and as I rushed home I put it in a bag of rice fortunley everything worked but my music I could listen to music but the sound comes out staticky

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my iphone in the bath. It was only in there for a couple of seconds, but it was fully submerged. I took it out and foolishly attempted to turn it on, before reading online about putting it in rice. I filled a bag with rice and put my phone in before sealing it. I've left it for about half an hour but i'm concerned because the phone is very hot. Hoping it will work...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: exact same thing happened to me !!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i just dropped my phone in a pond but it had a lifeproof case on it but unfourtunally the case was open and it took me about 5 minutes to take it out when i got it out the screen was on and it would vibrate but my touch dosent work i blowdried it but nothing happened everything works except my touch ! and my flash wont turn off im leaving it in rice for a couple of days well at least try because im very anxious but if you guys have suggestions please let me know im really scared to lose my phone hopefully it works

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was washing a plate when my iphone fell in a sink full of water. I took it out as quickly as i can and of course i was sooo upset and scared that it wouldn't work. i took the cover off dried the phone and shook as hard as i can to get rid of extra water. i quickly put it in a small bag of rice and realize i didn't turn it off. few mins later i turned it on to check it. it turn back on everything was normal expect there was no sound. had my brother called me. I couldn't hear anything he said but he can hear me. so i turned it off put it back in rice. three hours later turned it and everything was GOOD.all this happened yesturday 7/25/13. omg i was soo scared i wouldn't have my phone anymore. i thought i would have to wait 3 more days. but everything is normal. its charging normal, i can listen to my music play games and talk on the phone. everyone say its best to leave it for 36hrs or more. but i was too impatient soo lucky for me it worked 3hrs later. my iphone was fully submerge in a sink full of water. i was pretty sure it was gone. but the rice thing really really works. didn't think i would have to go thru dat but im glad i was home when this happened.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey I dropped my iphone 4 in a pool but i took it out immediately and put in rice for a day only and took it back out

      but it doesn't turn on still. Any suggestions???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Get a pin put it in the hole on the side of your iphone bend the pin and use it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: can you tell me if it worked for you or not. because i am having the same issue with my iphone 4s, which was not even submerged in water, it was just in my bag and i accidentally left my water bottle open and it was leaking, so the inside of my bag was moist. i have the phone in a bag of rice now, did it work for you?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As I read so many of these comments after I dropped my iphone in the toilet, I thought I'd leave one. I instantly grabbed it out (luckily it was before using the toilet) and dried it off with toilet paper. I then tried to switch it off, but had to switch it on and type my password in order to turn it off! So, it short circuited. I read about the rice thing, ran to the shop and bought 1kg of rice and dumped a bit out and then popped my phone in and sealed it with a clip. I left it for 4 days and just plugged it in. It's ALIVE! Now I've got 4 days worth of text messages coming through. In fact, the screen is now very clean! I hope it lasts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was playing Bike Race in the bubble bath(don't judge me.) and i dropped it an picked it up in like 1 second it didn't even hit the bottom of the tub the camera is foggy but that seems too be the only problem i didn't turn it off right away but its in the rice bag now

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So i was taking my dog for a walk and when i got back, i was in my back yard, and my dog is terrified of my pool so i always like to get close with him in my arms and see how he reacts. thankfully my pool wasn't filled yet, although it did have some water in it and it was disgusting water. anyway i was standing on the steps when all of a sudden i hear something drop and i look down and i see my phone making its way down to the water. i panicked and threw my dog (not literally) and went to go down to grab it. it was in there for a solid 10 secs. i quickly pulled it out and everything seemed okay. but then i noticed that my ringer didn't work, like when i called my phone with my ringer on it wouldn't ring only vibrate. so i just put it in rice and i turned it off so im hoping and praying that it will get back to normal.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is what happened and what worked for me:

      I dropped my iPhone 4s into the (clean, empty) toilet early Thursday morning. I think I froze for about 3 seconds and then grabbed it right out. I tried to turn it off with the top button but the screen went black before I could swipe, so I just assumed that it turned itself off. (?) I dried out all the ports and buttons as best I could with a Q-tip and immediately stuck it in a ziplock bag of instant dry brown rice. After reading about the steps above, I searched my shoe boxes for those silica gel packets and put the three I found in the bag of rice with the phone. Then, I waited.

      Since I had been through a similar debacle with my old iPhone 3, I knew to wait longer than the recommended average time to dry out the phone. With the old phone, I didn't try to turn it off after it was wet, it was wet for far longer (4hours+) before I tried the rice, and I just used an open bowl of rice instead of a sealed container. I tried using the phone after only 12 hours in rice and, although I could hear anything on my phone (calls, messages, sounds), the screen was dead....

