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Apple: What to do if your iPhone gets wet – No, don't put it in a bag of rice

Apple: What to do if your iPhone gets wet – No, don't put it in a bag of rice

What to do if iPhone gets wet? The first answer that might come to your mind is: We put it in a bag of rice. This is a mistake, according to Apple.

This trick is particularly popular, although experts have long advised against putting your iPhone in a bag of rice in case it gets wet. After all, tests have shown that this method does not work.

Now, Apple is advising iPhone owners on what they should — and especially what they shouldn't — do if their device gets wet. The company notes that it is not recommended to use the rice trick because it can damage the phone.

Do's and don'ts if your iPhone gets wet

If your iPhone gets wet, according to Apple, the correct steps are as follows:

– Gently squeeze the iPhone in your hand with the plug facing down to remove excess liquid. Leave your iPhone in a dry area where there is draft.

-After at least 30 minutes, try charging using a Lightning or USB-C cable or connecting to an accessory.

– If the alert appears again it means that there is still liquid in the socket or under the cable ends. Leave your iPhone in a dry, drafty area for up to one day. You can try charging or plugging in the accessory again during this time. It may take up to 24 hours to dry completely.

– If your phone is dry but not yet charged, disconnect the cable from the adapter and the adapter from the wall (if possible) and then connect them again.

The rice trick isn't the only way you can avoid if your iPhone gets wet. According to Apple, these are some things we shouldn't do:

  • Do not dry your iPhone using an external heat source or compressed air.
  • Do not insert foreign objects such as swabs or paper towels into the plug
  • Don't put your iPhone in a bag of rice. Doing so may damage the tiny rice grains of your iPhone.

Liquid detection notification on iPhone

When we connect a Lightning or USB-C cable or accessory to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later models, a warning may appear if there is liquid in the connector.

In such a case, for security reasons, charging and connecting accessories are not available until the socket, cable ends and accessories are dry.

If we charge iPhone while the Lightning or USB-C connector is wet, the pins on the connector or cable may corrode and cause permanent damage or malfunction, causing connection issues with your iPhone or accessory.

Apple points out that we shouldn't charge our iPhone when it's wet, but we may need to do so in emergency situations. If we reconnect the iPhone to the cable or accessory, it is possible in an emergency to bypass the liquid detection warning and charge the device.

If someone has a wireless charger, they can use it. “For best results, make sure the back of your iPhone is dry before placing it on a Qi-certified charger,” Apple notes.