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How To Get Water Out Of iPhone Speakers: Beyond the Bag of Rice

Water and electronics seldom mix well. This is true even of waterproof electronics since there is always a possibility that some liquid will seep inside of a device. But of all electronics, it can be said that water in speakers is the worst since this distorts the quality of the audio. With this in mind, how do you get water out of iPhone speakers?

To get water out of iPhone speakers, you can follow the prompts suggested for ejecting water from your device-specific to its troubleshooting manual. Alternatively, if this does not work, you can try and dry the speakers by using a fan, a blower, or even silica gel to fully extract the moisture from the speakers.

Water in your phone or electronic device’s speakers is not good. Water not only muffles audio but also causes severe damage if the water is not ejected. But fear not, in this guide we are going to take a look at all the best ways to remove water out of your iPhone or other electronic device’s speakers. 

Get Water Out Of iPhone Speakers: A Step-By-Step Guide

All the ways below use a sound of a certain frequency to push the water out of the iPhone speaker grills. The working principle is similar to the official water eject feature on your device. Use the Sonic app.

  1. Install the free Sonic app from the App Store and open it.
  2. Place the iPhone on a flat surface or one that is slightly inclined toward the bottom (gravity will assist). Use the volume up button to set it to the maximum.
  3. Tap-and-hold down on the water drop icon.
  4. Now, swipe anywhere on the screen to set the frequency to a number between 160 to 200.
  5. Repeat the above process multiple times (until you see no water droplets being pushed out of the speaker grill.) Automatic: If this does not help, tap the water droplet icon and let the app make the appropriate sound frequency to push water out.

Use Water Eject Shortcut

Before you begin: You have to allow untrusted shortcuts on your iPhone. For this, go to Settings → Shortcuts → toggle on Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.

Then,

  1. Add Water Eject shortcut by Josh0678 using this link.
  2. After that, tap My Shortcuts. Next, tap the shortcut to run it.
  3. Tap Begin Water Ejection. Make sure iPhone volume is set to max
  4. Dry water using a fan or blower: Apple recommends using a fan or blower to accelerate the water evaporation. Make sure to take proper caution while following this.
  5. Silica gel (better than rice): Yes, unboiled rice works. But it is a slow process that may take over 24 hours. I suggest using silica gel to get better and quicker results. For this, keep your iPhone in a closed box with a few packets of silica gel.
  6. Apple support: Finally, if you believe that your iPhone speakers still sound muddy, give it some hours, and then contact Apple Support. You may also take your device for inspection at an Apple Store or authorized service center.

Water Damage To iPhone: An Overview

Although newer iPhones are less susceptible to water damage than older models, a tiny drop of liquid is all it takes to damage an iPhone beyond repair.

The water-resistant seal on newer iPhones is just as susceptible to wear and tear as the rest of the phone. It’s designed to resist water, but not the wide array of liquids, lotions, and gels that many of us use every day.

Liquid damage can be obvious or invisible. Sometimes it appears as tiny bubbles under the screen or corrosion and discoloration inside its charging port. However, iPhone water damage usually doesn’t look like anything — at least from the outside.

The best way to check for iPhone water damage is to look at its liquid contact indicator, or LCI. On newer iPhones, the LCI is located in the same slot as the SIM card. On older models of the iPhone (4s and earlier), you’ll find LCIs in the headphone jack, charging port, or both. Water damage can cause a variety of problems on an iPhone. 

Once liquid gets inside, it’s difficult to know where it will spread or what type of damage it will cause. Below, I’ve listed several of the most common symptoms of iPhone water damage. 

man and woman holding an iPhone

If Your iPhone Is Getting Hot

Water-damaged lithium-ion batteries can get very, very hot. Although it’s incredibly rare (especially for iPhones), lithium ion batteries can catch on fire when they’re damaged. Every Apple Store has a fire safe in the Genius Room. I never had to use it, but be very careful if you feel your iPhone starting to heat up much hotter than normal.

Water Seepage

When water seeps into an iPhone and causes damage, its speakers could malfunction and disrupt its ability to play sounds. This could affect your ability to listen to music, hear the ringer when someone calls, or make calls of your own using the speakerphone.

As water begins to evaporate from inside your iPhone, its speakers may come back to life. If they sound staticy or garbled at first, the sound quality may improve over time — or it may not.

I can’t be certain it will help, but the newest Apple Watches use their built-in speakers to expel water after being submerged. 

Could this work for an iPhone? I am not sure, but if the speaker is making any sound at all, it can’t hurt to bump up the volume and try.

One of the most common and most frustrating iPhone problems happens when it won’t charge. If water gets into your iPhone’s Lightning port (the charging port), it can cause corrosion and prevent your iPhone from being able to charge at all.

Try charging your iPhone with multiple cables and multiple chargers before coming to this conclusion. However, if the LCI is red and your iPhone isn’t charging, liquid damage is likely the cause.

If you tried to use rice to dry out your iPhone before reading this article (which we don’t recommend), take a flashlight and look inside the charging port. On several occasions, I found a grain of rice stuck inside. Don’t try to jam a Lightning cable inside the lightning port if it’s not going in easily. Instead, use a toothbrush you’ve never used before to gently brush out debris.

How To Fix Water Damage To iPhone

To go about fixing water damage to your iPhone, lay your iPhone face down on a flat surface, like a kitchen counter or a table. Choose a location with low humidity. Don’t place your iPhone in a container or a bag.

Tilting your iPhone or placing it in a bag with rice will almost certainly cause the water to spill onto other internal components. That could be the difference between life and death for your iPhone.

If you have access to commercial desiccants, set them on top of and around your iPhone. Whatever you do, don’t use rice! (it just doesn’t work well for an iPhone) It’s not an effective desiccant either.

Desiccants are substances that produce a state of dryness in other objects. 

They can be found in tiny little packets that are shipped with items such as vitamins, electronics, and clothes. Next time you get a package, save them! They’ll come in handy when you’re dealing with a liquid damage emergency.

Once you’ve taken the initial steps to triage your iPhone, putting it down and walking away is often the best thing you can do. If there is water inside your iPhone, the water’s surface tension will help to prevent it from spreading. Moving your iPhone can only cause more problems.

It is also interesting to know that scientific studies have shown that exposing water-damaged electronics to open air can be more effective than sticking it in rice. By taking out the SIM card, we’ve allowed more air to get inside your iPhone, and that helps the evaporation process.

I recommend waiting 24 hours before trying to turn your iPhone back on. Apple says to wait at least five hours. The more time, the better. You will want to give any water inside your iPhone enough time to begin to evaporate.


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