How To Fix Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector?

For anyone that’s ever seen the “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector” error message on their iPhone, it can be quite shocking. After all, you probably don’t remember spilling any liquid on your phone. So how did this happen?

One possibility is that you accidentally splashed some water on your phone when you were cleaning it. Or maybe you got caught in a rainstorm, and your phone got wet. If this is the case, there’s no need to panic. Just dry off your phone and make sure the lightning connector is completely dry before plugging it back into power.

Another possibility is that the lightning connector is actually damaged. In this case, you’ll need to get a new connector from Apple or an authorized repair shop. But don’t worry; this is usually a pretty easy fix.

So if you ever see the “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector” error message on your iPhone, don’t panic. There’s usually a simple explanation for it. And in most cases, it’s an easy fix.

If you are experiencing problems with your Lightning connector, such as liquid detection, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue.


If your iPhone says, ‘liquid detected in the lightning connector,’ unplug your charger and let your phone dry out.

Avoid choosing the “Emergency Override” option on your iPhone, as it could result in permanent device damage. Remember: it’s called an emergency option for a reason!

You should check if the damage is in the lightning connector or the cable itself.

If you want to fix the issue, try using a different cable. If that does the trick, it means the liquid was in the first cable, not your device’s lightning connector.

And if the phone still doesn’t work, your iPhone’s charging port is wet. In this case, tap the ‘Dismiss’ button and continue using your phone as normal, or charge wirelessly if necessary.

Once it’s dropped in water, continuing to use your iPhone will only cause more damage. The best thing you can do is leave it alone to dry out.

Fix without additional damage

If you can wait, allow your iPhone to air dry. By doing this, you can be sure that the only damage will be the “liquid detected in its lightning connector.”

Below are the simple steps you can follow.

  • If you see the alert, unplug the Lightning cable or accessory that was plugged in.
  • Place your phone so the lightning port is at the bottom, then tap it softly against your palm to remove most of the water inside.
  • Place your iPhone on a surface that is well-ventilated, dry, and level.
  • Allow the device to sit for 30 minutes before checking if it will charge. If the ‘Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector’ alert is still present, wait another 30 minutes as it may not be fully dry yet.

Patience is key in this process! Keep trying to charge your device in 30-minute intervals until the alert disappears.

Although it may be a long wait, some iPhone users have had to wait up to 24 hours for their Update. However, it’s worth the wait in order to avoid any further damage that could be done to your gadget.

Wireless Charging as an Alternative?

No, using a wireless charger will not dry your iPhone if it is wet. If you want to keep using your lightning cable, you’ll need to dry off your device first. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to wait for your iPhone battery to die– simply because its charging system is no longer working.

Even as your phone dries, you will still need to use it.

A cordless charger comes in exceptionally handy, as it works even if your device is completely submerged in water.

When you set your iPhone on a wireless charging area, it’ll stay functional however long it takes to dry.

The MagSafe charger from Apple is an excellent option if you don’t have a wireless charger. You could also check out other options available on Amazon.

Why does my iPhone say, “Liquid detected in Lightning connector”?

There are many causes of the ‘liquid detected in lightning connector’ and below are the major ones.

  • Submersion

The water can easily seep into your charging port if you aren’t careful. You may also drop it in a pool or any other container with water, which would be very unfortunate for an expensive phone!

  • Moistness 

Humidity is the leading cause of water damage for iPhones. When you are in an area with high humidity, such as a sauna or bathroom, your device can be vulnerable to moisture that causes corrosion on its components and connector pins which may lead to short circuits – especially if it’s wet outside too!

  • Rain

The rain is no joke. It can cause all sorts of damage, like short-circuiting your phone’s charging port if you’re not careful!

  • Sweat

The input talks about how if you handle your iPhone with sweaty hands, there’s a high likelihood that the sweat can get into the Lightning connector. This will cause any liquid detected in it to darken and become more difficult for electronics such as iPhones, whose connectors are made of metal alloys like aluminum which conduct electricity poorly when wet or dirty because they’re considered “bridge metals.”

  • Spilled drinks

Anyone can spill liquid on their electronic devices, weakening or destroying the buttons, charging port, and other cords.

Override The Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector Alert?

However, the alert will go off if you’re low on juice and need to use your phone immediately.

Even though you’re able to use your iPhone in the rain, you must understand the risks of doing so. Severe damage can occur to your phone when electricity and water mix!

However, sometimes you need to ignore the alert and charge your device anyway, even when it’s wet.


If your iPhone is wet, follow these steps to dry it off and reconnect the lightning cable or accessory:

1. Remove any excess liquid by tapping your iPhone vertically against your hand.

2. Reconnect the lightning cable or accessory and select ‘Emergency Override’ when the alert pops up.

3. Next, charge your device wirelessly.

Emergency Override Button Isn’t Working?

  • There are three ways to fix an iPhone that doesn’t charge when the override button is clicked:
  • To restart your device, reconnect the lightning cable and tap ‘Dismiss.’ Then, firmly hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears.
  • Only charge your iPhone with an original Apple charger to avoid the ‘liquid detected in lightning connector’ error message.
  • If you have access to a MagSafe cordless charger, use it.

iPhone Detecting Liquid Yet Lightning Connector And Cable Are Dry?

Debris and dust clog up your iPhone’s charging port, preventing liquids from entering and causing a false ‘liquid detection’ error.

Overextending the drying period of your connector or having a new device can cause debris and dust to become stuck inside.

Your iPhone’s liquid sensor can detect when there is a foreign substance in the water.

To ensure the safety of the metal pins, you should use a flashing light to inspect the port and drive out any particles using compressed air. If your port is clean and free of debris, but you still have connecting issues, then the lightning connector or cable may be faulty.

In this case, it would be best to reach out to Apple Support for help.


Why Won’t The Moisture Detected Go Away?

So, you dropped your iPhone in salty water? No need to worry! The IP68 rating that protects dust and water doesn’t cover what happened when it got filled with table salt.

Does Applecare Cover Liquid Damage?

Applecare covers liquid damage at a deductible fee of $50, but regular coverage doesn’t cover accidental water-damaged devices.

Recently they launched AppleCare+ for the iPhone, which costs just under fifty dollars and offers two accidental damages incidents to protect your valuable phone from any unforeseen accidents that could happen while you’re out on the go!