On saturday my iphone took a plunge, so in an effort to bring it back to life I put it in a bag of rice for two days to dry out, then plugged it into my computer to see if it would work. It turned on, but then the battery only lasted 15 minutes before dying.
I called AT&T to ask what to do, but they deferred me to Apple. I called Apple but they said I needed to pay a one time $29 service fee before I could even talk to a service tech, really? Sheesh, I don’t think so, especially when I have a new phone on the way later this week or next. I searched the Apple website for an answer and came up with no recommendations other than replacing the battery, but no real info about how to do that. I then turned to the place to find the answer for everything… Google.
I came across a website that that gave two solutions. One, replace the battery for $100, the battery is soldered in to the phone and can’t be removed with out changing out the actual phone. The other option was to try pluggin it into iTunes and choosing “restore”, after backing up your phone. This removes the software and uploads new software, then you upload everything back on your phone.
I did it and it WORKED! My battery now has a full life again, amazing! I wonder how many people think their phone is dead and pay for a new battery when this is all it may take to fix it.
My 4 year old ipod touch has not held a charge for over a year, so I tried it on it too and it has restored it to full battery life as well. Incredible!