What To Do If You Drop Your iPhone In Water

iPhone 4

If you ever happen to accidentally drop your iPhone in water then you will find the do-it-yourself procedure posted by iFixYouri useful, especially since warranties don’t cover water damage.

According to iFixYouri, a repair shop for iPhones, water damaged iPhone is one of the most common iPhone repair types. 

Here is iFixYouri’s do-it-yourself (DIY) procedure:

  • It is imperative to remove the iPhone out of the water ASAP. Once the iPhone is out of the water, you want to make sure it is powered off.

  • If you get a white pinwheel on the screen and it won’t turn of, you hold down the power button and home button until it turns off. In the video we failed to record it powering back on after we powered it off. We simply repeated the ‘power off process’ and moved on to the next important step; remove the SIM card.

  • Once the SIM card is removed you want to put the iPhone in an uncooked bag of rice. Tighten the bag so all extra air is gone and seal it.

  • Wait 48 to 76 hours after the water exposure and then try it out. If you find at that time it is not functioning properly as a result of the iPhone water damage put back in the rice and mail it to iFixYouri who specialize in fixing water damaged iPhones.

You can also checkout the video demonstration of the procedure:

Hopefully we don’t have to use the procedure but in case you end up accidentally dropping your iPhone in water at least you now know how to deal with it.

[via iFixYouri]

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  • Keep them coming!

    What kind of rice do you use

  • hyperfire21

    lol pwned!

  • FurryToe

    Uncle Bens Long Grain Rice!!

  • Vishnu

    How do you turn off or remove the red indication(Liquid Indicator) inside the charger port?

  • LOL

    Black magic marker

  • Me

    To bad the indicator is originally white 🙂

  • Indian Basmati Rice Bag….

  • monzer

    This actually worked for me over a year ago when my phone fell in the sink… bag of rice does work… apple care does not cover water damaged iPhones, they'll ask you to pay full price for a new one

  • The best method is to use Hair dryer and dry out the water immediately before the water goes round the hardware.
    What kind of bag of rice are talking about?

  • I like rice.

    It really doesn't matter. All rice absorb water like there's no tomorrow. If you've ever cooked rice you'd know by the amount of water you have to add to a single cup of rice to cook it. It's ridiculous.

  • Dean

    The best thing in this case
    Is to fry your iPhone with
    Lemon juice and Roma
    Tomato and serve it
    With jailbreaking.com

  • Dean

    The next iphone5 will be
    No worries any more

  • I dropped my 3GS in water last year and tried this but unfortunately didn't work I still recommend it. If is unusable I'd still recommend taking it to apple, they said warranty doesn't cover water damage but offered me a "out of warranty replacement" it was $200 but they gave me a brand new 32gb 3GS which is a pretty good deal IMO.

  • This does work. I took my iPhone 3G swimming a month after I got it (got it on day of release) and didn't realize that it was in my pocket due to an herb induced state lol. Well, I found a bunch of articles online explaining the same steps and tried it out. Only, I also sat the bag with my iPhone & rice in direct sunlight to force the moisture out faster. Phone was up & running after 2 days with a some pixel damage. Backed up my contacts & repeated the process for another 3 days and it was working perfectly fine! Something else you can do is put silica packets in the bag along with the rice. They're cheap, I bought a bag with 100 for under $7.

  • it was a ziplock bag with rice if anyone is wondering.

  • larryw

    I got pushed into the pool with my iP4 in my pocket two days after launch. Got out, powered it off, removed the SIM, unscrewed the two small phillips screws on either side of the charging port, slipped the back off (no glue no seal, just screwed on), drained/patted/blew as much water as I could out and sat it in the sun. An hour later it was fine and still going strong today.

    Rice may work, but the iP4 is super easy to open up and air out.

    • karen

      My iphone was waterlogged. Didn’t respond to any button pushing whatsoever. So how would I turn it off?? Thanks

    • Kate

      Where do you get the tiny screwdriver?

