7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 4:35 PM by Lawrence Finch
brettspark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPhone 4 that I dropped partway in water. Due to the wetness, I turned it off ASAP and then threw it in a bag of rice. I waited a day and then powered it on again. It seemed to be partly working; I could sync to my PC and also could faintly make out the screen. For some reason, I decided to go ahead and update from iOS 5.0 to 5.0.1 while the phone was down. This went fine, although my screen was dark so I couldn't verify very much. I then took my phone apart and placed it in tupperware with rice. I waited another day and everything appears to be working, except for the wifi (greyed out) / bluetooth (can enter menu but it never finds it). I had read that some people have had issues with wifi after updating to 5.0.1, but I am also thinking it could be a hardware issue due to possible water damage or reassembly. On a side note, I have not jailbroken.


I was wondering if anyone here could provide me with some troubleshooting instructions. I have reset the network settings, hard restarted, and restored my iPhone to no avail. My wifi address is N/A, and my bluetooth has an address, but I can't turn it on. I have an IMEI and my modem firmware is 04.11.08.


Thanks,

Brett

  • 1. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    brettspark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bump hoping to catch someone's eye~

     

    Thanks,

    Brett

  • 2. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,935 points)

    A day simply is not long enought to allow the device to fully dry out.  At this point, the device is essentially hosed.  It's time for an Out of Warranty replacement.

  • 3. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    brettspark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Another bump hoping to catch someone's eye~

     

    @diesel: My phone was dry enough to work. As a matter of fact, everything except the wifi/bluetooth is functional. I can make calls, check email over 3G, and do most of the vital functions of a phone (just not on wifi). I figured it would be fine because the flash LED was constantly on before putting it into the rice due to the moisture shorting out pins. After it dried, I recharged it and the LED was not on. As an electrical engineer, I understand the risks of moisture and how easily chips can blow. And as far as a replacement goes, I will be getting a 4S in March when my contract expires. I would like to use the phone for some home automation via wifi, so fixing it would be convenient.

     

    If anyone has encountered a similar problem, any advice (such as issues that could arise from semi-careless reassembly) would be appreciated.

     

    Thanks,

    Brett

  • 4. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    brettspark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yet another bump hoping to catch someone's eye~

     

    Thanks,

    Brett

  • 5. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    AppleOrAndroid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i have the grey no wifi as well wen i updated to 5.1.1. is wen i notice it if you find out the fix for this please let me know thx

  • 6. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    gdmbr31 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem with the wifi .... the greyed  button ....

    and it was from a day to another .... not because of uptade i presume ....

    but his a problem that ***** .... i dont want a new iphone .... i  want this one fixed .... now ... have to gon on line on the provider's shop , take all of the data, rrrr **** ...

     

  • 7. Re: iPhone 4 Greyed Out Wifi
    Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (26,010 points)