‘Detected liquid in Lightning connector’? Here’s what to do now


The iPhone’s moisture detection mechanism is very sensitive.

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iPhone has a lot of built-in mechanisms that help prevent you from damaging the battery or phone. For example, if your iPhone is too hot, it will stop charging. But do you know your device also Stop charging when detecting water entering the charging port?

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This is the message displayed when you try to charge the battery Iphone phone with moisture in the charging port:

"Liquid detected in the Lightning connector" messages on iPhone

‘Liquid detected in Lightning Connector’ notification on iPhone.

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Notice how the message offers two options.

One is Dismissedas the wording suggests, dismisses the warning and disables charging until the next time the charging cable is connected.

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The other thing is Emergency override. Pressing this option will override the warning and instruct the iPhone to proceed with charging.

So, which option should you choose?

Ideally, if you receive this message, you should do what iPhone suggests which is to disconnect the charging cord and let the port dry, where there is air flow if possible, as this method will speed up the process.

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And be patient because it can take up to 24 hours for your device to completely dry.

However, the iPhone’s moisture detection mechanism is very sensitive and can be triggered by moisture or condensation in the port or on the charging cable. If no water is visible in the port, I have to – at times when absolutely necessary – clean the connector with a dry cloth, plug it back in and then use it Emergency override to charge iPhone.

I kept an eye on the handset, unplugging and re-plugging the charging cable after a few minutes, and the charging process usually completely dried out the charging port. The device will charge normally the next time I plug it in.

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


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