Friday, October 21, 2011

Drowned iphone resurrection

On saturday my iphone took a plunge, so  in an effort to bring it back to life I put it in a bag of rice for two days to dry out, then plugged it into my computer to see if it would work. It turned on, but then the battery only lasted 15 minutes before dying.

I called AT&T to ask what to do, but they deferred me to Apple. I called Apple but they said I needed to pay a one time $29 service fee before I could even talk to a service tech, really? Sheesh, I don't think so, especially when I have a new phone on the way later this week or next. I searched the Apple website for an answer and came up with no recommendations other than replacing the battery, but no real info about how to do that. I then turned to the place to find the answer for everything... Google.

I came across a website that that gave two solutions. One, replace the battery for $100, the battery is soldered in to the phone and can't be removed with out changing out the actual phone. The other option was to try pluggin it into iTunes and choosing "restore", after backing up your phone. This removes the software and uploads new software, then you upload everything back on your phone.

I did it and it WORKED! My battery now has a full life again, amazing! I wonder how many people think their phone is dead and pay for a new battery when this is all it may take to fix it.

My 4 year old ipod touch has not held a charge for over a year, so I tried it on it too and it has restored it to full battery life as well. Incredible!


  1. Whew...I still have an antique cell so if I do move into 2011 I will be very careful to investigate all the new and amazing possibilities! Have a great weekend. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. Wow! You geek, you! This is great. I hope I can remember when I need it.

  3. I'm happy to hear that your iPhone is working once again! When you were seeking help, did you check out your local malls? I live north of Dallas and we have Apple stores in some of the malls. They are very helpful. You can even go online and set up a an appointment time to go into the store for assistance. Of course, you can always go in without an appointment too. I just thought I'd share that info in case it can be helpful in the future. D~~~~

  4. Your blog today was an excellent public service announcement! Good information to know and I'm glad your phone was resuscitated.

  5. Wow, great advise!!! I just got a new iPhone and will file that in the need to know folder. :)

    Love your blog. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Barbara L.11:10 AM

    Thanks so much for this info. It will be useful. You are so technically wise and a beautiful artist too!

  7. Thanks for the info on cell phone recovery, I passed it along to my daught...her phones have had similar problems with water....

    Your 8 of cups is amazing!

    Hope things are improving for you!


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