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Can You Restore A Water Damaged iPhone?

Can You Restore A Water Damaged iPhone?

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Seeing my iPhone in the toilet bowl nearly triggered a panic attack moment!

 

My iPhone nightmare

Have you ever felt like you’re in a nightmare and want to wake up?

That’s how I felt when my iPhone slipped out of my pocket and landed down the toilet.

My iPhone is one of my most precious possessions. It’s my lifeline.  I use it to write notes for article ideas, store photos, save all my family and friends’ contact details, keep sentimental text messages (don’t ask) and much more.

I’m sure you can imagine my horror when the unthinkable happened.

 

Panic time

My mind went into shock mode after I realized what had happened.

I grabbed a towel and tried to dry my phone. The screen suddenly went black. I then tried to switch the phone on and off.

Nothing happened! It was dead.

It was time for some serious action. I snatched the hair dryer out of its box. I urgently blow-dried the phone on high heat for ten minutes. It felt like an eternity.

Still no sign of life!

Desperation and panic set in.

I put the charger in my iPhone, plugged it into the wall socket and switched on the phone.

It was still dead!

“I don’t believe it. Now what am I going to do?” I sat there staring at the phone willing it to turn itself on and come back to life.

Suddenly an idea popped into my mind. Excitedly I thought, “I’ll Google for a solution.”

 

The rice treatment

I found a lot of advice on Google on how to repair or restore a water damaged iPhone.

The first few warnings I read were, ‘Under no circumstances should you switch the phone on or off. Do not touch any buttons! Do not blow dry your iPhone on high heat. Do not try to charge it or it may short-circuit. Electricity and water do not mix’.

My heart sank!

I messed up big time. I did all the things I shouldn’t have done.

Anyway, I carried on reading the advice.

What did I have to lose?

What I read next made my heart leap for joy.

These were some of the instructions for water damaged iPhones:

  • Put some rice in a zip lock bag or plastic food container.
  • Put the iPhone in the middle of the bag or container. Make sure the rice covers the phone.
  • Place the container/bag in an airing cupboard or on a sunny window sill. It will need some sort of heat.
  • If your iPhone was only in the water for a few seconds, leave it in the rice for 3 days. However, if it was in for longer, you may have to leave it for up to 7 days.
  • Do not switch it on until the moisture has totally dried out.
  • The rice will draw out the moisture from the phone.

I followed the instructions and placed my iPhone in a food container with some rice. I put it in the airing cupboard because it’s the warmest place in my house.

 

Did it work?

At the end of the fourth day, I took my phone out of the container and shook off the rice grains.

I checked it over carefully to make sure it was dry. I couldn’t see any signs of water or moisture.

I crossed my fingers and switched it on.

Nothing happened!

I put the charge in and pressed the ‘on’ button.

Still nothing!

I left it charging for about 15 minutes. Suddenly, I heard a sound.

My iPhone came on! I couldn’t believe it. Everything worked normally just like it did before it fell down the toilet.

I was so relieved, I could have cried.

So if you drop your iPhone down the toilet or in water, try the rice treatment. It worked for me. It may work for you too!

Have you ever dropped your iPhone in water? What did you do to restore it?

Photo credit

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    224 Comments

  1. You’re going to get a lot of traffic from panicked iphone users!! lol

    I don’t have an iphone, but I do have a macbook. Like you, it’s my lifeline! One morning I spilled coffee all over it! It shut down and wouldn’t turn back on. I still had the warranty on it so I was able to send it in to get fixed. In the future, I’ll remember the rice trick. Thanks for sharing!!

    Jax

    30/05/2012

    • You’re welcome. If I didn’t see that rice trick on Google I would have been so upset. The problem with sending off your phone to get it fixed is that you end up losing all the stuff on it. 🙂

      junie junie

      30/05/2012

      • Oh my gosh!!! I can’t function at all. I dropped my iphone in the toilet but quickly snatched it out. It was still on for a few minutes. I didn/t take off the case. I forgot about that. I tried to turn it on:( I didn’t know not to do that. I put it in rice now. It’s been in for 2 hours. someone please help!!

        Bibata

        27/09/2013

        • Did you manage to save it in the end?

          Ale

          14/11/2013

        • as i read this above that rice treatment is solution for baptized iphone 4. my wife also unknowingly baptize the iphone 4, with its hard case i realize that after two hours. quickly open hard cover and use towel to dry and i was confused because it was switch off itself. so i use hair dryer machine for 10 minutes and put it into rice container box for 24 hours and take it out after 24 hours and try to switch on but it appears sign only then it off again i keep it in rice next morning i charged and it was on so i was so glad it works soi decide to put once again iphone in rice upto 7 days so it may work properly. try this my friend.

          moti ranpal

          22/03/2014

        • einalem0571@aol.com

          Will this suggestion work on an IPhone 5? My phone just got water damage because I was riding in a water tube and forgot to take it out of my bag. even though the bag was zipped, it had a hole in it and it still got wet. it was not completely submerged; it was more like how things get wet when it rains; however; it was enough to cause damage. I went to the car and tried to charge it, to no avail. and tried to charge when returning home, which was hours later. it is now soaking in rice. by the way, does it matter what kind of rice?

          ML

          25/06/2016

        • No, it doesn’t matter what kind of rice. Good luck!

          June June

          28/06/2016

      • Last Friday, on my way home..My iPhone 4 Was inside my bad and got soaked from a leakgage from my tumbler. I was on the bus and the only thing I could do was wipe off all the water out and turned it off but it kept turning back on. As soon as I got home I put it inside a bag of rice and left it inside my closet. (Its hot here in manila and everything gets warm). Its been 3 days..I just tried turning it on with it charging but its not doing anything..does it mean its completely damage?

        Ivy

        02/03/2014

        • Sorry to hear about your phone. I can’t tell you whether it will work or not. Maybe you should leave it in the rice for a bit longer. Please let me know how you get on with it.

          June Whittle June Whittle

          03/03/2014

  2. Hi, I’ve come over from Jax’s blog 🙂

    I was laughing and cringing through this whole post lol… I can’t believe you plugged a wet iPhone into the wall power supply! It must have been your panicked state that took over ;-)… Actually, I’m sure I would have done something similar. I’m a total klutz when it comes to the practical.

    Thanks for the laughs!

    Lady in Red

    01/06/2012

    • I know! It was really stupid! But when I’m panicking my brains don’t work properly. It’s like it goes into backwards mode….. 🙂 Thank God I managed to restore my iPhone. To be honest, I hardly slept for the four days it was drying out in the rice. Something good came out of it though. At least people won’t make the same mistake I made after reading this post.

      Thanks for stopping by. I love Jax’s blog. She one of my best blogging friends! 🙂

      junie junie

      01/06/2012

      • Yes, I wouldn’t have known to use rice :-)… I’m sure I would have done the hair dryer thing too – it seems like the obvious solution!

        Lady in Red

        01/06/2012

        • That was the first thing that came to my head. Hair dryer!I thought that would dry out the water and solve the problem! 🙂

          junie junie

          01/06/2012

      • Did your iphone get hot after it fell in water

        Alaa

        17/10/2016

        • No it didn’t.

          June June

          19/10/2016

  3. I really do not know if you can restore the damaged iphone that easy. However, thanks for sharing the topic you have in your blog.
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    TracyAnn0312

    04/06/2012

    • Hi TracyAnn, it’s good to hear from you again. The steps that I mentioned in this article worked for me. That was exactly what I did and my iPhone worked. I’m not saying it will work for everyone but according to the research I did, it also works for a lot of other people with water damaged iPhones. 🙂

      junie junie

      04/06/2012

      • Hello. Thanks for the reply and for correcting me. But on my opinion, Iphone is highly sensitive so better be careful. (:
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        TracyAnn0312

        05/06/2012

        • Yes they’re sensitive and I will be very careful in the future. 🙂

          junie junie

          05/06/2012

  4. Happy to hear your phone worked.

    I followed the same procedures, and i’m currently attempting to charge my phone because it turned itself off from low battery.

    Do i have to worry much i feel it heating? The back of the phone is begining to feel quite warm…

    someone help!

    pacs

    07/06/2012

    • After taking mine out of the rice (it was in there for 4 days) I put the charger in. Nothing happened at first because the battery was dead. I left it on and didn’t touch it. I didn’t feel the back of it so I don’t know if it was hot or not! After quite a while it came on by itself. Good luck with yours. Let me know if it works.

      junie junie

      07/06/2012

    • I know! It sounded crazy to me too when I read about leaving my iPhone in rice. But sometimes the crazy things are the ones that work. If I didn’t try that tip, I would have lost my iPhone. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the post and for leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

      junie junie

      12/11/2012

  5. Hi!! My phone just fell in toliet!! ahhh 🙁
    My phone is on right now. Should I turn my phone off before I put it on rice??? Or leave it as it is?? helppppp

    Ness

    16/12/2012

    • Follow the instructions in my article. Don’t turn the phone on or off! Good luck 🙂

      junie junie

      17/12/2012

  6. My phone fell and the flash light turned on and the screen became black.. Trying tr rice treAtment you think it will work?

