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

    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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    dont turn it on

    Edit

    I didnt actually read the whole 1st post :oops:

    Bad Times,

    Apple do a swapper for approx £200 I think,give them a call

    Banned

    £150 for a refurb replacement via apple store I believe. Otherwise it is possible, but difficult, to change the battery..

    Original Poster

    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

    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.

    Why would you even take a phone in a bathroom for?

    JaYy_dOg;7939276

    Why would you even take a phone in a bathroom for?



    How else can you take pictures for RateMyPoo.com? :whistling:

    JaYy_dOg;7939276

    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

    Original Poster

    JaYy_dOg;7939276

    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?

    Original Poster

    numptyj;7939298

    to text or look on the internet whilst your doin a poo.OP was going for a … 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 dubiousedit ...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..

    angelfairee dropped hers down the toilet, ask her.

    LssL;7939328

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps their phone in their jeans pocket … 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.

    thesaint;7939444

    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.

    angelfairee;7939517

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



    probs threw up on it instead..

    numptyj;7939651

    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.

    Original Poster

    JaYy_dOg;7939482

    But not in the house, i do when i go out, but my pockets are tight so … 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.

    angelfairee;7939742

    OP, I dropped mine down the toilet and tried all the things people tell … 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!

    LssL;7939756

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

    thesaint;7939766

    Your memory is a bit hazy. You left it for a few hours, got impatient, … 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.

    Original Poster

    angelfairee;7939790

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



    Can I get his number?

    angelfairee;7939790

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



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

    LssL;7939821

    Can I get his number?



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

    thesaint;7939856

    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

    angelfairee and thesaint had sex?

    Original Poster

    vibeone;7941881

    angelfairee and thesaint had sex?



    Sounds like a Corrie storyline...

    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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