How to Remove Moisture from iPhone Camera

How to Remove Moisture from iPhone Camera

If you notice a foggy lens when you try to take pictures or the humidity is visible in the form of specks/droplets in your camera, it’s high time you clean it out to avoid it from leaking into other parts of the phone.

Like every other phone out there, there are several ways to remove moisture from your iPhone camera. Hence, this article will list effective methods you can use and how to apply them.

How to Remove Moisture from iPhone Camera

1. Clean With a Microfiber Cloth

Sometimes, you get paranoid about moisture seaping into your iPhone Camera when in reality, your phone’s fine. In this case, you don’t have to stress yourself to fix the issue overly.

For example, if you noticed a droplet of water in your phone’s camera and you thought it was in the interior, but it’s actually exterior, a Microfiber Cloth will work in this case.

It’s one of the first steps you should take Because it allows you to confirm if the moisture is inside or outside before freaking out. It is also quite helpful to protect your phone from further damage when there is moisture in the exterior of your camera. Cleaning the water off will allow you to prevent it from slowly seeping into the camera in the long run.

After cleaning the exterior of your camera and you still notice a foggy layer inside, this confirms your suspicion of water already seeping inside the phone’s camera. Hence, you can check out some of the methods recommended in the guide to expel the moisture and prevent further damage to your phone’s camera.

2. Blow Dry It

Your first option, usually available in every household, is to blow-dry the phone using a hairdryer with a low setting (view on Amazon). If the moisture in the camera is not too much and it just appears as a foggy layer blocking the view, you can blow-dry to remove it.

This method is fast and effective, but it’s a forced process that can damage your phone’s camera if you’re not careful. To blow-dry your phone, you have two primary options, depending on which appeals to your interest: you can either dry with a fan or compressed air.

3. Blow Dry With a Fan

If you own a fan, you can place your phone directly before the fan’s blow. It creates a strong airflow thy drifts into your phone’s camera and slowly reduces the moisture content.

If you’re trying to remove the moisture from the phone, it’s best to keep the lightning port close to the fan’s blow to allow better drift into the phone’s circuitry.

But suppose you’re just trying to get the moisture in the camera. In that case, you can place the camera close to the fan and allow it to blow over for a couple of minutes, ensure you turn your phone around in intervals to ensure every part of the camera gets a good share of the blowing air.

4. Blow Dry With Compressed Air

Alternatively, you can use a compressed air can instead of a blowing fan. This is more effective than the fan though it’s more forced and could result in severe damage if you’re not careful.

Compressed air sucks out dirt, grease, and moisture on surfaces, so when you place it a few inches above your phone, press and move around the camera to slowly remove the water. Since the iPhone camera has good protection, it might take a while for the moisture it completely disappears.

5. Wait For It to Dry

Although it takes a while to dry a phone naturally, it’s a reliable option because it’s healthier for your phone than forcing it to dry.

Unfortunately, there is no detailed guide on how long you should wait for moisture to leave your phone altogether, so you’ll have to decide with your intuition. Generally, consider how much water gets into your phone, so you can choose how long you will wait for it to dry out.

You should look for a dry area with constant airflow and leave your phone to dry. Remember, you should always point the lighting connector in the airflow direction to create a faster and more efficient drying process for your iPhone as directed by the manufacturer.

As for the period, it can range from minutes to hours or even the whole day. According to Apple, you should leave your phone to dry for up to 24 hours, depending on how severe the contact with water was.

Likewise, it would be best if you refrained from plugging your phone when it’s not yet dry. Plugging a wet phone can damage the circuits and cause irreparable damage to your iPhone. Instead, try using a cotton swab or paper towels in the lightning port to reduce the moisture.

As long as you keep to all of these suggestions, your phone should be dry in a few minutes or hours, after which you can proceed to charge it (remember not to plug it until you’re sure it’s dry).

6. Avoid Humid Places

Even though you probably won’t feel it, humid areas are not ideal for your phone, especially if exposed. Plugging or using your phone in a place with high humidity or high chances of splashing water is dangerous for your iPhone.

So for iPhone users that stay in areas with high elevations or if you’re fond of mountaineering now and then, keep your phone in a safe and tightly secured environment and don’t use it too often when you’re high up because the humidity is much higher there.

For a start, you can get a closable pouch or bag to put your phone in when you’re in a wet zone. You can also roam freely, but make sure your phone’s lightning port is protected at all times by using a cotton swab or paper towel to keep it dry.

It’s not advisable to take your phone to areas where it can be subjected to long-time moisture, such as swimming pools. Rest assured, iPhones are pretty reliable compared to regular phones, so you don’t have to be paranoid when you see bottled water anywhere.

You need to take precautions to ensure your phone does not get overly damaged while exposed to moisture, especially if it manages to enter the lightning port, which is the most vulnerable part of your iPhone.

7. Leave It in A Dry Environment

We also recommend keeping your phone in a dry place. It’s good to avoid wet/humid areas when you go out, but it defeats the purpose of your phone isn’t kept in a dry environment.

For example, it’s counterproductive if you manage to do everything you can to avoid humid places but fail to keep your phone in a safe and dry place when you want to drop it.

If you want to charge your phone, ensure you’re not plugging it in a humid zone, such as areas close to the air conditioning system. Also, it would help if you kept your phone out when you visit a sauna. The steam is humid, and if it gets in contact with your phone for long, it will damage it. So when charging or dropping, always look for dry areas.

The reason is that plugging your phone when it’s wet will damage it. So when you plug your iPhone in a humid area, even if it was dry before, it will start absorbing the moisture, and since it’s plugged in, the process will be faster and probably occur without you noticing anything.