      So with my current phone, I decided to wait 4 days before trying anything. It was hard to be patient and to resist the urge to turn it on to check it. I wasn't hopeful and, by now - Monday morning, I am already re-habituated to not having it on me. But I checked it just now - AND IT TURNED ON AND IS WORKING FINE!

      I couldn't believe it, actually. All I did was check the sim card for moisture (it was bone dry, thankfully), replaced it, and then I plugged the phone into the wall charger. I let it charge for about 15 (anxious) minutes and then I tried to power it on. It didn't work immediately, but I pressed the power on button 3 or 4 times, and then held it down for a few seconds and then... BOOM the little apple icon followed by my home screen! Phone seems to work ok but there are a couple issues: 1) it reads "Searching... 4G" instead of the little bars/icon, although I can text and call and do everything normally with data, and 2) the screen has a slight but widespread distortion whereby some of the areas are brighter than others on the screen (like a bright but translucent cloudiness behind some parts of the screen.) I have shut it back down and put it back into the bag of rice and silica packs in case that will help with these two issues, but if these are the only longterm problems, THE RICE WORKED FINE! I mean, I might not be able to resell it when I get a new one (which is a shame because, other than this incident, it is in pristine condition), but maybe it will work fine until then.

      I hope this helps someone in a similar situation. Don't panic, just follow the steps above, wait longer than you think, and your phone has a chance at life after the toilet! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ok so not only did my iPhone 5 get wet, I went swimming in a chlorinated pool with it in my pocket! I swam for 20 minutes and then showered off before I realized it was in my pocket. I did research on boards like this on the internet, and dried it off and removed the sim, then put it in a baggie of rice for 24 hours. It still wouldn't turn on after 24 hours but when I plugged it into the charger the apple logo appeared, so I was encouraged. Back in the rice bag it went. The next day it still wouldn't do anything, not even show the apple logo, so since it was a hot sunny day I put it in the direct sunlight for hours. I put it between the sun and the rice baggie back and forth depending if the sun was out. That afternoon it actually came on! But it wasn't perfect, it was quirky while typing texts, the home button didn't work (which is important), it has a watermark on the screen, and it would sometimes shut itself off. I put it in the rice bag overnight again and today it has been working off and on, with the home button only working sometimes. But now as of tonight (day 3) it seems to be totally working! The home button works, the only thing is I get ahead of it while typing texts, and the watermark is still there, but I figure if that is the worst thing I have to deal with I am lucky! So I just wanted folks to know, there is hope!!! Be patient! That definitely isn't my strong suit but it pays. I will put it in the rice bag overnight every night for probably another week to see if I can get it back completely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i was just about to go to the bathroom and i forgot my iphone 4S was in my back pocket. it dropped in and i quickly grabbed it out but it was under for about 10secs before i reacted.i dint have rice so i aired it out until i got some.i just put it in rice but i have to catch a plane tomorrow so i hope it works by then!

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      trinimatt 4 years ago

      very useful in case of accidents!! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Okay so Around March, I went into the bathroom, Set my phone on the closed toilet seat And began to brush my teeth. After I finished, I had to go to the bathroom. So I took my iPhone off the toilet, And lifted up the seat. My phone just slipped right out of my hand. It was about 10 o'clock at night. My phone was only in the water for basically two seconds. I didn't want to tell my parents because I was afraid they were going to yell. So I took a towel and dried off as much as I could. Thankfully, I had a OtterBox on. My phone seemed to work fine so I just kept it like it was. I took my OtterBox off, And let my phone dry off overnight. The next day I realized that Siri did not work. So then I called my dad and what happened. He told me to put it in rice for two days. Today, I have the same phone. Once in a while depending on the battery percentage my volume doesn't work. I consider myself very lucky. Because it could've been much much worse!!!!

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      GupteComputer 4 years ago

