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My wife managed to drop her iphone in water. Will not power up.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stinsok, Oct 4, 2017.


  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    We tried the rice trick. No luck. Any suggestions?
     
  2. 10cc

    10cc

    Oct 28, 2013
    Text her and let her know your buying a Wal.
     
  3. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    You need some specialized little screwdrivers to open up and dismantle it but it's not tough. I've been replacing batteries in Iphones for while and it's fairly simple inside but it's got to go back together exactly like it came apart. You might consider opening it up and making sure it's completely dry on the inside.

    If you are not comfortable working on really small ribbon cables and the like, you might be better to take it to an Apple store and see what they say.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2017
  4. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Give it time. Keep it in rice. If it comes back it comes back. If it doesn't, well, lots of cool new phones on the market.

    And you could probably get some money for it even with water damage.
     
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  5. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Happened to my boy. Taught him to talk in the tub. He said the rice thing didn't work either till he left it there for a week. It powered back up.
     
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  6. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I know a guy who dropped his phone into a bucket of grout. Rice didn't help. In 3000 years, it will be the Pompeii of cell phones.
     
  7. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    And don't forget to change the rice.
     
  8. Moody Tuner

    Moody Tuner

    Jun 30, 2017
    Chicago
    Or use silica instead of rice. Save those little bags found in packaging for situations like this. :thumbsup:
     
  9. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Make sure it's uncooked rice.
     
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    This right here. Wife dropped her iPhone in the toilet. Put it in rice for about 3-4 days, Powered back up. Just gotta let it dry out.
     
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  11. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Douse it in alcohol to displace the water. Then put it in rice.

    Then, in a week, throw the bag of rice, phone included, in the trash.
     
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  12. Boil off the water in the microwave. Make sure to put it on high or it won't work.
     
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  13. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    Speed up the process with a hair dryer blower especially if you can get inside of it.
     
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  14. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Take the chip out and dry it. Hair dryer might help if you take it apart. Take battery out and put every thing on rice or silicon bags.
     
  15. Be sure to preheat the microwave oven first.
     
  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
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    This is accomplished by putting the entire microwave oven, while plugged in and running, inside the regular oven at about 350 for 20 minutes or so.
     
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  17. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    The last time I wanted something new with my ex, I had a ''accident'' (wink-wink).
    I'm not saying that's what really happened here... who would do something like that? (besides me).
     
  18. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Best to place a can of Pam or some other aerosol cooking spray inside the microwave. Keeps everything moving.
     
  19. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    On the threshold of a verge on the brink.
    Try shoving the rice into the jack hole.
     
  20. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar... Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Chicago
    I don't save those, so instead I just bought a ton of new gear to get a few of them.
     
  21. It's an Apple...just go to the store and get a shiney brand new one...I hear the green ones are only $0.67 a pound today...
     

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