3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2006 11:52 AM by kitkatbar2406
kitkatbar2406 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Because I'm an idiot, I dropped my 4G iPod Nano into a sink full of water last night (don't ask).

It was still working last night after the incident, but when I hooked it up to my computer, iTunes wouldn't recognize the device.

I left it standing upright last night to let any moisture drain out the docking connector and now this morning I can't even turn it on. It's dead.

My question is: has this ever happened to anybody before?

Do you think my iPod will be fine again after everything "dries out" or do I need to take it in to an Apple store? And how long do I let it dry out for? When do I know if it's really dead or not - a few days, a week, longer? Is there any way for me to open it up and let the insides get a little air?

What should I do? I can't imagine not having my iPod but I don't really have a whole lot of money to get it fixed or to buy a new one altogether...

Thank you to anybody who can help me, I would really appreciate it.

Windows XP
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
    Just for future reference... if you drop an electronic device in water... do not turn it on until it completely dries out... you risk causing more damage if you do. Hopefully, in this case, you haven't caused any permanent damage by turning it on. Obviously, the first thing you think after doing something like that is "Oh.. Sh*t!... Let me turn it on to see if it still works". Try not to use it anymore... at least for a few days. Because of the way the Nano is built, it will take any water that might be in there quite a bit of time to evaporate. Since you've already voided your warranty, you may want to open it up (if you feel comfortable with doing that sort of thing)... that would help it to dry out much faster and more thoroughly... Here is an excellent tutorial on opening up the Nano... you don't need to completely disassemble... just removing the cover will help alot...

    Gen 1 Nano:


    Gen 2 Nano:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPod/iPod-Nano-Remastered/Complete-Disassembly-Page- 1-Complete-Disassembly
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 points)
    Yes that kind of thing gets posted here from time to time.

    There isn't anything you can do except let it dry out completely for at least a week. You maybe shouldn't have tried to turn it on yet.

    If after that, you cannot get any response, and it won't reset or restore (after charging the battery), then it needs repair.

    Apple won't do it since it was accidental and the warranty doesn't cover that.

    You should look at one of the 3rd party repair sites such as iPodResQ.

    People have posted that their iPod came back to life after being immersed in water so you may be lucky.
  • kitkatbar2406 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah...after looking at all this info online today, I think messing with it was the worst thing I could have done :/

    But maybe I'll get lucky since the actual iPod itself wasn't that wet - just the 2 layer silicon case that I use. Only a little bit of water touched the actual iPod