How to Save a Wet iPhone or iPod Touch

You just dropped your beloved iPhone into the pool! Now what? Today we’ll take a look at the best way to ensure that this isn’t the end of your device.

In addition to outlining which recovery methods work best, we’ll also tell you some very important actions to avoid if you don’t want to ruin your phone while trying to save it!
A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Like anyone with a modicum of sanity living in the arid desert of Phoenix Arizona, I own a swimming pool. I also own an iPod Touch. You can see where this is going. One day, as I was diligently brushing the walls of my pool, a friend stopped by. Being the polite guy that I am, I turned my back to the pool to engage in discussion.

The problem of course with turning your back on a swimming pool is that you forget that it’s there, which means when you take a step back, your friend has cause to roll on the ground with laughter as you fall helplessly through the air in slow motion with one thought on your mind: My iPod is in my pocket! Splash.

I was drenched, completely submerged. As I scrambled out of the water I handed my phone to my friend to dry off, he managed to suppress his laughter for long enough to comply. At this point, we have an all too familiar situation on our hands. This is no mere $20 mp3 player. This is a significant purchase that has possibly seen its last Words With Friends session.

In this situation there is a right and wrong way to react. Before we get into the steps that you should take, let’s look at one important thing not to do!

Don’t Turn Your Device On

This may sound like an obvious piece of advice, but trust me, it’s not. In fact, when as I climbed out of the pool having already handed my iPod to my friend, I found that this is exactly what he did. He quickly dried off the outside of the device with his shirt and then naturally wanted to see if everything still worked and tried to use it.

This is a fantastic way to fry your device permanently. Granted, it’s likely already on standby and not truly off, but you’re still only going to heighten the risk of permanent damage if you try to increase the electronic activity.

Fortunately, in the end, this action didn’t spell disaster for my iPod Touch, but you might not be so lucky.
Drying Out the Device

As soon as you recover your device from its watery grave, the first step is to get all of the water out that you can. This goes beyond wiping the device off to even gently shaking it to try to free any trapped water inside.
Be Wary of Heat

From here one of the most common ideas is to grab a hair dryer. The problem with this method is that you can do as much damage as you repair. We know that water and electronics don’t mix, but it turns out heat and electronics have a similar relationship.

I’ve talked to and read about people that have successfully saved their iOS devices with a hairdryer, so it can in fact work. However, I don’t recommend it. If you’re convinced that this is the way to go, just be sure to use a low heat setting and take frequent breaks to allow the sensitive components in the phone to cool down.
Silica Packets: Do Not Eat!

You know those packets that come in everything from shirt pockets to guitar cases? These handy little guys are always equipped with a life-saving warning: “Do not eat!” This message doesn’t really help us in this situation but the packets are actually quite useful. As you know, they’re designed to absorb moisture, which means they offer a great method for sucking the water out of your wet device. screenshot

Silica packets are awesome for saving wet electronics

What you want to do is fill a plastic bag or tupperware container with silica packets like in the image above and then toss in your iPhone. Next, seal the container and let it sit for a lot longer that you want it to. At the very least, let it go over night. If you’re cautious, 24-48 hours is a safer bet.

During this time, resist the urge to take your phone out and turn it on to see what happens. There will still be some condensation hanging around inside and you therefore have the same circuit frying risk as before. Patience is the key!
Rice: A More Practical Solution

In theory, a bag full of silica packets is awesome, but who really has twenty of those things lying around? If I tear my house completely apart I might be able to find two if I’m having a really lucky day.

When my iPod Touch went for a dip, I was too busy being angry at myself to fix the thing. Luckily, my wife jumped in and took over the situation. Being the resourceful woman that she is, she put my iPhone in a bag and filled it with rice. I was born with an overactive sense of skepticism so I saw my wife’s actions as pure nonsense and started planning my trip to the Apple Store for a replacement.
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Rice is a great substitute for silica packets

It turns out though that my wife’s black magic is actually a fairly common practice with wet electronics. The rice acts exactly like the silica packets and absorbs the moisture. In fact, this trick worked like a charm and in 24 hours I threw my iPod on a charger and it came to life. That was well over a year ago and the device still works!

The reason that rice is a less ideal solution than the packets is that it’s much messier. Rice might take the water out of your device, but it can fill it with dust. Still, unless you’re a strange hoarder who happens to have mounds of silica, rice can be a very effective solution.
Conclusion

To sum up, as soon as your iPhone gets wet, resist the urge to turn it on. Next, dry it off as best as you can, avoid heating it up unnecessarily and reach for the silica packets. If you don’t have any, fill a bag with rice, throw in your iPhone and seal it for around 24 hours.

Despite many stories of successful revivals, you’ll likely find that an iPhone that has been completely submerged in water will never be quite the same. Even if it still works, there will be noticeable quirks in how the responsiveness of the buttons, the audio quality, how well it takes a charge, etc. Ultimately, if you didn’t kill it, you’ve definitely brought it much closer to death than it was before.

It’s important to note that Apple has sensors in place that can tell if your phone has gotten wet, so don’t stroll into the Apple Store and claim that the thing just stopped working unexpectedly. Be honest and tell them what happened. You probably won’t get a free phone but Apple should offer you a discounted replacement (often refurbished).

