How to Fix a Washed iPod

Everyone's done it. Somehow, by some twist of fate, your precious iPod has gotten wet. Maybe you've accidentally passed your iPod Nano through the washing machine. Or maybe your friends got a little too excited and threw you in the pool along with your iPod video. In any case, don't despair! With a little time and patience, you can completely revive your washed iPod, whether it's a first edition or a Shuffle!

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An assortment of iPods.

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Don't plug your iPod in or turn it on. The moisture inside your iPod may cause a short circuit in the electronics, which would cause permanent damage.

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Soak the iPod in rubbing alcohol. Alcohol dispels water and will push out all of the moisture from your iPod. Make sure the device is completely submerged so that the alcohol can work its way through. Once the alcohol penetrates your iPod, it will evaporate much quicker than water.

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Place your iPod in a bowl full of dry, uncooked rice for at least two days. Rice is naturally absorbent, and it will slowly suck in all the moisture around it.

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Plug your iPod into your computer. At this point, the device should boot up and be ready to go. If you can't see your music files, download the latest iPod Updater from the Apple website, and reset your iPod through iTunes.