So your pants just went through a cycle in the washer and you moved them to the dryer. Or if you are the luckiest man alive, like me, your wife moved them to the dryer. You’re sitting on the couch in the evening watching some TV and you hear a loud clanking noise coming from your dryer.
In my case, we just shut the door and turned up the TV. After all, the dryer has made such noises before. Then my “best wife in the world” went to get the dry clothes to put them away and then came out of the laundry room and said, “Well, I found out what that noise was.”
Yes, your heart sinks as you look up to see her holding your iPhone. One of the coolest gadgets ever. If you know anything about electronics then you know you should wait a few days and let the thing dry out. Better even if you can take it apart and get some air through it. You could always take it down to the Apple store, if you have one, and see if they will replace it/fix it for you.
However, the iPhone has a water damage indicator in the headphone jack that turns pink when it gets wet. You could take the risk and lie to the face of the poor Apple employee at the Apple Store only for them to catch you red handed with the indicator and then publicly call you out as a liar and a would be thief.
Fortunately I’m a pretty honest guy so I decided to take matters into my own hands. After watching a few youtube videos I had taken the back cover off of my iPhone. A few days later I plugged it in and was pleasantly surprised to see that I got the apple boot icon when it was powering up but then it would power off after a few minutes.
Since I have some experience with computers and the like I thought that I’d start removing pieces and parts to see if I could find just a single bad piece that could be replaced. My first guess was the battery. I thought I had read somewhere that a Lithium Ion batter with high heat was bad.
So I removed the battery and I was able to boot to DFU mode! DFU mode is a sort of “safe mode” that lets you boot the iPhone without booting the OS. You can read more about it here. I put the battery back in and could NOT boot to DFU mode.
So I started shopping online and found an iPhone battery for around $5.
The battery arrived, I installed it, put the phone back together and it was as good as new! Plus, now I had a nice new fresh battery!
If you’d like more specific details about how to take it a part and the steps I took then shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll walk you through it.
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