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Is your iPhone wet? Here's why Apple advises against putting it in rice

By Shawn Tan - on 20 Feb 2024, 8:30am

Is your iPhone wet? Here's why Apple advises against putting it in rice

See this alert on your iPhone? Do not put it in a bag of rice!

Accidents happen and there are times when you might get your iPhone wet. While there is a popular belief that putting it in rice will dry out the phone, Apple specifically advises against it in a new support document.

iPhone users are advised not to dry their devices with an external heat source or compressed air. It is also recommended not to use a foreign object (e.g., cotton bud, or paper towel) to insert into the connector. More importantly, Apple says it is ill-advised to put a wet iPhone in a bag of rice as small particles of rice could damage the device

According to Apple, the proper procedure to handle a wet iPhone is as follows: 

  1. Tap the iPhone gently against your hand with the connector facing down to remove excess liquid. 
  2. Leave the iPhone in a dry area with some ventilation or airflow for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Try charging using a Lightning or USB-C cable or connecting to an accessory. 
  4. If you see the liquid-detection alert, this suggests that the connector is still wet. Leave the iPhone in a dry area for up to a day.
  5. Repeat Step 3. 
  6. If your iPhone has dried out and still refuses to charge, unplug the charging cable from the adapter and unplug the adapter from the wall, and then connect them again.

If the above steps still do not work, you need to contact Apple Support.

While Apple has included splash, water and dust resistance for the iPhone 7 and later models, it is important to note that this resistance might decrease over time due to wear. 

Apple says the iPhone XR and later models (including the 2nd-generation iPhone SE) are resistant to accidental spills from common liquids such as fizzy drinks, beer, coffee, tea and juice. However, it's worth remembering that liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

Additionally, it's worth restating that phones are only water resistant, not waterproof. They can resist water and liquids, but they are not impervious to them.

To prevent liquid damage, you should not swim or bathe with your iPhone. It should also not be exposed to pressurised water, high-velocity water, sauna, and steam rooms. Moreover, the iPhone should not be used in extremely humid conditions.

Source: Apple

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