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iPhone 4 dropped in muddy puddle - can i save it?!

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alp Fri 27-Jan-12 13:27:08



On dog walk, getting something out of pocket - out falls phone into puddle - face down - Only in there for a second but now no sound at all.

It works but with no sound - tried calling home and i couldn't hear anything, no music sounds and the ringer volume buttons won't allow me to turn ringer volume up.

Afte rgetting home I've googled and it is now sitting in a bag of rice, swtiched off - i did have a cover and case but as it was face down I think those didn't do anything to help.

So what now???

The annoying thing is I have just moved to a SIM only contract with no chance of upgrade as I was happy with phone etc etc and don't have insurance as I have never ever ever broken a phone


Thank you Mumsnet


alp Fri 27-Jan-12 13:27:46

ps - off out now so will leave phone in rice and check back later

sob no more MN on the move sad

NannyPlumIsMyMum Fri 27-Jan-12 13:29:46

My 2 YR old through mine in the paddling pool.
IME , the sound , button thing did resolve .
Do you have a de humidifier you can put it on ?
Or , my tried and tested favourite - dry it with a hairdryer .

fuzzywuzzy Fri 27-Jan-12 13:31:17

When it's completely dry put an headset in the headphone bit and see if the sound works, last year my iphone4 got snow in the little hole that connects the headset to it and I suddenly lost all sound, once it had dried for a bit and I tried using a hands free set, sound miraculously returned to normal!

Wait for it to dry out first tho,

Moodykat Fri 27-Jan-12 13:34:59

Dropped mine down the toilet and it took a week in rice, in the airing cupboard but it did live again!

alp Fri 27-Jan-12 13:38:06

Excellent!! I did give it a haridryer go over so there is hope!

cakeistheanswer Fri 27-Jan-12 13:41:02

I too tried the rice thing after googling, in an attempt to revive DS1's ipod touch (got a bit damp from being adjacent to leaky wipes in bag). No joy whatsoever.

Few weeks later, I dropped my iphone down the loo. Swore loudly and fished it out immediately (never dreamed I could stick my hand down a wee-wee and paper-filled toilet bowl so readily).

Turned it off, put it in the airing cupboard for a day et voila! Absolutely fine (may have a faint whiff of piss about it though...) wink

1sassylassy Fri 27-Jan-12 13:54:36

You should never use a hairdryer to try and dry out electrical items as the heat can melt vital components.Rice is the recommended method,after removing the battery,preferably leave the phone in the rice for 5 days.

alp Fri 27-Jan-12 15:59:42

Well I have my fingers crossed for the rice in the bag method.

Hairdryer was on a low gentle setting and not for long as I'm to impatient (and thougth I should be keeping an eye on DS who is 2 rather than iPhone)

Just done a check and still works just no sound although headphone thing is working and when checking sounds menu the bottom speakers did ring so there is still life there (somewhere)

alp Fri 27-Jan-12 22:37:44



Moodykat Fri 27-Jan-12 23:16:51

Isn't that feeling amazing?! I cried when mine stopped working and almost cried when it started working again!

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