Remember when water and iPhones couldn’t mix? Pools, tubs, and toilets would suck down the working iPhones of clumsy and careless owners and spit out expensive paperweights like they were nothing. Times have changed, however, and the newest iPhones can take a swim without fear of certain death. But a dip in water now can still cause muffled music and audio from the speakers.
Enter shortcuts. Introduced in iOS 12, shortcuts allow both developers and general users alike to patch together simple-to-complex tasks for iPhones to process. The best part? Shortcuts can be uploaded to the internet and shared to anyone with an iPhone running iOS 12 with the Shortcuts app installed. And there just happens to be a good one for ejecting water from an iPhone’s speakers.
To be clear, not all recent iPhones are created equal. While the iPhone XS and XS Max are IP68 water resistant, the iPhone X, XR, 8, 8 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus are all IP67. While the latter are still preferable to older iPhone models in terms of water protection, it certainly doesn’t equate to waterproof. In fact, IP68 isn’t technically “waterproof” either, just better protected than IP67. It’s because of this we highly discourage users from dunking their iPhones underwater intentionally, as water damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty.
What’s the Shortcut?
While there likely exists more than one shortcut to tackle this issue, the one that seems to have caught the internet’s affection was created by Josh0678. This shortcut acts much like the water eject tool on Apple Watches, playing a very bassy tone for about ten seconds, shaking water both out of the speaker as well as from the outside of the device.
Step 1: Install the Shortcut
To download the shortcut, head to the following link on your iPhone, which will open up the Shortcuts app with the shortcut’s details showing. Tap “Get Shortcut,” then open the “Library” tab where you should see “Water Eject” warmly welcomed at the bottom of the list.
One of the best parts about shortcuts is that you can get quick access to them from a variety of places. For instance, you can access this shortcut from the Shortcuts app, from the Shortcuts widget, using Hey Siri, or from a home screen icon. The first option is pretty obvious, and I’m sure you already know how to add the Shortcuts widget to your Today View for easy access from the lock screen.
As for Hey Siri, you’ll want to force-press (on 3D Touch devices) or tap the ellipsis (•••) on the “Water Eject” shortcut in the “Library” tab of Shortcuts. Then, tap the “Settings” icon, and choose “Add to Siri.” Next, either tap on the red record button and say your Siri phrase or tap “Type Phrase” and type it out if you have Type to Siri enabled. Hit “Done” three times to go back to the “Library” tab.
To add a home screen shortcut to Eject Water, go back into the shortcut’s Settings page, but select “Add to Home Screen” this time. This will give you easy access to setting up a home screen icon for it, just like you would when making a home screen icon for a webpage in Safari.
Step 3: Eject Water from Your iPhone
Now, all that’s left to do is to use your new shortcut. Tap “Water Eject” from the “Library” view in Shortcuts, then tap “Begin Water Ejection” on the prompt. To bring up the “Begin Water Ejection” prompt, you could also tap “Water Eject” in the widget, use Hey Siri with your chosen Siri phrase, or tap the home screen icon if you made one.
After water ejection begins, you’ll hear a sharp pop, followed swiftly by the bassy tone. If you truly do have water stuck in your speaker, you should see it begin to either leak or spray out of the bottom of your iPhone. We recommend holding your iPhone at a bit of an angle, with your speaker facing closer to the floor, as this can help force the water out of your speaker better.
What should you expect to see pop out of your iPhone’s speaker? Take a look at the slo-mo GIF below for an example of how well this shortcut works.
As you can see, the shortcut does a pretty good job ejecting water from your iPhone’s speaker. However, it definitely isn’t perfect and will leave some remnants in the speaker after the tone has finished playing. While you can keep using the shortcut until you feel all the water is gone, we don’t recommend you do — the tone seems rather intense, and there’s no way to know if prolonged use is bad for your iPhone’s speaker or not.
Our advice? Use it only when necessary, then dab the rest with a towel and wait for it to dry out. If your iPhone is IP68 or even IP67 resistant, it should be able to take care of itself with a bit of time.
This shortcut isn’t the only way to get water out of your iPhone’s speaker. If you’d rather go through a solution found in the App Store, check out the Sonic app. It invokes a similar strategy to “Eject Water,” but unlike shortcuts, passed through Apple’s rigorous standards for its iOS marketplace.