      I do not drop phones in water because I do not use them by pools or lakes!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I did this for my iPhone and it worked and I am so happy! Thank you so much for this tip!!! I put it in for 2 and a half days and I turned it on and it worked !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: OMG same thing happened to me!! Did it work for you???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just hope quinoa will work because it's all we have in at the moment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my new iPhone 4 in beach.Then I left it switched off for 4 days.Hopefully it worked but the volume minimiser button was not working.Moreover the camera was acting weird.Now what should I do.Should I ask the company for repair or what?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: DON'T give up on your phone too soon!!! Mine eventually worked again after more than 3 days in a rice bath. It is hard but you have to do without a phone for several days. Yes, my daughter dropped her iPhone 4 in the toilet, fresh water thankfully, i retrieved it, removed the case dried it off and wicked water out of the power port, speaker holes and other crevices and put it in rice for 2 and a half days. Appeared to work normally when we plugged it in, made phone calls, but after being on the charger for a while when we unplugged it it went dead. We plugged it back in and the little apple appears on the screen so i am thinking its going to be okay but it would shut itself off and reboot. I gave up on Monday and bought a new phone with my upgrade. 6 hours later at home we have the water damaged phone plugged in because we were getting contacts etc. when we unplugged it the phone stayed on! It was taking a charge. I will keep the extra phone for my other daughter but I wish i had waited longer before I went into Apple Store to replace it. I wish more info is out there telling the same story as mine so that I wouldn't have run out to get the new phone like most people probably do,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ok, so i was sitting outside the hot tub and I'm getting up. my iPhone 4 suddenly slips from my hand into the water. Omg i was freaking out! i quickly grabbed it and dried it with my towel. Lucky, it was only underwater for about 8 seconds. I quickly ran to my room, went downstairs and grabbed a bowl and a thing of rice. I noticed that the flash to my back lense was still on. It started fading so i worked faster. I poured the rice and was about to put the phone in when the flash blinked on. i have hope since its still sort of working. its been in rice for a while now and im really nervous. im about to email my dad the whole story.... please lord let it work?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dropped my brand new iPhone 5 in the sink last night (yes i was intoxicated and had no idea what i was doing!)... I shook it out the best i could and tried to turn it off but it wouldn't let me. then it faded to faint blinking lines and eventually went all black. I dried it off asap but couldn't get to any rice or anything. I passed out and about 3 hrs later when it was dry the boyfriend decided to plug it in to the charger cause he thought it was dead. It was there all night and right when i woke up but it in a sealed bag of rice. I feel like i just lost a baby haha but im so scared!! I spent a ton on it!!

      Does anyone know if it'll be ok??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't know how this happened but I thank God it did! I dropped my iPhone 5 in the toilet (luckily it was just the water) and fished it out rather quickly. I was pretty intoxicated at the time and didn't think to turn it off or anything. I didn't even put it in rice (which I've done in the past with other phones and it did the trick every time).

      It works no problem. I was able to text, call and everything right after and it's already been five days since it's happened. All I have is a basic cover on the phone. I guess I just consider myself extremely lucky.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was going to the bathroom with my phone between my waste and shorts, and it fell straight into the toilet. i went crazy, and ran to tell my parents. they don't have an iphone so they had no idea. i just stood there and tried to shake the water out of the phone. i called my brother because he had one forever. he said to put it in some rice for a while. im still waiting to see it it will work. it was in the toilet for about 4 seconds then i got it out. do you think it will survive?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      today when I was going to swim... I'm not yet take my Iphone 4 out of my pocket but my friend pulled me into the pool... So my phone was dropped into the pool with me... Then I use a towel dried it... when I was reached home I use hair dryer dried it... then now I put my phone into a bowl of rice... It's still can work?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just did this!!! Dropped the phone in the toilet. It was only in there for 5 seconds, if that. I dried it off with a paper towel. I proceeded to turn it off. The button responded, but when I tried to "slide to turn off" it wouldn't work. The screen eventually just faded to black, like, shut itself off. i then shook all of the water out of the headphone jack and the charge hole. This was all at 6am, so my parents were not awake, thank god. I just put it in rice 10 minutes ago. But i have a few questions that i need answered ASAP.

      1. How long do i leave it in the rice? Some say 24 hours, some say 48 hours, and i have heard 72 hours as well. If i don't get a reply, i will leave it in there for a week, so please answer.

      2. How much does it usually cost to get a water damaged iphone repaired?

      3. Did i do everything right?

      4. Is there anything else i can do?

      5. Does the Apple insurance cover water damage?

      please respond ASAP!!!!! I NEED answers, preferably before my parents wake up, so i have information that i can tell them.

      On a different note, all of the other comments have made me hopeful for my baby's life. Thank you!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was walking over a sewer with my phone in my hand and somebody bumped me and it fell :( they couldn't get it out on Thursday but got it out on Friday. When I washed off everything I immediately put it in rice. Will this work ? ? its been in water for 8 hours .

