What to do if your iPhone falls into the water

Even though Apple’s new iPhones are considered waterproof, it’s never really advisable to soak them for minutes that are too long. Here are some tips to follow.

He remembers a few years ago when dropping the phone down the toilet or deep in the pool meant his untimely death. From now on, all phones that land on their market have a protection index. This indicates how long the phones can be submerged, for how long and this, without suffering any damage.

Of course, iPhones also have these indexes of protection. Since the iPhone 7, which was released in 2016, Apple has allowed its users to immerse their headset phone without there being any real consequences on their proper functioning. Despite everything, and depending on the duration of the dive and its depth, the risk persists for your iPhone. Fortunately, there are some tricks to save it from drowning and corrosion.

After accidentally dipping iPhone, turn it off immediately. Electricity and water never get along and it is more than advisable to turn off the device as soon as possible. This will prevent shorts and other failures that could permanently damage the device. Also avoid plugging the wet iPhone into a charging socket. In any case, it will warn you that the door is wet and that it is impossible to proceed with charging.

If your iPhone is protected by a case, remove it. Water can stagnate between it and the device and then infiltrate the various holes present: SIM port, charging port, side button and volume buttons.

So take a dry cloth and clean the iPhone as much as possible. Try going into the charging port, getting the water out of the speakers, or even letting it sit for a few hours on that cloth. Place the iPhone so that the SIM card port is facing down. Normally, the liquid that has settled there will go away. While holding the device in the same position, eject the SIM card and remove the card holder. Shake the iPhone and put it back in the same position as before.

Previously, we recommend that you remove the water from the speakers. You can then turn your iPhone back on andinstall shortcut which will allow you to easily expel the water from the holes.

Then let the iPhone dry silently. Avoid soaking it in rice, as the grains can release very fine particles that will settle in the various openings of the iPhone, such as the speakers or the microphone. Starch contained in rice can also be harmful.

You can use small sachets of silica beads that you find in shoe boxes or clothes instead. Silica is a material with very high absorption capacity. It is therefore used to prevent products or appliances from absorbing moisture. Then take an airtight box, put the iPhone and some sachets of silica beads for 24 hours. Then get your iPhone back and check that everything is working.

If despite this, your iPhone remains unusable, contact Apple. The technicians will then see what they can do to help you, but they will tell them the truth. A small sensor inside the iPhone lets you know if it has been submerged in water or not …

The different indices of protection

Not all iPhones have the same degree of protection. Some can thus be submerged more or less deeply with a significant or not significant risk to the integrity of the device.

IP67 (1m deep for 30 minutes):

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone SE (2022)

IP68 (2m deep for 30 minutes):

  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11

IP68 (4m depth for 30 minutes):

  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

IP68 (6m depth for 30 minutes):

  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 and 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max

Older iPhone models do not have an IP rating. For these, immersion in water is nearly fatal.

  • From the iPhone (2G) to the iPhone 6s
  • iPhone SE (2016)

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