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I dropped my iPhone in water, what do I do?

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hey good people of hukd,

So I dropped my iPhone 3gs in the toilet. Well, it flew out of my jeans pocket as I picked up my clothes and I watched it dive in slow motion in the toilet bowl.

I immediately dived in afterwards (and no, it wasn't flushed) and grabbed it out. All in all, it was probably submerged for 3-4 seconds max. The screen was still on but unresponsive so I couldn't switch it off immediately. I took the hair dryer to it, blew cold air to get rid of the water in the headphone/connector docks and dabbed off all the water/piss that I could.

I then left it to dry for a couple of days in a tub of rice, as advised by google. Now when I connect it to my computer, the apple logo comes on for about 10-15 seconds, then disappears, and this process repeats itself over and over again. However, if I plug it in to the mains socket, after 15 seconds of the apple logo I reach the "connect to iTunes screen", and the touch screen is fully responsive as I can dial an emergency number.

I don't understand why I would get to that screen when the phone is connected to the mains, but not when it is connected to the computer. My only guess at this point is that the battery was fried by the water (I remember the battery still had about 60% charge when I dropped it in, and I wasn't able to switch the phone off immediately. About an hour later, the phone was dead). Could it be that the phone receives enough power when connected to the mains to actually boot in recovery mode, whereas the lower voltage it receives when connected via usb is insufficient to go beyond the apple logo?

As a side note, I bought the phone factory unlocked on ebay, and afaik, Apple won't cover water damaged iPhones under their standard 1 year warranty. Both moisture sensors in the headphone and connection docks have turned pink

So my questions are: does my theory on the dead battery seem valid? And if not, what steps can I take to have my phone repaired/replaced by apple, and how much would it cost?
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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suspended#1
dont turn it on

Edit

I didnt actually read the whole 1st post :oops:
#2
Bad Times,

Apple do a swapper for approx £200 I think,give them a call
banned#3
£150 for a refurb replacement via apple store I believe. Otherwise it is possible, but difficult, to change the battery..
#4
I didn't - I couldn't switch it off immediately as the screen was unresponsive. I left it to dry for a couple of days in a tub of rice before switching it on again.
banned#5
You shouldn't turn it on for about a week. With other gadgets you can take the battery out which is what kills the phone.
#6
Why would you even take a phone in a bathroom for?
#7
JaYy_dOg
Why would you even take a phone in a bathroom for?


How else can you take pictures for RateMyPoo.com? :whistling:
#8
JaYy_dOg
Why would you even take a phone in a bathroom for?


to text or look on the internet whilst your doin a poo.

OP was going for a whizz so dno how the hell that happend, flew outta his pockets hmmm bit dubious

edit ...sounds like OP was naked whilst doing a whizz as all their clothes were on the floor...why would you take them off? lol
#9
JaYy_dOg
Why would you even take a phone in a bathroom for?


I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps their phone in their jeans pocket when going to the bathroom?
#10
numptyj
to text or look on the internet whilst your doin a poo.

OP was going for a whizz so dno how the hell that happend, flew outta his pockets hmmm bit dubious

edit ...sounds like OP was naked whilst doing a whizz as all their clothes were on the floor...why would you take them off? lol


You wish! Just a boring shower I'm afraid..
#11
angelfairee dropped hers down the toilet, ask her.
#12
LssL
I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps their phone in their jeans pocket when going to the bathroom?


But not in the house, i do when i go out, but my pockets are tight so wont fall out, have no idea how yours fell.
#13
thesaint
angelfairee dropped hers down the toilet, ask her.


Ssshhh, I did no such thing! I'm extremely careful with my possessions and not clumsy at all.
#14
angelfairee
Ssshhh, I did no such thing! I'm extremely careful with my possessions and not clumsy at all.


probs threw up on it instead..
1 Like #15
numptyj
probs threw up on it instead..


Better to throw up on something of my own rather than someone elses...

OP, I dropped mine down the toilet and tried all the things people tell you to do on the internet - rice, airing cupboards, hair dryers etc etc...in the end I gave up and paid about £140 and Apple replaced it with a new one.
#16
JaYy_dOg
But not in the house, i do when i go out, but my pockets are tight so wont fall out, have no idea how yours fell.


Baggy jeans - I came out of the shower, picked my old clothes up and it fell out.

Although that really isn't the issue lol. I can draw a picture if anyone somehow doubts how my phone landed in the toilet. I can put arrows and colour them in if it makes it easier to understand.
#17
angelfairee


OP, I dropped mine down the toilet and tried all the things people tell you to do on the internet - rice, airing cupboards, hair dryers etc etc...in the end I gave up and paid about £140 and Apple replaced it with a new one.


Your memory is a bit hazy. You left it for a few hours, got impatient, and switched it on.
i-phone gave up the ghost, and you paid for a replacement.


No stalker!
#18
LssL
Baggy jeans - I came out of the shower, picked my old clothes up and it fell out.

Although that really isn't the issue lol. I can draw a picture if anyone somehow doubts how my phone landed in the toilet. I can put arrows and colour them in if it makes it easier to understand.


i understand
mine went in the toilet too
it did end of story--

i would love to try and get apple back for making products that can get destroyed so easily
mines gone to heaven too
#19
thesaint
Your memory is a bit hazy. You left it for a few hours, got impatient, and switched it on.
i-phone gave up the ghost, and you paid for a replacement.


No stalker!


My dad paid for a replacement actually, if you're going to be picky.
#20
angelfairee
My dad paid for a replacement actually, if you're going to be picky.


Can I get his number?
#21
angelfairee
My dad paid for a replacement actually, if you're going to be picky.


If I was picky, I would've turned you down!
#22
LssL
Can I get his number?


No! I need him to pay my car insurance soon!

thesaint
If I was picky, I would've turned you down!


If you'd turned me down I would have thrown myself in front of a bus.
banned#23
angelfairee and thesaint had sex?
#24
vibeone
angelfairee and thesaint had sex?


Sounds like a Corrie storyline...
#25
my sis thought hers was agonner after doing the same thing. and having simelar power probs she left it wrapped in a towel on the radiator for a few more days and bobs yer uncle it woks again. (lucky bint!!! Honestly if she fell in clyde she'd come up with a salmon in both hands!!)

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