The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water resistant with an IP67 rating, which means that they can withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 mins in a 1-meter depth. The new iPhones are also dust resistant with full protection against dust ingress.
Just because they are labelled as ‘water resistant’ doesn’t mean that you have to drop your iPhone 7 into a pool to test its limits. Liquid damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty and they are smart enough to know if water was the cause of damage, because there’s a liquid contact indicator inside the iPhone that changes color when it comes in contact with the liquid.
However, if you got your iPhone wet by accident, then you have to take certain precautions to prevent any further damage. Read on to find out what you should do when your iPhone gets wet.
5 Things to Do If Your iPhone 7 Gets Wet
#1. Unplug All Cables & Switch Off
When your iPhone gets wet, don’t even think of plugging it in. Make sure that all the cables are unplugged, including chargers, and do not charge your device until it’s completely dry.
Charging your iPhone or using accessories when it’s wet increases the chance of damage. Let it dry for at least five hours before plugging it in.
Also, if your iPhone is still switched on, make sure to turn it off to prevent liquid damaging the internal hardware components.
#2. Wipe Off the Liquid
If your iPhone takes a splash of liquid or is submerged into water, then wipe it off with a soft, lint-free cloth such as a lens cloth. Before opening the SIM tray, make sure that your iPhone is dry first.
#3. Dry Your iPhone
After you wipe off the outside of your iPhone, gently tap it on your hand with the Lightning port facing downwards to remove any excess liquid that’s inside.
Next, leave your iPhone to dry in an area with good airflow. This also means that you have to avoid using a hair dryer , or anything similar, to speed up the process. But placing your iPhone with the Lightning port directed towards a cool fan should be OK.
#4. Do Not Place Your iPhone in a Sack of Rice
Yes, placing your iPhone in a bag of rice can actually worsen the situation rather than speeding up the process of drying. The grain can damage the port and make it unusable.
#5. Have Patience
Last but not least, stay patient and leave your iPhone alone for a minimum of 5 hours until it dries completely. Do not try to switch on your iPhone before this as any liquid remaining inside can damage the internals.
Now that you’ve taken these precautions, go outside and spend some time with your friends until your iPhone dries completely.