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iPhone went for a swim? Here's how Siri can help eject water from its speakers

Siri helped me sort out the problem after I dropped my iPhone into the water. Here's how it can help you, too.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Wet iPhone

The other day a dreaded thing happened -- I dropped my iPhone into water. Now, the iPhone 14 is rated to IP68, which means the device can go to a maximum depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes, so it wasn't a huge deal. Well, except that I noticed that the speaker was badly muffled afterwards. Clearly, some water had seeped in

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Now, the water wasn't going to damage anything, and I could have just left the iPhone to dry out. But while I was waiting, the muffled speaker made it annoying to make and take phone calls. What I needed was a way to eject the water from the speakers. 

The Apple Watch has a feature that uses sound pulses to eject water from the speaker

It's a cool and effective feature that demuffles the Apple Watch's tiny speaker with a few beeps. 

Unfortunately, there's no such feature built into the iPhone. But I found a way to add it, and you can even trigger the feature using Siri.

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Here's how to add this feature.

1. Download the Water Eject shortcut

We're going to use a Shortcut called Water Eject to clean out the speaker. Go to the page on your iPhone and tap Get Shortcut.

Tap on Start
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2. Add the shortcut

This step will open up the Shortcut app. You can add the shortcut by tapping on Add Shortcut. This process also tells you that saying "Hey Siri, Water Eject" will activate the shortcut.

Adding the shortcut to the Shortcut app
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3. Run Water Eject

You can either say "Hey Siri, Water Eject" or tap the shortcut in the Shortcut app. 

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Doing either of these will activate the Shortcut and bring up a pop-up menu. Then tap on Start.

4. Choose the intensity

Then tap on the intensity level you want to use -- level 1 will run the process once, level 2 will do it twice, and level 3 will, predictably, will run it three times. The shortcut will then begin to emit a tone from the speaker.

Importantly, DO NOT wear headphones when running this shortcut.

Choose the intensity level
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If you're in any doubt as to how powerful this process is, put your face near the speaker outlet and you'll feel the strong air vibrations that this tone generates.

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And it worked for me, clearing the water out of the speakers restored the audio back to the quality I expected. 

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