Random… have you dropped a smartphone in water?

posted 3 years ago in Technology
  • poll: Did your smartphone survive a dip in the pool/ toilet/ lake?
    Yes, it was fine. : (13 votes)
    45 %
    No, it never worked again. : (8 votes)
    28 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    17 %
    How can there be an other, it's yes or no, damnit. : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    957 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I haven’t but my friend dropped hers in her cup of tea once (no idea how she managed that one!), she had to get a new phone.

    Post # 4
    8387 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I had a friend who jumped into a pool and forgot he had his phone in his pocket.  He ended up getting a new phone.

    Post # 6
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    @lealorali:  my I phone fell in the toilet once and it wouldn’t turn on for a day, then it did and its been fine ever since

    Post # 7
    1771 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I dropped my Droid in a cup of coffee. It was in there for less than 5 seconds but it barely functioned after that. I had to get a new phone. My iPhone has never encountered water so I’m not sure how it holds up. I have it in a defender case for extra protection.

    My mom has killed 3 phones by jumping into pools with them. (She hides her phone in her bra/swim top and then forgets it’s there.) Each time she had to get a new phone.

    Post # 8
    1233 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I also dropped mine in the toilet once. It took a few hours to turn back on and when it did it was pretty slow and glitchy for the rest of the day. It came out of it.

    Post # 9
    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Yep! Dropped my droid into the pedi-pool at my nail salon! My tech grabbed it immediately and put it under a fan dryer, then a bag of rice. No go! It was zapped. I switched over to iphone and thankfully I’ve kept this one dry! 

    Post # 10
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    @lealorali:  I dropped mine in the river. I went after work wearing my scrub top. I was bent over and didn’t realize I had my phone in my small pocket. It fell in for a split second. Worked fine with no damage.

    Then it got wet again somehow. I can’t remember how. Just remember it got wet again. There was some damage, but phone was still going strong.

    And then, the same phone got dropped into a cup on sprite from my child. And it sat in there for a bit. It still was working, but I had to use voice to text to type anything and there was a huge “cloud” where the sprite hadn’t dried out. Needless to say, I got a new phone after that.

    And then a long time ago, before this last phone that managed to go to hell and back, I washed my phone. I had been sitting in the rocking chair rocking my son, and he puked all over me. I forgot my phone was in my pocket because I was more concerned with getting cleaned up. I didn’t realize my phone was in my pocket till pretty much the end spin cycle. That phone was dead instantly.

    That is why I voted other.

    Post # 11
    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    My iPhone fell in the toilet. I did the rice thing and it worked. I think it made the phone slow down or something but everything worked. I didn’t get a new phone until a year and a half later and that was just cuz I wanted to upgrade. 

    Post # 12
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    @lealorali:  oh yeah, the secret is to open it up as much as you can and let it air dry for two to three days. Don’t attempt to turn it on or charge it until after that time period.

    Post # 13
    1140 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My cat likes to drink water from my cup next to my bed. After a year of her splashing around in the cup everynight my phone had enough water damage to stop working correctly ( speaker didnt work) and had to get a new one. Thank god for phone insurance.


    Stupid cat…. but how do you not love this! =)

    Post # 14
    14 posts

    @lealorali:  Fortunately for me, this hasn’t happened yet! However, I remember being at a party a couple of years ago where this guy got thrown into a pool against his will… his phone still in his pocket. He immediately exited the pool, raided the host’s house for a hairdryer and proceeded to take his phone apart down to the last chip and dry it all.

    And it worked!

    Would not recommend dunking your phone though, just in case you aren’t as lucky 😛

    Post # 15
    1892 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @lealorali:  I dropped my droid in the (clean) toilet =(  I took the battary out and put it in rice for 72 hours, and it was fine.


    Hubby managed to drop his iphone in the snow, on the side of the road, for over 12 hours. He htought it was completely lost b/c it was suring a snow storm, and where he dropped it was already plowed. We went and thankfully found it. Threw it in rice for 48-55 hours and it too was fine!

    Post # 16
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    My dad once ran his iPod through an entire wash cycle in the washing machine and it continued to work for another two years, but I’ve never gotten my iPhone wet.

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