Apple Confirms Putting Your Wet iPhone In Rice To Dry Out Doesn’t Actually Work

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

21 Feb 2024

Apple have officially confirmed that putting your wet iPhone in rice to dry out doesn’t actually work.

In fact according to Apple, this method can actually damage the device further by allowing small particles of rice to enter the phone and cause additional problems.

Dry rice is not very absorbent, and if water does reach the internals of your phone there’s no way it would help.

The origin of the method dates back to 1946 where it was used to maintain cameras.

However, testing has shown that it’s not really effective with Apple instead suggesting tapping your phone against your hand with the connector pointing down in the same way you’d get water out of your ear after swimming.

In the document Apple released they added that:

“After at least 30 minutes, try charging it with a Lightning or USB-C cable or connecting an accessory” and to leave it in a “dry area with some airflow” for up to a day.

If your phone isn’t functioning at all, turn it off right away and don’t press any buttons. The next steps depend on your specific circumstances, but broadly speaking: dry it with a towel and put it in an airtight container packed with silica packets if you have them. Don’t charge it until you’re sure it’s dry.