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Apple Advises Against Using Rice to Dry Your iPhone

Regarding this matter, Apple has recently cautioned iPhone users about a common practice: placing a wet iPhone into a bag of rice. This method, often promoted as a quick fix for water-damaged phones, might actually cause more harm than good.

The idea behind the rice method is that the dry, absorbent rice will help draw out moisture from the device. However, Apple has officially discouraged this practice. The company warns that it could introduce small rice particles that might potentially damage the phone’s internal components, especially the logic board.

Furthermore, tests have indicated that uncooked rice is not particularly effective at drying the device. Instead of relying on the rice method, Apple offers guidance for users who encounter a “liquid detected” alert when attempting to charge their phones.

Liquid Detected Method

Firstly, users should unplug the charging cable at both ends.

Then, they should tap the phone gently against their hand with the connector facing down to remove excess liquid.

The device should be left to dry for at least half an hour before attempting to charge it again.

If the attempt fails, users are advised to try again a day later.

Apple also warns against using an external heat source or compressed air to dry the iPhone 12.

Inserting a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel, into the connector is also discourage.

“Leave your iPhone in a dry area with some airflow,” Apple advises. Even with some airflow, it can take “up to a day” for the smartphone to dry out completely and be ready to use again, Apple says.

“Don’t insert a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel, into the connector,” Apple warns. This could damage the port, stopping you from being able to charge via a wired connection.

 

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