Getting water into the charging port of your smartphone is not an unlikely situation. You could be cooking, running, or even showering, and there’s always a risk if your phone is nearby.
However, if you connect a lightning cable or accessory to your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later, your iPhone can detect moisture in the lightning port and alert you.
Now, the main issue is to get the water out of the charging port.
This article will tell you all about wet charging ports, including the dos and don’ts.
What happens when you charge your iPhone while the charging port is wet?
Suppose you charge your iPhone when the lightning port is wet. In that case, the pins on the lightning port or the cable can corrode and cause irreversible damage or cease working, leading your iPhone or the accessory such as the lightning cable to lose functionality.
Although you should avoid charging your iPhone when it is wet, you may need to do so in an emergency. You can bypass the liquid detection and charge your iPhone in such a situation, although we do not recommend it.
So, what to do if you discover that water has entered your charging port? To guarantee that your iPhone recovers securely, follow the dos and don’ts listed below.
What to do when the charging port or lightning accessory is wet?
- Firstly, remove all cables and accessories from your iPhone and don’t plug them in again until your iPhone is completely dry.
- To remove extra liquid, gently tap your iPhone on your hand with the lightning connector facing down. Place your iPhone in a dry, well-ventilated place.
- After at least 30 minutes, try charging using a lightning cable or connecting a lightning accessory.
- If you still get an alert, there is still liquid in the lightning port or under the pins of your lightning cable.
- Leave your iPhone in a dry and well-ventilated place for up to a day. During this time, you can try charging or connecting a lightning item again. It could take up to 24 hours for everything to dry completely.
What not to do when the charging port or lightning accessory is wet?
Here are some things that you must not do in an attempt to get water out of the charging port:
- Do not use compressed air or an external heat source to dry your iPhone.
- Inserting a foreign object into the lightning connector, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel, is not recommended.
- Do not put your iPhone in a rice bag. This could cause your iPhone to be damaged by minute rice particles.
What to do if your iPhone and charging port aren’t wet but still show the alert?
There are instances when your charging port and lightning accessories aren’t wet, but you still get an alert every time you try to connect them. The most common reason – your cable or accessory is damaged or maybe your cable or accessory is not original. The best solution is to contact the manufacturer and let them know about the issue.
Contact Apple Support if you notice this alert every time you attach an Apple lightning cable or accessory.
If you accidentally wet your iPhone or charging port, do not panic. Your iPhone XS or later will notify you as soon as the liquid is detected in your charging port or lightning accessory. Follow the dos and don’ts mentioned in this guide to learn how to get water out of the charging port quickly and save your iPhone from potential damage.
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