Dropped iPhone in washer. Ruined?

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twestrope

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I dropped my iPhone into the washer tonight just as the water was coming on. I quickly grabbed it and it appeared pretty dry. The phone works as do various apps, email,etc. BUT, once I am into a program the home button does not work to take me back to the home screen. Is it ruined? Is it worth the time to take it to an Apple store or Verizon? Is there anything I can still do other than to get my credit card out? Thanks.
 

twestrope

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Doing an Internet search it mentions using uncooked rice. One of the posters said cooked rice. Is one better than the other?
 

Europa

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I dropped my iPhone into the washer tonight just as the water was coming on. I quickly grabbed it and it appeared pretty dry. The phone works as do various apps, email,etc. BUT, once I am into a program the home button does not work to take me back to the home screen. Is it ruined? Is it worth the time to take it to an Apple store or Verizon? Is there anything I can still do other than to get my credit card out? Thanks.
For future reference, the best thing to do is immediately power it down and put it in a rice bag for at least four days. Powering it on any sooner, especially right after it got wet, will decrease the odds of success.
 

Tonynlia

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If that doesn't work you could always put the rice in the microwave and have it with some sweet n sour sauce
 

VOLS34

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I think if you get it to that point you would start heating the phone. Not a good idea IMO.
I think placing it somewhere warm versus a cool spot would be better. The point of putting it in a back of rice is to force condensation & have the rice absorb the water.
 

Europa

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Some people use a heat lamp. If anything, it will speed up the process. It's not going to cause any more damage than is already done.
 

mrbunglez

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You can take it to Apple if none of your water sensors in the headphone port or charge port turned pink they'll give you a replacement. Worked for me after my son spilled water on my phone, before I was LifeProof'd. Once you get your replacement get it liquipelled and use a LifeProof case for added protection.
 

Europa

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You can take it to Apple if none of your water sensors in the headphone port or charge port turned pink they'll give you a replacement. Worked for me after my son spilled water on my phone, before I was LifeProof'd. Once you get your replacement get it liquipelled and use a LifeProof case for added protection.
They will be pink since it was dropped in water. I think Apple charges $150 for the replacement. It's only $50 if you have Apple Care+.