Have you dropped your phone in water or splattered it with liquid? It’s really common, actually. While water-resistant electronics are more common than ever, they nonetheless can be damaged by immersion in water. Any electronic gadget can fail, especially if the charging connector becomes wet.
Many modern smartphones include a built-in liquid-detection alert that will go off even if you have no idea how water got into your charging port. Fortunately, there are simple methods for speedily drying your mobile device. So, without further ado, let’s get into drying out the charging port of any and all electronic devices.
How to Get Water Out Of Charging Port?
Every smartphone eventually succumbs to water damage; it’s just a matter of when.
I’m going to assume you went for a swim right now with your cell phone still in your pocket. Perhaps you showered with your phone nearby and caused internal condensation.
If you want to use your charging cord again, you’ll need to remove the water from your phone’s charging port. It is possible to remove water from the charging port of a mobile device by:
1. Wipe your phone down with a towel.
2. Put down the phone
3. Take out the battery and SIM card (if applicable)
4. Water can be expelled from the charging port by tapping the phone firmly with the palm of your hand.
5. For the best results, place your phone in a sock and fan it for three hours.
Three hours later, the charging port on your phone will be fully dry.
Don’t use things like kitty litter, rice, silica gel packages, or heat. These ways of drying your phone are inefficient at best and, in many cases, harmful at worst.
The Best Way to Get Water out Of Your Charging Port
The best technique to remove water from a charging port is to simply leave it alone and let it dry.
Put the gadget somewhere with good air circulation, like a windowless closet. Leave the charging port exposed and, if feasible, point downward so that gravity can assist in the charging process.
Wait at least 30 minutes for the gadget to dry out, then return to verify the port. Wait if there’s still condensation on the outside or a “liquid detected” message on the gadget.
If you can hold your smartphone in the palm of your hand with the charging port facing down, you can charge it by tapping it softly against your palm. This can be useful for removing extra moisture.
What to Avoid when Getting Water out Of a Charging Port
When it comes to evaporating water, there are a few pieces of conventional knowledge that you should never, ever follow.
First, never put anything, including a cotton swab or paper towel, into the charging port. This can further spread any moisture already inside your gadget, and if you aren’t careful, it can also scratch or dislodge internal parts. Thereafter, even when dry, it will no longer function.
In order to speed up the heating process, some instructions recommend using a hairdryer. The metal in the charging port could potentially bend if your device gets too hot.
Don’t put your phone in a bowl of rice, no matter how many websites tell you to. Small grains of rice or starch can become lodged in the charging port, preventing it from functioning properly, and the drying process will take just as long as with flowing air.
You need only wait for your gadget to dry. When the water is gone and everything is back to normal, you will be very grateful.
How Can Water Get Into My Charging Port?
There are numerous, both visible and less obvious, potential sources of moisture in the charging port.
All ports on a submerged device will be flooded if it is turned on.
Humidity, or the amount of moisture in the air, can cause condensation on the device and enter the charging port in humid environments. This also applies to hot and steamy conditions, such as those seen in saunas and showers.
There are more ways than just direct exposure to the rain to get inside your gadget. If your gadget is in a pocket or handbag and your purse gets wet, for instance, moisture can seep into the device. Water can also enter the port via headphones or other wires if it rains heavily enough to run down the line.
Electronics can be damaged by sweat if they are worn in a sweaty or wet environment, such as in an activity belt around the waist or arm, or if the sweat runs down the cables of your headphones.
What Not to Do When Water Gets in Your Charging Port
Water-damaged smartphones have a lot of bad information online. The vast majority of these suggestions are useless and may even make your device worse.
If you’re trying to dry something quickly, I understand the temptation to perform any of the following.
- Do not put your phone in a container of rice, cat litter, or silica gel packets
- Avoid using a HEAT source to dry your phone, like a radiator or hair dryer (in the directions above we are using a hair dryer on COOL or COLD, never hot!)
- Don’t insert anything into the charging port, like Q-Tips or a napkin
Wait for some time to pass for your phone to dry naturally if you don’t have access to a shop vac, hair dryer, or fan. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for, but please have some patience.
Your phone will take LONGER to dry if you place it in a pail of silica crystals or rice than if you do nothing at all.
This test was done with a phone that was submerged for 1 whole hour. Here are all the different drying processes and how long each took:
|Drying Method||Time to Fully Dry|
|Silica crystals||11 days|
|Doing nothing||8.5 days|
|Cat litter||7 days|