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Apple warns not to put wet iPhones in rice

Apple warns not to put wet iPhones in rice
Posted at 9:50 AM, Feb 21, 2024

It’s an awful feeling: Your iPhone, the handheld mini-computer that holds your whole life, gets wet, and you need to fix it — like, now.

The newer the iPhone, the more resistant it is to water and other hazards. But they’re not totally watertight, and that’s why a spilled glass of water could turn into a communication-ending disaster.

The conventional wisdom is to put the phone in a bag of uncooked rice, with the hope that the thirsty grain will draw water out of the device. It does seem to make some sense. And when your phone’s life is on the line, you want the quickest fix.

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Turns out, however, this old iPhone trick is not such a good idea — and Apple Support has updated their guidelines for phone first-aid to explicitly tell folks to lay off the rice. Instead, a little extra time and TLC can bring the wounded device back to life.

Water drops on iPhone

There are a couple of reasons why rice isn’t the solution. For one, tiny bits of rice could get stuck in sensitive parts of the phone, potentially causing damage. And for another, rice doesn’t do anything to prevent corrosion of the affected parts.

Ultimately, it probably won’t work, and you’ll have wasted some perfectly good rice.

It’s better to take some deep breaths and follow Apple Support’s advice. Here’s what to do if your iPhone gets wet:

  1. First, unplug the phone from the charging cable and any accessories.
  2. Next, hold your phone upright, with the connector port facing down. Tap it gently into your other hand. Hopefully some liquid comes out, but in any case, prepare to leave the device alone for a while.
  3. Place the phone in a safe, dry location that gets some fresh air, but don’t force air into the connector. Let it be for at least 30 minutes. Keep it unplugged and unbothered.


After some good rest and drying-out time, test the phone by plugging it into a charging cable. If the phone isn’t working right, or displays a “liquid-detection alert,” it will need more time to dry.

Apple Support says to give the phone 24 hours. Go ahead and test it every so often to see if anything improves. If things aren’t improving after a day, you’ll have to contact Apple for more help.

Apple Support has a detailed rundown of how to deal with a wet iPhone with even more do’s and don’ts. Good luck — and save the rice for dinner.

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