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    Infinite thanks to you, VFRWiz. I did many things to revive my phone and your advice worked perfectly. I heated my iPhone5 using hairdryer and plug the connector to my iMac. Boom! My phone worked now

    So grateful!
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    VFRWiz........Thank you so much!!! Both my husband's and my phones coincidently had this same problem this morning. As everyone else, first I kept trying to charge it, reset it, etc. and nothing worked. Fortunately I then found your suggestion. At first I was tentative at heating up the phone, so it didn't work, but then I just heated up the back of the phone with a hair dryer from a distance of 1-2 inches, for just about one minute, which really warmed it up, and then plugged in phone, put a towel on top to hold in the heat, and waited 20-30 minutes. I live in a smaller town and the closest Apple store is over two hours away, so this was quite the time saver and gas saver for me. Again, thank you!
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    OMG...this actually works...my iphone 5 was dead for around 7 hours. always showing low battery..after this post i heated up the back side of the phone for few seconds and finally it turned on thanks a lot..thought its rubbish but it actually worked..cant thank u enuff
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    I followed your method step-by-step by using a hair dryer to heat up the back of the phone, left it untouched for ten good minuteod minutes after putting it to charge but now it doesn't switch on at all! first the red drained battery logo showed up along with a charge cable but now that doesn't come either after following your steps! Help
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    My phone's battery fully drained last night. When I plugged it in this morning (using several different plugs/ports/cords) it wouldn't charge! I waited five hours and still nothing was happening. I started to search for things to try and ran across this brilliant idea to heat it up. I took my phone out to my car during my lunch break and set it on top of the dash board where the sun had thoroughly heated the dash. I let it sit for 5-10 minutes until my phone felt hot to the touch. I plugged it into the charging cord and immediately saw the Apple symbol that let me know it was booting up.

    Thank you SO much for sharing this invaluable information - I hadn't run across it anywhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saif Yousuf View Post
    I followed your method step-by-step by using a hair dryer to heat up the back of the phone, left it untouched for ten good minuteod minutes after putting it to charge but now it doesn't switch on at all! first the red drained battery logo showed up along with a charge cable but now that doesn't come either after following your steps! Help
    If I'm reading your response correctly, it sounds like you heated it up and then let it sit for ten minutes? If yes, then it would have cooled before you plugged it in to charge. You need to plug the phone in to charge while the battery is still heated. Perhaps give it another try? Let us know if that works!
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    I don't know about charging using heat this way. If you end up with a damaged phone, don't say you weren't warned. Here's what Apple says about iPhones and heat.
    "Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 62 to 72 F (16 to 22 C) as the ideal comfort zone. Its especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 95 F (35 C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery wont power your device as long on a given charge. Charging the device in high ambient temperatures can damage it further. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the batterys temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well."
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    Thank you VFRwiz!! It actually worked! I have tried everything else and this was the only remedy!!!!
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    The advice works! Applying heat for a minute and then immediately plugging it brought it back to life!

    Does anyone know if this means there is a bigger underlying problem with the battery/phone? My 5s has had difficulty with intermittent charging for a couple of weeks now and I can't find a remedy. Then as soon as the battery dies I really struggled to bring it back to life (until now!)
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    Holy hellfire.. thanks VFRWiz. I just registered now to comment because I think you just saved my a55.

    I've done the little trick myself, and so far it's charged from 7% up to 14 and rising. (Now 16%)

    I am unsure though, it jumped 2% (From 14 to 16) which leaves me a little worried.. should I ultimately replace my battery? I have a spare after-all.



    People if you're going to do this, some extra advice when using the hair dryer on your phone would be to hold the phone up somehow and blow dry it from underneath.. the battery is glued on the bottom, and the heat may cause the glue to lose it's grip on the battery, leaving it loose inside of the iPhone.

    I have a thermo gun and I gauged how hot my iPhone's back got, I let it go no higher than 50*C and it seems to have done the trick. I'll post more information later.. I'll leave it charging through the night.


    Are there any tips to avoid this from happening again? Like not letting it fall below 20% charge? Is this a TEMPORARY fix and I should replace the battery?
    Last edited by Sumona Florence; 08-23-2015 at 10:48 AM.
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    I think this is such bull.. All commenters and hallelujah hailers are newly registered members with just one post.

