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This iPhone Feature Uses a Low-Frequency Sound to Protect Your Phone Against Water Damage

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If your iPhone suddenly gets soaked in water from a stream or is submerged in a pool, you may feel a surge of panic, worrying that water will get through its ports and speaker grilles.

Luckily, there’s a nifty Siri shortcut that pushes the water out from the speaker using very low-frequency sound.

Sounds made up, right? Well, it actually isn’t. Keep reading to learn how to eject water from an iPhone using Siri.

Water Eject Shortcut

Many iPhone users are familiar with removing water from a wet phone, such as using silica packets or rice as moisture absorbers. However, this method doesn’t work, despite people saying otherwise.

But many don’t know about this iPhone hack, which allows you to run a little shortcut to eject water from a wet iPhone. You can even tell Siri to do the job for you.

The water particles get lodged in particular parts of the phone, most notably those that are exposed, like the charger port and the speaker.

The Water Eject shortcut plays a tone with a frequency specifically designed to vibrate the water toward the speaker port and dislodge it from there. 

Setting Up the Water Eject Shortcut

With that in mind, you would likely want to have this feature easily accessible in case it ever needs to be used quickly.

You can ask Siri to do so, but it’s even more helpful to set up a shortcut to quickly and easily access the function.

To set up Water Eject:

  1. You’ll first begin by installing the Water Eject shortcut from Shortcuts Gallery. Tap Get Shortcut.
Water Eject Shortcut
  1. Then, tap App Shortcut to add it to your shortcut library.
Add Water Eject Shortcut to iPhone

This will place the Water Eject function on the shortcuts menu along with most other common ones, such as calendar reminders, email notification access, and anything else users wish to have quick access to. 

Using the Water Eject Shortcut

With the Water Eject shortcut set up in shortcuts, you can now use it from that menu to expel moisture if your iPhone is ever exposed to water.

To activate it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app and locate the Water Eject shortcut. Then, tap Start to start up the shortcut.
Use Water Eject Shortcut to remove water from iPhone speakers
  1. Choose an intensity level: Level 1 runs the process once, Level 2 runs it twice, and Level 3 runs it three times.
Water Shortcut intensity level
  1. You’ll hear a special tone lasting about 15 seconds.
  1. When you run the shortcut for the first time, it will ask for a few permissions. Allow the shortcut to show notifications.
  1. After the tone stops, a pop-up message confirms successful water ejection through the speaker port.
Water Shortcut successful notification

Note: Do NOT wear headphones when running this shortcut, as the loud sound can damage your hearing.

Other Ways to Run the Water Eject Shortcut

There are two additional methods for activating it. One is to simply say, “Hey Siri, water eject,” and the digital assistant will prompt the Water Eject option. Taping “Start” will serve the same purpose as the shortcut.

Another way is to set up the Water Eject on the home screen.

Add Water Eject shortcut to home screen

Here’s how:

  • Tap the three-line icons at the top of the Shortcuts menu.
  • Select the Water Eject option at the top.
  • Once on the Water Eject menu, tap the Add to Home Screen option.
  • You can customize it to your liking by choosing a different icon and background color.
  • Then, tap Add at the top right to add the icon to your home screen.

Now, you can simply tap the Water Eject icon from your home screen to run the shortcut instead of running it from the Shortcuts app itself.

Wrap Up

iPhones can incur significant damage from excessive water exposure.

So the Water Eject option offers a handy way to quickly vibrate the water out of the device, saving on a potentially expensive set of repairs or an outright need to replace the device.

Putting a case on your iPhone can serve as an extra layer of defense, though it is not entirely waterproof.

So the Water Eject function is a great thing to know about and have set up for easy access should the situation call for it.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

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