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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.

    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. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Fried Rice...... .you're doin' it wrong.
    1. Footballdt62's Avatar
      Footballdt62 -
      Silica Gel from your local arts and crafts store works 1000000xxxx better than rice.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I hope that dumb *** is not Asian. What the **** does rice do? It's doesn't suck the moisture. What is next? put the iphone is the dryer for 5 mins. SO STUPID
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      i've tried this b4, it actually does work, mind you it was with a LG flip phone....
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Its real...rice works. Of course dunking your phone in 99%-100% alcohol makes it work even better. This fixed my phone from having water splotches under the screen to like new condition. Well, i used silica gel, which acts the same way as rice but faster and stronger. It essentially sucks the moisture out of the phone, which could normally take months to dry out via evaporation whereas a few days in rice/silica gel will do the trick. The iso alcohol is good for removing trapped minerals left by water that could cause further corrosion of internal parts or block functions.
    1. pkdarien's Avatar
      pkdarien -
      This is the traditional method used in Singapore whenever any phone gets wet
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      I hope that dumb *** is not Asian. What the **** does rice do? It's doesn't suck the moisture. What is next? put the iphone is the dryer for 5 mins. SO STUPID
      SO STUPID....
      Exactly what I was thinking.... But about u, not the rice trick.

      Have u read any of the responses in this thread?

      Do u understand what rice is? And what it does? (not talking about the rice u get at Panda Express)
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Stay clear of any comments that are insulting.
    1. deedeedee's Avatar
      deedeedee -
      How About Fried Rice? Can Put My iPhone Into A Plate Of Fried Rice?
    1. Aznjonathan23's Avatar
      Aznjonathan23 -
      The starchy rice soaks up the moisture
    1. sendertimes's Avatar
      sendertimes -
      so if that happens then whats with this, I thought it was waterproof

      This video shows it different

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL_BBfossFM]YouTube - ‪iPhone 4 underwater test‬‎[/ame]
    1. codester3388's Avatar
      codester3388 -
      I took the logic board out and charger port and put them in the rice the lcd seemed fine and it worked wonders. Now since the place I work at fixes water damaged phones... We just use alcohol and a electric toothbrush and a ultra sonic cleaner. We only get 3 out of 10 phones that we can't revive.
    1. wiskyoner's Avatar
      wiskyoner -
      My uncle tossed me in the pool w my 3g. 3 days in a bag of rice and it was working as good as new. All its doing is absorbing the moisture. You know this isn't gonna fix everyones phone, but its better then getting mad and not doing anything.
    1. aamodr's Avatar
      aamodr -
      this is an old technique but very very effective.. just c that the phone is covered entirely in rice... works on any phone that had decided to go for a swim...
    1. seanf's Avatar
      seanf -
      Rice is a natural dessicant, just like those silica gel "do not eat" packets, but not quite as effective. It will help the phone dry out faster. It works.
    1. Flybeast0408's Avatar
      Flybeast0408 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tremerone View Post
      I'm more surprised on how careless people are with their idevices!
      I guard my iphone with my life!
      Yep, Same here CRACKED MY 3G S I was screwed after that i ALWAYS get a case and guard it with my life
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Also, after keeping the iPhone in the rice bag for a few days, you can then put the whole thing in a stir-fry, add a cup of water, and make a tasty iPhone flavored Moo Goo iPan!
      I'm with you on this one!
      Anyone for seconds?!?
    1. king168's Avatar
      king168 -
      Absolutely right. Rice absorbs moisture
    1. jgarno's Avatar
      jgarno -
      Correlation does not imply causation
      I would believe that the quicker you turn an electrical device off and remove the water, the lest damage you will do to the advise. I think the big saver is to....wait! Water naturally evaporates. I think the best advise would be to make sure the power is off, remove as much water is possible and then wait...place the device in the dryest room you have, particularly a air conditioned room. wait till you think the device is completely dry then wait some more...and ur device will be fine. Rice is a myth because rice can only suck up moisture if it comes in contact with it...meaning the outside. Whereas all the delicate parts are on the inside. This seems to be a ploy for you to send them your devices more than anything else.
    1. doitchinkstyle's Avatar
      doitchinkstyle -
      I wouldve used this method, but back when I dropped my first iPhone I just had AppleCare replace it. No strips to check for water damage.