6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2013 3:42 PM by mlin14
KaylieL Level 1 Level 1

I dropped my phone in water but I pulled out quickly. It worked for a few minutes then screen went black but still heard when I got emails. I put it in rice and on the second day the screen showed that it needed charging so when I plugged it up the start up apple came on but then when it got to the main screen, it was black still but the sound still worked.

Does this mean that I should still keep it in the rice or does this mean that something else is wrong like it shorted out?

Please help!

iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.2
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    You can try it back in the rice for another couple of days more, but I think most likely damage has occurred and you'll need to pay for repair or a replacement.



  • KaylieL Level 1 Level 1

    Okay, so I just took it out and it turned on, I could see the screen and everything. I tried to check a couple emails then it went black again. I put it back in the rice. Is this a good sign? Should I leave it in the rice, tomorrow will be the third day in the rice. Or should I just give up and cough up $200 to get another?

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6

    Leave it in the rice for 2-3 more days before turning it on again.  Tuning it on while still wet is may damage it more than leaving it off to dry slowly.

  • Russa Level 4 Level 4

    You can try to dry it out more, however, I think it is shorted out.


    BTW, if you recently bought the phone new from AT&T the $200 price you paid is probably the subsidized price. The unsubsidized price for a replacement iPhone is much, much higher. You can try to get your carrier to sell you an iPhone at the subsidized price. I don't know of any program that will allow you to buy another one at $200 before the term of your current contract expires. Maybe your  carrier will give you a break though. Good luck.

  • KaylieL Level 1 Level 1

    So I left it in the rice off (it finally died) and now it works! The rice seemed to have done the trick!

  • mlin14 Level 1 Level 1

    My phone has th3e same problem at the moment, my screen is black.. It is currently sitting in rice, how long should I leave it for? When is it safe to charge my phone again?