How to Get Water Out of iPhone Charging Port Quickly

So you have accidentally dropped your iPhone in the water or water spilled on your iPhone and you don’t know what to do now to prevent any damage to your iPhone. You might be thinking that your iPhone is water resistant but start getting an alert “liquid detected in lightning connector”. You are right your phone is water resistant but this issue is caused due to liquid in the connector and your phone can get damaged if you plugin despite this message.

So in this article, I’ll cover the do’s and don’t when your iPhone gets wet and how to get water out iPhone charging port quickly to charge your phone again.


Regardless of IP rating, you should avoid getting your iPhone wet. I would recommend you use a universal waterproof bag or Otterbox case if you want to take your phone with you in water.

Don’t Do This When You Get “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector”

How to Get Water Out of iPhone Charging Port
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A few things you should keep in mind and avoid doing when your phone is wet are given below:

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Don’t Plug In The Charger

Don’t try to charge your iPhone when its charging port is wet. Newer models of iPhone like the iPhone X series, iPhone 11, 12, 13, and 14 series will not charge when moisture is detected in the charging port.

How to Get Water Out of iPhone Charging Port

Connecting your phone to the charger when it’s wet can lead to short circuits and IC damage, so don’t do this. Magsafe Charger is the best choice in this scenario if your iPhone supports cordless charging. If you don’t have a wireless charger, have a look at these options on Amazon.

Power off your Phone

You can power off your phone and leave it for some time. It will let it dry due to airflow and evaporation of moisture.

Don’t Use External Heat Sources

It is a common practice to use an external heat source to dry water in the charging port or speakers of your phone. But it can do more damage than good.

Apple has also given instructions to not use heat or compressed air to dry your iPhone. So don’t use a heat gun to dry your iPhone lightning connector.

Don’t Insert Foreign Object

Although people will tell you to use cotton swabs or paper towels to get the water out of your iPhone lighting connector, it will damage your iPhone charging port. Don’t insert anything and let it dry.

Don’t Use Rice Bag

How to Get Water Out of iPhone Charging Port

Don’t put your iPhone in a bag of rice. Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone.

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Don’t Use Isopropyl Alcohol

It is a common practice for shopkeepers to clean phones using Isopropyl alcohol. Never use it to clean your phone charging port as it is a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water and adding it will make your device wetter. Besides this, it is a highly conductive material and can transfer electricity leading to short circuits.

How to Get Water Out of iPhone Charging Port Quickly

I am sharing with you 7 quick and recommended methods to get the water out of iPhone charging port. Try one or multiple methods, I hope this will solve your problem.

Tap your iPhone Gently

Tap the iPhone gently against your palm with the Lightning connector facing down to remove any liquid. This will remove any excess water due to gravity. This is the easiest and first method to get the water out.

Wait for 30 Minutes

Wait for at least 30 minutes before connecting the charger. Place the phone in a dry place and let the moisture evaporate.

Leave in Open Air & Sunlight

Leave your iPhone in a dry area with some airflow. You can also place it in open air and sunlight for some time.

How to Get Water Out of iPhone Charging Port

This will naturally allow the water to evaporate due to airflow. And sunlight will also help to dry out water from the port.

However don’t leave it for a long time or in the scorching heat because it can damage your phone battery, display, and motherboard.

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Using Your Cooling Fan

To speed up the drying process, you can place your iPhone in front of the fan. This will increase the speed of evaporation and faster the drying process.

You can try again to charge or connect a Lightning accessory throughout this period. It might take up to 24 hours to fully dry.

The direct blowing of air into the lightning port should be avoided.

Use Silica Gel

You may have seen silica gel packets in shoe boxes or bags to absorb moisture. They not only absorb moisture but also prevent damage to the shoes due to humidity.

You can buy silica gel packets from Amazon for a few bucks only if you have already.

You can also use silica gel to dry out the moisture from your iPhone. Place the silica gel packets and iPhone in a tight box and leave it for a few days.

Use Hair Dryer/Vacuum Cleaner

Use of heat is prohibited but you can still use a hair dryer on low speed to dry out the lightning connector. Heat can damage your phone so use the Hair dryer with cool mode only.

Suction can definitely remove water from the charging port. For this connect a hose to the vacuum cleaner. After connecting the hose to the lightning connector, turn it on and wait a few moments to allow it to suck. Turn off the vacuum cleaner and check the phone again. You need to be careful while using the vacuum cleaner, use it at the lowest suction power to avoid any damage to the phone components.

Use Mobile Phone Dryer Kits

There are many dryer kits and bags available on Amazon. You can try them if your problem is still there.

Contact Customer Support

If none of the above hacks helped you solve your problem and you are still getting moisture detection notifications, you should contact Apple customer support or visit the nearest support center.

Final Verdict

A lot of people believe that their iPhones are waterproof due to their IP rating and are careless about handling their phones. The fact is regardless of IP rating you should be careful and avoid submerging iPhones in water because it can sometimes damage your phone. And Apple does not cover accidental damages.

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