How to Get Water out of Your iPhone Charging Port?

How to get water out of your iPhone lightning port? What are the dos and don'ts? Read on!

Even the most cautious smartphone users may have probably experienced the occasional mishap. Maybe your phone slipped in the bath or fell in a pool? Maybe it got caught in a downpour and got totally soaked? Maybe it dropped in the sea? Regardless of the circumstances, they all have something in common: Water. Yes, you read that right. Water. In. Your. Phone.

What happens when there’s liquid in your iPhone lightning port? 

If you’re using iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13, you will get a liquid-detection alert on your iPhone if there’s liquid in your lightning port. 

These alerts indicate your iPhone has detected liquid in the Lightning port, the Lightning cable, or the Lightning accessory. The Lightning port and the accessory must be fully dry before charging or connecting to an accessory.

If you connect your iPhone to a charger and liquid is detected, you will get an alert saying “ Charging Not Available.” In this case, there’s liquid detected in the lightning connector. You should disconnect it to allow the connector to dry. This may take a few hours or days. 

If you connect an accessory to your iPhone that doesn't charge your iPhone and liquid is detected, you will get an alert saying “ Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector.” You should disconnect it to allow the connector to dry. This may take a few hours or days. 

Reference: Apple

What not to do when the iPhone charging port is wet?

When your iPhone is wet, you should never plug it into a wired charger. It is very important to make sure that your iPhone is completely dry before you plug it back in. You can dry your iPhone with a soft cloth or let it air dry. 

It’s important not to rush this process because it’s crucial to protect your iPhone’s charging port from water damage. Below is a list of things you should not do when the lightning connector is wet: 

  • Don’t plug the wet phone into a charger. It may cause irreversible damage to your iPhone. 
  • Don't use a paper towel or cotton swab to insert into the charging port as this could cause further damage.
  • Don't leave the phone in direct sunlight to dry as this could cause overheating.
  • Don't use a hairdryer on the phone as this could also cause overheating.
  • Don't use an alcohol-based cleaner as this could damage the phone's internals.
  • Do not blow into the port or use compressed air to try and dry it out. This could push water further into the port and damage the phone.
  • Do not try to disassemble the phone to get to the charging port. This could void your warranty and damage the phone.

What to do when the iPhone charging port is wet?

  • Gently tap your iPhone against the palm of your hand with the Lightning connector pointing down to get rid of excess liquid. 
  • Leave it in a dry space that has some airflow for about 30 minutes, and then try charging or connecting a Lightning accessory again. 
  • If you see this alert again, there's still liquid on either side-the port itself or underpins on your cable. Leave them out for 24 hours if they haven't been dried yet.

What to do before the port is finally dried out? 

If you're in an emergency and need to charge your phone, try a wireless charger. You can still use wireless charging before the lightning port is completely dry on your iPhone. Make sure that your iPhone's back is dry before placing it on a Qi charger!

What to do when the iPhone is dropped into the sea?

If your iPhone has been dropped in seawater, the first thing you should do is turn it off. If it's still on, the saltwater can damage the internals. Next, remove the SIM card and any other external accessories.

Then, you'll want to rinse the iPhone off with fresh water to remove any saltwater that's still on it. You can use a soft cloth or a toothbrush to gently scrub any dirt or sand off of the exterior. Once you've rinsed it off, dry the iPhone with a soft, clean cloth.

If the iPhone was submerged for a long time, you may need to let it dry out for a few days before turning it back on. Once it's dry, you can try turning it on and see if it's still working. If it is, congratulations! If not, you may need to take it to a professional for repairs.

How to prevent iPhone from Liquid Damage

  • Do not use your iPhone while swimming or bathing
  • Don't expose your iPhone to high-pressure water or high-velocity water, such as when you shower, water ski, wakeboard, surf, or jet ski
  • Don't bring your iPhone into a sauna or steam room
  • Don't submerge your iPhone in water
  • Don't use your iPhone outside the suggested temperature ranges or in exceptionally humid conditions

Are iPhones Waterproof?

No, the iPhone is not waterproof. Apple has never claimed that the iPhone is waterproof. In fact, the company has always said that the iPhone is water-resistant, not waterproof.

Which iPhones Are Water-Resistant?

iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 are water-resistant. However, the degree of protection varies in different models. 

The below iPhone models are the most water-resistant, with a rating of IP68 (water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 6 meters).

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

The below iPhone models are slightly less water-resistant, with a rating of IP68 ( water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 4 meters ).

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

The below iPhone models have a rating of IP68 (water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 2 meters).

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max

The below iPhone models have a rating of IP67 (water resistant maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes).

  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus



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