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      annayjo 4 years ago

      I dropped my iphone in the water twice! I wish I would have known this lens sooner! Thank you though for future reference!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was sick on my iphone.. Its turned on all fine i put iton charge.. Still drunk. It turns on but displays the sign saying it needs charge. Ive put in rice for a bit It wont charge any suggestions ? New battery and/or charging port

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      Gosupress LM 4 years ago

      Tried blowdrying but it didn't work :S

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      eddiemayan 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Same here!! Nice tips from happydesertgirl. But I noticed that my lcd screen dull after my iPhone fall in to water.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I left my iphone in my jacket and washed the jacket. I realized it about 5 minutes into the cycle. When I pulled it out the phone was submersed in water. I quickly put it into a bag of rice. A little while later I turned it off and removed soggy rice from the crevaces, then back in the rice it went. After 36 hours I noticed the camera light was on. At about 48 hours I was powered on the phone. It seemed fine except for the always on camera light and some moisture on the screen. I visited the Genius bar the next day and was told only the top water sensor indicated damage. Based on the advice I got, I backed up the phone, erased everything, then restored it. The light stayed on. After reading some blogs I downloaded a free Flashlight app that uses the camera light . After toggling the light on and off it now works fine. The moisture in the screen also cleared up. The Genius bar technician told me the phone will probably eventually fail. Fortunately for now it seems to be perfectly fine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was at a Japanese resturaunt after a volleyball tournament and when we got there i had gone to the restroom and when i did i forgot that my iphone was in my back pocket and it fell out into the toilet (dropping iphones in the toilet is very common so don't laugh). I immediatley grabbed it out and took the case off a quick as i could. I had an otterbox on it so it took about a minute or so because it was being stubborn. My friends mom then walked into the bathroom and i told her that i dropped in in the toilet and so she took my iphone and reset it first then dried it off with the hand dryer( it wasn't hot air so hopefully the circuit board did not melt). So then My mom eventually had to find out which was not good, but i told her and she wasn't mad, just concerned on whether it would work or not. So from then it was about 2 hours and 40 minutes before i got home. When i got home we put my phone in a bag and filled the bag with dry rice and left it in there over night. I woke up the next morning and tried to turn it on. It worked a little better than it did when i tried it last night! It would actually recognize my touches and whatnot. but i still had green lines and spots on my screen so i put it back in and im going to leave it in there for today and tomorrow and see how it works!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got lucky, I fell in a pond completely submerged during a hike. Got out pulled my iphone5 from my pocket and started weep. Finished the hike without turning it on but when I got in the car I noticed it was super hot and the screen was on with faint lines blinking. I also notice water in the camera lens. I tried to turn it off with no luck. It was just super hot. I thought for sure it was toast. By the time I got to the hotel the phone was off and cool. I immediately went to the store and purchased a quart baggy and rice. I completely filled the bag with my phone and rice at 1pm, 3 hours after I fell in, and then set it aside (part of the time the bag was in a warm car). Approximately 36 hours later I decided to give it a try. I pryed out the rice from the charging connection and plugged it into my MacBook Air. It lit up with the charging squiggle but would not charge. I was bummed. I decided to move it to my iPad charger and it showed the same. I left it for a while and after about 15 minutes. I noted on my IPAD that my photos from the hike were showing up on photo stream. My iPhone was charging! I gave it a full charge and the next day it worked perfect. 2 days later its working fine. I believe in the rice trick. Be patient.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my iPhone 5 in the sink while doing the dishes! The headphones were on, so it must have helped, I shut down immediately, wipe it and left in rice for almost 3 days, shaking the bag of rice occasionally. Often people try and turn it on too quickly, and humidity is left inside ; rice doesn't work quickly. Good luck to all!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a long process of taking three back cover off and a few screws and then peel it out...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The exact same thing happened to my iphone 5! It fell in the toilet thursday night and was working perfecty fine. I decided to put it in rice overnight just to be safe, but the next morning it wouldn't even turn on! Did you find a way to fix it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Okay so I dropped my iphone5 in water and it worked fine till the next day the day I dropped it was Thursday it is currently Saturday and I just put it in rice any advice will it work because the only issue was it turned itself on and off then it doesn't tell me the proper battery percent unless I turn it off then on again.... HELP ME!!!!!! I got this for Christmas and it's making me sad...

      All my phones end up in the toilet

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dropped my iPhone in the bath tub on Tuesday night while giving the kids a bath. It slipped out of my pocket as I leaned over the tub. The water activated the voice control and the screen lit up. I grabbed it out instantly, dried it off with a towel, shook it gently from both ends to get water out. It seemed like it did not get that much water in it. I did not press any buttons but it kept trying to do voice control. I had to turn my attention to the kids so I set it aside while it was still trying to do voice control. I did not try to turn it off because I did not want to press any buttons. I came back to it about 30 minutes later and it was dead. I probably should not have but I tried to turn it on and I even tried plugging it in. I was really upset. I put it in a bag with all the little silica gel packs that I could find in my house (8 little packs). I left it overnight and it still would not turn on in the morning. I needed a phone so I took my husband's old phone that my older son uses as an iPod and had a SIM card put in it. I did not touch my phone again for 24 hours and left it in the bag with the silica gel packs. This morning (Thursday morning) I tried to turn it on again and the drained battery signal showed up on my screen!! I plugged it in, charged it up and everything seems to be working. Need to take it in to have the SIM card switched again. YAY!!! Such a relief.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you!!! You saved my iPhone! Put it in a bag of rice yesterday and works perfectly today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lense, a real life saver!! Thank

