Most high-end smartphones have some degree of water resistance. But even if your phone has an official IP rating, it’s not immune to water damage. Submerging your smartphone can wet the sensitive internal components of your phone and cause damage.
If you accidentally get water in your phone’s charging port, here’s what you can do to dry it out and prevent permanent damage.
How to remove water from the charging port
Since Apple’s warranty doesn’t cover water damage, here are some things you can try to dry out your iPhone’s charging port before contacting Apple Support for help. The following methods also work for Android smartphones.
Before proceeding, we recommend that you turn off your phone, remove any accessories (such as the phone case or headset cables), and place the wet phone upright with the USB port facing down. The latter can help prevent water from moving further inside your smartphone.
Allow your phone to dry naturally
When you get your phone wet, your first instinct might be to dry it with your hair dryer, using the highest heat setting. However, the use of an external heat source or compressed air can damage the components of your phone.
Instead, after gently removing any excess water from the outside of your USB port, it’s best to let your phone air dry. You can also leave it by an open window or in any warm, dry area. Make sure not to leave your phone in direct sunlight to avoid overheating.
If you want to speed up the drying process, leave your phone in front of a fan overnight.
Put your phone in a bag with silica gel overnight
Are you familiar with the silica gel packets that come with almost everything you buy? If your smartphone gets wet and you have some packs lying around, you can use them to remove moisture from your phone’s USB port.
When your phone gets wet, place it in a bag with several silica gel packets and close the bag. Leave it overnight and let the silica gel do the work.
Note: Many people suggest packing your phone in dry rice to absorb moisture. We do not recommend this method. First, rice is not that good at absorbing water. If it were, you could cook rice by letting it sit on a humid day. More importantly, the dust and starch from the dried rice can damage sensitive components.
Wet charging port: what not to do
Now that you know how to dry your phone’s charging port, here are some things you should never do if your phone gets wet.
Never ignore warning messages on your phone
When they detect moisture in the USB port, some phones send a liquid detection alert to warn you of a potential problem. If you see such an error message on your screen, pay attention and fix the problem.
Don’t charge your phone while it’s wet
One of the most important things to avoid is charging your phone with a wet charging port. Plugging a phone with a wet docking port into an electrical outlet is dangerous, not only for your phone but also for your life. On top of that, when you connect a charger to a wet charging port, the charging port pins may corrode and stop working. This means that you also risk breaking the charging cable.
don’t shake your phone
One of the first things you might be tempted to do when you notice your phone has gotten wet is to shake it out. That is something you should never do. Shaking the phone is impractical and will not remove moisture from the charging port. At best, it won’t help; At worst, you will accidentally cause more damage to your smartphone.
Do not insert foreign objects into your phone
Do not try to remove moisture from your USB port by inserting objects such as a paper towel, cotton swab, or toothpick. You will likely achieve the opposite effect, as they only push the water back into your phone. It could even loosen or damage the port.
Protect your phone from corrosion and permanent damage
Remembering these simple rules should help you quickly solve the problem of a wet charging port. If you notice any problem with your phone’s charging port after drying, please use a wireless charger for wireless charging, and in the meantime, take a professional look at your smartphone.