iPhone just submerged in water, any hope?
My question is, is there any reason to think it might work again or do I give up and get a new phone? Has anyone had this happen where it turned out ok?
I would not advise taking apart the battery. a) you'll have to be really careful b) from my experiences, Apple tends to void warranties even if you sneeze near their products!
Like another user above, I've also heard that putting the phone in your oven at the lowest setting (125 degrees Fahrenheit or so) for around 5 hours helps to evaporate any water locked up inside the device. It could potentially make sense, as you want to create a dryer and hotter environment that's conducive to water evaporation.
However, I haven't been able to find anything to verify that now that I've been looking. It's an interesting theory, but not sure how much I'd recommend it, especially with a large LCD screen that is potentially susceptible to heat.
Anyone have more information or tips on this?
First thing is to immediately turn off the device (I know, too late for you but maybe someone else is reading along who can use it). Remove battery if possible and thoroughly clean the contacts (on the battery and the device). Some people recommend to actually dump your device (after removing the battery) in de-ionized water, not water from the tap! Doing this, you can remove any salts that actually would attack your devices metals. However, most people I talked to who had similar problems never did it and they were able to bring back their devices from the dead. Then put the device and some rice into a sealable plastic box. I would not put the phone directly into the rice since it will leave rice crumbs in the phone which you don't want. Just put a kitchen paper in between. Alternatively, instead of rice, use some silicagel. This is a chemical which you get in little sachets with most electronic devices. You can also buy it at drug store. This is extremely efficient in removing water from the air and is reusable (put in oven to dry again, some have an indicator which goes from blue (active) to white (inactive) when used to dry stuff). In a sealed box it will remove any liquid in your device indirectly. Definitely let it dry for at least 2 days before you turn the device on again! The longer you wait, the better.
From personal experiences, if your ipod/touch stops working due to ant form of water/moisture then apple wont fix it. A friend took his iphone into a sauna, no water just steam and 20 mins in his device bricked. When he took it into the apple store they said that the device has a moisture sensor according to which he submerged his phone. Long story short, he put it in a zip-lock bag of silica gel pellets for a few days and it worked. Although it did tend to heat up but my friend suspected that was due to upgrading the firmware to 2.1! (:s).
Looks like I should be eligible for the upgrade on the 13th of December, so I may be getting a 3GS (which someone pointed out may have been a subconscious reason that it happened).
Again thank you all.
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