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my phone in the toilet where it got fully submerged. First thing I do is pickup my phone and go dry it with some toilet paper. I turn it on and check everything. Everything works but my volume changes itself, the flash is on automatically and the option for turning it off comes on at times .I shook the phone really hard so water goes out of the ports. Need help please

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      jaxontrey 4 years ago

      Great lens I wish I read this last month with I dropped my phone, oh well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My Mrs has just done the exact same with mine....

      Its sitting in a tupperware box with 3 packets of silica gel

      fingers crossed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i work construction and was shutting off water mains. I had my iphone5 in my jacket pocket and forgot about it. As i peered down into a sewer, i watched in horror as my phone dropped into the manhole and submerged under 3 feet of disgusting water and sludge. I quickly grabbed a pump and a motor and drained as much water from the basin as i could. Then i had to climb down a ladder and dig around in 6 inches of sludge to find it. To my surprise the phone was still on. It would not however respond to the touch screen. So i couldn't shut it off. I put it into my trucks dash and blasted the heat to at least warm it up. My service looked like it stopped because on the top it said "searching" instead of the usual Att/ LTE logo. then i bought a small bag of rice and shoved it in there and taped it shut and put it back onto my dash. About an hour in my phone started blowing up with texts. Then Siri started working again. I was also able to make a few calls using Siri. I put it back in the rice bag and am still waiting. I don't know how functional it will be but i was not able to shut it off. At this point i am going to wait till the morning. I was able to unlock the passcode but texting was difficult due to responsiveness in the touch screen. I haven't been able to answer calls. and this sucks because my boss calls me throughout the day and i make/receive about 80 calls a day. This sucks hopefully my phone suffers minimal damage.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i recently dropped my iphone in a cup off tea .. fortunately it was only the top part of my phone and not the whole thing. i caught it right away dried it off and now have it in rice. After it happened i tried to turn the screen off right away, the phone turns on just not the screen i know its on because it vibrates and such. What should i do ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HELPP!!!!! Dropped my iphone in the water and it's been a day since then. It turns on ONLY if it's plugged into the wall but will only be at 1% but otherwise it'll act fine. I still have apps, photos, notes, and texts on the phone. so I hooked it up to itunes and it only gives me the options to RESTORE but what i need to do is BACK IT UP so i wont lose everything once i get a new phone. how can i do that when it's only giving me one option?!?!???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my phone in the toilet...gross out then PANIC and stupidly rinse my phone with water...use bunch of paper towels...i couldn't slide from the starting screen whatever that was dark to see...then i shut it down...later my phone started VIBRATING like it was shivering...i used the rice trick for two days and the vibrating stop...press on the home button on my phone and the image show that said to plug in to itunes...i did...my computer said to restore my phone with difficulty because my network problems and such...itunes started the recover was good...then a window pop up and i tried to read it but a second pass and it went away so I do not know what to do...I disconnect my iphone that does not show anything on the screen of i press the home button from my computer and connected it to my charger...HOW CAN I SAVE MY PHONE? WHAT'S NEXT?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Use a safety pin to push into SIM card slot hole. This will push out the card holder.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My IPhone was in my back pocket and fell into the toilet on New Years Eve night. I immediately put my phone in a bag of rice. It has been in rice since 1:30 am on New Years Eve and it still will not turn back on. I am so lost with out my phone and need to get it working again very soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You were too impatient. If there is any moisture left in the internal components, connecting it to an electrical source could corrode/fry a part. You only get one shot at the "bowl/bag of rice" method and re-plugging it in to work. The moisture visible on the screen indicates it was still not dry. Next time, wait at least 48 hours, though the longer the better. Time to buy a new phone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine just fell in the kitchen sink...but I can't figure out how to get the SIM card out. Any tips?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is useful to know! Before I got an iPhone I dropped my old one in water and couldn't get it to work after that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: how do you take a battery out of an iphone?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: mine only turns on when i charge it too! and it still turns off after like 3 minuets! anyone know how to fix it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Here's a success story for you all.