    Mimi

    22/12/2012

    • You might as well try. It worked for me! You never know, it could work for you too. I’m not guaranteeing that it will, just telling you to try. 🙂

      junie junie

      24/12/2012

  7. Hi, same thing was happened with me. But I didn’t on my cell immediately. I just only put my cell in the sun light.

    mold clean up

    28/12/2012

    • You probably didn’t panic like I did. So did your iPhone work after that?

      junie junie

      28/12/2012

      • yes, i was panic but i controlled my emotions. After 3 hours when i switched-on my cell, it was working 🙂

        mold clean up

        11/01/2013

        • That was lucky! Glad to hear it. 🙂

          junie junie

          18/01/2013

  8. I dropped my iphone in the tub. It wasn’t more than 2/3 seconds and immediately it started going black. Well, the screen is still black but i’m receiving calls because it’s vibranting. I didn’t have any rice and no knowledge of what else to do.

    Does anyone know what i can do?

    HELP, PLEASE!!!

    Rondee

    09/01/2013

    • Mine went black as soon as I took it out of the water. But it didn’t vibrate. I don’t know what else you can do because you’re supposed to put it in the rice straight away. I hope you managed to save your iPhone.

      junie junie

      11/01/2013

      • Hi
        You can just go to closest Apple store to get a refurbished iphone.

        Thanks

        water damage clean up

        14/01/2013

        • Yes, that’s one option. Thanks!

          junie junie

          18/01/2013

  9. Hi! Something like the same thing happened to me and i was wondering, during the four days in was in rice, did you ever try to turn it on?? Thanks!

    Leah

    20/01/2013

    • Hi Leah. No I didn’t turn it on while it was in the rice. I just checked to make sure that the water was drying and waited patiently!

      When I took it out and turned it on, it had a black screen. But then I plugged it in, and after a while it worked. 🙂

      junie junie

      20/01/2013

  10. Ok, so after reading your post i feel some form of relief that i am not the only one who has ever does this, however mine is much worse. My iPhone actually went through a wash cycle in the washing machine. (my heart dropped when found) first thing i did was take my phone out of the case and dry the phone off. It is currently sitting in a bag of rice. Do you think because my phone was submerged in water that it could potentially still work? or am i completely out of luck?

    Alicia

    28/01/2013

    • Oh dear! Alicia I really don’t know if it will work after going through a wash cycle. But I’ve heard that some people’s phone still work after being submerged in water.

      Anyway, leave it in the rice for as long as you can. Hopefully it will dry out all the water and your iPhone will work. Please let me know the outcome. 🙂

      junie junie

      28/01/2013

  11. I’ve dropped mine in the loo too (back pockets! Argh,) and this rice trick worked for me in the past. NOW I’ve just dropped it in the pool!!! ( can anyone say, “CLUTZ?!?). /: /. I’m trying the ole’ rice trick again…. Hope things work for round two…. Haha. Good luck all

    Julia

    30/01/2013

  12. P.S. – The rice trick WILL WORK if you snatched your iPhone up quickly and didn’t let it sit in water for more than a few seconds, AND if you’re patient. It needs to sit for AT LEAST 24, PREFERABLY 48 HOURS!! Sealed in a bag of dry, uncooked rice, placed in direct sunlight (a hot car is best IMHO).

    Just remember, this doesn’t always work.

    AND POWER OFF YOUR IPHONE IMMEDIATELY AFTER ANY LIQUID + IPHONE INCIDENT.

    Peace.
    – Jackson

    Jackson

    14/02/2013

    • I know one example will not make it a rule, but never say never…my phone was in a puddle of water for three hours while I was at the movies, and after 2.5 weeks of sitting in rice, today it finally worked again, and so far it is just as it used to be!

      Andreea

      30/05/2013

      • Wow! That’s fantastic news. So glad to hear that your phone broke the water rule! 🙂

        junie junie

        30/05/2013

  13. Omg everything you did I did to. my iPhone was 3 weeks old.that was a week and half ago. Sadly mine still has not come back to life. I want to cry every time I get it out to see if by magic it might turn itself on…….I google everyday to see if someone has put something new ideas on something like don’t give up just make a wish and sleep with it under your pillow when you wake kiss it press the on button and logo will appear? I can dream sob sob sob

    Gill

    25/02/2013

    • Sorry to hear that! I guess I was blessed to get my phone to work.

      junie junie

      25/02/2013

  14. Omg exact same thing happened to me, dropped it in the toilet:( it had been 4 days in the rice and I honestly didn’t think it would work, even started looking online for a replacement, browsing online for some kind of hope and read your post. Thought I’d give it one more try (I tried day 2), plugged it into charger and nothing, went back 10 minutes later and the apple logo was on, it then switched to home screen YAY! Sooo excited hehe, I didn’t want a new phone, I have my life on this baby:), thanks heaps!

    Kylee

    01/03/2013

    • I’m so glad for you Kylee. It’s a great feeling isn’t it when your phone works after you think it’s had it? The rice treatment is surely a life saver! 🙂

      junie junie

      01/03/2013

    • Hi did your phone heat up while you were charging it? I plugged my charger to my iphone after letting it dry up with some rice and silica gel, and after a minute it starts to heat up. So I was scared to leave it any longer 🙁

      Anne

      27/05/2014

      • No it didn’t heat up after it dried off. But I didn’t use silica gel, only rice.

        June Whittle June Whittle

        27/05/2014

  15. two days before, my iphone 4 dropped down in toilet, I did the same thing you did. tried to turn on/off, then plugged in with wall charger for 3/4 minutes, my husband come back after 5 minutes, he used hair dryer, I am really worried now for all these mistakes, I did. My iphone is now sleeping in rice bag. after 48 hours my husband checked it, no sign of life when connected with wall charger but when connected with PC, It showed an error 1601.

    Fariya

    07/03/2013

    • I see that you did all the wrong things like I did. But after I put my iPhone in the rice bag, I left it. I was tempted to charge it but didn’t.

      I’m sorry that you got an error message. Anyway, I hope you were able to fix it!

      junie junie

      09/03/2013

  16. Just dropped my phone in the potty this morning! The screen immediately went black & I freaked out! Dang it! I, like you, panicked and tried to blow dry it & even tried to blow into the plug-in port – sort of like what you had to do to get old Nintendo games to work back in the day!! ;D I’ve surrounded the phone with rice in a ziploc baggie and put it on my sunny window sill. I didn’t try to turn off/on, but did try to plug it in. I had it set to vibrate, and when I plugged it in the vibrate worked. Now I’m hearing the phone vibrating in the bag, so I know that it’s picking up texts or whatnot… but I’m going to fight the urge to take it out to check.
    Thanks for this post! You have given me a little hope that I have not lost every picture & video of my pregnancy and my baby from 0-10 months. **Keeping my fingers crossed for a full iphone recovery!!** 🙂

    Niki

    07/03/2013

    • Good luck Niki. It sounds like your iPhone will be fine. Just the fact that it’s vibrating is a good sign.

      I’m glad you found this post and it was able to help you. 🙂

      junie junie

      09/03/2013

  17. Oh, gosh! I actually did all of those things! I’m on my second day with the rice, still waiting for it to dry out… :L I’m still quite panicky as to whether it will eventually turn on or not! It’s definitely very relieving to know that another has done the exact same thing as me! 🙂

    Alice

    10/03/2013

    • Oh dear! I hope you managed to save your iPhone Alice. 🙂

      junie junie

      13/03/2013

    • Holy I’m at the exact same step as you are! Day 2 patiently waiting the anticipation is absolutely killing me!! Do you think waiting another day or 2 will make a huge difference??

      Haley

      11/12/2013

      • It might do. I left mine and waited. I must admit, it was hard. But my patience paid off. Please let me know the outcome. 🙂

        junie junie

        11/12/2013

        • So, I waited the third day tried to turn it on and it had a glitch. I let it sit one more day in the sun turned it on again and it still wouldn’t work I was panicked, all hope was lost. I thought well its not going to work I’ll try to charge it to my surprise it is now up and running I am absolutely so stoked! Thank you so much for your advice. It really helped me out so much, I appreciate you! Xo

          Haley

          12/12/2013

        • That’s fantastic news Haley. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

          Have a great day.

          junie junie

          12/12/2013

  18. Hi. This post makes me feel about more positive. I dropped my iPhone 5 down the toilet this morning. I was gutted. I dried it off with a towel then ran to the kitchen to get some rice. I then put it in a bowl of rice with foil over the top on a low heat radiator. I kept on trying to turn it on but was just showing a green screen??? I then got my hairdryer but then it totally switched off! I have no patience. I have now thought to just leave it in the rice for the weekend to see how it goes. I hope it works.

    joanne adkin

    15/03/2013

    • I hope it works too! Good luck 🙂

      junie junie

      17/03/2013

  19. my iphone fell in water and i tried to put it off and it wont go off then i pressed the power and home together and it made a click sound and went off. now i ve placed it in a boowl of rice. do i have a chance?

    emmanuel

    19/03/2013

  20. I am extremely depressed… I dropped my phone in the toilet three days ago (it was my first phone, and was only in my possession for a month). His name was Charles. May he rest in peace.

