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Did your iPhone 7 get wet? This is what you should do

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water resistant, but what to do if your new phone falls in the pool or in another body of water by accident?

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Apple presumes that its new iPhone is "resistant to splashes and water." And, of course, with this you are tempted to take your new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in more adventures , from walks in the rain and on the beach and walks to fish or raft. Charging your iPhone 7 during these activities will not only increase your prestige in the selfie world , but also increase the likelihood that your iPhone will get wet.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have an IP67 rating, which means that phones can survive a dip in water up to 1 meter deep for a period of 30 minutes. This means that they are also completely resistant to dust.

Despite the IP67 rating of both models, Apple clarifies that " liquid damage is not covered by the guarantee " and lists a series of activities in which you should not involve your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

The activities you should avoid

Apple does not recommend that you go swimming or bathing with the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus or intentionally submerging the phone in the water. Other activities that Apple suggests you avoid carrying your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus are:

  • Shower
  • Water skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Surfing
  • Riding on jet ski

Apple did not integrate water resistance into its new iPhone to take your phone to swim or use it to start an underwater photography business. The ability to withstand water aims to increase the chances that the iPhone can survive an accidental dip in a puddle of water. (Or maybe it's something that Apple added to appease the annoying customers who were sulphurous about the absence of the headphone jack).

How to dry a wet iPhone

Because water damage is not covered by the warranty, it is important to know what to do in case your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is splashed in, say, the toilet.

Step 1: Remove the iPhone from the body of water, disconnect any cable or dongle, and dry it with a towel. Apple suggests that you use a soft, lint-free towel. If the phone is dust resistant, it should be lint resistant, so I suggest you use the closest towel if you do not find a lint-free one.

Step 2: Remove the water from the Lightning connector by gently shaking the phone against your hand (the Lightning connector must face down).

Step 3: Let it air dry. Place the iPhone in a dry place where the air runs (near an open window, for example). For best results, you can put it in front of a fan so that the air blows directly into the Lightning connector. You can use a fan or fan to dry it, but not a can of compressed air or an external source of heat. Apple also recommends that you do not use a cotton or paper towel, or insert anything foreign to the Lightning connector.

Step 4: Wait at least five hours before attempting to recharge the phone. Apple says you should wait at least five hours before connecting anything to the Lightning connector. Apple also suggests that you wait until the phone is completely dry to open the SIM card tray.

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus comply with the IP67 standard. This means that the device is completely protected from dust and can withstand up to 30 minutes under water at a depth of 1 meter. 

However, any damage to the iPhone 7 from water or other liquids is not a warranty claim. Apple officially recommends against using a smartphone in the shower, bathroom, pool or bath. In addition, do not engage in any water sports with a smartphone in hand. 

Thus, iPhone 7 is reliably protected only from the accidental ingestion of a small amount of water. Salt, chlorine, soap, detergents and other household chemicals can disable the smartphone. 

What to do if the iPhone 7 is still wet

  • Step 1. Remove the smartphone from the water, disconnect all cables, open the plugs and wipe dry.
  • Step 2. Remove water from the Lightning connector. It is enough to shake the device lightly. Do not attempt to collect moisture from the Lightning connector with cotton swabs, toilet paper or other foreign objects.
  • Step 3. Leave the smartphone to dry in a place with good air circulation. You can use a fan, but not a hairdryer - the airflow should not be hot. Particular attention should be paid to the Lightning-connector.
  • Step 4. Wait at least five hours before putting the device on charging, do not connect the Lightning connector and do not open the SIM card slot.

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