      I have an iPhone 5 I got last month, and I have an otterbox defender on it. This weekend I threw my phone at a friend (what was the harm it's in an otterbox- that makes it invincible right?) It doesn't. After looking for it for about 5 minutes in the grass with no success, we decided to check the pool just in case. By some force of nature, it had bounced about 20 feet in the opposite direction I had thrown it into the shallow end of our pool, which normally would have a cover on it during the winter, but had a re circulation problem and was full of algae so the cover was off while we fixed it. I shouted louder than I have ever shouted before when I saw it at the bottom. We got the net and immediately fished it out and found some rice. We put the phone in the bag, then poured rice in and sealed it. In my haste and adrenaline rush I forgot to turn it off, take the SIM card out, or even dry it off first. We took the otterbox off, but that's it. It sat in the rice all night, and when I woke up after an uneasy sleep, I realized my stupidity and went and turned it off (it responded to buttons and my touch) and took the SIM card out. I left it like that until Sunday at about 1:00 PM. When it first went in rice was about 11:00 Friday night. It works like nothing happened at all. I don't know how it works, but it does. I feel like the rubber plugs in the headphone jack and the lightning connector of the otterbox helped a ton, but a lifeproof would have saved me all the misery.

      Long story short, dropped my phone in the pool, didn't realize for about 5 minutes, put it in rice for 2 days, it works totally fine now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just dropped my iPhone 5 3 days ago in the toilet (forgot it was in my back pocket) immediately my heart dropped and I FREAKED out. The screen would not respond to my touch so I could not even swipe to turn it off. All of a sudden it shut off and I figured that was the end of it. Online I read about putting it upright in rice in a ziplock. I immediately removed the SIM card, removed as much water as I could, and put it in rice. I waited exactly 72 hours and tried to turn it on today . To my surprise it WORKS! You would never know it has water damage. I pray it stays this way.... But if you are ever in this situation definitely try letting it dry in rice and do not turn it on before 72 hrs have passed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have the exact same problem! Did it start to work again normally, yet? It only turns on when i charge it but only for a few minutes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My phone got wet and I think I ruined which is why I'm reading this article (great tips by the way). But I noticed something in the comments and I can't help myself: Please, please! For the love of everything that's good, if your phone fell in the toilet or the sewer, dispose of the rice immediately after use because your kids or spouses might be the frugal type and return the rice in the bag!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Put my husbands iphone through the wash cycle for the second time in 6 months. He left his phone in his pocket and I thought I had checked all the pockets but missed the upper jacket pocket which is where the phone was. First time I tried the rice, etc, etc but to no avail. Had to buy a new phone. Now I have done it again with the new phone and it is currently sitting in rice but it's not looking good. The only solution for us two dumbasses is to get a waterproof cover. Too bad there isn't an app to detect when your phone gets near water or washing machines.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens, it was quite helpful =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      First off, this is 100 percent a true story, and should give the rest of you hope. I was outside a bar roughly two months ago, sitting on a curb. I was a little drunk, so I mean my thought process wasn't all there to begin with. My pockets in my jeans were very tiny so my iphone would kinda hang out of it still, so I put it beside me on the curb so I wouldn't risk it falling out. Anyway, one of my friends who was sitting beside me, got up very quickly and without realizing that my phone was beside him, accidentley kicked it while getting up. Well, all i hear is a splash, and realized he had kicked it down the sewer beside me. I was so pissed! Just got the phone a week prior and on a 3 year contract...Anyway, I thought for sure it was done, considering it was in the sewer and i had no access to it...anyway after AT LEAST fifteen minutes, i decided to give it a shot, and go down the sewer. it took me like 5 minutes to get the top off, and i climbed down at least 10 feet into muddy, shitty (literally) water. My iphone was at the very bottom of course covered in leaves, feces and other things. I did have a case on it however nothing special something from a flea market. anyway, when i got it out, there was miracously no water damage to the screen, however when i tried making a phone call right after, there was no sound, but the person later told me the could hear me just fine. I got home, and as quick as possible, got a paper towel and wiped out the headphone jack, speakers and mic the best i could, as it was all covered in leaves and mud, dirt, etc. I could still send text, view web pages, apps no problem, just no sound whatsoever. I left it in a room with lots of air flow and drafts, and woke up the next morning to try it, expecting no change, but to see the sound and mic was fully working again ( may not be 100 percent, but at least 90 percent working, can barley tell there was any damage at all). People are simply amazed it still works, i used no rice or anything just quickly got rid of any visible damage ASAP by using a paper towel and letting it dry over night by simple air flow and natural drafts. I guess it could be like someone said, the type of phone you got, or just plain old luck...im thinking in my case, it was the latter...don't give up ever!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my iphone down the toilet and whilst it still worked- I couldn't see anything on the screen! So i turned it off and put the iphone in a bag of rice for 48 hours and now it works, all apart from the wi-fi connection! Does anyone know how to fix this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @happydesertgirl: I...drop..my..iphone5..in..water....i.....saked..it...lot..then..turned..switch..off.....then...i..left..it...as..it..is..next...morning..i..dry..with..dryer....n.....charge..it.....thahk..god....it....work......but....not..very..well....camera....is....not...working....at...all....today..its..been..5..days...camera...still...not...working....and..today..i..saw..these...idea..of...rice...should...i..try..this...is..this...going...to...work....for..my...iphone....camera?