If you’ve ever gotten your iPhone or iPod wet, tell us your story below. What method did you use to dry it out? Would you recommend that to others? Did Apple work with you on getting a replacement? We want to know!

How To Transfer Music to iPhone: Sync Music to Your iPhone Using iTunes

1. Before transferring music to iPhone

Before following this iPhone syncing tutorial, it’s a good idea to go through this simple check list:

Keep iTunes up-to-date – ensure that you have the latest iTunes software version installed on your computer before plugging in your iPhone. iTunes should automatically check this when it is run, but you can also force an update check by clicking the Help menu and choosing Check for Updates (Mac: click the iTunes menu tab, followed by Check for Updates). Once you have made sure iTunes is up-to-date, close the program again.
Where to Download the iTunes Software – If you haven’t got this installed on your computer, then you can download the latest version from the iTunes website.
What to do if iTunes won’t update or run – If you’ve already got iTunes installed, but discover it fails to run or has problems updating, then it’s worth downloading and re-installing an up-to-date version from the iTunes website — it may just fix the problem! After this step you may need to restore your iTunes library from a previous backup.
Remember, iTunes only performs a one-way synchronization Keep in mind that iTunes only performs a one-way synchronization to your iPhone and not both ways. This means any songs found on your iPhone that aren’t on your computer will be deleted (on the iPhone).

2. Connecting the iPhone

Follow these steps to see how to connect the iPhone to your computer and select it in iTunes.

Using the dock connector that came with your iPhone, plug it into your computer — this will most likely be the USB port.
Run the iTunes software.
In the left iTunes window pane, locate the Devices section. Underneath this, click on your iPhone name.

If you can’t see your device, then check out out guide on fixing iTunes Sync Problems for more information.
3. Automatic Music Transfer Method
The easiest way to transfer music to the iPhone is by using the automatic sync method. To do this:

On the iTunes main window pane, click on the Music menu tab at the top of the screen.
Ensure the check box next to the Sync Music option is enabled — click this check box if not.
To enable the transfer of all your music, click the radio button next to the Entire music option.
If you prefer to select only certain songs from your iTunes library, then you’ll need to click the radio button next to Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.
Finally, to start automatically syncing music to your iPhone, click the Apply button to commence the transfer process.

4. Setting up Manual Transfer Mode
If you don’t want iTunes to automatically transfer music to your iPhone, it’s possible to configure the program for manual syncing. This method offers more control over what iTunes syncs to your iPhone. Before you can do this, you’ll first need to switch from the default automatic mode. To see how this is done, follow these steps:

At the top of the main iTunes screen, click on the Summary menu tab.
Click the check box next to the Manually manage music option to enable this mode. Finally click the Apply to save the settings.

5. Transferring Music Manually
Now that you have changed iTunes’ sync mode to the manual transfer method, you can start selecting the songs and playlists you want to copy to the iPhone. Follow this quick tutorial to see how to select and drop music onto your iPhone:

In the left iTunes window pane, locate the Library section. Underneath this, click on the Music option.
You can now easily drag and drop songs from the main iTunes window to your iPhone via its icon (in the left pane under Devices). If you’ve got a lot of songs to manually transfer, then hold down the [CTRL] key (for Mac use the [command] key) and choose your songs — this will then enable you to drag the selected group of songs to your iPhone in one go.
As an alternative to manually dragging songs to your iPhone, consider using iTunes playlists. These are easy to setup and will save you heaps of time when syncing. If you have previously created iTunes playlists that you want to sync to the iPhone, just drag and drop these in the same way onto the iPhone icon in the left pane.

Tips:

1. iTunes helps you to see how much storage space is remaining on your iPhone. It’s recommended to check this before transferring songs and you can use the capacity meter near the bottom of the screen to help you.

How to Create Folders on iPhone

With the introduction of iOS 4, you can now organize your apps into folders. Folders allow you to reduce clutter on your iPhone’s screen and group similar apps together. For instance, with a folder, you can put all of your games into a single place and have them take up just one icon on the screen, rather than take up pages of icons.

This article helps you learn how to create, name, and edit folders.

Here’s How:

    To create a folder, you’ll need at least two apps to put in the folder. Identify the two.
    Tap and hold the app until all apps on the screen start shaking. This is the same process as is used to re-arrange apps.
    Drag one of the apps onto the other. This will create the folder. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the two apps and a name for the folder. If you want to add more apps to the folder, keep dragging them into this area.
    You can edit the name of the folder at this stage (or later) by tapping on the name and using the onscreen keyboard.
    When you’ve added all the apps you want to the folder and edited the name, click the home button on the front center of the iPhone and your changes will be saved (just like when re-arranging icons).
    To edit an existing folder, tap on the folder and hold until it begins to move. Tap it a second time and the contents on the folder will be revealed at the bottom of the screen. Drag more apps in to add them or drag them out to remove them.
    Edit the name of the folder by tapping on the text. Click the home button when you’re done.
    To delete a folder, simply drag all the apps out of it.