    My second phone arrived yesterday. Same thing, just brand new, and named Percival! I was beyond excitement and didn’t mind re-downloading Pandora and my 17 notes apps 😉 Yeah, I suppose you could call me a writer. So anyway, my genius self managed to sink the device down the drain again. I had to reach deep into the bowels of the toilet to retrieve it- and nearly got my hand stuck. What an interesting 911 call that would be- “Excuse me, we have a girl here, she seems to have her hand stuck in a toilet…” ANYWAY, I am still stressed beyond the extremes and have developed old man wrinkles at the age of fourteen. Or so the mirror tells me.

    WHAT WILL I EVER DO!?

    Hana

    21/03/2013

  21. I too dropped my iPhone 5 in the toilet. I felt like I grabbed it fairly quickly, but much to my dismay, my screen got all wonky and it shut off. I immediately placed it into a bag of rice. I tried to reboot it couple times, but nothing. The next morning, I charged it and I got a million text notifications that displayed. Excited, I went to unlock/swipe it, but then it just displayed all kinds of crazy lines and display. I put it back in rice and am still waiting. It has been about 36 hours so far…..I’m panicking! Do you guys think I have hope??

    Summer

    08/04/2013

    • Maybe one more day should do it. But don’t take my word for it! I guess I was lucky to get mine to work. Although it wasn’t in the toilet for long.

      junie junie

      09/04/2013

  22. hi i dropped my iphone 4s down the toilet 4 days ago ,since then ive had it in a bag of dry rice . i tried to turn it on yesterday i could hear the voice command but the screen was still black 🙁 do u think my phone has had it or is there still hope ???

    vicki

    08/04/2013

    • You may need to charge it up for a while. That’s what I had to do before mine worked.

      junie junie

      09/04/2013

  23. Well, my iPhone 5 was the victim of today’s family visit. Bottle of ice tea dropped onto my precious device and it is my life line… I panicked, did all mistakes as you did, blow dryer, power phone on and off… I even connected it to the wall charger in hope that it would work. It vibrated briefly… and then stopped. Then I googled solutions and found your website.. it kind of calmed me that you did nearly the same mistakes I did.

    So right now my phone is submerged in an airtight container full of rice. I cross my fingers to hope this method will revive my phone :(:(:(

    Anna

    17/04/2013

    • Oh dear! Leave it in the rice like I did. Don’t be tempted to take your phone out, as it needs time for the rice to soak up the water. Hopefully it will work. Let me know how you get on. 🙂

      junie junie

      17/04/2013

      • So I picked up the iPhone today and went to an iPhone repair store near me and they do repair water damaged phones 😀 It will get cleaned with 99% Isopropyl alcohol and the LCD will be replaced, as it appears that the LCD is the most damaged part actually… power button and other things still work.

        Hopefully my poor device will work… cus it really sucks that I have to use my old, faulty droid -___-

        Any problems with your iPhone so far, Junie? When you’re eligible for an upgrade, you can hand in your old phone and get a discount.

        Anna

        18/04/2013

    • I dropped my phone in toliet eww with pee in it I snatched up it was almost dead before I dropped I took a towel and dried it turned off so did the wrong thing pluged it up the battery icon came on saying I had sixfive percent charge i that was crazy then it started turning off and on then boom screen went. Blank now I got it in a bag of rice I’m panicking i got all my life kids pics I’m scared I fired it but ima try this rice thing and ima pray it works and I didn’t fire it I wasn’t thinking please Lord help me

      Ashley

      09/03/2016

      • Did it work? I wish people would come back to this page and post if it worked or not…. 🙂

        Annie

        19/11/2016

        • My iPhone worked with the rice treatment. That’s why I wrote this article. 🙂

          June June

          20/11/2016

  24. Does your bag of rice surface tiny minute bubbles/steam/water vapour (?) when the phone is inside? Does this mean its evaporating moisture? Or is it just because I placed it in a warm place and there is heat so..?

    XT

    22/04/2013

    • No. It was my phone that produced some moisture. But I suppose that was the drying process. And it’s supposed to be kept in a dry, warm place. I left mine in the airing cupboard to dry out.

      junie junie

      22/04/2013

      • Oh dear. I don’t have an airing cupboard where I could put my phone in. I just placed it in the sunlight. My bag of rice surfaced some kind of moisture within the first few hours but after that it was completely dry and I don’t want to take my phone out after 4 days. Do you’ll think it’ll work under the sunlight? & Thanks for replying!

        XT

        23/04/2013

        • Leaving it in the sunlight should be OK. It just needs heat so that the moisture can be absorbed. Be patient 🙂

          junie junie

          23/04/2013

      • Sorry there was no reply button on your latest reply. MY PHONE IS WORKING!! Just like you, when I took it out it was dead. I charged it and it was still dead. Now it suddenly sprang to life! (: But I realise quite a lot of functions are not working. Like my screenshot/lock button and my music can be played sometimes and sometimes not. Was your phone working PERFECTLY fine?

        XT

        26/04/2013

        • Yes it worked perfectly. I couldn’t believe it. But it was only in the toilet for a few seconds. That’s probably why!

          junie junie

          26/04/2013

  25. I dropped my iphone like 3 days ago, i did the same thing that u did, blow dry it , and i didt turn it off too, i was so panicked , in the same night i put it in a bowl of rice in my room, everyday im removing it from the bowl and trying to turn it on. its not turning on, im even plugging it in the charger and still when i try to turn it on it doest turn on. This is my fourh day, should i try to charge it for like 15 min, and see what happens then? Please help im so stressed

    Kareem

    23/04/2013

    • Hi Kareem, you’re supposed to leave it in the bowl of rice. Don’t remove it. I left mine in the bowl and after I took it out it was dead. So I left it to charge for a while before it came on.

      junie junie

      23/04/2013

  26. I dropped my iphone 3 in my toilet for about 4 seconds on saturday(5 days ago) immediatly i screamed and ran downstairs and told my mom. We put it in rice, 4 hours later i took it out and put it on the charger, it turned on and was working for about 2 hours, then it shut off. Now it’s no longer working. I put it in rice and have left it in rice ever since, now i took it out and it’s on the chargey EVERY 10 seconds it will show the apple screen for 2 seconds then shut off, WHAT DO I DO ?!!? ):

    Ally O'Hanna

    02/05/2013

  27. I dropped my ipod in water, but i didnt put it in rice until 4 hours after dropping it. Will this treatment still work?

    alisha

    03/05/2013

    • Not sure about ipod! I only know about iPhones and the rice treatment. Sorry!

      junie junie

      04/05/2013

  28. sooooo do i have to take the back off my iphone before i put in rice. Mine has been in rice for 24 hours and i don’t see any more condinsation on the camera lense but when i pluged it in to charge it, it fogged up again. aaaagggghhh…. so do you think it will dry all the way with the back on it?

    Deidre

    06/05/2013

  29. I need help… I just finished checking my ipod 4 after putting it in rice for 24 hhours, and all the condensation is gone, but my screen is extremely light. I can barely see the screen…

    Edgar Juarez

    09/05/2013

    • I don’t know if you can use rice for your iPod. Sorry! I used it to dry out my iPhone.

      junie junie

      12/05/2013

  30. I dropped my iPhone 5 three days ago in the toilet by accident 🙁 I immedately took it out, placed it on the counter and tried to shut it off but after a few seconds, it shut off by itself. I dried it off and then tried to shake out any water and then the back LCD flash light turned on and was flickering every couple minutes. I panicked and then submerged it in a bowl of rice. After 30 minutes in rice, the phone was very hot and the LCD light turned off. That was the last sign of life from my iphone but I’ve had it in rice for about 3ish days now. I’m scared that my phone will never come back to life or that the phone is fried because of the hot LCD. Does anyone have any advice or if the light turned on for them too and their phone is still alive? My iphone is my baby and it has EVERYTHING on it. I’m deseperate to get it fixed!!

    Fiona

    14/05/2013

    • Keep your iPhone in the rice for another day but don’t try to turn it on. Just leave it in a warm place. Hopefully it will work like mine did! Good luck. 🙂

      junie junie

      15/05/2013

    • Fiona, did your phone come back to life? had to hit my brakes hard this morning and my phone slid from the console straight into my full cup of coffee….saw it happening tried to catch it so pulled it right out but screen was black pushed power button to see what happened nothing in about 15 min. the back flash light came on and it got hot. was able to get it in rice about an hour later. left it in till I got home from work then took it out and tried blow dryer using the cool button. moisture is gone from ports but nothing happens when I turn it on. Got it on charger and nothing yet. More Rice?

