After 10 months in a river, this misplaced iPhone still works


A man had dropped his iPhone XR in the water on a canoe trip during a bachelor party and thought he had lost it forever. However, a hiker found it 10 months later and this iPhone still works.

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An iPhone that has lived in the water for a few months // Source: Cinderford Noticeboard Facebook group via BBC

Rice is not always mandatory to save the phone. But this story shows you that you should never give up on saving your smartphone, which contains so many precious documents, photos and memories. In August 2021, Owain Davies, then engaged to Fiona Gardner and having a bachelor party, dropped his iPhone XR in the water while canoeing with a friend in the UK at Cinderford on the River Wye. Both men fell after their boat was overturned. Owain Davies had the phone in his back pocket and realized it was missing.

He thought he had lost it forever, but luckily someone found it and it still works.

The river lifeguard saves iPhone from drowning

Miguel Pacheco was canoeing the River Wye with his family in early June 2022, about 10 months later. Entrust the BBC having identified “something blue floating in the waterwhile he was on a small boat with his daughter. At first she was hopeless because the phone was full of water. However, she decided to go out of her way to try and save him. “JI know if I lose my phone, I have a lot of photos of my children, I know I want them back.

Even after 10 months underwater, this iPhone XR works (even with this charging cable) // Source: Cinderford Noticeboard Facebook group

Once he got home, he dried it using an air line and a compressor. Miguel Pacheco then placed it in a ventilation cabinet overnight. The next day, he tries to load it and surprises “the screensaver showed a photo of a man and a woman with the date August 13th“.

How to find the owner of an iPhone that has been lost for months

This somewhat unusual rescuer had the good idea of ​​posting photos of the phone online, but also of the photo shown in an attempt to find the owner. He posted a message on the Facebook group Cinder wall with a photo of this iPhone XR and the couple. A message shared more than 4,000 times on the social network.

Owain Davis is not a regular on social networks, but one of the couple’s friends recognized them. The phone has since been returned to its working owner.

The lock screen // Source: Cinderford Noticeboard Facebook group

One of the netizens of this group has provided a very interesting trick to find the owner of a lost iPhone. If your phone is working, you can long press both volume buttons at the same time to access the Health App Health Card. Enough to find valuable information such as emergency contacts. Advice that can also be useful if you need to help someone in danger.

Another user has provided another technique. In fact, it is a question of removing the SIM card from the phone, inserting it into another one to find out the phone number of that card. If the owner has transferred his phone number, it can be found simply by calling him.

A reassuring experience, but not to be repeated

You should know that the iPhone XR is IP67 certified. This absolutely does not mean that it can remain immersed in water for dozens of weeks, it is not a truly waterproof smartphone. If we follow the international standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission, this smartphone should be completely protected from dust, but it can also be temporarily submerged up to one meter for 30 minutes in clear water.

This time it managed to last for 10 months, which is much more. If this reassures you about the waterproofness of this model, we strongly advise you not to put it in water anyway. First of all, because waiting 10 months to find out if your smartphone is water resistant is a bit long and impractical. But beyond that, the Apple site claims that “the resistance to splashes, water and dust is not permanent and may decrease over time with normal use“. Even more important,”Liquid damage is not covered under warranty, but consumer law may grant you certain rightsHowever, we know that Apple is working to improve the iPhone’s water and pressure resistance.

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