I can't believe I did it.

KabaModern

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I dropped my iPhone in the toilet. I immediately took it out, let it dry in the sun for a couple minutes, disassembled the iPhone, dried the inside a bit, and now it's reassembled sitting in a bag of rice.

I hope my steps didn't do more harm than good...

How many people have had this rice thing work?

:(
 

Europa

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Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think disassembling it is recommended. Either way, I think you've got a good chance that it will be ok. I've heard that you should power it off, do a quick dip in Isopropyl alcohol, and place it in a rice bag for several days, initially under a heat lamp.

Good luck with it !
 

Cjvdh

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I was just reading a similar story on here about this girl who dropped hers in the toilet whats up with all the iPhone's landing in the toilet. People keep your phone out of the bathroom!
 
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Another user dropped his iPhone in the toilet while urinating.

Good God, people - I'm pretty much joined at the hip to my iPhone, but even I take a break while whizzing...
 
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After Apple told me my phone's water sensor had been activated, I choose to keep mine out of the bathroom all together. I certainly wouldn't leave it on the sink, or counter top for that matter, while brushing my teeth. IMO bathrooms and iPhones just have a bad history together.
 

psylichon

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I just don't use water in my bathroom anymore. Sure, it and I both smell terrible now, but at least my iPhone is safe and sound.
 

GauntMan

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A tip if this happens to anyone else (works good with all water damage):

Get ahold of a bunch of those small bags you get in all electronic products you purchase, they are usually labeled "Silica gel". These pratically eat moisture. Where to get them in great numbers? Try the local home electronics shop. I had an ipod that got in contact with to much water (dropped out of my pocket into a bucket of water). Quickly I went to a nearby electronics store and got a whole shoppingbag of silica gel. Two days in the bag sealed tight and no more moisture, and the ipod has been working since then.
 
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Nice tip on the silica gel. I think I'll keep those things in the future for emergencies.
 

HighLife

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yep, i always keep the silica gel packs...never know when you going to need them...

Just toss them in a bag and collect them...

i know a few people who have had the rice trick work on other devices...no one i know dropped their iPhone in water though.

If they did, i would certainly recommend rice...if not, ill give them a few dozen packs of silica gel =)

Ill tell you what though, i bought some luggage not to long ago..3 bags total, Large-med-small....each one of those bags had about 10-15 packs of silica gel hidden in all the pockets. In case someone is buying luggage soon =)
 

acosmichippo

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I love those things too.

They're delicious.
 

MrEous

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My phone never goes into the bathroom with me...unless it's in my pocket. I'm wayyy to paranoid.
 

atldvd

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My daughter's iPhone got wet. We soaked it in a baggie of rice for several days. Then I got to thinking that moisture can't escape the bag, so maybe sealing it up isn't good. I took it out of the bag and BURIED it in rice in a bowl. It stayed there several more days. Altogether it was about 10 days. Phone worked fine after that... for about 2 weeks. Then it died :(
If it happened again I'd find some silica gel. I don't think rice is effective. Plus, I'd leave it longer. Plus I'd probably change out the silica gel once or twice. Or, if you can find an oven or some such device where you can heat it up without damaging it, that might work, too.