      Tara Morris

      19/07/2013

      • Please read my instructions properly Tara. Hopefully if you follow it like I did, your phone might work. I’m not promising that it will. But it worked for me. Take care!

        junie junie

        19/07/2013

      • Unfortunately I was not patient enough to keep it in rice as I am busy and needed my phone. I kept it in there for a good 5 days on the window pane and moisture was gone but it never turned back on. I didn’t use a blowdryer or anything with direct heat. I still don’t know why the LCD light came on but it turned off for me after a couple hours. My phone never got revived because of severe water damage and water staining to the parts as told to me by the Apple technicians so I had to get a replacement. Keep it in rice and see how it goes. It needs to be there for at least 3-4 days in a warm area. Good luck!

        Fiona

        19/07/2013

  31. This has given me a bit of hope! A couple days ago my i phone fell down the toilet and wouldn’t turn on! Like you tried switching it on and off/using a hair dryer/ charging it then read I shouldn’t do this and put it in a container of rice. So it’s still in the rice in my airing cupboard but my biggest fear is losing my photos! I’ve got all my photos from the past 2 years, including all the photos of my son since he was born 11 months ago!….and I stupidly haven’t backed them up or printed any off!! I actually don’t care about the phone just want my photos of my kids saved but there’s still no life whatsoever in my phone. I’ll be heartbroken if I’ve lost all my pics and videos but this has given me some hope! xx

    symone

    19/05/2013

    • I know how you feel Symone because I didn’t back up my photos either. Please just be patient and leave your iPhone in the airing cupboard. I pray that it will work like new once all the water has dried out. Please let me know if your phone works. Good luck. 🙂

      junie junie

      19/05/2013

  32. I dropped my Samsung Galaxy S2 in the sink one week ago… It was only about 1/3 in the water and for a few seconds… I pulled the battery out straight away and stuck it in an airtight bag of rice… I pulled it out 3 days later and tried turning it on but I heard this weird sound so I pulled the battery out again. I put it back in the rice for another day then took it to a repair shop who said that nothing can be done (I guess they did the alcohol treatment)… Only 1/3 in and I did ‘everything right’, yet completely dead… On the other hand, people who have dropped their phones in the swimming pool have had their phone to work again. Seems unfair… 🙁

    Milica

    28/05/2013

    • So sorry to hear about your Samsumg Galaxy S2! Sometimes it’s a matter of luck or getting your phone out of the water in time.

      junie junie

      29/05/2013

  33. Hi I was wondering what the long term effects have been for your Iphone. Did it last as long as it would have in you didn’t drop it in water? I just dropped my 2 day old iphone in the toilet and it’s in the rice now but I am just wondering if long term my phone will still work because of corrosion.

    Jess

    03/06/2013

    • After I took my iPhone out of the rice, it worked just like new. It’s still working without any problems. It looks good and it’s never shut down on me.

      junie junie

      03/06/2013

  34. So here we are sauntering down the lake on beautiful lazy summers evening when bang crash wallop our watery chariot jolts to a halt !!! Arghhh we’ve hit hidden rocks and we ain’t going no where now…. To the rescue the middle aged grandma as she swallow dives ( well belly flops in actually) into the lake to save the grandchildren, her husband and the beautiful young daughter-in-law …. For whatever strange reason grandma has taken the time to remove her life jacket before going into the lake DOHHH dont ask why …but she completey forgets that she’s got her treasured possession with her in her trouser pocket, her baby the iPhone arrrghh . oh my goodness it’s not for another 15 minutes when the beautiful daughter in law recovering from a belly laugh suggests that the saga would make for a wonderful photo opportunity. Who has the phone? I hear amongst the jovialities Me I shout, its in me trouser pocket !!!! What a numpty . So my question is, my baby was submerged for about 15 minutes, I’ve tried the rice method and then tried recharging it for 15 minutes but it just gets hot, what are the chances of if a full recovery folk? I can’t believe that I’ve killed it what a dope

    BEV

    05/06/2013

    • Lovely story! But sorry to hear about your iPhone. I’m not sure what the solution is as it was in water for so long. Sorry!

      junie junie

      05/06/2013

      • Update – kept phone in rice for a few days the managed to get hold go some silicone gel. After approx. 10 days my iPhone is almost back to normal except that I can’t switch it off and it constantly flashes on and off ( annoying ) hence the battery life is shorter and needs to be topped up regularly. I went to the Apple shop to ask for some advice … Wow it was impressive. I was told by the trendy looking gentlemen that its not working properly because there might be something wrong inside !!!! Priceless:)

        BEV

        09/07/2013

        • Glad to hear that you managed to save your phone. But sorry to hear that you’re still having problems with it!I know what you mean about those guys in the phone shops. 🙂

          junie junie

          09/07/2013

  35. How long do you have to leave your phone in before it works? I left mine for 48 hours and plugged it in for 30 mins now but it’s still not working!!! 🙁 What should I do?

    Mel

    23/06/2013

  36. Oh dear and the unforseen have happend for me as well!
    My Domestic Worker have decided my phone needs a wash and it went through a complete wash cycle 🙁

    Dead Phone…The thing im the most worried about is my foto’s!! I haven not backed up my iPhone 5 yet on icloud. So i am also trying the rice method now to try and atleast salvage my over 3000 foto’s and clips. The phone i dont worry to much about as that can be replaced but not my foto’s.

    Will keep you posted of how this will turn out.

    Antz

    08/07/2013

    • Oh dear! Sorry to hear about your phone. I know how precious photos are and I hope your phone will be revived. Keep it in the rice as long as possible. And I hope I hear good news soon.

      junie junie

      08/07/2013

  37. My phone fell into the toilet at work just yesterday. I’d forgotten that it was in my back pocket, so when I pulled down my pants to do my business, I heard a plop! It was my phone, of course. I was devastated!!!! I immediately pulled it out of the toilet and tried drying it off, but it went black! When I tried to turn it on, it wouldn’t cooperate. I then went to a Chinese restaurant in the food court- I work at the mall- and got some uncooked rice and a bag. I put the rice in the bag, and then put my phone in the bag, covering it with rice. However, after I got home, about four hours later, I took it out of the rice and again tried turning it on. And still, nothing happened. Next, I also tried to charge it, and left it there for a few hours- all that did was make it turn hot. I tried a hard reset on it- pressing the lock and home buttons at the same time- and the apple logo came on, as if the phone was turning on, but it would shut back off.

    Now that I’ve read your post, I will try to leave my iPhone in rice for several days, seeing that I’ve already done a million things wrong in this process already!!

    Thank you so much! I’ll let you know how this goes.

    Marisa

    11/07/2013

    • It sounds like you did what I did by panicking. Anyway, just leave it in the rice for a few days without touching it. And I wish you luck with it.

      Please do let me know how it goes. 🙂

      junie junie

      11/07/2013

  38. ok i just dropped my iphone in water a few minutes ago, I was so shocked when it happened that I was just starring at it for like a minute b4 I actually took it out, the screen was already black then so I tried turning it on but nothing happened so I put it in rice. when should I turn it on and check if its working? also, is there a chance that this might actually work??? this phone is my life!!! please help 🙁

    Sylvia

    11/07/2013

    • Follow the steps I took and leave it in for a few days. I hope you get it to work. 🙂

      junie junie

      11/07/2013

  39. After a couple of days in rice, nothing happend i took it to a specialist and they say that the iPhone is probably the most sensittive for water even the chip that stores all your photo’s, and can hardly be recovered in such an incident.

    So the only advice i can give iPhone users is to make use of iCloud as often as possible and take out insurance.
    This was a very hard lesson for me. I purchased an iCloud accound and everyday now with my new iPhone i have setup it to make backups when i charge my phone or connect it to any of my pc’s.

    Antz

    16/07/2013

  40. I did this exact same thing but it didn’t work for me. I even plugged it into a wall and di everything I wasn’t suppose to do. then i did the rice treatment…
    my phone did come back on for a few seconds then the screen went back to black and the flashlight/flash came on on the back of it, the screen still want come back on like it did that one time…

    Chy

    24/07/2013

  41. Thank you for sharing this. There is glimmer of hope for me! I did everything wrong as well after my 2 year old dropped my iphone 5 in the toilet. I heard the plop and fished it out within 10 seconds (I think it was actually under 10 seconds). When I got it out, it was working as normal and I tried to dry it out with a towel. Then my husband said to turn it off. I turned it off within 3 minutes. I admit – I didn’t do a great job shaking the water out. We were in a huge rush to leave due to a prior commitment. We got home 3 hours later and it looked dry and I had the bright idea to plug it in to the charger – it looked dry. I plugged it in for 15 minutes, went back and checked and no luck. I then started googling and found your blog and started the rice treatment. It’s been 30 or so hours and I just tried to plug it in again (it looks dry) but only had the guts to plug in for 4-5 minutes. Of course, no luck so back in the rice treatment it went. Now I’m sitting here so worried because I hope I didn’t fry it by plugging it in! My phone stopped backing up because it was too full and stupid me didn’t make it a priority to do that. It has so many video’s and photo’s of my kids, especially the 2 year old. I want to cry!! Do you think there is any hope at all?

