February 21, 2024Anmol Nagpal

Apple issues warning to iPhone users

Apple's recent advisory highlights a shift in the recommended approach for dealing with water-damaged iPhones, dispelling the common practice of submerging them in a bag of rice.

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According to Apple, this method may inadvertently introduce rice particles into the device, potentially causing further harm.

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Instead, Apple suggests a more gentle approach to remove excess water from the iPhone.

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Users are advised to tap the device gently against their hand, with the connector facing down, to help dislodge any water trapped inside.

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Subsequently, placing the phone in a dry area with adequate airflow is recommended.

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Moreover, Apple advises against attempting to charge the iPhone immediately after exposure to water.

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Users are instructed to wait at least 30 minutes before attempting to charge the device with a USB-C or lighting connector.

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This precautionary measure aims to prevent potential damage caused by attempting to power on the phone prematurely.

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Acknowledging that the drying process may take up to 24 hours, Apple cautions users that they may encounter a liquid detection alert during this timeframe.

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This alert serves as a reminder that the device is still in the process of drying and should not be operated until fully dried.

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Additionally, Apple warns against using objects such as hair dryers or compressed air to expedite the drying process, as these methods may cause further damage to the iPhone.

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Similarly, the use of cotton swabs or paper towels in the connector area is discouraged, as they may leave behind fibers or debris.

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