Water in the charging port can cause corrosion and damage to the device. If you are experiencing a problem with your phone, or if you suspect that water has got inside your charging port, we’ve got some tips for how to get it out.
Do not turn on the phone/device
To get water out of your phone’s charging port, do not turn on the device. The battery itself can be removed and dried out if it is not completely submerged in liquid.
If you do turn it on, however, there is a chance that electrical components may short out and cause further damage to your phone or computer.
Open the charging port cover
To get water out of your phone’s charging port, you’ll need to remove the back cover or battery. This can be done by using a pair of flathead screwdrivers and prying open the back panel. You may also be able to use a Phillips screwdriver if it has an indentation on top. Otherwise, try using a small flathead like those found in eyeglass repair kits or electrical tools.
Once you’ve opened up your phone’s charging port, look inside for any droplets of liquid that might have dripped onto its wires when they were exposed to moisture inside your device’s housing.
If there are no signs of liquid damage here, then it’s likely that all that was left behind when you removed this part was residual moisture from condensation caused by heat exposure during use which isn’t necessarily bad news.
Get a towel and dry the port
The next method is to get a towel and dry the port. If there’s still water in your phone, you’ll need to use a hair dryer or another method of drying (such as using a towel). Make sure that there isn’t any more water in the charging port before turning on your phone again.
Use a vacuum cleaner, blow dryer or an air compressor
If you have a vacuum cleaner, blow dryer or an air compressor, then use them to suck up water. If you don’t have one of these items lying around the house and your phone is still wet after trying everything else, then you should go ahead and throw it away. Water-damaged electronics are not worth saving, they may be broken beyond repair anyway.
Try rice method
Rice method: This method is similar to using a toothpick on your smartphone’s charging port but instead of using a pointed object like an eraser or paperclip, pour rice into the hole and then wait until it fills up with water (about 15 minutes). Then gently remove any excess liquid so that there’s just enough space for the plug connection itself.
If the rice method isn’t working, try this one:
- Put your phone in a bowl of uncooked rice for 24 hours.
- Remove the phone from the bowl, and turn it on by holding down one of its buttons (usually Volume Up or Down).
If you get an error message telling you that there’s no charge in your device, repeat steps 1 and 2 again until you get through this process without any errors appearing on screen. Alternatively, if all else fails and no error appears at all after trying either technique above but still seeing no response when turning on your device via those methods, then try resetting it instead.
Blot up moisture with a tissue
The next method is to blot up the moisture with a tissue or paper towel. You can also use a cloth, but avoid anything that may get stuck in the port and cause damage to your phone.
If you’re dealing with an especially stubborn pocket lint, try using a dry brush to gently remove it. Hold your phone facing down and brush in the direction of the screen (this will help avoid scratching).
Blow into the charging port
You can use a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, or air compressor to help remove moisture from the charging port. If you don’t have access to any of these tools and are looking for a quick fix:
- Blow into the charging port with your mouth closed.
- Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or rubbing alcohol.
- Use a toothpick to remove debris, if necessary.
If you have a toothpick, use it to remove debris. If the debris is stuck and can’t be removed with the toothpick, use another needle or pin to help pry it out. Do not use metal objects.
Get help from your carrier or phone manufacturer
If you have a phone that’s not yet out of warranty, ask them to replace your battery for free or at least offer an incentive to do so (such as a discount on future purchases).
You can also call them directly and request help from their customer service department; they may be able to help troubleshoot any problems with water damage before they escalate into something more serious.
Remove your phone case
There are several ways to remove debris from your phone’s charging port. You can use a toothpick and/or a vacuum cleaner, but be careful not to scratch the device too much. If you don’t have access to either of these tools, try using a hair dryer instead.
Use alcohol wipes
- Use a cotton swab to apply the alcohol.
- Use isopropyl alcohol, not rubbing alcohol or any other kind of antiseptic.
- Apply the solution to the charging port and let it sit for at least five minutes before wiping off with a clean cloth or paper towel.
Try a hair dryer
If you have a hair dryer that works with the phone, try heating up the charging port with it. The heat will cause some of the water to evaporate, which can help get rid of it. If this doesn’t work, there are other methods you can try.
Another option is using compressed air from an air compressor/canister if available in your area just make sure not use too much pressure.
Do not use something metal
If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to remember that your phone is not designed for water. Do not attempt to use a metal object such as a paperclip or screwdriver to remove the water from within your charging port.
The material inside the port is plastic, which could break and cause damage to other parts of your phone (and even yourself). Instead, try using tweezers or another tool with soft edges. These will be less likely to scratch up valuable electronics like glass screens and lenses.
Water in the charging port may cause corrosion
Water in your phone’s charging port may cause corrosion, short circuits, and a fire. It also damages batteries.
When you have a phone or tablet that won’t turn on, it can be difficult to figure out what the problem is. One of the most common issues is moisture in your phone’s charging port.
You may not notice this until after hours of trying to charge the device without success. Luckily, there are several ways you can dry out those ports so that they work again.