In the course of using them, iPods get wet. It’s just a fact of life. Whether we spill drinks on them, accidentally drop them in the tub, have kids who soak them in the sink, or any number of other watery mishaps, they iPods get wet.
But a wet iPod doesn’t necessarily mean a dead iPod. While sometimes a wet iPod can’t be saved no matter what you do, before you declare your beloved gadget dead, try these tips:
Never turn it on – If your iPod is wet, never try to turn it on. If it’s already on, turn it off/use the hold button as quickly as possible.
Shake the water out – Depending on how wet it got, you may be able see water in your iPod’s headphone jack, dock connector, or other areas. Shake the water out as much as possible and dry off the iPod.
Leave it in a warm place – Once you’ve gotten the water you can see out of the way, keep your iPod off and leave it somewhere warm to dry for a few days. A lot of people like to leave a wet iPod on the top of a TV, where the heat from the TV will help to dry the inside of the device, but choose whatever tactic you like.
Use a hair dryer – If you want to try a more immediate approach, try blowing a hair dryer, on low power, on the wet iPod about a day after it got wet. Don’t use anything more intense than low, though.
Take it apart – You better know what you’re doing to do this, because you can ruin your iPod and will void your warranty, but if you’re handy with electronics, consider taking your iPod apart to dry out the wet parts. In this situation, some people use the hair dryer, others like to separate the parts and leave them in bags of dry rice for a day or two and then re-assemble the device.
Try a repair company – If none of these tactics work, there are iPod repair companies that specialize in saving wet iPods. A little time at your favorite search engine can put you in touch with a number of good vendors.
Try Apple - A new Apple policy introduced in May 2009, though not advertised, reportedly has Apple willing to trade submerged iPhones for refurbished models for US$199 (no word on replacement of iPods). You'll likely need to request this offer and be able to demonstrate that the iPhone was submerged.
So, as you can see, a wet iPod doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to head to the Apple Store with credit card in hand, but it can mean trouble. So, stay out trouble by using a good iPod case (maybe even an underwater iPod case) or keeping your iPod and your soda far apart.