Don’t Put a Wet iPhone in Rice, Says Apple – What to Do Instead

by novelcake

Apple’s iPhones have been resistant to splashes, dunks, and even water submersion for several years now, but there are still times when they can get too wet, causing a liquid-detection alert to be displayed on the screen.

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A well-known, long-running folk remedy for such occasions is to put your iPhone in a bag of rice. According to the theory, the dry, absorbent rice will help extract the moisture from the device. But according to tests, it’s not even particularly effective. And in a recently updated support document, Apple has come out and said that it’s just a bad idea all round.

“Don’t put your ‌iPhone‌ in a bag of rice. Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your ‌iPhone‌,” says Apple. Instead, the company recommends a series of steps to properly dry an ‌iPhone‌:

  1. If a liquid other than water splashes on your ‌iPhone‌, rinse the affected area with tap water.
  2. Wipe your ‌iPhone‌ off with a soft, lint-free cloth, such as a lens cloth.
  3. To dry your ‌iPhone‌, tap it gently against your hand with the Lightning or USB-C connector facing down to remove excess liquid.
  4. Leave your ‌iPhone‌ in a dry area with some airflow. Placing your ‌iPhone‌ in front of a fan blowing cool air directly into the Lightning or USB-C connector might help the drying process.
  5. Avoid using an external heat source or inserting a foreign object, like a cotton swab or a paper towel, into the Lightning or USB-C connector.

Furthermore, it’s important not to charge the ‌iPhone‌ until it is completely dry, as charging a wet ‌iPhone‌ might damage it. If you receive a liquid detection alert, it’s a sign that there’s moisture in the connector, and you should allow up to 24 hours for it to dry out fully before attempting to charge or connect an accessory again.

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