It would be a nightmare if water got inside your iPhone. Despite having an IP rating of some kind (iPhone 7 and beyond, including the iPhone 12 series), modern iPhones are not waterproof. Additionally, getting any water on or inside an older iPhone can be quite damaging. So, here’s how to remove water from your iPhone if you inadvertently dunked it in water or if it has water within the speaker, camera, or lightning port.
Get Water Out of Your iPhone (Updated May 2021)
Regardless of whether your iPhone has an official IP classification, submerging the device in water is not advised. This is so even for iPhones with an IP rating, Apple won’t cover water damage under warranty. Therefore, if something goes wrong, Apple will abandon you (pun intended).
The speaker or lightning port of the iPhone frequently become clogged with water, which muffles the sound. It is more challenging to dry out a camera lens that has water or moisture inside of it, though, under particular circumstances. So, in this article, we’ll demonstrate how to remove water from your iPhone’s camera lens, lightning port, and other components. We will also demonstrate how to dry your iPhone both with and without rice. To access any section of this article, use the table of contents below.
How to Get Water Out of iPhone Speakers and Charging Port
We will start by talking about this as it is the most frequent problem that users of iPhones encounter. There are many ways, including applications, Siri shortcuts, and more, to remove water from your iPhone without using rice. They may be used to remove water from your iPhone’s charging port and speakers. Let’s examine each of them individually.
First, Try Using Gravity
You should start by trying to save your water-damaged iPhone by using gravity. Simply tap lightly on the top of your iPhone while aiming the speaker of your iPhone at the ground. To get water out of your iPhone, you can also try touching the phone’s frame.
This easy approach may also be able to free any water droplets that have become lodged inside your iPhone speaker, allowing them to fall out the speaker grill and onto the ground.
Get Water out of Speaker Using Siri Shortcut
As many of you may know, the Apple Watch includes a useful method for clearing water from the speaker grilles. It works well and lets you play noises to force water out of the speaker. Unexpectedly, the iPhone lacks any such built-in techniques. However, it doesn’t preclude you from creating your own or using Siri shortcuts developed by other iPhone users to eject water from the speaker. The steps are as follows:
1. To begin with, you must allow the iPhone to install shortcuts from untrusted sources. Turn on the Allow Untrusted Shortcuts option under Settings -> Shortcuts. To confirm the operation, you must enter your passcode.
2. After that, add the Water Eject shortcut to your iPhone by downloading it from this website. The Add Untrusted Shortcut button must be tapped after you scroll to the bottom of the Add Shortcut page. This is a useful shortcut made by user Josh0678, and if you’re interested, you can browse more of them using this link.
4. Go to the My Shortcuts menu in the Shortcut app now. Tap the Water Eject shortcut here. When you select Begin from the menu that appears, the shortcut will begin to operate. While the shortcut is operating, you will hear a succession of noises, and the water should start spraying from your speaker.
Note:To get the best results, tilt your iPhone’s speaker downward so that gravity can also assist. Additionally, avoid utilising the shortcut while using headphones or AirPods.
Use an App to Eject Water out of Speaker
You can test out apps that provide comparable functionality if Siri Shortcuts aren’t your thing or if you don’t trust a Shortcut made by an online user who goes by an alias. Sonic is the app that most people suggest using to remove water from an iPhone speaker.
1. Get Sonic from the Apple App Store (Free).
2. After the software has been installed, run it. Sonic helps you remove water from your iPhone speaker using sound waves. You can experiment with both high-pitched and low-pitched sounds to find the one that produces the greatest results because it enables you select the frequency of the sound that will be played via your speaker.
3. Press “Play” after choosing the frequency you want to use. When the water has finished escaping, hit Stop to end the sound.
This software is free to use, which is wonderful, and it should help you eliminate water from your iPhone speakers.
Note:To change frequencies in real-time while the sound is playing, swipe your finger up and down on the screen. This may facilitate more efficient water ejection.
