What Helps Get Water out of the Front of an iPod Touch?

by David Lipscomb

The iPod Touch is a compact and convenient touch screen MP3 player, lending itself to accompanying you wherever you go. Unfortunately, this may also lead to the unit getting wet. The iPod Touch contains moisture indicators, letting Apple techs know when internals have been exposed to a liquid. Although water damage is not covered under Apple's product warranty, and exposure to water may irrevocably damage the device, there are a few steps you can take to remove the moisture and try to save your iPod.

First Steps

Should you drop your iPod Touch in water, turn the unit off by holding down the power button on top of the device. Slide the red on-screen slider to the right to shut the device off when prompted. Surround the device in a dry towel or cloth, allowing external moisture to be absorbed before it enters the device. Immediately remove any peripherals from the device, such as headphones, cases or external battery packs, to drain excess liquid from charging or headphone ports before it seeps into the main body of the unit.

Alcohol Soak

Immediately immerse the entire device with rubbing alcohol for five to 10 minutes. The alcohol draws water out of the unit. Use a plate or bowl to keep it immersed. When the alcohol dries, it dries any absorbed water with it. If the unit has been splashed, you may wipe the unit down thoroughly with alcohol and a cotton ball. Use dry cotton swabs to get into ports and seams on the unit. This process also has the useful side effect of cleaning the device. Allow the unit 24 to 48 hours to dry in a desiccant such as rice or silica gel, ensuring any remaining water is drawn out of the unit. Do not use acetone or nail polish remover, as this is harmful to plastics.


A household remedy for a waterlogged iPod Touch is immersion in uncooked rice for a few days. The dry rice is extremely absorptive, and will draw water from the device. Place the rice and iPod into a zip-top plastic bag. Ensure the device is completely covered by the rice. Leave the iPod in the rice for at least 24 to 48 hours prior to turning it back on.

Silicon Desiccant

Silicon desiccant packets are commonly found in shoeboxes. Also known as silica gel, these highly-absorptive packets quickly draw away moisture from nearby material. If you have enough of them, surround the iPod with the packets in a bag or bowl. If these packets are not available you can immerse the iPod in a plastic bag surrounded by dust-free kitty litter.

What Not to Do

Never apply direct heat to the device. This includes hair dryers, heat guns, sunlight or open flame. The higher-than-normal temperatures may damage heat sensitive internal components, or loosen bonding agents inside the unit. Do not attempt to plug the unit in to a wall charger unless you have taken steps to dry the unit. Electricity passing though moisture in the device may completely ruin it. The iPod Touch does not have a removable battery, so attempting to disassemble the unit may simply cause additional unnecessary damage.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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