Don’t Put Wet iPhones In Rice To Dry, Apple Warns

We’ve all seen the advice that claims that putting a wet iPhone into a bag of rice is the way to go if you want to try and bring it back to life, and that’s what many of us have been told for more than a decade now.

But it turns out that isn’t what you should do at all, and that’s coming from a source that should know.

That source is Apple itself after the company shared a new support document that outlines what you should and should not do if your iPhone finds itself sodden. And rice is called out as something that shouldn’t be anywhere near your iPhone.

According to Apple’s support document, there are three things that should not be done when trying to resurrect an iPhone.

  • Don’t dry your iPhone using an external heat source or compressed air.
  • Don’t insert a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel, into the connector.
  • Don’t put your iPhone in a bag of rice. Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone.

As for what you should do, Apple says to give the iPhone a tap or two with the charging port facing down to clear it of water and then leave it somewhere dry for 30 minutes. If that doesn’t work, leave it for a day and try again. If it’s still no good you can try disconnecting all of your cables, plugging them back in again, and crossing your fingers.

After that, it’s off to the Apple Store, unfortunately. But just don’t be tempted to use rice, it seems.

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