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      JuliaAnnPayne 4 years ago

      My daughter dropped hers in the sink of water for like a day and it still worked after that so I guess it depends on the phone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This happened to me right now. Thank God for this post!

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      GeorgeCharalamb 4 years ago

      thankfully my iphone never fell in water. Thanks for the information! So now if i ever drop it i'll know what to do!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped it into the toilet bowl yesterday. Dried in and left it in rice overnight. Tried turning on this morning didn't work. Just charged it this evening. the screen was flickering, there was sound and vibration but the touch screen is dead, what should I do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can anyone advise me on this:

      Phone dropped in water, dried with hairdryer, then put in bowl of rice. Just over 24hrs later, phone switched itself on after plugging it in to charge, but had a bit of water moisture visible on the screen. I decided to switch it off and put it back in the bowl of rice.

      12hrs later: no signs of life. Phone won't switch on.

      What does this mean/what can I do?

      Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      take the battery, sim and sd card out the phone and put it into a sealed plastic bag of uncooked rice for about 8-12 hours. don't keep trying to turn the phone on until ur finish this process. Then take the phone out put the battery,etc into the phone after u have gotten all the rice out and turn the phone on. i hope this works for u. it worked for my gs2 phone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: never use a blowdryer and use uncooked rice sealed n a plastic bag. Take the battery,sim and sd card out the phone and put it all into the bag of rice. I did this for about 6 hours and my spring gs2 phone is working fine, hope this will help.

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      mortgage2 4 years ago

      Very helpful advice on how to repair a water sodden iphone, and you are right, it certainly happens far more often than most of us care to admit!!

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Wow! well this is pretty cool! Nice lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This morning I dropped my iPhone into the toilet and I got it out immediately and dried it off.. It was working all day but then I got a message for an apple update so I hit agree and it started to update.. Then all the sudden it turned black but in the middle was an iTunes plug in sighn ( like it was a pic of a plug and said iTunes right above it) so I plugged it into the computer to try and troubleshoot it or whatever but it wouldn't.. Now it keeps switching from the iTunes sighn for a few seconds to the apple sighn for a few seconds over and over.. About to put it in rice.. This happens over 12 hours ago.. Cnt get y it worked all day after then stopped with the update.. Has this happened to anyone?? any hope if it turning on again anyone know? I can't shut it off so eventually it'll die I guess.. Just keeps going back and forth with the sighns.. Anyone kno if all my info will still be there too?? Please help ;(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was wading in the river while fishing and my phone was in my coat pocket I didn't think that I was deep enough to soak my coat but I guess I was. Anyway my phone wont turn on and the flash on the back is lighted and its been in rice for 6 hours now but the flash wont turn off! It took me about 2 hours to finally get it in rice and dried off... I'm concerned that its completely zapped just because the flash wont turn off and idk how long it was wet for.... any tips or ideas to help me??? Thanks for your help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It should have been in longer. just keep it in the rice a couple of days

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: my ph basically did the same thing to me tonight. dropped it in water. will not do anything. can't get the battery or sim card out. ph will not even attempt to come on.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi i dropped my iphone 3gs in water and it got fully submerged. i tried turning it on but there was no response so i read about the rice trick and left it in a bag of rice for about 24 hours which seemed to dry it out. i then tried turnin it on again but it was unresponsive so i plugged it into my charger and then the phone showed me a very faint apple logo but was unresponsive so i removed it from the charger and have put it back into the rice. if someone could please help me with what i should do now as i don't know if my iphone will work or if someone has had similar symptoms with ther phone and if ther phone has started working or not as i have everything in my phone so if someone could please help it would be greatly appreciated

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      On saturday night my iphone5 dropped into a bucket of water that was being used to keep a bottle of Champagne cold! I took it out immediately (3 seconds max in water) and turned it off.

      It was completely non responsive when I tried to turn it on, on the Sunday and I finally got hold of some rice Monday morning and have had it in there for 48 hours now and is still not turning on. I am hesistant to plug it in to the charger as have been told this can make it worse?