  • Predator

    I put my iphone in a bag of rice, seasoned it and put in in the microwave oven on high for 10 minutes, Not only did this fix my phone being wet, but also made an enjoyable snack. Thanks for the tip… 🙂

  • monkeywrench

    you mean like 2 to 1…..

  • lmao 2 times to 1 really vague attempted statement by I like rice.

  • DNice.

    Or try putting a blowdryer next to your I phone. Make sure simcard is taken out first and let it blow on your phone for 45 minutes that should work.

  • DNice.

    It worked for me 🙂

  • itsmills

    Did you use Ranch dipping sauce?

  • Zach

    My friend got his 3g wet. He gave it to me because he didn't think it could be salvaged. I let it sit in rice for about 48 hours, restored it, and now it works fine. So I got a free phone. Pretty sweet.

  • rodney

    Chef ramsey shows you how to make a good iphone stew on fox 11 !

  • Predator

    In fact I used jalapeños Ranch…. But…. Wait… OMG… I GOT FLASH on my phone…Rice jailbreak unlocked Flash on my phone!!!! NOW THATS A SPICY IPHONE!!! Eat that one Steve J. IT's hot..

  • Kumar

    I have a iPhone 3G, in the rain ater got inside. after that i switched off the phone and switched on after 3-4 hours. aftre that my phone is working fine, but i have few problem
    1. Power off/in button is not working
    2. when it gets complete dischared i need to
    chage the phone to get the seen that time if
    i do not unluck the phone and removes it
    from the charging then it gets switched off
    automatically after few mins.

    is i do not lock it it works fine. for last 20 days i am using the phone without locking.

    Please help to get this issue fixed.

  • Red

    I put mine under the grill for about 2 minutes on a medium heat…… didn't work

  • shidah007

    i had my iphone in the washing machine for about 10-15 mins and took it out without switching it on.put it in the rice for almost 3 days now without a air-lock zip plastic bag and try switching it on a few times and still doesnt work.should i try adding a few couple of days or any other suggestions before i lost my will to live

    • Rib

      Im curious did u get yours to work yet I did same thing about 10 min in washer I’m on my 2nd day of drying

  • Pscyther

    Forget about water damage by microwaving the phone for 2 hours , you will then have other problem’s to worry about

  • abc

    2day morning i dropped my iphone 3Gs into sink fr 3-4 sec… nw kept d power on fr a few min…kept it under fan to dry it out…nw i hv switched it of..der is sum malfunctionning in it….wot shall i do?

  • wow

    you guys are re….tarded….

    • poopsandwich


  • neeraj

    it really works out…. switch off ur phone n keep it in a air tight packed full of rice…. after 3-4 days ur phone will be perfectly alright…. i had done dis n very happy so get the result.

  • Philip Good

    Don’t despair. I tried the rice trick but it didn’t work. However, I left my iphone for two weeks and it has miraculously started working again.

  • Kirstie

    Thanks y’all for making me laugh, y’all are nuts!!
    I’ve done the rice trick before with other phones, works great, lets hope it works with my iphone! 🙂

  • PutItInTheOven

    I dropped my 4S in water (clean) by accident and fetcher it out after a few seconds.
    The phone was on and it started acting out and it was impossible to turn off.
    I towel dried it shacking it slightly and put it in a bag of rice for a day.
    At that point I was able to tun it off, but it would turn itself on again shortly after, every time.
    You could see a lot of condensation under the camera lens and some water under the screen when on. Most buttons would not work as water would interfere with the button sensors.
    I could not remove the cover as the screws are of the pentalobe type and could not find anything to remove them.
    Frustrated with the rice I then put the phone in the oven under the setting used for warming dough at a controlled temperature of 80F which is within the published max operating temperature of 90F (the non operating temperature is 115F but the phone would not turn off so better be safe). After 24 hours all the condensation had gone away and the phone was working perfectly!!