Use a Website
There are websites that enable you play sounds to remove water from iPhone speakers if neither an app nor a Shortcut appeals to you. The process is as follows:
1. Use your iPhone to visit this webpage.
2. Tap on the frequency value (which by default displays 440Hz) and input 165Hz.
3. To begin playing the sound, click the Play button. This should make it easier to easily eject any water that has gotten lodged in your iPhone speaker.
Use Rice to Fix a Water Damaged iPhone
Many people swear by the method of using rice to repair water damage in devices. Since I haven’t tried it, I can’t attest to its efficacy. But because rice is a decent absorbent, it could be able to partially repair your water-damaged iPhone.
The procedure is easy. Turn off your iPhone, then place it within a bowl of uncooked rice. Make sure to totally enclose it in rice for a few days. Your iPhone’s wetness should be able to be at least partially absorbed by the rice. This method can be used to address issues like condensation inside the iPhone camera lens or the charging port.
Use Silica Gel to Fix a Water Damaged iPhone
Rice has been proven to work, but silica gel is another substance that effectively absorbs moisture. You probably have seen these packages inside shoe boxes or shopping bags. These tiny packets of silica gel absorb all the moisture, protecting your clothing, bags, shoes, and other items against humidity-related deterioration.
In order to assist you repair your water-damaged iPhone, try applying silica gel if you have any on hand.
Put silica gel packets over your iPhone and leave it alone for a day or two. That ought should help your iPhone completely dry out.
How to Get Water Out of iPhone Camera
It should be noted that the silica gel packets should be torn open before placing your iPhone into the tiny silica gel beads. It can be a little dangerous, though, as you run the risk of bursting the silica gel beads.
Your iPhone’s camera glass may become clouded with moisture, which may result in splotchy and blurry photos. Additionally, that’s bad news for the lifespan of your iPhone.
Burying your iPhone’s camera in rice or in between silica gel packets is the simplest way to try to get water out of it. They will remove moisture from your iPhone’s charging port, screen, camera, and other components.
Take Your iPhone to Apple for Service
For additional information on how to use rice and silica gel to dry the iPhone camera lens, read the sections above. On the other hand, we advise you to look at our linked troubleshoot guide if your iPhone camera is freezing or you are seeing a black screen.
You can bring your iPhone to the closest Apple Store or authorised service facility if nothing works or if you merely want a professional to examine your iPhone.
DIY Solutions for Fixing a Wet iPhone
You should be able to remove moisture or water from your iPhone with the assistance of the Apple Genius or the repair professionals. If something is broken on your iPhone, they might even be able to fix it. However, keep in mind that iPhones include water damage indicators, so your repairman will be aware of the problem. Trying to keep that information from them is pointless.
Please take note: Opening an iPhone on your own is not advised. Therefore, try it at your own peril.
You can even try opening up your iPhone and drying it out yourself if you consider yourself a DIY expert.
You may simply dry off any water that may have infiltrated within your iPhone’s body, not only the charging port or speaker, by opening an iPhone on your own. Additionally, you can thoroughly wipe it out, which is preferable to using rice or silica gel. Be aware that burying your iPhone under silica gel packets after opening it can improve the effectiveness of the gel.
Save Your iPhone from an Untimely Death Due to Water Damage
We also want to remind you that opening your iPhone voids the warranty. Therefore, be careful not to do this unless you are certain that you can open and fix your iPhone and are out of warranty coverage.
It can be annoying to lose your iPhone to water damage since you might feel almost powerless. Additionally, there is no guarantee that your iPhone will survive being exposed to water in any way, shape, or form, even with newer IP-rated iPhones. If you’ve used your iPhone in the rain or unintentionally dropped it in a pool, make sure there isn’t any water clogging the speakers or the Lightning port. If there is, you can prevent your iPhone from short-circuiting by using the techniques described in this article to remove the water.