How to deal with wet iPods/iPhones

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  1. J-Phone

    J-Phone Active Member

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    So you got your iPod wet, don't know what to do? Just follow these tips to give your iPod a higher chance of surviving.

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    - Don't try to turn it on at all.

    - If it's still on force it to shut down by holding the home and power buttons.

    - Dry the excess water with a towel or a napkin.

    - Get uncooked rice and use it to cover up the iPod.(Use either a bowl or a zip lock bag)

    - Leave it there for a few days or weeks.

    - When you feel like the time is right take out the iPod and try turning it on. If it doesn't turn on then the chances are that it's damaged.

    - If you still have either the Store warranty or the Apple warranty use a flash light to look into the earphone jack for a iPod Touch and look into the earphone jack and the dock for a iPhone.

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    - If you see any signs of red/pink then your out of luck.

    - If you don't know what to do with your water damaged iPod/iPhone there's a good chance you can sell it on eBay for over $50 as a 'as is' or 'parts' listing.

    Tips:
    Don't have any rice? You can go down to a local Asian store and check if they have some. Half a pound bag of white rice is usually around $4.

    If you still can't find rice then try leaving the device somewhere hot for it to try.
  2. theodore214

    theodore214 New Member

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    Nice little guide, hopefully it will help cut down on the many threads about wet iPods. Never knew about that red thing.
    Also, the first pic made me lol.
  3. ripply

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    Nice guide, will help a lot of people. I think this should be stickied.
  4. YoMommaSoFat

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    FYI, I remember reading somewhere that the red in the headphone jack/dock is because Apple put litmus paper in there, so I'm assuming that when that litmus paper reacts with the water, it turns blue.
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    I believe that's also a very bad idea... If I were you and it didn't go off, let it stay on, til the battery dies, pressing that button could be all it takes to fry it.
  6. Shawa

    Shawa Super Moderator

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    It's most likely cobalt chloride, not litmus. CoCl2 changes colour exclusively when in contact with water, whereas litmus is just a crude PH indicator.

    Aaanyway, good guide. One thing, Power & Home reboots it, not a force shutdown.
  7. J-Phone

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    Yes it is litmus paper. No it is not red normally, it is white and when water touches it, it changes to red.
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    You guys should back up your so called "facts" with rock solid evidence. I'd like to know what it really is (the chemical reactive strip that's used).
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    Those are the pictures showing the liquid contact indicator paper for each iPod/iPhone model. I got them from: iPhone and iPod: Liquid damage is not covered by warranty

    According to the Apple support page I mentioned above, only iPhone models and iPod models that were built after 2006 have built-in Liquid Contact Indicators that will show whether the device has been in contact with water or a liquid containing water.
  10. J-Phone

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    Well devices before 2006 would be way out of warranty so this isn't for them.

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