  • Krista

    so, like an hour ago, i kinda dropped my iPhone in the toilet …. yeah but my first reaction was to get the thing out of there as fast as i could. its sitting in rice right now. it wasn’t in the water for long at all but it better work because i just got the thing and my mother didnt want to pay for insurance for it she said “Okay now heres a lesson, you have to take care of it because im done buying you phones.” Please work !!!!!!

    • Bethany perez

      Same thing happened to me bout an hour ago D: i hope the rice works!

  • Unlucky

    I dropped my iphone4 into clean water for only few seconds. Tried the rice method it didnt work. Phone is functioning just can’t recharged the battery. Now battery is totally drained. Any advice?

  • paula mcgaffey

    i have a iphone 4 & put the hairdryer on it for a bit and it came on just needs to dry out it is like 24 hrs though before it finally came on so dont just think its then end of it guys… & it was in rice overnight this does work be patient xxxxx

  • NOm

    Hey Guys…Picked quickly but half dipped in water…my Iphone!!!! Just put in Rice Bag …waiting for …….Hoping to write you guys a gud news ….:-/

    • Nicki

      Any updates your phone guys

  • thedandyman

    I tried this trick but it didn’t work. maybe my iphone doesn’t like rice. maybe I should try beans instead because I bought my iphone from a Mexican dude not an Asian dude

    • mike


  • So, I dropped my iPhone 4 into the toilet as well. I peed, got up and turned funny and it fell in there just after I hit flush. I scooped it out right away and the screen flickered to going kind of grainy. After about 1 minute it went off. I blew and shook the water out, took out the sim card and it has been in rice ever since. (this was at 8pm on March 24th). I left it in rice until Sunday night and tried to turn it on, nothing. I put it back into rice again and have left it there until now. I just tried to restore it using itunes and it is not working… am I Doomed??? 🙁
    Thanks for your help! I only got this phone 2 1/2 weeks ago!

    • Kermione

      I dont think so. my problem was an ipod touch, so it was slightly differnt. I would just wait a more few days (Is it in whole grain rice? I put my in that and it worked perfectly) I would also suggest you put it in rice while you blowdry it. And dont put it in the mircowave ethier

  • Kermione

    My Ipod touch (Yes, not an iPhone!) Dropped into some water, and i got really freaked out so i put it in some clothes. I told my sister this 20 mins later. she told me to put it in rice, so i did that. i waited 2 hours, and it was working again!!!! YEAH!!!! 😀

  • Lewis

    I was at work and droped my iphone4 in the toliet and now its not working. I went and bought a bag of rice and waiting to see what happens. I need my phone ASAP. I have no other means of communication. I am in this big city away from my family and I need my phone.

  • Ben

    Just sat in a hot spring for 15 minutes with my phone in my pocket. Got back to my condo and stuck it in a bag of rice! It’s now morning and still not working so going to leave it for a couple more days.

  • Leanne

    Just dropped my IP4S in the toilet after my shower (it was wrapped in the towel that I grabbed to dry off) 🙁 I am so freaked out right now! It’s in a ziploc of rice but I couldn’t find where to remove the sim card…couldn’t even see a slot for it. When I attempted to turn it off, I got the “pinwheel” and it started up again on it’s own, so I did it again and when I got the pinwheel, I held the lock and home buttons and that seemed to turn it off…my phone is my lifeline!!! I really hope this works!!!

    • Chris

      lol, I just dropped it in the toilet the same way 30 min ago. It was working okay but there was condensation in the back camera lens so I just stuck it in a bag of rice after taking out the SIM card. I hope all the condensation is gone by tomorrow morning/it is fully functional by tomorrow morning too. My phone = my life X_X XD

  • Thug Nasty

    Went on to the lake yesterday and dropped my iphone4, swam under and found it after about a minute dried it off, now its in a bag of ice after being vacuumed. Lets hope this works.