Apple Debunks Rice Myth: Don’t Put Wet iPhones in Rice

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Despite popular belief, submerging a wet iPhone in rice is not an effective way to save it, according to a new Apple support document. This contradicts long-standing advice circulating online and among tech support circles.

Why rice is not a good solution

  • Contrary to popular belief, rice does not have strong absorbent properties.
  • Small rice particles can damage the iPhone’s internal components.

Apple’s recommended steps for a wet iPhone

  1. Gently tap the iPhone with the connector facing down to remove excess liquid.
  2. Leave the iPhone in a dry place with airflow for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Try charging the iPhone after 30 minutes.
  4. Wait up to 24 hours for the iPhone to dry completely.
  5. Contact Apple support if the iPhone still doesn’t work.

The myth of rice and its effectiveness in drying wet electronics has persisted for years.

However, Apple’s updated guidelines emphasize a more cautious and deliberate approach, focusing on patience and avoiding potentially harmful methods.

By following Apple’s recommendations, users can maximize their chances of salvaging a water-damaged iPhone without risking further damage from rice particles.

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