If you’ve found yourself in the unfortunate situation of spilling water on your phone, or perhaps it took an unexpected dip in the toilet or sink, there’s a chance this is why it’s refusing to charge. The good news is that, depending on the extent of the water damage, your phone might still be salvageable. If you’re currently grappling with this issue, you’ve come to the right place for answers.
It’s perfectly normal for your mobile phone not to charge after coming into contact with moisture. Phones are equipped with built-in safeguards against humidity, designed to prevent charging when wet and protect delicate internal components. You may even receive a warning message like ‘moisture has been detected’ or ‘charging is slow.’
This situation can arise even if your phone itself hasn’t been submerged, but rather if moisture has affected the protective case, either through condensation or direct contact with water. Cases can introduce moisture into the charging port, triggering your phone’s protective response to prevent charging and potential damage.
Rest assured, this temporary restriction is quite common due to these protective measures. However, you should take care to avoid water exposure to your phone and its charging port, as even waterproof phones may have limitations, and these protective measures can be compromised. Furthermore, resist the temptation to charge your phone immediately after it gets wet, as this could lead to irreparable damage. In most cases, your phone won’t even allow charging when moisture is present, so it’s best not to take the risk.
How to Safely Charge a Wet Phone
If your phone detects moisture when you attempt to charge it, the best course of action is to wait for it to dry completely before attempting to charge again. It’s advisable to remove any protective case during this process to expedite drying. You can gently blot the interior with absorbent paper, but exercise caution to ensure no residue remains inside the phone, as this could worsen the situation. Using a dehumidifier can also help, but be prepared for a more time-consuming process. Never resort to using a hair dryer, as it can damage your phone.
If your phone supports wireless charging, opt for this method instead of a cable connection on that day to replenish its energy. Most likely, after several hours of waiting, your phone should be completely dry and functional once more. In case the issue persists, continue waiting as long as you can, as any remaining moisture inside your phone could cause further problems.
If your phone still refuses to charge after a day or two, or if the humidity warning persists, it’s time to seek professional help. Contact a technician who can perform a thorough cleaning and drying process. With a bit of luck, your phone will be back to its former self, although it’s essential to assess the extent of the damage. In most cases, it’s worth pursuing these options unless your phone is exceptionally old and in poor condition, prompting consideration of a replacement.