How I dropped my iPhone in the lake and lived to tell about it

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Gave my iPhone a good soak

True story… I was sitting on my dock two weekends ago and dropped my iPhone. One bounce and into the lake it went. My immediate reaction was to look around and see if anyone had seen this happen. My next reaction was to try and find my phone and fish it out. But it was already too dark to see much more than a few inches into the water and the device was surely ruined.

The next few days were cloudy, but on the 4th day we had bright sunshine. I walked out onto my dock, looked down and there, in about two and a half feet of water, was my phone.

iphone at bottom of lake

There’s my iPhone!

So I jumped in and fished it out.

It had been there for 4 days or so and was fully waterlogged. Since I had already purchased a new phone (I was due for an upgrade anyway) I figured I’d try drying out the phone to see what happened.

A little shake, a little bake, a little rice

First, I dried off the phone as best I could. This included blowing out as much water as I could via the charging port.

Then I placed the phone in the oven and let it bake at 100 degrees for 4 hours. I chose 100 degrees because it was enough to dry the phone but wasn’t above the temperature where an iPhone would normally shut down.

After that I placed it in a bag of rice and left it there for 3 days.

On the third day I connected the phone to its charger and wouldn’t you know it, the darn thing came on. Just for a few seconds then it shut off. But I was happy it came on at all.

I let it charge for two days (because I was too busy to get back to it) and had moderate hopes that it would work when I returned. On the third day I unplugged the charger and pressed the power button.

It fired up immediately! So far so good.

I was able to enter my password so I knew the touchscreen was working. What surprised me was that there was not a single bad pixel on the screen. Not only that, but everything else was working as well. It immediately connected to my wi-fi and started downloading emails. Swiping from screen to screen worked flawlessly. I could hear that the built-in speakers were working and when I plugged in my earbuds they worked as well.

This phone, aside from a little bit of staining, worked as good as ever. Even the battery, which I took off the charger four days ago as of this writing, is still holding its charge. In fact, it’s holding at 50% right now.

iphone dired out after four days underwater

A little corrosion but otherwise fully functional.

Four days at the bottom of my lake and I was able to bring it back to life. So, shameless plug, if you’re looking for IT support and service, you might want to consider calling in a miracle worker (ahem).

Cool app!

Since we’re talking about iPhones… ever hand over your phone to someone to to let them see a pic or two? But maybe you don’t want them scrolling thru all your pics for whatever reason (who am I to judge?). Well, rest easy.

A new app, Overswipe, has you covered.

It’s as simple as starting the app and choosing which pics to show. Hand the phone over and relax a little.

Of course, the app doesn’t prevent someone from closing it and opening your albums, but most folks aren’t that brazen.

There are free and paid versions of Overswipe. The free version has a limit to the number of pics you can include in one session while the paid app does not. The paid app also includes the ability to turn on a password to restrict viewers from closing your selected photos and viewing your thumbnails.

Right now this app is only available for the iPhone.

So, what’s the worst thing you’ve done to your iPhone (or any smartphone)? Let me know in the comments section.

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16 comments on “How I dropped my iPhone in the lake and lived to tell about it
  1. Trey says:

    I dropped my phone in a lake last night… I think it slid down deeper into the lake and my insurance won’t replace a lost phone. Tips on fishing the stupid thing out.

  2. I doubt it went far. When I was looking for mine I was looking several feet from where it hit the water. When I found it, it was almost exactly where it broke the surface of the lake.

    That said, I’m an IT guy… not MacGyver. I don’t have much in the way of suggestions on how to locate or retrieve it short of diving and searching. If the water isn’t too deep you can buy or build a bathyscope (google it) so you can see into the water from a boat.

    Another option (maybe I AM MacGyver) is a waterproof metal detector. But they’re easily $100 or more and at some point buying a phone off eBay is going to be cheaper. Plus you don’t know if you’ll find your phone much less get it to work again.

    Whatever you decide, good luck. And if you find the phone and get it working, let me know.

  3. Shiva says:

    Hi. I just dropped my iPhone 5S into lake michigan in Chicago and I don’t know what to do. Now it is too dark and the water is freezing. Should I try to go into the water (dive in ) and find it?
    Will it be on the same spot based on water tide and current movement?

    Thanks

  4. destiney says:

    I dropped my galaxy s7 edge into the lake today.. its water resistant… do you think, if we hire a scuba diver to look for it since we know the general area, it will live?

  5. James says:

    i dropped my iphone in a pond 4 days ago, about 12 ft deep, and i have been diving down trying to find it but i cant see because the water is too cloudy, and i only have a few seconds down there each dive, anybody have any cheap tips to find it

  6. Bianca says:

    yesterday afternoon i dropped my iphone 5 into a lake trying to fish off the dock. My immediate reaction was to jump in and get it but everyone said not to because of the snakes in the lake, we got on a boat and went to where i dropped it. It wasn’t near where i dropped my iphone. Its in rice right now, is their hope for my phone???

  7. Mary says:

    My son’s iPhone spent the night in a pond last night…probably 20 hours. It was found by tamping a rake on the pond floor. Felt something but didn’t hear a clicking noise as with rocks. Gently raked a bit, slowly pulled straight up, and there it was on the rake. Took it home, took it out of case, dried it off, shook water out of it, used vacuum attachment to suck water out and put it in Damprid. Went to change the Damprid setup about an hour later and the darn thing was powered on receiving texts. I quickly turned it off and put it back in the Damprid to get any additional water out of it. I think it might be going to work so don’t give up!

  8. Diane Thomas says:

    I dropped my iPhone 6 in the middle of the lake. Brown water. Depth unknown. The exact location is not precise because I was kayaking and drifted around a bit, panicking.
    It’s in a waterproof case, so if I could find it, I would imagine it would be fine.
    Hubby is trying to concoct a plan to lower a camera.
    Who knows.

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