Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector: Super Easy Fixes

If you’ve ever experienced the dreaded “liquid detected” error message on the Lightning Connector of your iPhone, this is your lucky day.

Here are some quick and easy fixes to get your device back up and running in no time.

My iPhone says, “Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector.” What does it mean?

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It’s an error message your iPhone X or later models display when there is some liquid or moisture in the Lightning connector or charging cable. The liquid detection feature can protect your device from damage.

If you’re in a humid environment, water droplets can enter the connector and cause corrosion. Apple has added this feature to their devices to prevent this from happening.

Here are some ways the Lightning cable or device’s accessory can become moist or wet.

  • The liquid is trapped in between the Lightning cable and your device. This could result from placing your iPhone on wet surfaces or using it while it’s raining.
  • If you’re using a case on your device, then there is a chance that water could get trapped between the case and the Lightning cable. If this happens, you must take the case off before charging it.
  • If you have been charging your phone in humid environments, then there is also a chance that water might be present on your Lightning cable. And this will cause it to become moist or wet.

What alerts will your iPhone show if the lightning cable or charging port becomes wet?

Your iPhone will display “Charging not available” and “Liquid detected in the Lightning connector.”

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Charging not available will appear if your device detects some liquid after you have connected it to a charger. According to Apple, you’ve got two options to deal with this.

You can unplug your phone so that your connector can dry. Or you can dismiss the alert. That’s because your iPhone can still work. 

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Liquid detected in the Lightning connector will show when your device detects some liquid after you have connected an accessory to your iPhone that doesn’t charge it. Again, you can dismiss this error message or disconnect your device to allow the cable to dry.

What happens if you charge your device while it’s moist?

Apple doesn’t recommend charging your iPhone while it’s moist. That’s because the liquid may seep into your phone and cause corrosion of the cable or the Lightning port’s pins. You can damage these components permanently. 

And if you’re charging it with a low battery, it may not be able to charge correctly and might lead to an explosion.

What if my iPhone is water resistant?

iPhone 8 or later is water-resistant, but does it mean the lightning cable or charging port can’t become wet? If your device is water-resistant, it doesn’t mean it’s waterproof. It means liquid in your device can damage sensitive parts like metal or pins in your charging port.

However, if no electrical current passes through the metal components, the liquid may not cause severe damage.

What not to do when you see an error message about water on your iPhone?

  • You must not continue charging your device, as you can impair the lightning cable or charging port.
  • Don’t use compressed air or another heat source to dry your iPhone.
  • Don’t stick objects like paper towels or cotton swabs into the Lightning connector.
  • Don’t place your device in a bag of rice. Tiny rice particles can damage your iPhone.

How to fix the liquid detected in the Lightning connector

The iPhone 8, the iPhone X, and other models offer a new kind of charging port called the Lightning Connector. But if your phone is getting liquid detected, some easy fixes exist.

  1. Disconnect your iPhone’s cable or accessories immediately when you see the above message. You can minimize damage to your iPhone.
  2. Hold your device with the Lightning cable facing down to remove the additional water. Tap your iPhone firmly against your hand. Let your phone dry where there’s enough airflow.
  3. After waiting 30 minutes, juice your iPhone using the Lightning cable or a Lightning accessory.

If you still receive the error message, it could mean your Lightning connector or Lightning pins have some water. Wait for another 30 minutes until the charging port is dry. 

It may take longer for your iPhone to dry, so be patient. Apple advises waiting for 24 hrs before you plug in your iPhone to charge.

Use a cordless charger

You can use a cordless charger like Apple’s MagSafe while you wait for your iPhone to dry. But to power your device wirelessly, you need to have an iPhone 8 or later. Earlier models don’t support wireless charging.

Can I override the liquid detection warning?

Yes, you can dismiss the alert and continue charging your iPhone if you have an emergency. But be warned that it’s a significant risk because you could harm your iPhone or other electrical gadgets. 

Water and electricity are sworn enemies. If they come face to face, they can cause house fires. So you wouldn’t want this to happen. 

But if you want to ignore the error message, ensure that your device isn’t wet outside. 

Do the following to override the liquid detection warning. 