    I highly suggest somebody takes action in this thread, 'cause I'm worried somebody will try this for real at home and see her/his phone die with no remedy at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    I don't know about charging using heat this way. If you end up with a damaged phone, don't say you weren't warned. Here's what Apple says about iPhones and heat.
    "Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 62 to 72 F (16 to 22 C) as the ideal comfort zone. Its especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 95 F (35 C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery wont power your device as long on a given charge. Charging the device in high ambient temperatures can damage it further. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the batterys temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well."
    This thread was created March 19, 2012. Yep, 2012. At least 10 of the replies regarding the alleged heating method were from probable drive-bys or one and done members who, as far as we know, could be collectively trying to get iPhone owners to damage their devices. Having said that, thank you for posting what Apple has to say regarding the iPhone and heat. It is appreciated, sir...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartarus View Post
    I think this is such bull.. All commenters and hallelujah hailers are newly registered members with just one post.

    I highly suggest somebody takes action in this thread, 'cause I'm worried somebody will try this for real at home and see her/his phone die with no remedy at all.
    Hopefully, common sense and the ability to research will prevail. If not, it will be a valuable lesson learned...
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    It's been a good 20 minutes and it's now at 20% so it's charging.. seems a little slow though..


    Still would like recommendations on changing the battery or not.


    Edit 5-10 mins later: Now 23%

    Another edit: 31%.

    I'll have to say that this did the trick, thank you again VFRWiz.

    For people who say that this is a troll or just a post to break your phone... well, if your phone isn't charging and it's dying, I don't see what you have to lose. And that's exactly how I felt and I have found myself extremely lucky. ':f
    Last edited by Sumona Florence; 08-23-2015 at 11:14 AM.
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    Excuse me, Tartarus, I've done it myself and have given feedback, and it actually has worked. I was panicing after my iPhone not charging above 25% for a whole night after a lightning storm.. thought the storm itself had broken my Phone.

    The trick has worked and the scientific explanation behind it sounds very logical.

    Try it yourself, 50*C heat to the back of your phone will not damage it. Monitor how much you heat it up.

    It's nothing to do with Apple, it's directed at how a Li-ion battery functions.

    No idea why anyone would want to maliciously destroy other peoples iPhones over the internet.



    Edit:

    "Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 62 to 72 F (16 to 22 C) as the ideal comfort zone. It’s especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 95 F (35 C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery won’t power your device as long on a given charge. Charging the device in high ambient temperatures can damage it further. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the battery’s temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well."

    What is this garbage..? If this is true, how in the world am I to charge my iPhone in Australia? 35*C ambience? It gets to 45*C here! ':f

    P.S. the heating I believe is only supposed to be only 60 seconds tops, I don't think I'd go with the water heater idea.. that's too long and the plastic elements might warp.
    Last edited by Sumona Florence; 08-23-2015 at 11:11 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumona Florence View Post

    Still would like recommendations on changing the battery or not.
    Changing the battery is a logical choice IMHO.

    Ps: I didn't say it was trolling, I was only being skeptical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartarus View Post
    Changing the battery is a logical choice IMHO.

    Ps: I didn't say it was trolling, I was only being skeptical.
    No no that was me just putting it into perspective for others to think about. (Where it seemed like a troll post)

    I agree I think I will change my battery soon, I will have to see if it ever happens again.

    I mean I can totally understand putting a hair dryer to your iPhone sounds utterly retarded, though sometimes the crazy things are what get things working.

    For example, if your home button doesn't work, you can plug your charger in, push down on the charger (so the tip goes up into the phone) to push your home button back into place under the bracket. It's not something you should normally do, but it does work.

    I'll definitely be keeping this page on my bookmarks to report back how long this solution has worked for me though unlike the rest of the others here who dropped a compliment off.

    Hopefully the fix will last me longer than a week.. if not, then.. yeah, I'll have to do some phone surgery again.. (I built my own iPhone 5S from buying separate parts, was fun.. lol ;d )
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    Try connecting it to iTunes on a PC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo_Da_Baller View Post
    Try connecting it to iTunes on a PC
    I'll try later, refuse to take off charge until 100%.

    I don't think I'll be letting my phone fall below 20% any more.

    Currently 68% now. Been around 2.5 hours now to get from 7% to 68.


    Edit: It's fully functional, works with iTunes no problem.
    Last edited by Sumona Florence; 08-29-2015 at 04:30 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumona Florence View Post
    Excuse me, Tartarus, I've done it myself and have given feedback, and it actually has worked. I was panicing after my iPhone not charging above 25% for a whole night after a lightning storm.. thought the storm itself had broken my Phone.

