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How Long Should I Leave My iPhone In Rice? [Answered]

Water damage is one of the most common problems in the mobile world today, though the companies are still trying their best to come up with great solutions with each new device.

Apple’s iPhones are also not safe enough to prevent significant damage from water and excess moisture. And even if the new iPhone 7 models are somewhat water-resistant in nature, you wouldn’t want to take any risks with your premium phone.


When it comes to water issues on iPhone, you’ll have very fewer options to get your device back in good shape. And one such solution is a bag of uncooked rice!

If you somehow dropped your iPhone in water, use this rice bag method –

Note – These steps can only be helpful in some situations where iPhone hasn’t suffered significant physical damage. If you feel things are not looking good after the incident, don’t follow the guide below. Just get an appointment from Apple Store and let them take a look at this issue.

  • Wipe the device with a soft cloth or tissue paper. Don’t leave any water droplets on the screen as well as other important parts.
  • Switch it off immediately. (Don’t try to turn it on again.)
  • Get a bag of rice from a nearby store (if you don’t have it at home already) and put your device into it. Make sure it gets covered completely.
  • Then, close the bag properly and keep it in a safe place where there is no moisture or water leakage.

Now, all you need to do is wait for some time. If you’ve decided to leave iPhone in rice after water damage, you can’t do anything else than waiting and hoping for the best possible results.

How Long should I leave My iPhone in Rice?

Here’s the answer –

You should keep your iPhone inside the rice bag for almost 48-72 hours. If it remained in the water for more than 5 minutes, you should leave it there for at least 5 to 6 days more.

Don’t worry! You just have to be patient for a few days.

When you leave iPhone in rice for good amount of time, it helps in soaking unwanted moisture from the device. So, let it rest there.


Frequently Asked Questions

Similar to above question, many users have asked following questions regarding water damage issue. Let’s try and see if we can clear those doubts for you –

1. Should I use a hair dryer to dry out my iPhone?

No, please don’t use any such dryer to remove moisture from the device. It will surely do the job, but your device might start behaving inappropriately due to excess heat. You might even blow up a couple of ICs or some delicate parts while performing this task.

Therefore, it’s better to stay away from these types of equipment.

2. How does rice help in water damage issue?

Rice is known for its excellent water absorption and retention properties. If you put rice in water for just half an hour, you will clearly notice the difference.

So, do use the uncooked rice to save your iPhone from further damage.

3. Why does my iPhone say No Service error after water damage?

Well, it’s also possible that water may have reached to the internal antennas and other important components of your iPhone, which apparently can stop your device from sending/receiving network signals.

Due to this, iPhone’s system keeps on looking for the carrier signal, and you get to see No Service or Searching error on the screen. If you’re facing no service error on your iPhone, do check out this guide to resolve the issue.

4. What type of rice should I use for this method?

Purchase any type of rice from the grocery store, as all of them possess more or less same water absorption properties.

5. What should I do if the rice technique doesn’t help in resolving this issue?

Don’t wait for too long!

Yes, there is no point in waiting any further if your iPhone is refusing to turn on or behaving in an unusual manner. Head over to nearby Apple Store and let them examine the issue with their tools.

6. Is it safe to use rice technique on water damaged phones?
Yes, it’s perfectly safe to use rice to absorb water from such iPhones or any other mobile phones/electronic gadget.

However, you will need to clean the device before putting it into the rice bag. If you don’t follow this step, then you might find a few sticky grains and dust particles/rice powder on the screen and back cover at the end of this process.

7. Is my water damaged iPhone covered under Apple warranty?

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer free repair/replacement to liquid damaged iPhones. You can read their official statement here – Liquid Damage and iPhone Warranty

It basically means you’ll have to pay their service and repair charges if you plan to take such device to Apple Store. And this rule applies to all iPhones in the world.

In case your iPhone is out of warranty, you may get it repaired by local repair guys. They will probably offer a much cheaper solution than official Apple Store to fix this issue.

If your device is working properly, exchange it for a brand new device.

So, that’s it for now!

If you have any more questions about leaving iPhone in rice, please ask them in the comments section below. We’ll try to answer them for you as and when possible.

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