  • Reconnect the Lightning cable or accessory after the alert has appeared. 
  • Tap the “Emergency Override” button when you see the error message on your device’s screen.

What to do if the emergency button isn’t working?

Your iPhone should charge after you have activated the emergency button. But it may refuse to respond to allow your phone to receive power. 

What can you do? Here are some straightforward solutions.

  1. Restart your iPhone by tapping “dismiss.” Click the volume up and down.
  2. Hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears on your phone’s screen.
  3. Use Apple-certified chargers and cables.
  4. Juice your iPhone wirelessly, preferably with the Magsafe charger.

For more specific iPhone models, take the steps below.

To force a restart on a much older phone, such as an iPhone 6, 6S, or first-generation SE, follow these instructions:

  1. Press and hold the home and the sleep or wake buttons below the phone simultaneously. 
  2. Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo on your screen.

For an iPhone 7, use the steps below to force a reboot:

  1. Hold down the volume and the power/side buttons together
  2. Release the buttons once you see the Apple logo.

Follow these easy steps if you have an iPhone 8, an iPhone SE from the second generation, or an iPhone model with Face ID:

  1. Quickly press and let go of the volume up button
  2. Quickly press and let go of the volume down button
  3. Hold down the power/side button
  4. Release the power button once you see the Apple logo

Update your iPhone

Keeping your device updated can also help deal with any bugs that could cause it to show the “liquid detected” alert. Before you kickstart updates, you need to back up your data.

Here’s how to do it.

Follow these instructions to back up your iPhone if you’ve got a Mac running macOS Catalina.

  • Activate the Finder window
  • Use a USB to Lightning connector cable to connect to your iPhone
  • Click “emergency override” if you see the alert
  • Enter your password
  • Click trust computer
  • Go to your iPhone in the Finder’s sidebar
  • Go to backups and click back up now

When using a PC, the procedure is the same. But, it occurs within iTunes rather than the Finder.

Now update your iPhone

After backing up your iPhone, you can safely install any updates.

Follow these instructions to update your iPhone:

  • Connect the phone to a power supply
  • If the warning appears, click emergency override
  • Go to the settings app
  • Tap General
  • Click software update
  • If an update is available, click download and install now

How to reset factory settings

Use these simple steps to reset your iPhone:

  • Navigate to the settings app
  • Go to General
  • Scroll down and click transfer or reset your iPhone
  • Select Erase all Content and Setting
  • Follow the prompts

What if my iPhone still displays the liquid detection alert even when it’s dry?

Your phone’s charging port might have dust particles or debris. Use a flashlight to check if there are foreign objects in the port. 

If your iPhone can’t charge after cleaning the charging port, the Lightning connector or accessory could be severely damaged. 

You need to ping Apple support or contact the manufacturer.


Why does my phone say liquid detected?

Liquid detection is a safety feature on your phone. It protects you from electric shocks and other hazards.

The liquid detection sensor is located in the charging port, so it can detect any water or other liquid that enters the charging port.

When your phone detects the liquid, it’ll display a warning message. So it’ll refuse to charge until you dry off the charging port.

What do you do if a connector detects liquid?

To drain extra liquid, gently tap your iPhone against your hand with the Lightning connector facing downward.

What happens if liquid gets into your Lightning connector?

If liquid gets into your Lightning connector, it can cause permanent damage to your device.

How long does liquid take to dry in the Lightning connector?

It could take 30 minutes or the entire day. 

What happens if you override water in the Lightning port?

If you override water in the port, it may cause some damage to your iPhone.

How do you remove water from an iPhone?

The first thing you should do is unplug your device before attempting to clean it.

Then you can use a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol to clean off any remaining liquid from the Lightning connector. But Apple strongly advises against inserting any foreign object into the charging port.

You also want to ensure that you dry off the connector after cleaning it. It’ll help prevent corrosion from forming on the metal pins in the Lightning connector.

How do I know if my charger port is damaged?

Try to charge your phone using a different charger and cable to check if this is the case. If you still have problems, you may need to replace the port.

There are two ways to identify if your charger port is damaged:

1) You can try charging your phone with a different charger and cable.

2) If there is no charging behavior change, you may need to replace the port.

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