    Serena

    27/07/2013

    • Serena, maybe if you leave it in the rice for a few days, it might work. After I put mine in the rice I left it there. I didn’t want to plug it in just in case I messed it up. I think you just have to be patient. I pray that your phone works. Please let me know if it does.

      junie junie

      27/07/2013

      • Thank you for the positive vibes. It’s really not even the phone I care about – just the short little video clips. I called the local apple store and spoke to one of geniuses and they said there’s little hope 🙁 That just literally put me in tears. It sounds so silly, I know. The apple guy said that just keeping the phone in the rice overnight should have the phone turn on so it’s not looking good.

        Serena

        27/07/2013

        • Don’t give up Serena! At least try the rice treatment for a few days. It worked for me and others so it might work for you too! 🙂

          junie junie

          27/07/2013

        • I’m in complete disbelief because my phone is working! I literally cried when I heard the chirp! I have all my babies pictures and videos, which was the very first thing I checked. I backed up to my laptop quickly when it came back to life.

          I had kept it in rice for 72 hours (3 full days). I changed the rice everyday and I kept the rice bag in my car all day to keep it warm. After the 72 hrs, I tried plugging it in and tried charging it (on my computer) for more than an hour but no luck. I was so so disappointed. My husband said to give it one more shot. He said to turn only the oven light on and leave my phone in there overnight and then leave it out in the sun (no rice) for a day. So, I did this and in the meantime, I made an appt with the apple store to get a new phone and I looked at my previous back up to see how much I actually lost. I came to terms with losing about 4 months of videos and photos of my kids. When it started cooling down outside after the first day of keeping it in the sun, I asked my middle child to plug it in (into the wall charger this time). She came to me and said ‘mommy, you don’t need to go to the apple store anymore. your phone works!’ I ran to look at the phone and I saw the lighting bolt and my daughter said that was normal when it’s completely drained of battery. I waited for a couple of minutes and then I saw the beloved apple symbol and then heard that beautiful chirp at my phone turned on. Everything works as normal. I’m still in complete shock and am so grateful.

          Thank YOU for sharing your experience and the details on how to do the rice treatment. I’m so happy!

          Serena

          30/07/2013

        • Serena,I am so, so happy for you. I know that lovely feeling you experienced when you found out that your phone worked. It was a pleasure to share my experience through this article. I’m glad it helped. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

          junie junie

          30/07/2013

  42. hey i washed my phone and it went through he whole cycle. Sooo do you think that this method would work?

    Sierra

    30/07/2013

    • Can’t comment on this Sierra. I really don’t know as your phone was in water for a long time.

      junie junie

      30/07/2013

  43. Junnie, greetings from Brazil! I just had the same terrible experience you had, but I was a little bit less desperate on making my phone back to life, even though I didn’t know I should turn it off (but it did by itself). After 2 days in the rice and 1 afternoon on the sun, my phone is back on, eventually turning off :(… Was yours back to life as it was before, with no bigger issues? Tks!

    Patty

    01/08/2013

    • Hi Patty, Sorry to hear that your phone didn’t work after the rice treatment. Yes, mine went back to normal after I removed it from the rice. It was as good as new and I’ve had no problems with it since.

      junie junie

      01/08/2013

      • I have it working again, but it cost me $100. :(… Thank you for sharing your experience 😀 and being super kind on answering!

        Patty

        02/08/2013

        • You’re welcome! 🙂 It’s a shame that it cost you $100 but at least you’ve got your phone working again.

          junie junie

          02/08/2013

  44. My iphone 4 fell down the toilet while I was at the club so of course I had no rice I went home went to sleep forgot all about my phone till morning so I woke up put it in rice its been there for 3days n it still won’t work ehat shuld I do????

    vese

    12/08/2013

    • Oh dear! Sorry about your phone. I hope it works.

      junie junie

      12/08/2013

  45. My iphone 4s dropped in my tub.. There was only 3cm of water though. I checked to see if it was okay. The speakers work fine. the phone works fine. The only problem is that it will not charge. I tried charging it and it worked for like 2 mins then poof disconnected again and then it charged… disconnected. back and forth. it would not charge longer then 5 mins. I am at 10% right now. I dropped my phone yesterday btw^^. I just put my phone in a bag of rice… Help me please.

    Ashe

    22/08/2013

  46. hey i was in the ocean with my iphone for 2 hours long how long do i have to live it in the rice?

    mooody

    25/08/2013

    • That’s quite a long time so I don’t know if the rice treatment will work. Try leaving it in for about 4 days but I really don’t know if that will help.

      junie junie

      25/08/2013

      • thank you

        mooody

        25/08/2013

        • hey did you ever get your iphone to work

          Patty

          08/09/2013

  47. i mean leave it

    mooody

    25/08/2013

  48. Hey’ junie why won’t you answer my question?

    mooody

    25/08/2013

    • I answered it earlier this evening! 🙂

      junie junie

      25/08/2013

      • Hey couldnt figure out how to comment so i just replied aha :’) yes i dropped my 3gs in the bath yesterday, must have been for less than a second as my reactions kicked in and i grabbed it, threw myself out the nath threw a towel on and started blow drying it with the hair dryer, it’s worked perfectly and its the next day now, i put it in some seeds i found in the cupboard not rice, and despite my phone thinking the headphones were still in and whatnot, i think that might have been due to the seeds not the water damage, as i blew on the speaker and all is fine, so tell me, am i ok? my phone is working perfectly, but could it break in a week or two?

        tom

        20/09/2013

        • If it’s working now it should be OK. Mine didn’t work until I left it in the rice for a few days. Good luck! 🙂

          junie junie

          20/09/2013

  49. i had a huawei ascend y300 for a few weeks and one day on holidays i went on a boat trip and went swimming in a lake with it in my pocket,after about 45 minutes i realised it was in my pocket and rushed out and the screen was all messed up and it was all wet, it was already off b i opened it and took out the sim sd card and battery and let them dry. it didnt turn on after a while so i knew it was broken, it has been since july that happened and a few days ago i plugged it in cuz i was bored and i little light beside the logo lit up, indicating it was charging. After a while it didnt turn on and the light went away and i lost hope, i tried again 3 and it lit up for a few seconds and it went away. after i put rice in a container and put the phone and battery in the rice and sealed it and its still there now, will i keep it in or is there no hope?

    Daragh

    27/09/2013

  50. Hi!! I dropped my iphone 4 into my toilet bowl 2 days ago. 🙁 I fished it out within a few seconds but my already-freaked-out brain told me to wash it with clean water(hahahah so smart). After that I left it in a ziplock back filled with rice and it’s already been 48 hours but the red water indicator is still there, along with the fogged up camera. I am currently in Japan and it’s been cloudy these days as winter is approaching. Is it a must to leave it in the sun?

    I really need my phone because I will be in Japan for 3 more months as I am on an exchange program here 🙁

    Jasmine

    04/11/2013

    • Sorry to hear about your phone Jasmine. The short answer is yes it does need heat to dry out. Good luck!

      junie junie

      04/11/2013

      • It’s been another 24 hours and the camera is no longer fogged up 🙂 However, I just tried charging my phone but there’s still no sign of life yet… I’m so worried!

        I placed the rice (with the phone inside) under the heater, and I really hope my phone’s life will come back soon! Do I have to change the rice?

        Oh! And when you charged your phone, was the water indicator still red? :/

        So sorry for asking so many questions, my life depends on my phone now 🙁 🙁

        Jasmine

        05/11/2013

        • I left mine in the bag with rice for about four days. When I took it out and switched it on it was dead. But there was no moisture or sign of water in it and there was no water indicator. Anyway, I plugged the charger in and the battery indicator was red. I left it charging for a while and then the phone came on. I hope you’re able to sort yours out. Please let me know! 🙂

          junie junie

          05/11/2013

  51. Hey everyone I just recieved my iphone 5 off my bf for Christmas little to my knowledge my phone would be in the bath in less than a week after Christmas.. It was in there for 3 seconds I quickly got it out dried it with a towel and was still working perfect even charge worked on it. I recieved a call like 2 minutes after the accident still worked anyway I decided to put it in rice anyway to dry any water outbid my phone. Left it for 2 days and today I got it out and it still works. It’s a miracle.. Do you think I’m safe? Or will it corrode and wreck? I had no moisture on the screen or any condensation at all. I’m just hoping it stays like this how in hell didn’t nothing go wrong at all ? I’m gobsmacked haha

    Aminta

    03/01/2014

  52. Hi Aminta. You’re lucky I guess. Anyway I’m glad to hear that your iPhone is working OK. 🙂

    junie junie

    03/01/2014

  53. my friend accidentally spilled tea in her purse and got to my iphone..it was working fine but then it ran out of battery and when I tried to charge it ..it wouldn’t turn on! Currently doing the rice treatment! hope it works for me!

