If you accidentally drop your cell phone into a bowl of wet rice, you’re likely wondering what to do to get the liquid out of the charging port. While paper towels and cotton swabs can be used to remove dust, they can also push the liquid deeper into the port. You can also try using a vacuum hose, although this is only effective at removing water and dirt. Here are some things to avoid.
Avoid sticking anything into the charging port
While you are cleaning your phone’s charging port, remember to stay away from the sides of the device. Compressed air can irritate the electronics inside the charging port and cause damage. It is best to blow the air in small bursts, preferably from a straw held steady. The nozzle of the compressed air should be held close to the charging port for about a second before releasing it. Never apply too much pressure, though, as it may disrupt the internal structure of the device.
Before attempting to clean the charging port, make sure that the device is properly lit. A flashlight won’t do the trick. You can try using a second iPhone to shine a light into the charging port. Once you’ve found the right angle, insert the toothpick or cotton swab into the charging port and gently wiggle it. Be gentle; applying too much pressure may damage the charging port.
Avoid submerging your phone in a bowl of dry rice
While it’s possible to dry your phone by submerging it in a bowl of dry rice, experts warn that doing so can lead to water damage. Rice’s low absorption capacity means that it’s a terrible choice for this purpose. Because it can’t absorb moisture, it can only absorb water that is directly touching it. Rice can also collect moisture inside your phone’s openings and cause further damage over time.
To prevent this, make sure to completely drain the contents of your phone before placing it in the bowl of dry rice. Uncooked rice may not dry the phone out, and can end up lodged in phone mechanisms. Instead, place a silica gel packet on top of or under your phone. Leave it there for about 48 hours. It should be dry enough to be used again.
Avoid leaving your phone in a bowl of dry rice
If your phone is completely wet and you can’t remove water from the charging port and physical buttons, you can use a plastic or wooden toothpick to gently wring out the water. You shouldn’t use metal or other sharp objects to do this, as they may damage the electrical contacts. You can also use a bowl of oatmeal, silica gel packs, or instant couscous pearls.
Another alternative is to soak your phone in a bowl of dry rice overnight. The rice will help remove the water from your phone. This will take a couple of days to work, but it’s worth it. If your phone is wet but has the USB port, you can simply put it in a cool place with airflow. While this method may not work for all phones, it can help you fix this issue.
Avoid storing your phone in a bowl of dry rice
If you’re storing your phone and it’s charging, you may want to avoid putting it in a bowl of dry rice. The rice won’t dry out the phone and could end up lodged inside the mechanisms. Instead, place a silica gel packet on top of your phone or under it for several hours. The silica gel will soak up any moisture and prevent it from getting into the phone’s ports.
However, this solution only works if you can put your phone in an area that is well ventilated. In extreme cases, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause damage to your phone’s hardware. The high temperatures can even crack the phone’s screen. Another solution is to place a silica gel sachet near the charging port. If your phone becomes wet, be sure to dry it out in front of a fan and place it in an airtight container.