How to get water out of your phone speaker

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Even though your phone is advertised as being water resistant, that doesn’t mean water can’t damage components like the speakers. Water in your phone’s speaker can result in muffled sound, ruining your music while you’re listening to music or making it difficult to hear the person on the other end of the line. Unfortunately, water damage can void your warranty if you have one, so you can’t just take your phone in for service unless you’re willing to pay for it. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple steps you can take to get water out of your phone’s speaker yourself.

How to Remove Water from Your Phone’s Speaker

We’ve all experienced it. Either you dropped your phone in some water (let’s not talk about that), something spilled on it, or you took the risk and used your phone as a shower speaker. Even though most phones these days are built to be quite durable, water can still cause problems, especially for the speaker. For better sounding phone calls or music, be sure to drain your speaker with the tips below if it gets wet.

But first and foremost: turn off your phone as soon as possible. If there is water in your phone, do not connect it to a charger until you are sure there is no moisture in or near the charging port. Plugging in the charging cable with water in the port could cause a short circuit, causing permanent damage to your phone and not just the speaker.

Dry off any visible water

The first step to fixing your waterlogged phone is simple: remove all visible water. Use a microfiber cloth or other lint-free cloth to wipe away any water you see. This is also a good time to clean your smartphone.

While it’s easy to remove water from the outside, you also need to remember the inside. If you can, take out the SIM card (if you have one) and remove the battery (unlikely on most modern smartphones, but still valid on some older models), making sure both are completely dry. Make sure to soak up all the fluid in the ports, cracks and crevices. A cotton swab makes drying those tight spaces easier. You can also tap the phone against your hand or the cloth with the ports and speaker facing down to shake out any water.

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Suck out the water

If you’re concerned that there’s still water in nooks and crannies like the speaker, you can use a vacuum cleaner to try to coax that liquid out. Car vacuum cleaners are ideal for this with their inherently weak power, but a normal vacuum cleaner with a low suction setting would also work fine. A small nozzle attachment is ideal as it allows you to get as much water out as possible.

While water wicking can work, don’t use a hair dryer on your phone. The air can remove the water, but the heat from the hair dryer can cause damage.

Play low-frequency sounds

Once all visible water is gone, the next step is to play some low-frequency sounds to push water out of the speakers. That sound causes the speakers to vibrate, effectively shaking out any water droplets. There are a few ways to do this, but first you need to turn on your phone and turn the volume all the way up (prepare your ears, as this isn’t the most pleasant sound). Place your phone flat or on a slight incline with the speaker facing down so gravity can help.

The first way to play a low frequency sound is to navigate to Tap the center button when you’re done, and there’ll be a sound pushing water out of the speaker. You should see water droplets coming out of our speaker and you can turn off the sound by tapping the button once there is no more water. Play it again to make sure as much water as possible has been removed, but don’t play the sound for more than 10 to 15 seconds.

For a less deafening sound, you can also play the song ‘Miroh’ by Stray Kids a few times at full volume.

Use an app

If water in your speaker is a common situation, you can also install an app to remove water just like the one on the website above. For iPhone users we recommend the Sonic app (the icon is a frequency wave on an orange background). For Android users, the Clear wave – water ejection app is a good but free option.

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iPhone users can also install the Water Eject shortcut in Apple’s Shortcuts app. To do this, navigate to the Gallery of shortcuts on your phone. Tap Get Shortcut, followed by Add Shortcut. To use the app, open the Shortcuts app, which comes pre-installed on all current iPhones, and find the Water Eject app. Tap to open the shortcut, then tap the Start Ejecting Water button. If you have Siri installed, you can also just say, “Hey Siri, eject water.” Siri automatically opens the app for you.

Silica gel

More serious dunking or a phone that isn’t water resistant may require more drastic measures. Silica gel is highly absorbent and can effectively drain water from your phone. Make sure your phone is turned off and free of visible water. Then place your phone in a bag or container with a lid and add as many silica gel packets as you can find (you can leave the packets intact; you don’t need to open them). If you happen to have a large bag of silica gel, pour it into the container with your phone. Leave your phone in the silica gel for 24 to 48 hours.

You may have heard that you should let your wet phone dry in a bag of rice, but Apple officially discourages this practice.

Contact the service

Finally, if you have tried all the steps above and are still experiencing a crackling or muffled sound from your phone speaker, then it might be time to take the plunge and call the service department for your phone. They may have additional tips or may even need to replace parts.


Even on the most robust phones, water should not remain in the speaker. If your phone goes swimming, intentionally or unintentionally, make sure you dry it thoroughly and throw water out of the speaker so that it stays healthy and happy for a long time. It is best to keep your phone safely away from water sources as much as possible. If you want to listen to music, invest in a waterproof speaker and keep your phone tucked away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can phone speakers recover from water damage?

Speakers can recover from water damage if you take action quickly, but water can cause permanent damage. It depends on your specific phone and what type of water exposure it has had. The only way to really find out is to try to completely dry out your phone for a few days. If the speakers still sound damaged, repair may not be possible.

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How do I know if my phone’s speaker has water damage?

The most obvious way to determine if your phone’s speaker has water damage is to listen to it. If the sound coming from the speaker is crackly or muffled, there may be water damage. You can also look for corrosion spots or dried water spots around the speaker.

Does putting your phone in rice really work?

Apple officially recommends that you don’t put your phone in rice to try to dry it out. Instead, the company recommends storing the device turned off in a dry place for 24 hours.

How long does it take for your phone’s speaker to dry out?

If you place your phone in a bag with silica gel pouches, the phone speaker will dry out within 24 to 48 hours. Drying time will vary if you let it air dry without silica gel as humidity can affect this, but it can take more than a week.

Can I dry my phone’s speaker with a hairdryer?

Do not dry your phone’s speaker with a hair dryer. The heat from the hairdryer can cause permanent damage to your phone’s components, leaving you in worse shape than just a water-logged speaker.

Will my phone dry out on its own?

Your phone may dry out on its own, but it’s important that the phone is turned off if you let it dry on its own. Otherwise, there is a good chance that the water will cause a short circuit and completely destroy your phone. If the power is turned off, this is less likely to happen, but it will still take a long time for the phone to dry completely before it can be safely turned back on.

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