Most newer iPhones are water resistant, but Apple didn’t include a built-in way to get water out as they did with Apple or even Galaxy watch. And if you are a carefree person like me, who might accidentally drop the iPhone in pool or shower, you might have noticed even though the phone is splash proof, the water that gets in the speaker grills often leads to muffle audio for some time.
Does Rice really work?
One of the most popular ways to get water out of the iPhone speaker is to put it in the bag of rice for 24 hours. But more often than not it’s a placebo effect. Yes, rice does help to absorb moisture on your phone, but you can achieve the same result in ambient air, and on the flip side, the rice grain can cause some serious scratches to your iPhone. Fortunately, there are simple apps that can remove water from the speaker grill. Let’s check them out.
Before we begin
Most iPhones after and including iPhone 7 are splash, water, and dust resistance on your iPhone while iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are slightly better. Also, do keep in mind, according to Apple this water resistance is not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Here is the list.
- iPhone 6 and older – not water resistance
- iPhone 7 – IP67
- iPhone 7 Plus – IP67
- Phone 8 – IP67
- iPhone 8 Plus – IP67
- iPhone X – IP67
- iPhone XR – IP67
- iPhone XS – IP68
- iPhone XS Max – IP68
Here IP68 under IEC standard 60529 means, your phone can withhold a maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes while IP67 means, it can hold a maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes. With that all out of the way, let’s see how to get water out of iPhone.
Get Water out of iPhone Speakers
1. If you drop your iPhone in the pool or shower, wipe it with a clean cloth. If you accidentally spill any other liquid like tea, coffee, etc, make sure you rinse it first with water and wipe it with a clean cloth. Make sure you do not charge your device until it’s completely dry
2. Next up, power on your iPhone if you have not done it already. And download the Sonic app from the App Store
3. Once download put the iPhone in the flat surface and open the app
4. Swipe up and down the app to set a frequency. Ideally, it should be between 100-200 Hz and tap on the ‘Play’ button
5. You will see little drops of water coming out of the speaker grills, let the app run for a few seconds. And then take a clean cloth and wipe the speaker grill. Repeat the process several times unless you see no more water coming out
6. Play any audio on the phone after a while, and you should notice the muffled audio is gone
Alternatively, if you already have Apple shortcut app and don’t want to install a third-party app, you can try a new shortcut called Water Eject. It works on the same principal as Sonic app, i.e. plays a high-frequency sound that forces the water out of the speaker grill in no time. Here is how it works
1. Download the Shortcut app from the App Store, if you haven’t already. Once downloaded, open the app once and then close it.
2. Once done, tap on this Shotcut link – Water Eject on your iPhone. This will open a new webpage, tap on the ‘Get Shortcut’ link at the bottom of the page.
3. This will install the Shortcut and open the settings page. You can either customize it or even set up Siri activation for the quick trigger. Or just leave it as it’s and tap on ‘Done’ option on the top right.
4. To test the shortcut or use it the next time when the water goes in the speaker grills, simply open the shortcut app and tap on Water Eject and from the popup menu at the bottom tap on ‘Begin Water Eject’
We have tested this feature in iPhone Xs Max, and both Siri Shortcut and Sonic app work flawlessly. If you have an iPhone 7 or newer with iP67 rating, you don’t need to worry much. However, for iPhone 6 or older, there is no guarantee this app will work, but if you already got it wet, it doesn’t harm to try. Let me know your experience in the comments.