A certain person I know recently washed her iPhone in the washer machine. I love this person, but I will preserve her dignity and not mention her name. That said, despite how smokin’ hot she is, she does occasionally do things that reflect a slip in judgment. Of course, washing the iPhone was a mistake, and she realized it when it dropped to the floor moving items from the washer to the dryer.
I was travelling at the time I heard about the ‘tragedy’, so when she called from the home phone to explain what happened, I was worried if she already did the big “No! No!” – attempting to turn the phone on to see if it was working. It was no surprise that she did, so I asked her not to do that anymore. I recommended to her to store the iPhone in a bowl of rice until I returned to Phoenix to see it for myself.
When I finally got my hands on the phone (one day after the ‘incident’), I took the sim card. I got a blow dryer out and kept hot air on the phone while I gently shook it. About 5-10 minutes later, a few drops of water started seeping from the speakers on the lower part of the iPhone. I did the drying process for about 30 minutes, then put the iPhone into a zip-lock bag of rice. I left it in there overnight. The next day, I repeated the drying process again and about 10 more drops of water came out. This amazed me because now it was 2 days after the ‘incident’. After about 30 minutes, I put the iPhone in a fresh zip-locked bag of rice and left it in there for 12 hours.
By the time I pulled the iPhone out again, the drying process yielded no drops of water. I put the sim card back into the phone and plugged it into the wall charger. Keep in mind I have yet to press any buttons since the owner first tried to turn it on when it fell out of the washer machine. To my delight, the faint glow of the charge screen appeared. I left it charged in for several hours. Finally, I turned the phone on.
The phone was barely functional. The screen was extraordinarily dim. After continued use over a day, the phone began to switch back and forth between a dim screen to a bright screen. All the apps are working, and the phone worked as well. Although an odd “smudgy” haze appears over 25% of the screen, the iPhone has come back to life. It is my first recorded miracle :-)
Steps I recommend if you have water damage to your iPhone:
I hope this post helps someone out there. As for the cute little lady I helped in this post, she at least has her phone until she gets out of contract – a new Windows Phone 7 in her future perhaps? After all, she is married to a Microsoft Developer Evangelist. But I dare not reveal who she is.
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