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Apr 17, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Rice for at least 24 hours. 48 would be better. If it was on when it took the bath it's most likely toast. iPhones are sealed units so you can't take them apart. The longer the better in the rice. DO NOT BAKE OR MICROWAVE IT. lol

Social climber
Apr 17, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
I've had good results with minute rice. Put the phone in a gallon ziplock bag with load of minute rice. I have left items packed like that for about 2 days. I left the bag sitting in a nice warm spot as well. This has worked for me for numerous iPods, iPod touches, and twice for coworkers with iPhones.


Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 17, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
The rice idea seems to be pretty prevalent. There are also places (and I'm sure there are a bunch in the valley) that fix broken phones, including iPhones. Might be worth a visit.

I'm with you on the phone destruction! My 3 year old lost my wife's iPhone on a soccer field last year. Somewhere. I went back and did the grid search a couple of times. And I did have Find my iPhone set up. I think the battery was run out. Now my wife has a new one with an orange case!

I blew up my iPhone last fall when I was leaning back to buckle the same 3 year old in. I keep a cup of coffee in one holder on the console and my phone in the other. Then I noticed a pool of coffee in the console tray... and the cup holder where the phone was up to about an inch! Aiyah! It sorta kinda worked for the most part. The only problem was that the Home button was intermittent and I had to push it hard and or wack it to get it to work. So I didn't want the hassle and my contract was up, so I got a new one. I sold the old one to gazelle.com and got 140 odd bucks for it! If yours is not usable anymore, you might want to send it to them. They also take old MacBooks and some other Apple hardware.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 17, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
$49 replacement with apple care, which I hope, you got!

Apr 18, 2013 - 12:12am PT
^^ Jaybro for the win.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 18, 2013 - 12:46am PT
Oh ya! Forgot about that! I bought that option!


Mountain climber
Apr 18, 2013 - 12:52am PT
You put it in a large jar filled with rice, let it sit there for like 4 or 5 days, then try turning it on, if you already tried turning it on, this trick may not work.

I do this for RC electronics when I crash in water and it works great.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Apr 18, 2013 - 12:54am PT
I like pasta more than rice.

Beans are good though. =P

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 18, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Be careful with AppleCare. It's good for some people, but it really depends on your situation, personality (perennial phone smasher, etc.) and budget. AppleCare costs $99 and plus $49 for each damage repair incident (limited to 2 incidents, I think). It's definitely a good deal for Apple! But maybe not for others.

I just self-insure. I squirrel away an amount each month and that's my phone insurance fund. Of course, this takes a level of discipline and having Apple insure for you may be safer than risking blowing your fund on coffee, those new cams, wine, women, song, or whatever is running now on HSN! :-)


Apr 18, 2013 - 01:36am PT
Last week a friend of mine had her iPhone do the swim in the toilet thing ( fortunately clean water ). The rice trick worked! Good luck.

Trad climber
Western America
Apr 18, 2013 - 02:12am PT
gentle heat to dry it out but not melt it, like a CFL light bulb.
Use something like a tennis racket to support the phone on top of a table lamp so its not to close to the bulb. Or a sunny window.


Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2013 - 04:03am PT
Bad enough that I got Bill to spend money on an Apple product, I would not dare ask for a warranty too.

Yeah... I know. I most likely screwed but hey... Let's see. I'm a lucky girl full of surprises that surprise ME.


Apr 18, 2013 - 04:35am PT
Let it dry out before you boot it up. If it fails, try an Apple or AT&T store, wherever you got it (or not). You might be surprised - they may just plain swap it. Or let you downgrade to another model for cheap. Tell them you work out and sweat a lot.

Here's the deal (their bottom line): compared to your data plan & potential purchasing power, the price of the device is insignificant. It's in their interest to have you walk out with another, retain market share. They have plenty on their shelves.

If they balk, threaten "Yeah, I was thinking about going Android." Man or woman, you're just a number, that should seal it.

Apr 18, 2013 - 06:26am PT
I would submerge it in a vat of urine, photograph it, and put it on the web. Guaranteed to go viral.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 18, 2013 - 07:55am PT
How far I to your contract are you? They'll prolly give you a 3sg for free, -
And 4's are only like 50 anyway. Others toll have to pay.

