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Can A Bag Of Rice Can Save Your iPhone…And Your iPod?

by Scott Hoffman on September 13, 2010

Guys, last week I did that thing where I left my iPhone outside overnight in the rain, and it wouldn’t even turn on afterwards. I was with my wife, at a holiday event, whining about how I was going to have to buy a completely new iPhone, and my very wise cousin happened to overhear what we were talking about. He said he had the ultimate low tech solution for fixing the iPhone. I asked him if I should try to blow-dry my iPhone, he said:

COUSIN: Turn it off completely, put it in a bag of rice, and leave it there for a couple hours. The rice will absorb the moisture.

ME: *Blank stare*

COUSIN: Just do it.

So, I went home, got out a bag of rice, and stuck my iPhone in there. I took it out about an hour later, tried to turn it on, and the screen kind of lamely flickered at me. But at least it was turning on, so I stuck it back in there. A couple hours later, before I was about to go to sleep, I took it out and turned it on…AND IT TOTALLY WORKED.

Unless it was a random act of magic, you all should try this next time your iPhones or iPods get soaked. You can thank me later.

Thanks Jacob!

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  • http://twitter.com/gregwind Greg Wind

    I did something like that with a Blackberry and I tried the old school “leave it on a radiator overnight” strategy. Worked like a charm. I’ve heard you shouldn’t test it half way through because an moisture could cause a short and fry it for good. Glad to hear that didn’t happen to you!

  • Rich

    Classic example of instructions of keep in for a few hours translates to 1 hour.

  • http://www.cliqology.com scotthoffman

    I only went to Syracuse – what do you expect?

  • http://www.cliqology.com scotthoffman

    But now my wife thinks that she can save any electric gadgets – my house is filled with bags of rice and with old devices.

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