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So this weekend I had to take my boat out of the water. In the process I had to wade into water that was up to my waste. Unfortunately, my iPhone was in my pocket.

Like an idiot, I immediately try to turn it on and got just the Apple logo which came on and then would go off. After a few tries of turning it on and off, I didn’t even get the Apple logo.

Ruined. Dammit. $500. @#$@#$@#!

So then I started searching online. Surely, I wasn’t the first person who had done this. I found lots of advice (most of it bad) and none of the advice I found actually included whether it was taken and the results.

Well, the one piece of advice I took was to take the iPhone and put it in a bag of plain dry white rice. I was skeptical about whether this would work.  But next morning, sure enough, I plugged it in to recharge and voila, all we right in the world. Good as new.


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on Jun 20, 2011

on Jun 20, 2011

And if you accidentally get rice in the case and cook it while using your phone you can claim it uses rice burning technology.

on Jun 20, 2011

You got lucky brad, I washed mine but unfortunately the rice did not work, it was bricked.. my boy tho has washed his multiple times by leaving in his pocket, and each time fired right back up after the rice drying ...

on Jun 20, 2011

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Couldn't resist.

 

on Jun 20, 2011

Weird science but a great piece of useful information...

Hankers
Rice is better as you can eat the rice after and get a built-in ring tone on it's way out.

on Jun 20, 2011

Grits work even better than rice to dry out electronics but they are a little hard to find in Michigan.  

They also work great for killing ants.

on Jun 20, 2011

CarGuy1
Grits

Girls Raised In The South dry out electronics and kill ants? 

on Jun 20, 2011

navigatsio
Girls Raised In The South dry out electronics and kill ants?

Only if you raise 'em right...

on Jun 21, 2011

Only if you raise 'em right...

The ants or the grits?

on Jun 21, 2011

Will any of these methods work if you drop your cellphone in a cup of Pepsi?

on Jun 21, 2011

HG_Eliminator
You got lucky brad, I washed mine but unfortunately the rice did not work, it was bricked.. my boy tho has washed his multiple times by leaving in his pocket, and each time fired right back up after the rice drying ...

Did you try dehydrated pizza for yours?  

Trojasmic
Will any of these methods work if you drop your cellphone in a cup of Pepsi?

Forget it. The syrup never comes out, although the bubbles seem to come out easily enough...

on Jun 21, 2011

my spare iphone 4 went thru a wash cycle a few months ago. unfortunately, the rice bag trick didn't work for me. i had it on my desk as a paper weight for months waiting for  my next trip to the apple store in indy to get it replaced for $200. recently, my son's phone was stolen in san francisco so i sent the paper weight to him so he could get it replaced out there. the young lady at the san fran apple store replaced it for free. he said he told her the truth about the water damage but she said since we both had used iphone 3gs and iphone 4 smartphones, she would be nice and replace it for free. i guess dave being honest helped a bit, too.

on Jun 21, 2011

One thing to try, is to use a hair dryer, on low heat setting, and 'breeze' the phone overnight, in a place where the phone is open to the air.  Then do the rice  imersion technique.  I have recovered a number of cell phones this way... (However, I have never owned an i-phone, so...).  

on Jun 21, 2011

Geez, I thought everyone knew that rice was a magic cure for wet devices.

on Jun 22, 2011

Let us know if our advice was any help Brad.

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