Bill's a big boy and it's time he grew up about apple anyway!

Doesn't mean you have to use a can on a string / droid!

Apr 18, 2013 - 09:40am PT
Todays Yahoo news.


Wet Cell Phone Rescue Tool That's Better Than Rice
By Becky Worley |

Each year millions of phones are damaged by water. The interior gets wet and the circuitry goes kaput. Replacing a wet smartphone can cost upwards of $400, so are there any ways to save a phone, especially an iPhone that’s gone for a swim?

Previously I tested the efficacy of drying a phone in uncooked rice, it worked for Blackberries and some Android phones, but I couldn’t get it to save an iPhone. So when I saw a new product that promised a 100% success rate for resuscitating wet phones (including the iPhone), I had to try it.

First I dunked a powered on iPhone 4 in fresh water for 20 seconds, fully submerging it and cringing as I watched air bubbles popping out of the phone’s innards, as I knew water was rushing in.

Then I pulled out the Dry-All Smartphone Recovery kit and followed the directions. First turn the phone off, towel dry, put in the Dry-All case for 24 hours. The biggest mistake people make after accidentally getting a phone wet is to turn it on and see if it’s working. That can fire up the phone and further fry the circuitry. If the phone is in sleep mode (screen off but powered on, as it normally is in your pocket) do nothing but hit the off button and fully power it down once you remove it from the water.

The Dry-All can be purchased either as a one-time use bag for $11 or a five-time use case for $50. It is filled with proprietary dehumidifying beads that were originally designed to keep sensitive military equipment dry as it shipped across the ocean during World War II. The company claims that the Dry-All has a 100% success rate when drying out phones that have been submerged in water less than 30 seconds (if you follow their directions).

The main differential between their beads and other desiccants, like rice, is the speed at which they can remove moisture from the hone and thus prevent corrosion. Because the iPhone does not have a removable battery, its parts are less accessible and I presume harder to get dry than the other phones we successfully revived with rice.

So after 24 hours in the Dry-All container, I opened it with some hesitation and was pleasantly surprised to see the iPhone turn on. I had no problems with the phone, like non-working buttons or glitchy behavior. I decided to try it again and sure enough after another 20 second soak and 24-hour period in the Dry-All container, the iPhone powered on again.

Now there are other products that promise smartphone resuscitation like the Kensington Evap pouch ($20) and when I tested it, it was also successful in reviving the iPhone after a 20 second dip.

One note: while both these products revived the phone to full working status – the iPhone’s Liquid Contact Indicator (located inside the headphone jack) had been tripped by the initial exposure to water and the pouches could not alter that indicator status. Once tripped that indicator voids the one-year warranty or any Apple Care warranties on the phone.

But if you are prone to wet phone incidents, having one of these rescue packs on hand seems like a good investment and might prevent you from having to spend a few hundred dollars on a replacement phone in the future.

[Related: Scratch Test – Does Your Phone Really Need a Screen Protector?]

Ethics Statement: All opinions expressed here are my own. I am not paid by any manufacturers or retailers.

Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
Funny, Bill would actually submerge it in a vat of Urine and let that photograph go viral. He loves his Galaxy and thinks my phone isn't worth the rice it's sitting in.

My plan is four days of being in rice, hook it up and see if it goes. If not, next step is the Mac store and see what deal I can convince them to give me. Bill does not WANT me to buy another iPhone. But if I can get one cheap, one being comparable to the replacement phone he would get me... Well, we can compromise and why he's a great man to be married to. I'll be just as happy with a lower model since all I really love about it is the directions, camera/video, looking up prices, places to go for gas and how I can post pictures instantly. Most of the iPhones can do that.

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 18, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
This is the gizmo you want:


We're all headed to Alaska for the summer and will be spending tons of time in rain and on the water. Thsi is as important as mosquito repellant.


Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 18, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
Come on. Microwave it ferchrissakes.

I want to know what happens.

Apr 18, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Gets cooking around 2:00

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