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Emergency Override iPhone Charging Means? [All Info]

Emergency Override iPhone Charging Means? [All Info]

If your iPhone detects moisture or liquid in the Lightning port, a warning message stating “Charging Not Available” or “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector” may appear when you try to charge your device.

Your phone’s charging connector is moist, as evidenced by the iPhone notice “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector.”

You can still use your phone, but until the port gets completely dry, you won’t be able to charge it using a lightning cable. However, while you wait, you can use a cordless charger!

Emergency override iPhone charging is discussed in detail in this article. Read on to know what it means.

Override for Emergency

Because there is moisture or liquid in the iPhone’s charging port, you receive this notice when it’s plugged in. This notice indicates that charging via the charging port is not possible on your device.

This notification so signifies that charging has been turned off. Because charging can permanently harm a device’s internals if the charging port is damp, this iOS function was created to avoid corrosion. A short circuit could also result from this.

Once the phone determines that the port is entirely dry, the notification will automatically disappear.

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You basically have three alternatives if you see this message:

Choose Emergency Override

Emergency override

By choosing this option, you can prevent the automated charging disablement feature and charge your iPhone. If you need to charge your phone in an emergency, use this option.

While doing so will initiate charging, your iPhone risk becoming damaged. Only utilize this choice in an emergency.

Use a Wireless Charger

In an emergency, even if the Lightning port is wet, you can still use a wireless charger to charge your iPhone because this has no effect on wireless charging.

Only if your device supports wireless charging and you have a wireless charger can you use this option, though. You can wirelessly charge your iPhone if it’s an iPhone 8 or later.


If it’s not an emergency, unplug the device’s charging cable, wait, and then keep it that way until you’re certain the port and cable are dry.

Once the water has evaporated, you can recharge your iPhone once more. The full drying time for this might be several hours.

How to Proceed if the Liquid Is Found in a Lighting Connector

Youtube video on how to fix liquid in the connector

First off, I strongly advise against using the “Emergency Override” feature; instead, give your phone enough time to dry.

You can even continue using your phone exactly as it’s if you want to! Simply click “Dismiss.” That shouldn’t be a problem and won’t do any more harm. Simply don’t connect anything to it!

To make sure there is no long-term harm and to get your phone functional once more, I would take the following actions:

  • Remove any cords or other devices that are plugged into your iPhone.
  • Place your iPhone in a dry, open area for at least 30 minutes before attempting to charge it once more.
  • Hold your iPhone so that the Lightning connector is on the bottom. Then, firmly tap it with the palm of your hand to assist clear any liquid from the port.

There might be liquid leftover behind the Lightning pins if you receive the “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector” alert once more. Before attempting to charge it once more, you should wait at least another 30 minutes.

Repeat this procedure until the alarm is disabled.

Numerous iPhone owners have reported having to wait up to 24 hours for their phone to fully dry and for the notice to disappear. Be patient, then!

Cordless Charging

iPhone cordless charging

The good news is that the information I provided above is based on the premise that you only have a lightning cord charger. You can use a cordless charger while you wait for the lightning port to dry if you have one.

As a result, while you wait for the phone to completely dry out, you can both use and charge it.

This just happened to me, in fact. My iPhone dropped into the tub when I was giving my son a bath and remained immersed for around 10 seconds.

I received the Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector warning when I attempted to charge it with a lighting cable.

So, I kept using my phone, and later that day when I needed to charge it, I used my cordless charger. It worked flawlessly. My phone was completely dry the next day, and the lightning charger was functional once again.

If you don’t already own one, Apple sells a cordless charger called the MagSafe charger. However, there is also a tonne of third-party choices available on Amazon.

Remember that an iPhone 8 or later will be required! The devices preceding this do not offer wireless charging.

What to Do if the Liquid Has Been Found in a Lighting Connector

Online, there is a tonne of incorrect advice regarding iPhones with liquid damage. The majority of this advice doesn’t actually cure your equipment; in fact, it frequently makes things worse!

Please refrain from attempting any of the following, even though I understand how tempting it can be to try to hasten the drying process:

  • Never place your phone in a bag of rice or silica gel.
  • A radiator or hair drier shouldn’t be used to dry your iPhone.
  • Don’t place anything, such as a Q-tip or a napkin, in the Lighting port.

Again, the best course of action is to wait it out and allow your iPhone to air dry naturally over time. Even though I realize it’s not what you expected to hear, please be patient.

Can you try using a hair dryer or inserting a napkin into the charging port to hasten things along? Sure. But keep in mind that you incur the danger of lasting harm.

When Should the Liquid Detection Alert Be Ignored?

Even though it shouldn’t be your first option, there are circumstances in which you might be willing to take a chance on your iPhone becoming damaged in order to charge it.

It’s feasible to disable the alarm and charge your device in these dire circumstances.

It bears emphasizing that doing this carries the danger of irreparably destroying your phone. Electricity and water don’t mix.

However, if you want to ignore the warning, you should first properly dry your iPhone’s exterior before thinking about charging it wirelessly.

Reconnect the lighting cord or accessories as soon as the liquid detection notice shows to override it. If the liquid detection notice reappears, select “Emergency Override” from the menu.

Emergency Override not Working

Despite the notice, clicking “Emergency Override” will usually let you charge your iPhone.

However, when you select this override, the message disappears but your iPhone continues to refuse to charge.

It looks like Apple has not yet patched this problem. Fortunately, there are a few techniques to resolve or prevent this:

  • Push the dismiss button to restart your iPhone.
  • To see the Apple logo flash on the screen, hold down the side button while clicking the volume up and down buttons.
  • Use only Apple-branded chargers! This alarm is set off by aftermarket chargers for whatever reason.
  • When possible, use MagSafe charging to wirelessly charge.

What if My iPhone Detects Water even if it Is Dry?

Even though your iPhone and Lightning connectors are positively dry, the liquid detection signal may occasionally appear. It’s conceivable that your phone is brand new or that you let it dry out thoroughly.

If so, bring a flashlight and look for dust and dirt inside the Lightning port. The liquid sensors in your iPhone can become confused by obstructions in the Lightning port.

If anything is detected, use compressed air to blast it out to preserve the metal pins.

If you can’t see any debris after shining a light into the port, there’s a good chance that either your iPhone’s Lightning port or the item you’re attempting to use is broken.

You might need to get in touch with Apple support at this time.

Contact Apple Support

The Apple One-Year Limited Warranty doesn’t cover liquid damage if your phone actually does sustain water damage.

You can check the Liquid Contact Indicator on your phone to see whether this is the case (LCI). When it comes in touch with water, the LCI activates and turns red.


What Happens if You Override the Emergency Charging of Your iPhone?

The emergency override option forces the phone to resume normal operation after disabling the alarm. Regardless matter whether the port is wet or not, charging and full use is still possible.

More issues with iPhones may result from this catastrophic damage. However, you ought to choose dismiss.

Can My Phone Be Charged During an Emergency Override?

In an emergency, you can disable the liquid detection and continue charging your iPhone by reconnecting it to a Lightning cable or other adapter.

You can still use your wireless charger to charge your iPhone if you have one.


  • If your iPhone shows an Emergency override option don’t be hasty to select it.
  • Remove any cords or other devices that are plugged into your iPhone.
  • Place your iPhone in a dry, open area for at least 30 minutes before attempting to charge it once more.
  • Hold your iPhone so that the Lightning connector is on the bottom.
  • Then, firmly tap it with the palm of your hand to assist clear any liquid from the port.
  • Your problem should’ve been solved. If not you can contact customer service to get further instructions.

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