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.
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.
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).
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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