Unlike Apple Watch, there is no official way to eject water from the speaker grills, even though the modern iPhones are water-resistant. It not only muffles audio but also causes severe damage if the water is not ejected. Fret not! I’ve rounded up all the best ways to remove water out of your iPhone speakers.
Note: Though newer iPhones (iPhone 7 and later) are IP67 and IP68 water-resistant, you can’t claim a warranty, free support, or replacement in case of water damage.
Irrespective of whether your iPhone is waterproof or not, this article explains three ways to clean water from its speaker grills.
How does it work?
All the ways below use a sound of a certain frequency to push the water out of the iPhone speaker grills. The working principle is similar to the official water eject feature on Apple Watch. Feel free to use any method you like.
Before you begin:
- Make sure to wipe the iPhone (you recently dropped in a pool or splashed water) using a soft dry cloth.
- If you spilled anything other than water (tea, coffee, juice, wine, etc.), clean the affected area with fresh water. Make sure the tap’s water pressure is not too high.
- Ensure Lightning cable, earphone, or any accessory is not connected.
- Do not plug your wet iPhone into charging. Forget charging for the next 5 hours!
- Do not open the SIM tray of a wet iPhone.
- Make sure not to insert anything inside the Lightning connector or the tiny speaker grills to dry water inside it.
3 Ways to get water out of iPhone speakers
1. Use the Sonic app
- Install the free Sonic app from the App Store and open it.
- Place the iPhone on a flat surface or one that is slightly inclined toward the bottom (gravity will assist). Use the volume up button to set it to the maximum.
- Tap-and-hold down on the water drop icon.
- Now, swipe anywhere on the screen to set the frequency to a number between 160 to 200.
- Repeat the above process multiple times (until you see no water droplets being pushed out of the speaker grill.) Automatic: If this does not help, tap the water droplet icon and let the app make the appropriate sound frequency to push water out.
Note: Manually changing frequency is of no use in the automatic mode.
2. Use Water Eject Shortcut
Before you begin: You have to allow untrusted shortcuts on your iPhone. For this, go to Settings → Shortcuts → toggle on Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.
- Add Water Eject shortcut by Josh0678 using this link.
- After that, tap My Shortcuts. Next, tap the shortcut to run it.
- Tap Begin Water Ejection. Make sure iPhone volume is set to max.
You can check the below video to see how this shortcut ejects the water from iPhone.
3. Using tone-generator website
- Visit a website like FixMySpeakers or OnlineToneGenerator.
- On FixMySpeakers, tap the water droplet button to start playing a sound.
- On OnlineToneGenerator, tap PLAY. You may use the slider to adjust the frequency. Take caution. Make sure not to damage your iPhone speakers!
- Once water droplets stop coming out of the speaker grills, pause the sound.
- Dry water using a fan or blower: Apple recommends using a fan or blower to accelerate the water evaporation. Make sure to take proper caution while following this.
- Silica gel (better than rice): Yes, unboiled rice works. But it is a slow process that may take over 24 hours. I suggest using silica gel to get better and quicker results. For this, keep your iPhone in a closed box with a few packets of silica gel.
- Apple support: Finally, if you believe that your iPhone speakers still sound muddy, give it some hours, and then contact Apple Support. You may also take your device for inspection at an Apple Store or authorized service center.
This is how you can get water out of the iPhone speakers. I hope this guide helped you. If you have further questions, please reach me via the comments section below.
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