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I dropped my iphone 4 in the toilet about 5 days ago. I immediately but the phone in a bag of rice for 4 days. When I took it out...
01-09-2011, 11:13 AM #1iPhone Water Damaged Screen
I dropped my iphone 4 in the toilet about 5 days ago. I immediately but the phone in a bag of rice for 4 days. When I took it out I tried to turn it on but nothing. Then I tried plugging it into my computer and nothing happened aswell. I left the phone plugged into the computer for about half an hour then all of a sudden the computer reccongized my phone. I then plugged my phone into an outlet and it made the chargeing sound. I thought my phone was going to be okay but then suddenly I realized that my screen was not coming on. You have to turn the phone at a certain angle to BARLEY see a part of the screen. The strange part is the touchscreen still works. Will this problem get any better or will I have to replace the screen?
01-09-2011, 11:33 AM #2
Bad LCD connector on the mainboard (which is pretty much not fixable)
or bad board
It's pricey to trouble shoot also.. you could buy a new screen and swamp it out but if its not the screen then you are kinda SOL.
Take the back off and lift up the connectors for the screen. If they are corroded at the mainboard most likely it's not gonna be fixable.
I'll buy it from you if you can't fix it
Last edited by iRepairIndy; 01-09-2011 at 11:35 AM.
01-09-2011, 06:19 PM #3
I think it's a problem with the backlight. You have to shine direct light onto the screen to see anything.
Good news, the phone restart itself and magicaly worked again. The only thing thats wrong now is it shuts off when I try to open some apps and when I try to turn the camera on the phone shuts off and restarts. Hopefully this problem will fix itself aswell. ^.^
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01-09-2011, 07:51 PM #4
It may get worse with time. Water damage can seem like nothing at first but then the corrosion starts which can cause everything to quit working. I would advise taking it apart and cleaning it very carefully and well with (over 90%) rubbing alcohol.
I also would be interested if you can't get it to work.
Last edited by R1futly; 01-09-2011 at 07:59 PM.
01-09-2011, 07:55 PM #5
Or if you get very, very, very, very, very lucky the water sensors did not trigger and you can try and get apple to replace it
01-10-2011, 02:02 AM #6
Getting a water damaged phone replaced isn't hard
01-11-2011, 03:55 PM #7
My phone is still shutting off at times and doesn't appear to be getting better. Where could I go to get this phone fixed for less than I bought it for?
01-11-2011, 03:57 PM #8
If you have an apple store nearby you can see if they'll replace it. Just make sure not to mention anything about the incident.
01-12-2011, 10:26 AM #9
I don't live near an apple store. Should I leave my phone in rice for a couple days? Would that fix the restarting problem?
Where would be a good place to get my phone fix for less than how much the phone really is?
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01-12-2011, 10:52 PM #10
Where to take it will depend on where you live. I know somewhere but it's in Miami, so I am not sure what to tell you. You can also look on eBay at how much they sell for so you can have an idea of how much it's worth like that
01-13-2011, 10:25 PM #11
I agree eBay gets u top $ for your damaged iPhone.. Especially the 4g
01-13-2011, 10:33 PM #12
Here's something to try for a minimum amount of money. The water probably has left some minerals behind that is stuck in crevices, causing the instability. You'll want to wash out the residue. Get isopropyl alcohol, nothing below 95%, if you can even get 99% it would be best. Simply set your device into it completely submerged for 15 minutes. Set back into rice for a night or two. The alcohol will wash and push out the minerals left behind and the rice will facilitate by absorbing it out.
If you're hesitant to place your device in iso alcohol, that's fine don't do it. But I have done this before and it completely fixed my phone which was flickering violently whenever I turned it on.
01-14-2011, 11:29 AM #13
01-14-2011, 01:45 PM #14
Will the method of putting the mainboard in alcohol for 15 minutes and then rice fix the problem and if the problem doesn't get fixed will it still boot up and be as before? Thanks for your help!
01-14-2011, 06:29 PM #15
Will the alcohol trigger the water damage sensors? I found an apple store and i'm hoping I can get a replacement.
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01-14-2011, 10:17 PM #20
Lol ok. I was seriously confused b/c I believe everything you say. I was so sure of myself until you said that haha.