Last updated on September 7th, 2021 at 04:17 am
Is your iPhone displaying a popup that reads ‘Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector’? Is this happening although your device hasn’t been anywhere near a water source? This Liquid-detection alert has been triggered out of the blue for a series of iPhone owners. All of them are running iOS 14 which makes us conclude that this might be a software related bug.
We’ve got reports of the ‘Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector’ popup showing up on an iPhone 12, iPhone X and iPhone SE 2, without any obvious reasons. None of the readers that reported this bug, couldn’t pinpoint the cause of the liquid ingress protection warning.
To be clear, although the popup asks you to ‘Disconnect to allow the connector to dry. This may take several hours’, in most cases they dialog box is triggered without the user connecting the iPhone to a wired charger.
Fact: Most of the times the liquid in lightning connector warning pops up while the iPhone is in use, for gaming or while interacting with any third-party app.
iPhone Charging Not Available: The Liquid Detected in lightning connector bug persists in the later versions of iOS 14. Recent reports show that the warning popup is triggered when charging an iPhone with an aftermarket, non-genuine Apple charger.
How To Fix Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector
1. Dismiss It
Although the liquid-detection popup is most likely caused by an iOS 14 bug, you should check the charging port of your iPhone for any signs of water. Perhaps liquid reached your device accidentally, without you noticing it.
The pop-up comes with the Dismiss and Emergency Override options. The first one closes the pop-up and skips charging, while the second will force the charging process. Tap it after you finish inspecting your device.
2. Reboot if Emergency Override Doesn’t Work
Last but not least, if the iOS 14 liquid-detection alert is still preventing your iPhone from charging even is you opt for the Emergency Override option, you have to reboot your device and attempt to charge again.
How To: Unplug charger, use the force restart combo and be patient until the iPhone restarts. Plug the charger back in and cross your fingers. Does it work or it claims to detect liquid in the Lightning port?
3. Use Apple Charger
The Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector error is most frequently reported by users that charge their iPhone with aftermarket chargers.
Fact: This could be Apple’s gentle way of forcing users to use only genuine Apple products. Does the liquid-detection alert disappear if you’re using an original Cupertino-designed charger?
4. Use MagSafe Wireless Charging
If the Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector popup is triggered on an iPhone 12 model. You have the option to switch for wireless charging. You do need a MagSafe charger for this though.
Fact: MagSafe charging is also the way to go if water presence is actually confirmed and the warning isn’t just a false alarm. Place your iPhone in a dry environment, with low humidity to allow the Lightning port to dry out before attempting to charge again.
5. Reset All Settings
Last but not least you can try to reset your iPHones settings. This Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector fix has been confirmed by Sai and is recommended by Apple’s support department:
Open Settings and browse for General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings.
Fact: Reset All Settings will bring all settings on your iPhone to factory default including network settings, the Home Screen layout, your Location settings, the Keyboard dictionary and Apple Pay cards. However, no data or media are deleted!
All settings—including network settings, the keyboard dictionary, the Home Screen layout, location settings, privacy settings, and Apple Pay cards—are removed or reset to their defaults. No data or media are deleted.
Tip: In iOS 15 this changes to Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset All Settings.
Fix Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector Video Guide
Watch this video tutorial to better understand how to fix the Charging Not Available popup on your iPhone:
Have you also been prompted with the Liquid-detection alert in iOS 14? Was it a false alarm or a justified notification? Did any of the above fixes work? Use the comments section and let us know. If you want to confirm this bug please also mention your iPhone model and the iOS 14.x version that runs on it.
Fact: The iPhone liquid-detection alert has been introduced in 2016, as a new iOS 10 feature.
Related: Other common iOS 14 bugs are:
– Messages notifications bug that randomly prevents notifications for iMessages and regular SMS from getting triggered.
– Excessive battery draining caused by the iOS 14.6 update!
– Face ID not working anymore after updating to iOS 14.x!