How to dry a wet iPhone or iPad
Rumours have it that a waterproof iPhone could be on its way. Which is great, unless you’ve just dropped your current iPhone in the bath, down the toilet or even forgotten to take it out your pocket and it’s been for a spin in your washing machine.
Don’t worry, because you’re not alone! According to Macworld UK, water damage is the second most common cause of damage for iPhones, after smashed screens.
But fear not, a quick dunk doesn’t necessarily mean all is lost. If your iPhone submerges, try these water-damaged strategies. The same can be used to dry an iPad.
If you haven’t already, take your iPhone out of the water straight away and do not plug it in. If your phone was already plugged in when it went for a dunk, very carefully unplug it and don’t turn it on to check for damage as this can cause short circuits.
Remove a case if you have one, and take the SIM card out too to avoid water lingering in nooks and crannies and damage to key components.
Wipe off any excess and exterior liquid, then turn the iPhone upside down and clear the ports and sockets by giving it a gentle shake.
If your iPhone was already off when it submerged, you’re very lucky. If it was on, or in sleep mode, then the lesser of two evils is to wake the iPhone quickly to do a full power off.
If your iPhone was in Airplane Mode or you can guarantee that nothing will wake your iPhone in the next 48 hours, then leave it alone.
Resist the temptation to dry it with a hairdryer or other heat treatment as this can damage internal components. One of the best ways to draw as much interior liquid as possible is putting your damp iPhone in a big bowl of uncooked rice for 48 hours. Just be warned that this could get dust or grains in the ports.
A better alternative to uncooked rice is silica gel packets you get in bags or some parcels – you will need enough to cover the iPhone. Just like with uncooked rice, give the iPhone at least 48 hours to dry out completely.
While dismantling your iPhone can give you access to the interior, allowing you to properly dry out the inside, it is risky. It will likely invalidate any warranty coverage you have, and it can also exacerbate the problem. Only attempt this if you really know what you’re doing.
What next with how to dry a wet iPhone or iPad?
After waiting a few days to dry out your iPhone, try switching it on. If it doesn’t work, ask an Apple Genius to take a look. It might be worth them checking it even if it does switch on as recovery may be temporary. Because of this, it’s a good idea to back up all your important files. In the future, it might also be worth investing in some waterproof cases.