Lightning Connector (Easy Fix!) – Liquid Detection


Don’t panic if you try to charge your iPhone when the “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector Alert” alert appears. This is a very common alert.

An iPhone alert that indicates your phone’s charging port has become wet is called “Liquid Detection in Lightning Connector”. Your phone can still be used, but you won’t have the ability to charge it with a lightning cable until it is dry. While you wait, you can still use a cordless charging cable!

What does it mean if there is liquid in the lightning connect?

The “lightning connector”, which is a fancy name for your iPhone’s charging port, is not a real term.

If you see the “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector Alert”, it means either your phone’s charging port or the lighting cable is wet or moist.

This can take place in many different ways, but these are the most common.

  1. Shower If you leave your iPhone in the shower while you are taking a bath, humidity can build up and cause moisture to build up inside your charging port.
  2. Rain If you are caught outside in a storm or even a shower, it is possible for your phone to get wet.
  3. Pool — Using your phone as a pool pump will get you wet!
  4. Drink – Another way to ruin your iPhone is to spill coffee or water.

Okay, I forgot my phone while I was washing my face. What’s the point? What if my iPhone isn’t water-resistant?

What happens if my iPhone has water resistance?

All iPhones in Apple’s current line are water-resistant. Your iPhone 8 and later are water-resistant.

Many iPhone users had to wait for their iPhone to fully dry before the alert disappeared. Be patient!

Cordless charging

Good news: I assume you have only a lightning cable charger. You can charge your cordless charger while the lightning port dries.

You can use your phone while it dries out.

This happened to me literally seconds ago. My son was taking a bath when my iPhone fell into the tub. It was submerged for approximately 10 seconds.

I received the Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector warning message when I tried to charge the device with the lighting cable.

So I continued to use my phone, and when it came time for me to charge it, I used my cordless charging cable. It worked flawlessly. My phone was completely dry the next day, and the lightning charge worked again.

You can find many after-market options for cordless chargers on Amazon.

Remember that an iPhone 8 (or later) is required. Wireless charging is not available on models prior to this.

How to prevent liquid detection in lighting connectors

You can find a lot of negative advice online about liquid damaged iPhones. This advice is largely incorrect

The best advice is to wait and let your iPhone air dry.

You can speed up the process by using a hairdryer or sticking a napkin into the charging port. Sure. However, you are at risk for permanent damage.

When to ignore the liquid detection alert

While not the best choice, sometimes you might want to damage your iPhone to charge it.

It is possible to activate your device and charge it in these situations.

This could cause permanent damage to your phone. You can’t mix water and electricity!

Reconnect the accessory or lighting cable as soon as the liquid detection alert appears to override it. Tap the “Emergency Override” button when the liquid detection alert appears again.

Not working for emergency override

Most times, you can charge your iPhone without an alert by selecting “Emergency Override”.

Sometimes, however, when you click the override button, the alert disappears but your iPhone won’t charge.

Apple is yet to fix this bug. This problem can be fixed or avoided in several ways:

  1. Click on Dismiss to force restart your iPhone. Press and hold the side button to see the Apple logo flashing on the screen.
  2. Use genuine Apple chargers! This alert is triggered by chargers from third-party vendors.
  3. MagSafe charging is a wireless charger that can be used to charge your mobile device whenever it’s possible.

What happens if my iPhone detects liquid even though it is dry?

Sometimes, you may see the liquid detection alert even if your Lightning connectors and iPhone are completely dry.

Perhaps your phone is new, or you have given it plenty of time to dry.

If this is the case, you can use a flashlight to inspect the Lightning port for debris and dust. Lightning port obstructions can cause liquid sensor problems for your iPhone.

To avoid damaging metal pins, compressed air can be used to remove any items you find.

If you don’t see any debris when you flash a light into the port of your iPhone, it is possible that the Lightning port or accessory you are trying to use has been damaged.

You might contact Apple support at this point.

Contact Apple

The Apple One-Year Limited Warranty does not cover water damage.

You can verify this by checking your phone’s Liquid Contact Indicator. When it comes in contact with water, the LCI turns red.

The model of your iPhone will determine the location of the LCI. Apple has created this helpful chart that will help you find it.

For help if you’re unsure if liquid exposure is the cause of the alert, contact Apple Support


Do not panic if your iPhone gets wet. This is a very common alert.

Here are some things you should do.

  • Unplug any accessories or cables connected to your iPhone
  • Hold your iPhone upside down with the Lightning port facing downward. Next, tap the phone with your palm to drain any liquid from the port.
  • Place your iPhone in a dry, ventilated area.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before charging your device again



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