    Melissa

    04/02/2014

    • Guess what I did on Saturday? I had my iPhone in my dressing gown pocket while I was washing up. I accidentally splashed a small amount of water on it and it messed up. But I put it in rice and left it in the cupboard overnight. I took it out Sunday afternoon and it’s fine. Now, this is the same iPhone that was water damaged.

      Please let me know if you managed to save your iPhone. 🙂

      junie junie

      04/02/2014

      • Wow… you are so lucky! 🙂
        I am following this site, this particular article, to see if a similar miracles happens to me and my iPhone 6!

        Annie

        20/11/2016

  54. so I have had my iphone lying in rice since Monday when this incident happened..and I see that the camera lens doesn’t have water in it anymore (like droplets) it looks dry to me..tomorrow would be the 4th day ..but since I saw it was dry I tried to charge it and it doesn’t work..I don’t know if I maybe did it to soon? then again my iphone wasn’t submerged fully into the tea..which makes me think that my iphone would be working in no time..but I see that’s not the case..now I don’t know what to do..I put it back in the rice..but I am losing hope! I was hoping it would work by now.. 🙁

    Melissa

    06/02/2014

    • Hi Melissa. Maybe you should leave it in for another couple of days to see if it works. I really hope it comes back on. Please let me know. 🙂

      junie junie

      06/02/2014

  55. Junie that’s what I call luck! especially it happening for a second time! I hope a miracle happens on mine..

    Melissa

    06/02/2014

    • It was only a little splash but it did mess up my iPhone. Anyway, thank God the rice treatment worked.

      junie junie

      06/02/2014

  56. i had my phone in my bag and my water bottle leak over it and a red screen came on a suddenly my phone turn on but still was not working so i kept swiching it on and off and try to charge and i put a hairdry on my iphone but then the sound was working but was on a blank screen could not see anything so i put rice in a bowl then my phone in the bowl then more rice on the top so i an going to leave in in the rice for a coupel of days and see if my phone works i hope it does work i never leave without my phone it is my life and if i go to the shop they will charge me £190 and so really hope that it does work

    zara

    11/03/2014

  57. Hi! I dropped my iPhone5 into the toilet on March 25 and as I am writing this it is March 29th. It’s been four days and my phone is still not working nor turning on even though it’s been in a rice-filled, silicon gels, ziplock bag for the past 4 days. I tried to charge it for an hour on the 2nd day to see if it was working but it didn’t turn on. I’m not quite sure what to do anymore and I’ll appreciate any possible suggestions and help! So please, do you happen to know how else I may fix this because I absolutely terrified if my phone will never work again!
    PLEASE HELP!

    Raine Baljak

    29/03/2014

    • Raine, I’m sorry that your iPhone hasn’t worked after four days. If it was in the toilet for a long time maybe you should leave it in the rice for longer. I can’t guarantee that it will work though.

      Maybe someone else reading this can give Raine some advice please?

      June Whittle June Whittle

      29/03/2014

      • Hi June!
        What sucks a lot is the fact my phone wasn’t left in the toilet long. It was in for less than 5 seconds and I fished it out, dried it and after 5 minutes it was in a bag of rice. I’ve followed all the instructions right and all the advice on numerous forums and websites. But still, it’s not working and this saddens me because I’ve only had the phone for 3 months so its such a waste that it’s not working. Terrible, terrible bad luck 🙁
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        Raine Baljak

        30/03/2014

        • Hi Raine,

          That’s a shame. Mine was in water for about that length of time as well. I thought the rice would have sucked out the moisture by now. I’m really sorry that your phone didn’t work. I can imagine how upset you must feel. 🙁

          June Whittle June Whittle

          30/03/2014

  58. Hello again!
    It is a terrible, terrible, terrible tragedy. I am happy for you though that your phone began to work again, however, I am slightly jealous and irritated that mine isn’t working especially since it is the worst possible time for my phone to be unavailable 🙁

    As you are reading this, it’s currently day 6 of my phone in the rice bag and silicon coma. I’m going to take it again to iCentre and see if they can do anything. Do you have any tips on what I could possibly say to either claim my warranty because it’s such a waste I’ve only had the phone for 3 months!

    Thank you for all your help and have a lovely day (:

    Raine Baljak

    31/03/2014

    • Raine I’m so sorry that your phone didn’t work. I can’t offer any advice about warranty. You will need to speak to the company you bought the phone from about the insurance cover. I hope that works out for you.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      31/03/2014

      • It’s day 7 today and so I’ve taken it to apple to see if they can help me with anything at all. It sucks but life is unfair, oh well… thank you June for everything and I’ll keep you posted if something works out. Have a lovely day!

        Raine Baljak

        01/04/2014

        • Things don’t always work out the way we hope. But maybe Apple can restore your phone. Keep me posted Raine. Have a nice day! 🙂

          June Whittle June Whittle

          01/04/2014

  59. Wow I hope this works, mine fell in the toilet for about maybe 10-15 seconds but I know what you are saying it was crazy I cried for about 45 minutes (I’m 12 lol iPod is new don’t laugh 🙁 ) and I was so upset when i saw it I literally thought it was a dream but it wasn’t, my iPod has been in rice for about 4 days now, 3 more to go, I’m so scared

    Emily

    02/04/2014

    • Oh dear! I know that feeling. 🙁 When I saw my iPhone down the toilet, I thought it was a dream as well. It’s a terrible feeling. I pray that your iPod works. Please let me know.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      02/04/2014

  60. I dropped my iPod in to the water tank of the toilet. I opened the lid trying to fix something, then my iPod dropped in, it was only in there for about a second.

    At the time I was watching something on the iPod and when I pulled it out it was still playing. So I just wiped off the screen and every surface then shook it out a bit. After drying off the water on the surface, I locked it and plugged it into the power cord. (Extremely dumb thing to do!)

    After I plugged it in, it blacked out and wouldn’t turn on. Now it’s been sitting blacked out and unplugged for a month or so now.

    Does anyone have a suggestion to fix this?

    kaykay38

    13/04/2014

  61. Hi there! so my iphone 5c got wet this morning. I got home from the gym and my clothes and towels were inside my bag just like my iphone and my bottle of water. Anyway, when i got home I figured that my iphone got wet but not “soaking wet”. So i dried it with my shirt and it worked perfectly fine. I was able to send texts and even use twitter. then after a while I tried to swipe it and the whole screen showed the apple logo then some codes that i never understod. Then it showed vertical lines for like a minute so i hurried up to get some rice in a container and right now it sits there for about 6 hours already. I tried to turn on my iphone because I was worried that it short circuited because it shut down itself but i figured from google that an iphone shuts itself off once it gets wet. My liquid indicator shows a tiny red that has a thicker outline of white. I was scared but when i ried to turn it on using the lock button, the screen showed me a drawing of the battery that was red and that I needed to plug it in to charge it. the screen was fine but the sides were somehow foggy so I didn’t charge it. I left it in my container of rice. I’ll try to turn it on tomorrow noon since it didn’t really get soaking wet. My fingers are still crossed and it was a relief that my screen showed me to charge it because that means that it didn’t short circuited right? Even if it works perfectly fine, I’ll still take it to the repair shop to let them open it and dry-clean it. Do you think my phone has a chance? it’s only 3 months old! I don’t want to spend on another phone!

    M Cruz

    14/04/2014

    • It probably has a chance if you leave it in the rice longer. Maybe you should leave it for a couple of days. I don’t know if it will definitely work though.

      I offered advice based on what I did after my iPhone fell down the toilet. Not everybody’s phone worked with the rice treatment. Anyway, I hope you get good results.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      14/04/2014

  62. Junie, please reply to me asap! 🙂 Like I’ve said. I hope my iphone works perfectly well. It’s in the container with rice and the container is sealed and I put the container inside the drawer. 🙂

    M Cruz

    14/04/2014

  63. OMG!!!!
    Yesterday it happened to me I and I did all like you, I tried to switch it on, I charged it!!!! I’m so stressed and now is in rice but I think it won’t work!!
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    Anna

    25/04/2014

    • Hi Anna. Leave it in rice for a while. I had to do that before it worked.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      25/04/2014

  64. hi June. I was in the bathroom and as I sat down on the seat my phone fell out of my back pocket. It was in the toilet bowl for a while; about a minute or two. Do you think the method will still work, or was my phone in the bowl for too long?

    Amy

    01/05/2014

    • Hi Amy,

      Mine was in the toilet bowl for a few seconds. All I can say to you is try the rice treatment to see if it works for you. Good luck with it.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      01/05/2014

  65. I put my new iphone through an entire laundry cycle. I put it in the rice bag for a week and it now works just fine but the screen is really dark. I can’t see it in if I am not inside. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

    Stacey

    06/05/2014

  66. I have and iphone 5c and the same thing happened to me do you think it should work 🙁 it’s sitting in rice for now how long should I give it?

