If this has happened to you, do not charge your iPhone

Charging our iPhone is something we do (practically) every day. And if we want to extend the life of our batteries, with systems such as Apple’s optimized charging, using adapters with adequate power or using Lightning cables in good condition, we are going to tell you something that, if it happens to you, better not charge your iPhone in a good while.

When the iPhone should not be charged

Since the iPhone X, and with the exception of one or two models, the rest of the iPhone are waterproof phones. At greater or lesser depth, but nothing happens if they get wet. In fact, they are submersible at shallow depths. And even if the phone does not die instantly, as it used to happen in phones until not long ago, if you have a wet iPhone you should not charge it.

Why not charge a wet iPhone? When we wet or submerge the iPhone, the water gets inside the Lightning port. Which, yes, is prepared for water. But as long as there is no flow of electricity running through it. So submerging an iPhone is not the same as submerging an iPhone while it is charging. (Don’t do the latter, please.)

When we take the iPhone out of the water, it also comes out of the Lightning connector and, even if we dry the outside of the phone with a towel, access to the charging port is not the easiest. AND there are always traces of moisture and drops of waterTherefore, you have to wait at least three hours before charging it again. In this way, make sure that the Lightning port is already completely dry and you can connect your iPhone to the current, without things that we do not want to happen.

Even if we charge our phone with wireless charging, even if we don’t use the Lightning port, it’s better to wait. Similarly, we are charging a device and it is not a good idea to charge a device that is damp or wet. Not only because it poses a risk to people, there is no doubt about that. But if we talk about hardware, both the charger and the iPhone can be damaged if an electrical charge passes through them while there is water in the middle.

Apple does not cover water or liquid damage in its warranty

Yes, you read that right. iPhones are resistant to water, dust and splashes, but damage will not be covered by the guarantee. So if you have a new iPhone and it got damaged by liquid, you would have to pay the repair cost. And although models like the iPhone 14 Pro have IP68 certification (the highest), Apple itself explains that “the resistance to splashes, water, and dust is not permanent and may decrease as a result of regular use.”

iPhone 13 Pro green

Something very important to note is that, until now, we have referred to submerging the iPhone in fresh water. But, What happens if I soak my iPhone in seawater? The answer is that we must rinse it with fresh water as soon as possible, especially on the buttons, the camera and the charging port. And before charging your iPhone again, please wait about 3-4 hours. Seawater, when it evaporates, leaves salt behind. And if water and electronics already don’t get along well, seawater is even more corrosive and damaging to electronics. So if you’ve been to the beach and taken photos underwater, run your iPhone through fresh water and let it dry before charging again, either wired or wireless.