Stop putting wet iPhones in rice

The iPhone 12 can survive underwater up to a depth of six meters, but be careful with rice.

In its 2024 support document, the company advises against using uncooked rice as a means of drying a wet phone, despite popular belief. According to the company, small particles of rice can damage the device.

There’s been a vibrant myth doing the rounds that rice might help absorb moisture.

However, experiments have proven that although rice is absorbent, it lacks the ability to fully extract moisture concealed deeply within the phone. It’s about as effective as drying your phone on the counter.

Apple also advises against using external heat sources or compressed air and inserting external objects – like cotton swabs or a paper towel – into the connector.

According to Apple, the iPhone 12 and higher models can withstand submersion in water at a maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes in lab conditions.

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