      I know there are people who say they can repair the phone but how likely is that now given that it is completely not responding?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Last night, while I was driving, I put my iPhone, speaker first, in my center console cup holder. A few minutes later I wondered what time it was, so I picked up my phone, only to find out that I had set it in a cup of water! It wasn't fully submerged, but I immediately thought the sound was fried on it, since that was basically all that was in the water. I tested it, and I could hear the lock/unlock sound, but it was faint. I took my case off and held the bottom of my phone up to the heater in my car (after reading "don't use a hair dryer, it could fry your circuit board" I panicked!). But all that seemed to be wrong with it was the sound was going in and out on it and the screen looked weird, like water was in it (this went away after about 20 minutes though). This morning, after being on the charger all night, it was only 75% charged (and it's usually 100% after just a couple of hours) so now I am worried that the charging port isn't working properly. When I get home from work, I may try the rice thing. This same phone had some drink spilled on it back in May, and I had sound problems, sometimes it worked & sometimes not, and I didn't do anything to it to try and fix it, and now (before it got put in water last night) the sound was working just fine. More water got on/in it this time, but I have faith that my phone will be 100% functional again (even if it takes a few months)

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      My sister dropped her phone in the toilet, it still worked, but it was so gross. Why does it always have to be the toilet?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this is what has just happened to mine! exactly same situation right now, the flash LED light is on but the phone won't turn on and i can hear it vibrating. i know this was in august but what did you do? please help :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful lens!

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      Just make sure that you take care of your phones. accidents are there. great ideas to shield your iphone!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My phone fell out of my back pocket into the toilet two days ago. At first the volume buttons weren't working, the sound wasn't working or was bad, and I couldn't lock it. After some minutes it got better, after a couple of hours the only problem I had was that I couldn't turn it off. It kept turning on alone. When I got home I put it on a bowl of rice even if it was on I let it die and I waited 1 and a half/2 days. I just turned it on and charge it, everything is working fine. I did not use hair dryer just napkins and toilet paper. Make sure you take it off of the case so it can dry faster. I just wanted to thank who wrote this and the guys who wrote their experience. Hope everybody will be lucky as I was.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: same thing happened to me its air drying and it lit back up

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Second time I've dropped my phone in water but this time the screen isn't lighting up, it's in rice but I'm freaking out

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yesterday, my iphone fell out of my jeans into the toilet. I quickly grabbed it out and wiped it with a paper towel. I was mortified because all the buttons were rearranged and Siri kept randomly popping up on the screen. I let it air dry and everything, eventually, seemed to go back to normal. This morning ,however, I realized that the volume button wouldn't show up when I tried to play any music or videos. I looked online for suggestions and decided to go with thoroughly cleaning it with a q-tip. So, I turned off my phone and began cleaning the headphone jack (even cut the q-tip so I could get into the smaller hole found inside the headphone jack), as well as the speakers and charging outlet. When I turned on my phone, the volume button appeared almost immediately and everything worked fine. Hope this helps anyone with the same problem;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tip me friend dropped his iphone 4s in the pool and we got it out then directly put it in a bowl of rice and left it for 4 days and it worked perfectly but not the camera !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That happened to me!!! it wont charge though!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dropped my iPhone in the toilet on fri evening, total panic set in. I fished it out, dried it off with a towel, blasted it with the hair dryer but still nothing. My husband told me I shouldn't have used the hairdryer as it could melt the components! I googled 'dropped iPhone in water' & followed the advice as above. I removed the SIM & Tucked my phone in a small airtight container filled with dry boiled rice & placed it in the airing cupboard. I left it 3 whole days & tried 2 switch it on tonight. It switched on & after what seemed like forever waiting 4 it 2 find my network it was fully functional again. A quick plug in to iTunes 2 backup & a huge sigh of relief. Thanks 4 the advice I'd never have thought of rice.

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      pookywelch 4 years ago

      I hope I never drop my iPhone in the water! I did drop on the ground once, and the screen completely cracked. Thankfully, Apple replaced the entire phone for me for free :) I don't think they would do that if I dropped the phone in water though :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i dropped my iphone into the toilet( :( ) ..today around 6pm..picked up in a matter of seconds and dried it ..it seemed to be working fine.. i made a call and it seemed okay..when i got home about an hour later i put it in some rice just incase..its now 12:51am.. at 11pm i took it out of rice n i tried to turn it on it turned on but it looks like i have no service.. i can't turn wifi on or nothing. it also shows my battery is completely full which it isn't. and the date is changed to december 31st and im freaking out right now. i put it back into a bag with some rice..idk what else to do. please help:(