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  • Water Damaged iPhone? Grab Some Rice!


    The good people at iFixYouri have published an interesting how-to guide for helping curb water damage to your iPhone after being accidentally submerged in water. According to the makers of the above video, water damaged iDevices are incredibly commonplace. But even if your iPhone takes the plunge, there's still a chance you can fix the soggy mess yourself.

    Common sense, of course, dictates that if your iPhone falls into the toilet, a lake, or any other pool of liquid, the first step is to retrieve the device as quickly as possible. The next steps, however, may not be so familiar. Once you've retrieved your handset and powered it off, pop out the SIM card. Last but not least, stick your iPhone into a bag of uncooked rice. If you have a bag with ziplock functionality, you're in good shape, as any air in the bag of rice will reduce the effectiveness of this technique.

    According to the team at iFixYouri, "if you follow the above steps and mail the water damaged iPhone we can fix it as good as new." Then again, you may not even need to send the device in. Simply wait 48 to 72 hours after your rice-drying experiment. There's a good chance that your iPhone will be back to normal and showing few signs of internal water damage. If, however, your iPhone isn't working properly, simply put the device back in the bag of rice and send it to the people at iFixYouri, a business that specializes in repairing damaged iDevices.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Water Damaged iPhone? Grab Some Rice! started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 88 Comments
    1. TheSpread's Avatar
      TheSpread -
      The reason it "doesn't" work for most people is one of 2 things

      1) They didn't power it off and keep it powered off after they got it wet therefore frying the insides.

      and

      2) Not leaving it in the rice for long enough. It takes 2 days at least to be effective in my experience. If you do it less than that, refer to #1.
    1. REVODesign's Avatar
      REVODesign -
      It actually does work. For those skeptical few, if you try it, you know it helps.

      I've repaired countless number of iPhones and iPods.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Here's a great recipe for all water logged iPhone 4's:

      - first take it out of the liquid emmediately.
      - place in bag of rice (2 cups perferred)
      - heat wok to 400 degrees
      - add iPhone and rice to wok
      - cook in wok for approx 10 minutes until golden brown, or until bumper melts.
      - dump all in trash
      - buy a Droid.

      P.S. I wonder what it would be like with Sushi?
    1. Modifiedz's Avatar
      Modifiedz -
      O better yet take it apart and spray some non residue contact cleaner. If the insides are soaked, you need to use 99% alcohol or contact cleaner. Rice will not pull out large quantities of water and the parts inside will rust and corrode. This might be OK if you are sure there is not a puddle of water inside.
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    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Same thread......... three years later.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      This is true, not an urban legend as I have done this with an old palm treo dropped in a bucket of soapy water. Rice is polished using mineral talcum which is why you should always wash rice before cooking. Both rice and talcum are hydroscopic (water absorbing) and will draw water out of the phone given time. Putting it in a sunny but not too hot a spot in your bag of rice will quicken the process. As long as no power is running through the circuit boards it won't short out any components and your phone should work, so power your phone off straight away. Some phone resellers do use isopropyl alcohol baths to do this. The alcohol disperses the water and dries very quickly. But don't do this yourself, take your phone to someone who does.

      Why do all these idiots keep posting that it's an urban legend when it clearly has worked for plenty of people here.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      RICE IS AN URBAN LEGEND! IT DOES NOT DO ANYTHING

      WOW!

      I see people everyday who put their phones in rice. All the rice does is make a mess. It will never absorb the liquid and corrosion from the logic board of an iPhone.
      Rice fixed my phone
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      All I can say is don't cook the rice after you've dried out an iphone that's fallen into the toilet. lol
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      Hmm, rice? I guess that kinda works.
      I have fixed around 50 iPhones that have taken a swim. The only sure way I know to fix electronic devices that get wet is to completely take them apart, ie: screens, mother board, speaker/mic, case, etc. Now, put them on a cookie sheet, and put them out in the sun for 4 hours, then turn them over and cook the other side for 4 hours. Im getting a 95% repair rate on that procedure. Do not use hair dryers or ovens !!
    1. ctstiffler's Avatar
      ctstiffler -
      This method actually does work. My friend had a 3GS and went swimming and laid his iPhone on his towel. Some ***** picked his towel up to dry off and his phone went sliding into the pool. He jumped in after it and put it in a bowl of rice and waited three days. iPhone turned on and worked fine.
    1. SkyGuy5's Avatar
      SkyGuy5 -
      This happened to me while running in a rain storm. Rice worked great!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ctstiffler View Post
      This method actually does work. My friend had a 3GS and went swimming and laid his iPhone on his towel. Some ***** picked his towel up to dry off and his phone went sliding into the pool. He jumped in after it and put it in a bowl of rice and waited three days. iPhone turned on and worked fine.
      Towel stealer
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      This can indeed work, I have used it for other electronics....it does not always work, but putting it in a bag of rice for a couple days can't hurt anything either, so why not give it a shot?
    1. NinetyFour's Avatar
      NinetyFour -
      I've got a question. So you guys say to power it off before you put it in rice. How should I go about doing this? Should I use the "hold power and home button until it shuts off" method or should i just simply hold the power button and slide to power off? Because won't using the touch screen and any buttons short circuit the phone?
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Best bet .... Don't touch it. Why? Because it's probably already off due to the water .. and .. messing with the power button may try to turn in on and create more damage.
    1. mikiecw's Avatar
      mikiecw -
      i once dropped my iphone in water it did not work with rice, but i did however learn a lot about repairing stuff myself (microphone, camera, lcd, pretty much how to replace everything, except the motherboard, if the motherboard is fried then your screwed!!) and i bought it all on ebay for less than $30!! you really don't have a ton to lose other than a few bucks, if you screw it up, they can still fix it for you!!
    1. Bassface's Avatar
      Bassface -
      Quote Originally Posted by NinetyFour View Post
      I've got a question. So you guys say to power it off before you put it in rice. How should I go about doing this? Should I use the "hold power and home button until it shuts off" method or should i just simply hold the power button and slide to power off? Because won't using the touch screen and any buttons short circuit the phone?
      You only use the Home+Power if it is stuck on the white pinwheel.
    1. azxken's Avatar
      azxken -
      This actually works. I've tried a couple time before.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Hold on guys... I'm gonna go drop my iPhone 4 into the toilet, then put it in a bag of rice....

      I'll get back to u on the results!