'Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector'? Here's what to do now

Your iPhone is wet and you get an error message when you try to charge it. Here's what to know about your options.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

The iPhone's moisture detection mechanism is sensitive.

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iPhones have a lot of built-in mechanisms to help prevent you from damaging the battery or the phone. For example, if your iPhone is too hot, it will stop charging. But did you know your device also stops charging when it detects water in the charging port?

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Here's the message displayed when you try to charge an iPhone with moisture in the charge port:

"Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector" message in the iPhone

'Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector' message on the iPhone.

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Notice how the message offers two options.

One is Dismiss, which, as the wording suggests, dismisses the warning, and disables the charging process until the next time the charging cable is connected.

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The other is Emergency Override. Pressing this option overrides the warning and instructs the iPhone to proceed with charging.

So, which option should you choose?

Ideally, if you get this message, you should do what the iPhone suggests and disconnect the charge lead and allow the port to dry, where there's some airflow if possible, as this approach will speed up the process.

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And be patient, as it might take up to 24 hours for your device to fully dry.

However, the iPhone's moisture detection mechanism is sensitive and can be triggered by moisture or condensation in the port or on the charging cable. If there's no visible water in the port, I have -- at times of real need -- cleaned the connector with a dry cloth, plugged it back in, and then used Emergency Override to charge up the iPhone.

I keep an eye on the handset, unplug and replug in the charging cable after a few minutes, and the charging process has usually dried off the charge port completely. The device charges normally the next time I plug it in.

While this approach has always worked for me, be aware of the risks. An alternative would be to use wireless charging until the port dries out.  

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