    Bri

    06/06/2014

    • Hi Bri. I think it’s best to leave it in rice for at least 3 days. I hope your phone works. Please let me know the outcome.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      07/06/2014

  67. I will surely let you know, thank you 🙂

    Bri

    07/06/2014

      • I checked my phone today and it works but you can tell that the water has been in there and I have no clue what I should do next?

        Bri

        10/06/2014

        • I’m happy to hear that it’s working. Hopefully, all traces of water will disappear soon. Thanks for updating me.

          June Whittle June Whittle

          10/06/2014

  68. last night i dropped my I-phone4 in water tub for 2 or 3 seconds ,I took it and dry it with my shirt than used Hair Dryer, than its flash light on for 5 to 7 min..than light turn off ..i put my phone under fan and today morning I went for repairman , he opened it and clean it with some chemical, than he called me and said your phone turn on for few seconds and get hot..by using power supply..now he return my phone back to me and said there is some issue with IC..what should i do JUNE..need your help..my phone is everything for me..i m feeling alone without it..

    Khan

    09/06/2014

    • I wish I could help Khan. The only advice I can give is to do what I did and put it in rice. I can’t guarantee it will work for you though. Sorry!

      June Whittle June Whittle

      09/06/2014

      • June! after 24 hr i mean last night, when i connect it with my lab top it detected and show folder of pics…but pic folder was empty..ad phone not turn on..but with laptop it detected ..i again put it in rice bag..i hope this sign of life..as my repair man clean it with chemical as i told u..what do more..how much wait.is it sign of life..please guide

        Khan

        11/06/2014

        • I hope it’s a sign that your phone will be Ok Khan. When I put mine in rice I left it in there. It was tempting to keep checking it but I managed to resist that urge. Maybe you should leave it for another couple of days before turning it on?

          June Whittle June Whittle

          11/06/2014

  69. I had a similar situation with my iPhone 5 being dropped in water for 10 to 15 seconds. I turned it off and left it in rice for 3 days. It functions fine most of the time, but the screen still flickers once in a while. I used it for a run today running multiple apps and the screen went crazy and seem to overheat after 25 minutes. I turned it off immediately until it cooled down. I’ve been keeping it in rice when I am not using it and completely shut it off at night and place in a bag of rice.

    Has anyone had similar experiences after recovering their iPhone from water damage? If so does this get better with time or is it about to die?

    Meg

    12/06/2014

    • Hi Meg,

      It’s a shame your iPhone is not working properly. Mine was fine after the rice treatment. But it was only in the water for a few seconds. I’m not sure why yours overheat.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      12/06/2014

  70. My friend thought it would be a good idea to sink my iphone 5s as a form of revenge. He said it only happened for 20 seconds. I wiped everything off and took out the sim card, then found a bag of rice. But I checked on it every couple of hours but i finally let it sit for a whole 24 hours. Although yesterday I plugged it in and my home screen appeared with a bunch of random lines and raindrop looking things on the screen, but then it crashed.
    It’s been about 55 hours; does my phone still have hope?

    Andrea

    23/06/2014

  71. Ok I’m 13 and I’m scared to tell my parents that I hare my IPHONE in my bra I know stupid right but I told my sister and she sayed to pit it in rice so I did and that happens today so what should I do? How to I tell my parents with out getting killed I really need help ive been crying for 3hours straight I’m so scared HELP PLEASE

    13year old girl

    24/06/2014

  72. I dropped my phone on holiday into the pool and now its damaged 🙁 I went to switch it on didn’t work, charged it, didn’t work, however after leaving my phone for a few mins on charge it comes up with the apple logo for 5 seconds before turning off again. I have pu my phone in rice 30 hours after. Hopefully it will work or I will lose all my pictures, videos, contacts etc 🙁 iCloud is the way to go from now on!

    Jamie

    16/07/2014

  73. I dropped my phone in the toilet and picked it up right away and I was at school so I couldn’t put it in rice until a few hours later and left it in the rice for two days and after it seemed to work like brand new. Now it restarts itself every two minutes.. does this mean that there is still something wrong with it? Or will it fix itself??

    Eleanore

    02/10/2014

    • Hii Eleanore,

      An iPhone water damage is definitely gonna cause you a lot of trouble. The iphone has to at least get opened by a screw driver and use some toothbrush with alcohol to clean it from water and let it dry before you use it again.
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      lahcen

      30/12/2014

  74. I was soooo relieved to read this- I tried to check a text and my phone decided I was making the bubble bath look great, and it wanted to join -_- found this an got so excited- and then I remembered. I live in a dorm. There wont be a bag of rice to be found in this entire building lololol

    Ellen

    17/11/2014

    • Oh dear. Sorry about that. I hope you get it sorted somehow. 🙂

      June June

      17/11/2014

  75. Hi there,

    I dropped my iphone 5 in the toilet this past Monday 🙁 It was in there for literally 3 seconds before I grabbed it out and the screen was still on. I dried it off and removed the phone cover. Stupidly, I kept using it as normal thinking it was fine and plugged it in, checked to see if you rang it worked, etc. The screen started flickering as the day went on so when I got in I put it in rice. I took it out of rice and tried it again yesterday morning and it kept rebooting itself. I hadn’t taken out the sim card initially so I did that and since around 7am, I have now just left it untouched in the rice. I don’t know why I kept touching it! I guess because somehow I thought it hadn’t happened and my phone would be fine (I’ve only had it a few weeks)
    I’ve had this happen previously with a blackberry and the rice trick did work, I can only hope it will work this time; I bought this phone outright so it would be entirely up to me to just replace it if the rice trick fails 🙁

    Steph

    19/11/2014

    • Hi Steph,

      I hope the rice treatment works for you this time as well. Let me know how it goes. 🙂

      June June

      19/11/2014

  76. I accidentally had my phone in my blanket in the washing machine for 30 minutes. Was that too long to bring my phone back to life? D:

    ashley

    24/11/2014

  77. I dropped my phone in the toilet early this morning. And I went to school with it. And sued on it all day until all of a sudden it started blinking and went down to three percent. Then it flashed on and blinked again at one percent. I had to wait an hour and a half before coming home. Then I tried plugging it in. That was my worst mistake. And it didn’t turn on. And I left it in rice for about three hours and I tried again. Then after six hours I tried again still no luck. My phone is sitting in rice now. Will it truly work? And make my iPhone okay?

    Jayden Ames

    06/12/2014

    • You should keep your phone in rice for a little longer Jayden. I hope it works for you. 🙂

      June June

      07/12/2014

      • last night, as i was flushing the toilet my phone dropped in as i knocked it into the toilet by accident! i quickly grabbed onto it but i couldnt get it out of the toilet bowl. i had to force it out and got it out free within around 50seconds… i dont knowwhat to do.. i was so mad i could go crazy!

        i took out the sim card and left it in my air con room for about 9 hours as it was very late at night so i went to bed…. the next morning i placed the phone into a bug bucket of rice! it has been 3 hours only and it still doesnt work…

        Matthew Ng

        17/12/2014

        • Sorry to hear that Matthew. Try leaving it in the rice longer.

          June June

          17/12/2014

  78. I accidentely dropped my phone in the toilet yesterday. It went black, so I immediately dried it off and put it in a bowl of rice. After a few hours I got impatient, so checked to see how it was doing. The good thing was that it had a bit of life. The bad thing was that all that showed up was the low battery sign when I plugged it in. My phone has been plugged in for hours now, and the battery isn’t holding any of the charge. Do you think that means that I’ll need to get a new battery? Or should I try the rice thing for a few more days and see how that goes?
    Thanks!

    Anxious Andrea

    26/02/2015

    • Andrea, read my advice please and hopefully it will help.

      June June

      27/02/2015

  79. Another good thing to do immediately is turning off best thing though if possible pull the battery (unfortunately with a a iPhone that’s not possible one reason I stick with android love my note 4 lol.) Once it’s off take a vacuum with the attachment hose put you’re hand around the bottom of the attachment to create more suction then suction it as long as possible at least 5-10 minutes then keep it off and place it in a air tight container or bag of rice or silica gel (those packets you get in shoes or purses) . You can order a big bag off amazon for 5 dollars or try a craft/fabric store near you. I would always keep them on hand just in case. Also life proof otterbox cases are waterproof. I would suggest a good waterproof case if your prone to getting your phone wet or if your out at the beach or by a pool for the day as a preventative measure.