    The trick has worked and the scientific explanation behind it sounds very logical.

    Try it yourself, 50*C heat to the back of your phone will not damage it. Monitor how much you heat it up.

    It's nothing to do with Apple, it's directed at how a Li-ion battery functions.

    No idea why anyone would want to maliciously destroy other peoples iPhones over the internet.



    Edit:

    "Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 62 to 72 F (16 to 22 C) as the ideal comfort zone. Its especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 95 F (35 C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery wont power your device as long on a given charge. Charging the device in high ambient temperatures can damage it further. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the batterys temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well."

    What is this garbage..? If this is true, how in the world am I to charge my iPhone in Australia? 35*C ambience? It gets to 45*C here! ':f

    P.S. the heating I believe is only supposed to be only 60 seconds tops, I don't think I'd go with the water heater idea.. that's too long and the plastic elements might warp.
    It may work, but doing it is taking a risk of damaging your device. I just wanted everyone to understand the possible consequences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    It may work, but doing it is taking a risk of damaging your device. I just wanted everyone to understand the possible consequences.
    Oh absolutely but 35*C Ambience? That makes no sense to me. :f

    Anyhow, I'm back.. it's been 6-7 hours (I was sleeping ;d ) and my battery is now back to 100% from an over-night charge. Will hit back sometime when the problem persists and if a battery change fixes it..

    .. though since other users haven't returned I'm going to be hopeful. ':x

    VFRWiz thank you a lot. ;3 <3
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    Me again, sadly the 'fix' isn't as long term as I had hoped..

    Perhaps I need to use the hair dryer longer, I do not know.. though I don't want it to be a recurring operation every time I want to charge my phone.

    Using the hair dryer = one charge cycle..

    Right now I'm replacing my battery with another, hopefully it's not the chip / logic board that's doing this.. the phone is a couple years old though after-all.. I suppose it's just the battery.
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    Aaaand I'm back again. Did the battery replacement. (Booted up, battery started at 51% and has charged up to 55% in less than 3-4 minutes. Hoooly dooley.

    I guess my battery really was worn down to hell.. this is charging quite quickly.. hopefully it's not just a busted battery, will come back with more results. ;d

    Edit: It's been an hour on charge and it got up to 100%, that's from 3-4 hours down to around 2 hours if I were to start from 0.

    I have to assume my previous battery was shot. ;d

    Shame I ripped it out, I should've done a check on how many cycles the battery has taken in it's lifetime. I checked my 4S though and it has 309 cycles (80% capacity left) I am sure the 5S's old battery was much lower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartarus View Post
    I think this is such bull.. All commenters and hallelujah hailers are newly registered members with just one post.

    I highly suggest somebody takes action in this thread, 'cause I'm worried somebody will try this for real at home and see her/his phone die with no remedy at all.

    Yes, it's true this was my first post. I stumbled upon this site looking for a solution and found one! This isn't bull. I really tried this "at home" and it really worked! I understand why it sounds unreliable...and yes, it's always better to take it in to get serviced by a professional, but if you're willing to try and fix it yourself because if it doesn't work - you'll replace it, then I don't see a problem with sharing helpful info like this. Just because it sounds wonky does not mean the thread should be put to a halt. It's obviously helping a lot of people... myself included.

    And just to update on my personal phone experience: it's still working like a charm. The first time I let the battery fully drain after this occurrance I was a little worried that I would have the same issue, but it charges fine. I've let my battery fully drain a few times now since I had to heat it up to "jump start it" and it's charging just as it was before. No harm done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Me_D View Post
    This thread was created March 19, 2012. Yep, 2012. At least 10 of the replies regarding the alleged heating method were from probable drive-bys or one and done members who, as far as we know, could be collectively trying to get iPhone owners to damage their devices. Having said that, thank you for posting what Apple has to say regarding the iPhone and heat. It is appreciated, sir...
    In searching for a solution, when one is found - you tend to post that it worked (out of excitement) and yes, perhaps you move along. That doesn't mean the people claiming it worked are making it up! I can't speak for anyone else, but this truly did work for me. I appreciate the warning given by Ledsteplin and there's certainly no harm in letting people know that they should do this at their own risk, but I don't appreciate implications that I may be trying to get iPhone owners to damage their phone by saying that this worked when, in fact, it did work and saved my phone. No harm was done to my phone - quite the opposite.
    Last edited by Sara Bequette; 08-24-2015 at 02:28 PM.
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