If your iPhone gets wet or falls into water, this is no reason to panic. Many devices are well protected against water damage. And if moisture does get into your device, the “Water Eject” function can be helpful.
Even if manufacturers label their devices as “waterproof”, this is not always 100% true. This also applies to smartphones. This is because liquid can theoretically still get in, especially via the speaker or charging port.
Even minor contact with liquids can cause damage. This does not necessarily mean that your device is completely broken. However, even small amounts of moisture can impair the functions and cause a muffled sound in the speaker, for example.
“Water Eject”: How to activate the iPhone shortcut
If your smartphone falls into water or gets wet, there are numerous emergency measures you can take. However, they all have one thing in common: getting rid of any liquid that has got in to prevent damage. However, many measures are relatively complex and not always the right choice.
However, there is also a function on the iPhone called “Water Eject”, which many people may not be aware of. It can be particularly helpful if small amounts of moisture have penetrated the speaker or charging port. To use the function, you must first install the corresponding shortcut.
Once you have opened the linked page, click on “Add shortcut”. You will then find the “Water Eject” function in the shortcut overview on your iPhone. If you select it and then click on “Begin Water Ejection”, your device will start to vibrate. You can also execute the command via Siri.
How to make the best use of “Water Ejection”
If you want to remove liquids from your iPhone, hold your device at a slight angle during the “Water Eject” vibration. This allows the water to easily escape from the speaker. You can also repeat the process several times – but you should not overdo it.
To avoid damaging the speaker, it is also advisable to allow some time to pass between the procedures. After use, you should dab the relevant area dry and set your iPhone aside to dry for a while.
There is a similar function for the Apple Watch. It is called “Water Lock”. Like “Water Eject”, however, it only helps to a limited extent. For example, if a device is completely full of water, emergency measures are more appropriate. These include:
- Disconnect the power supply
- Switch off the device
- Carefully dry the smartphone
- Place the device in a drying agent such as silica gel or rice