iPhones falling into the water is one of the worst nightmares for people, and guess what? I know this from personal experience. iPhones don’t charge in such and people don’t even understand why the iPhone is not charging.
If you are also the victim of iPhone charging issues after water exposure, don’t worry. I got your back. In this post, I’ve mentioned measures from my personal experience. Surely, you’ll be able to charge your iPhone again, as I do, in no time.
So let’s get started.
Why Is My iPhone Not Charging After Felling In Water?
There is a high chance of water inside your iPhone’s charging port when it won’t charge after falling in the water.
As the charging port has exposed electrical parts, water can rust these components and disrupt the connection.
Now you’ll be surprised about how it can cause corrosion in the charging port of an iPhone.
When water comes into contact with these electrical parts, it creates an environment conducive to corrosion. This corrosion results in the barrier between the charging cable and a port, hindering the charging process.
Now you must be clarified about the cause; it’s time to look at the solution.
5 Quick Steps To Fix iPhone Not Charging After Water Mishap
Water damage can lead to the not charging issue, but there’s no need to worry about it. You just have to absorb the water from the iPhone’s charging port.
You can follow this step-by-step guide to do it the right way, as I did when my iPhone was damaged:
Step 1: Instantly Switch Off Your iPhone
Switching off instantly is the most effective way of fixing the iPhone not charging issue. Turning off the iPhone can reduce all the electrical current flowing through the device, preventing more damage.
It also reduces the risk of short circuits and spreading more harm to the device. So yeah, don’t panic and just switch off your phone.
Step 2: Remove The Case And SIM Card Tray
If your iPhone has a protective case, remove it as it can trap more water inside and automatically in iPhone.
After removing the case, simply remove the SIM Card tray using the SIM injector.
Removing the SIM Card tray is important after water exposure as it can prevent the water from trapping inside. In short, removing the SIM Card Tray removes the water, avoiding more damage.
Step 3: Place Your Phone In Microfiber Cloth
Now it’s time to do some work. Firstly, you need to wipe all the water from your iPhone. I recommend you use a soft microfiber cloth as it absorbs all the water from your phone.
You can also use any other absorbent cloth for wiping your phone.
Step 4: Dry The Charging Point
This is the most important and sensitive step in the whole method. You’ll need a small absorbent cloth and ear scoops in this step.
Note: You can also use a toothpick, but I don’t recommend it as its sharpness might damage your charging port, creating more trouble for you.
Now, wrap the small absorbent cloth around the ear scoop and gently insert it into the charging port. Or you can simply bend the cloth’s corner and insert that corner into the port to dry it.
Jerking your iPhone on its bottom side while holding a cloth will help. Wipe the charging port and jerk until you see no drops or water signs.
Note: Don’t place your iPhone in the direct sunlight as it can cause overheating issue.
Step 5: Leave The iPhone On the Table
Now it’s almost done. But you need to ensure that the iPhone is fully dry. For this reason, leave the iPhone on a table and place the table in a location with good airflow.
Leave it for half a day without turning it on, then check. Surely, it will turn on.
If it doesn’t turn on, never do anything foolish. Consult an Apple professional and tell him he’ll turn it on by checking its internal components.
3 Common Mistakes To Be Avoided While Drying iPhone’s Charging Port
Here are the three common mistakes you should avoid:
- Never use external heat and compressed air for drying water from the charging port. Using external heat sources or compressed air to dry the charging port can cause damage to the internal components and lead to further issues.
- Don’t leave your iPhone in direct sunlight. Exposing your iPhone to direct sunlight for extended periods can lead to overheating and potential damage to the device.
- Never put your iPhone in the rice bag. While rice can absorb moisture, it’s not recommended for drying water from an iPhone. The dust particles from the rice can get into the port and cause additional problems.
Why Should Not I Charge A Waterdamage iPhone?
Charging a water-damaged iPhone can be extremely risky and should be avoided. When water enters the device’s internal components, it creates a conductive path for electricity, leading to short circuits.
Below are some other reasons you should not charge a water-damaged iPhone before drying:
- Short-Circuit Risk: Water creates a conductive path for electricity, thus leading to a short-circuit risk.
- Corrosion And Oxidation: Water can result in corrosion and oxidation of the electrical components inside the charging port. And charging the phone promotes corrosion, thus leading to more issues.
- Safety Hazards: Charging a water-damaged iPhone poses safety risks, including the potential for overheating, sparking, or even causing a fire due to compromised electrical pathways.
Considering all these hazards, it’s better to dry the charging port by using the above simple steps I mentioned.
Can I Use A Wireless Charger For a Water-Damaged iPhone?
If your iPhone is completely dry and shows no sign of water inside the charging port, it’s recommended to use a wireless charger for some days instead of a wired charger.
Wireless chargers don’t require a contact connection with the physical port, so there is no risk of short circuits or any hazards.
But, if you use a wireless charger without drying your iPhone completely, it can still pose risks and potentially worsen the condition of your device.
So, you can only use a wireless charger for water damaged iPhone when it’s completely dry. You can check for water by jerking the iPhone in your hand.
How To Fix Charging Not Available Liquid Detection Alert On iPhone?
When your iPhone alerts you that charging is unavailable due to water inside the lightning connector. Then you can follow these steps to fix it:
- Restart your iPhone first.
- If the error persists, then power off the iPhone.
- Detach the SIM Card tray.
- Start giving a jerk to your iPhone on your hands.
- Take a small absorber cloth and put its corner in the port to wipe the water.
- Leave your iPhone in a place with good airflow for about 7 hours.
- Now turn on the iPhone and check if the liquid detection error is gone.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I Use a Hair Dryer For iPhone’s Charging Port?
No, external heat sources, including a hair dryer, can’t be used to dry the water inside the iPhone’s charging point. It can make the iPhone’s condition even more worsen.
How Do I Know It’s Too Late For WaterDamaged iPhone?
If you notice corrosion in the charging port, the phone doesn’t turn on and gets hot continuously; the water damage is beyond repair.
How Can I Tell My Phone Is Completely Dry?
You can insert a corner of a small absorbent in the charging port to check whether water is present. You can also verify the water’s presence by simply giving a jerk to the iPhone on your hand.
The whole article concluded that water damage could lead to charging issues in your iPhone, as it corrodes the exposed electrical components of the charging port, disrupting the proper connection.
To fix this issue, dry the water from the charging port.
Hopefully, now you should know about the charging issue of iPhone after water exposure and all the related queries.
Michael Davis is a tech expert specializing in troubleshooting Apple product issues and navigating the world of modern technology. With a wealth of experience, he simplifies complex problems and offers straightforward solutions.