You can take your new phone to the pool. Gone are the days of instant death to your phone if it was dropped in water. The new iPhone 14 can withstand about 19 feet for up to 30 minutes underwater which means in the event that you do drop your phone in the water, you can jump in and save it.
However, be careful around sand and the ocean as the salt water’s corrosive nature can cause more damage than you bargained for. Know that age and damage to the body of the phone may severely impact water resistance over time.
To avoid pushing it too far and take a few underwater photos, invest in a waterproof case that makes your phone close to waterproof. Some of these phone cases let you take your phone safely down to 10 feet deep.
On the off chance that you drop your iPhone 14 in water for longer than you should, here’s what to do to try to minimize the damage.
- Retrieve the iPhone from the water as soon as possible. Immediately dry it off with a towel. Try to dry every crevice to make sure no extra water gets inside and damages the components.
- If you dropped it in salt water, wipe it off with a microfiber towel and fresh water as soon as possible to avoid any salt-caused damage.
- Power off your phone immediately to power down all circuits while it dries. Remove the battery and phone case as well.
- Most likely water got inside the iPhone. After drying off the exterior, place it in a dry environment with a regular fan for it to evaporate, not a blow dryer. Avoid dumping it in a container full of rice (a big myth) since it has proven ineffective in drying devices and the rice dust can clog some of the ports.
- Do not plug in your phone for the next day to allow the insides to dry off completely.
- Wait 48 hours before plugging your phone back in after allowing the moisture to evaporate