    Elizabeth Schultz

    07/05/2015

    • Thanks for sharing these tips Elizabeth. 🙂

      June June

      07/05/2015

  80. Hi! I was swimming in the pool, i recorded myself swimming then some of the water got splashed on my phone. There was a towel so i put my phone in there to dry it up, suddenly my phone said “No Sim Card” even though it has one. So i run to the kitchen to bury it in rice. Then I continued swimming, after that my phone was working fine but It was low battery. My phone kept telling me “No Sim Card” and then after a few minutes it got fine again then “No Sim Card”. I had to off my phone. i tried cleaning the port but no dust or anything. So i tired charging it. It didnt work. I bury it in rice. Everyday I kept checking it if it was okay but it wasn’t. So I tired soaking my phone in silica gel packs. I found these silica gel packs from shoe boxes but still my phone isn’t working, After I saw this post and comments I tried getting a plastic (Transparent) and put my phone there and added some uncooked rice and putting it in my window to heat it up. I hope this works.
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    Buz

    17/05/2015

    • PS : My phone is iPhone 5. Did it works for iPhone users to put it in a zip bag with rice? Reply please

      Buz

      17/05/2015

      • It shouldn’t matter if it’s an iPhone 5. The iPhones are all similar anyway. Good luck. 🙂

        June June

        17/05/2015

    • Hi Buz,

      Sorry to hear about your iPhone. I hope the rice treatment works and you’ll be able to restore your phone. From what you said, it didn’t get soaked in the swimming pool, so hopefully it will work. Do let me know how you get on.

      June June

      17/05/2015

  81. Hi!!! I had exactly the same experience like all of you and I would like to share here on whether my iphone can be revived. I dropped my phone into the toilet bowl around 8pm yesterday night and the phone died right away. I tried to wipe and shake water out as much as I could do immediately. I only got home at around midnight and the attempt to save my phone began!! I did all the mistakes as everyone would do (putting it on charge, pressing the power switch) after and obviously all did not work. I then put into the rice bag and it has been 12 hours so far. Fingers crossed and praying very hard that it will come back to life in 2/3 days!!!!

    janeflint

    12/07/2015

    • Please let me know if it works. 🙂

      June June

      12/07/2015

      • so i waited for 42 hours before i attempted to turn it on for the first time.. i put in on charge.. and there was nothing. And i said to myself its alright! maybe just have to wait for a little longer. After 10 minutes of silence and waiting (it felt like 10 years)… I started to lose faith and was already thinking maybe i should really get a new phone.. but hell no!!!!!!!!!!!! suddenly i heard the notification of whatsapp texts!! and more ringing and more ringing!!!!!! I was so excited to look at my phoone.. however the screen is black 🙁 So i am both happy and unhappy now.. happy that my phone actually had survived a dive in the toilet bowl!! all the functions seem to be alright, (the sound, receiving calls and texts, simcard, wifi) but only the screen is black. It is still amazing though!! I now put my phone into the rice bag again hopefully in 2/3 days, the scrreen can come back alive!! or else, it might possibly work by sending it to the repair shop…….

        We will see!!

        janeflint

        13/07/2015

        • I had to be patient and waited for a few days before turning on my phone. I hope your phone will be ok. 🙂

          June June

          13/07/2015

  82. Well I dropped my phone in the bath about a week ago I suddenly got it out and it will not switch on it keeps saying connect to iTunes but only when on charge don’t let me do anything else after reading what happens to u I was wondering if u had any advise for me as tryed to connect to iTunes and it wouldn’t let me need help fast as its got pics of family members what have passed on

    Reece

    19/08/2015

    • Hi Reece,

      The only advice I can give is to do read my article and try the rice treatment. But since you dropped your phone in the bath a week ago, that probably won’t work.

      Sorry.

      June June

      19/08/2015

  83. Hi! I dropped my iPod Touch 5th gen. into our toilet last Sunday. It only stayed submerged for less than a minute. It turned black immediately so I wiped it dry and shook out the water inside. Afterwards, I just left it in the open while I searched what to do. I read the rice trick from a site but couldn’t do it immediately because I didn’t want my parents to find out what happened. After a while, the iPod started heating up but I still couldn’t do anything about it. It cooled itself down after a few minutes. I did the rice trick after a really long while. Maybe an hour or more had already passed. Now, 4 days later, I took it out and tried turning it on. It didn’t work so I tried charging it. It’s been charging it for nearly two hours now but it still doesn’t turn on 🙁 Is it a hopeless case now?

    Elise

    10/09/2015

  84. hey june pls..help me
    like all my iphone was drowned in toilet and in less than a munite i took i out and tried switching it on but it didnt work so i kept it for 2 days and after 2 days i did the rice treatment but nothing happened then on wed i read ur this treatment and did it [ my iphone git dipped in water on last thus so do u think that it would work after 2 days or so …]
    PLS REPLY !!!!!!! PLS

    nikita

    04/11/2015

    • Sorry to hear about your phone. Maybe you should leave it in the rice for longer. I left mine for more than 2 days. I hope that helps. Let me know how you get on please.

      June June

      04/11/2015

  85. Hey! hope you’re still on,
    My phone feel in the toilet I’ve tried everything! I had my phone in the rice for an hour after that I tried turning it on and the apple sign came up but it was really MESSED UP! I blow dried it after that then put it back in the rice with the charger plugged in. More lines appeared and were there for about 2 minutes, then they were gone.
    Do you think my phone will still turn on?

    Jenny

    24/03/2016

  86. Hi! The same problem here, I dropped my iphone in the toilet. I tried the rice method for 4 days and now I’ ve tried to plug it and I don’t know if it’s charging…but it turns on for few seconds and then off, without even touching it. Is it ok? should I leave it to charge, even though it turns on and off again and again?

    andrea

    12/04/2016

    • After I took mine out of the rice, it did the same thing. So I left it to charge and it worked after a while. Let me know if yours work. 🙂

      June June

      13/04/2016

      • I left it for few hours to charge, but it didn’t work so I’ve brought it to a repair store and now it is working!! Best feeling when you touch your recovered phone !!

        Andreea

        19/04/2016

        • Sorry the rice treatment didn’t work. But I’m glad you were able to get it fixed. Thanks for letting me know.

          June June

          26/04/2016

  87. I just dropped my Iphone 5c in the toilet ahhhh!!! I was shaking
    I grabbed it out and quickly got a towel to dry it and then the screen went black
    I put it in a container with rice

    Do you think it will work after leaving it overnight

    I’m nervous that it wont ever work again because some people on the internet have said that the rice trick doesn’t work but I didn’t know what else to do

    jack

    24/06/2016

  88. so my phone was at my back pocket and when i was peeing it fall in the toilet and i flush. i didn’t notice it was in the toilet after 20-30 minutes. it is iphone 6 plus

    benedicta

    16/11/2016

  89. Hey, I wanted to know how long your phone worked after fixing it with the rice. My phone has been sitting in rice for two days, it turned back on and is working fine but I’m scared it will eventually go out again.

    Mariah Griffin

    05/12/2016

    • It worked after I took it out of the rice and is still working. Nothing went wrong with it afterward.

      June June

      06/12/2016

      • Hi Junie,

        A couple days ago my iPhone 6 fell into the bath tub and was fully submerged for about 2-3 seconds before I pulled it out. It had an Otterbox Commuter case on it, so I stupidly assumed it would be fine. It worked perfectly the rest of the night, so I plugged it in the charger and stuck it in a bag of rice overnight just in case. The next morning I took it to school and I noticed the battery draining fairly quicker than usual. My phone would also constantly turn off and on by itself. When I got home from school I removed the SIM card and stuck it the rice bag again. I checked it later that night and it would not power on at all. It has now been in the bag of rice for a little over 24 hours, so a few hours ago I tried turning it on again, and this time the apple appeared and the screen for your passcode also appeared. A few seconds later, my iPhone powered itself off again. I have resorted to keeping my phone in the rice bag for a few more days under a heat lamp and will plan to check it later. Is there anything I should not be doing and is there any other steps you would suggest so that my iPhone will work in a few days?

        Katie Chavez

        11/03/2017

        • Sorry I took so long to get back to you Katie. I hope you managed to save your iPhone. The only advice I could give is what I did myself and it’s in my article. Please let me know if you got your iPhone to work.

          June June

          18/03/2017

  90. So here’s my Iphone story.

    I dropped mine in the bathtub and it was there for at least five minutes before I found it. First thing I did was dry it off with a towel and then hold it upright with the towel pressed to the speaker area. I soaked a bunch of water out of it that way then I put it in rice. I was freaking out and was sure I had ruined my phone. After my bath I looked online and another thing people suggested was silica. My cat uses litter that is silica salt so I took my phone out of the rice, put it in a fine mesh bag ( as luck would have it, I just ordered something that came in such a bag). I put it in the bag of cat litter and left it there till the morning. Next morning I tried to turn it on and removed the SIM card since I forgot last night but nothing so back in it went.

    Tried to turn it on again after a full 24 hours since it’s dunking but still nothing so I left it alone for another 24 hours. After 54 hours total in the silica I decided to plug it in. The low battery indicator came on but it stayed that way for about a half hour before it showed signs of life. The indicator went up to 17% and my home screen came up. I went ahead and plugged the SIM card back in and had a text come through.

    When I went to the text screen I could see streaks so I powered the phone down, took out the SIM card and put it back into the silica.

    I think I was able to save my phone! I really thought it was a goner after being submerged for so long. Hopefully my story was helpful and it might be time for a waterproof case.

    Lori

    03/03/2017

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