Similarly, if the phone is left in a humid area and not plugged, the absorbed moisture might be inside. And since you are unaware and plug it in once you’re back, you could be saying goodbye to your beloved phone.

8. Use A Desiccant

What are desiccants? They are hygroscopic substances used as drying agents. In simple terms, they are materials that attract moisture and remove it from the environment. So if you can get your hands on one, you can quickly dry your phone and enjoy a faster process while you’re at it.

Desiccants don’t leave a mess behind, and they are as Natural as leaving your phone to dry by yourself, so they offer one of the best drying abilities on this list.

Some of the most popular options are silica gel, Charcoal, and uncooked rice. But Charcoal is a far-fetched option, in this case, so we’ll recommend going for silica and rice.

9. Use Silica Gel to Dry Your iPhone

Silica gel is one of the most manufactured desiccants in the world. The chemical product is often found in your new shoes and other products to suck out moisture during storage and protect the products from damages humidity can cause. It’s a versatile and efficient option compared to the other option below.

If you can get your hands on one (reasonably easy to get), put it in an air-tight container and drop your phone inside. Wait for a couple of minutes or hours for your phone to dry off, and you’ll notice how efficiently the silica gel is absorbing excessive moisture.

If you see the phone is not yet dry when you open it, you can put it back in and wait for a more extended period to allow the gel effectively remove the moisture.

10. Use Uncooked Rice to Dry Your iPhone

This is a rather popular material used to dry wet phones, and it would be surprising if you had never heard of it before. Dry or uncooked rice is quite efficient as a desiccant, and because they are readily available at home, it makes them the best household material to dry your iPhone.

With rice, there is no risk of chemical damage, and like silica gel, the drying process is natural and not forced. To use uncooked rice, place a considerable amount of rice in a tight container, and dip your phone into it. Make sure your phone is wholly engulfed inside the rice so that every part of it will be dried off when you remove it.

11. Leave it Under Sunlight

Unless you’re getting desperate and can’t seem to access any of the other suggestions made earlier, or perhaps your phone was drenched in water, and you have no other way of removing it.

That’s only when you can consider leaving it under sunlight. You’re better off waiting, sucking the water with your mouth, and then drying with a fan than placing it under direct sunlight.

However, that doesn’t mean sunlight is not practical or doesn’t work; it’s just a riskier method than anyone discussed earlier. You risk getting your phone overheated if you ignore the drying process.

Unlike the other methods where time isn’t necessary, here you must keep note of how long you keep your phone under the sunlight or risk getting the panels fried due to heat.

The primary reason you’re not advised to use a hair dryer from your phone is the risk of getting it overheated. Hair dryers don’t just blow-dry, they also add extra heat to speed up the process, so if you’re putting your iPhone along its path, you can subject it to overheating. In addition, if a blow-dryer can cause damage, sunlight can too.

So when you use sunlight, make sure you place your iPhone on the excellent ground, not one that can heat up when the sun’s high. Also, keep the phone’s screen facing the cool side, don’t let the screen get exposed to direct sunlight.

When the phone’s reasonably warm, take it away from the sunlight and check if it’s dry. Allow it to cool down before replacing it under the sunlight if it’s not yet dry.

12. Disassemble The Phone And Leave it To Dry

If you know the basics of phone repair, you can try this option. However, if your iPhone has a warranty and you have already disassembled it, you will have to forfeit the warranty option.

So keep that in mind and the possibility of making a mistake and damaging delicate parts of the phone. Therefore, if you don’t know much about this, don’t try disassembling your phone; just take it to a technician who can help you do it safely.

But if you feel up to the task, you can disassemble the phone and leave it dry. When all the parts are disassembled, it exposes your phone to direct airflow instead of restricted airflow with other methods.

You can try this method when there is severe moisture, then place the parts in the direct path of airflow, or place them in a tight container with any of the two desiccants discussed earlier.

Summarily, disassembling is your best option if the moisture exposure is much, you’re knowledgeable about phone repair, or you want a faster method to dry your phone without any loss. It’s also a good call when you suspect an issue with your phone’s hardware, so you can disassemble and check out any damaged hardware component.

13. Get it Repaired

For iPhone users who don’t have the knowledge or means to disassemble their phones, it’s better to get them repaired.

If you notice the moisture in your phone is too much and you can’t make any of the suggestions discussed, it’s better to allow an expert repairer to work on it and help you dispel the excess water.

Remember that if the moisture isn’t too much in your phone, you can dry it out and remove it using a fan or desiccants or just lay it outside to dry by itself. You can also try other methods, such as asking your neighbor for Helo if they have experienced the same scenario or if they have other suggestions that might be of great help to you.

Only attempt to go to a repairer when the state of the phone is terrible, or you fear the moisture might damage it if you don’t. While you take the phone for repair, remember to explain in detail why you brought it and what type of liquid or moisture gets into it so you can get quality service that addresses the problem.

14. Get it Replaced (Contact Apple)

If, after all, attempts to revive your iPhone, you weren’t able to, you can contact Apple’s customer support. Although exposing your phone to humid areas is not covered by the guarantee, you’ll have to replace the phone then.

However, if there is any other option available, the customer support will be able to guide you on the next step you can take: get a new phone, pay for parts or get a replacement. If there is also any better hack you can try, the customer agents will help you try them.

To contact customer support, visit Apple’s official website and check the Contact page. You can send in details of your situation via email and expect a response in 24 hours or more.

Instead, you can chat with the live support via the website or call one of the hotlines in your area. There are also consultants across the world willing to help you if you run into any issue with your Apple product.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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