Why does your iPhone SE keep prompting “liquid has been detected ” warning and how to fix it (easy steps)

When Apple rolled out iOS 10 back in 2016, various issues had transpired and one of them was on an alarming message about liquid has been detected on the device. What occurred was that a warning message would suddenly prompt, telling users that “Liquid has been detected in the Lightning connector” and that the port should be cleared until it dries. While users do have an option to ignore the warning, many have feared that doing so would cause damage on the iPhone. And that’s why this has been regarded as a dilemma and therefore must be resolved. The error was seen in different iPhone models including the special edition iPhone (iPhone SE). What causes this warning to occur and what must be done to get rid of it safely? Read on and find out.

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Why are you seeing a “Liquid has been detected” alert message on your iPhone SE?

As mentioned earlier, the alert message started to show up on various iPhone displays following the iOS 10, particularly the beta versions. It turned out that it’s a new iOS feature entrenched into the iOS 10 beta 3 and 4. While it was designed for some good purpose particularly saving your iOS device from irreversible water damage, many people found this feature buggy as the alert kept showing on screen the moment they plug in a charger or any connector to the USB port of the iPhone with the device hasn’t been exposed to water or any liquid forms.

Potential fixes to the iPhone SE that has “liquid has been detected” error

Before you start troubleshooting, it is also worth to note that this alert may not actually emerge as a problem or error especially if you’ve previously exposed your device to liquid, mist or moist. Again this feature was originally designed to save your iPhone from acquiring irreversible liquid damage in the first place. Nonetheless, you may opt to proceed and troubleshoot software problems on your iPhone SE if the warning keeps showing up for no valid reason.

Remove any cable/connector from your iPhone SE port

Disconnect any Lightning connector from your iPhone SE then tap the Ignore button. Doing so will trigger another popup screen to show up saying that ignoring the previous alert may damage your iPhone. So ignore the warning and then restart your iPhone.

Forced restart

Forcing your iPhone SE to restart can also help rid of any glitches from your iPhone software that might have triggered the warning to keep showing up for no reasons. Similar to the usual restart or soft reset, a forced restart will not affect any of data stored on your iPhone’s internal memory. All it does is to clear up temporary files and minor errors from apps and internal memory thereby gives your device a clean fresh start. Here’s how it’s done:

Press and hold the Home button and Power button simultaneously for about 15 to 20 seconds and then release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your iPhone boots up completely then try to see if the problem is fixed.

Update iOS to the latest version

If you haven’t already, then go ahead and check for the latest iOS update available for your iPhone SE. Given that this issue has instigated since the iOS 10 beta 3 and 4, installing the new software update will likely fix it.

To check for software update on your iPhone SE, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update.

A notification will show up if an update is available. Read and review the update information then back up your important data and when everything is set, follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the update file download and installation process.

Reset all settings

You may resort to a settings reset to rule out the possibility of some incorrect or misconfigured settings options might have caused conflict and triggered this warning message to keep popping up on screen. This reset option is recommended before attempting a master reset since it doesn’t erase any of your data and personal information stored on the internal memory. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset All Settings.
  5. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your device.
  6. Tap the option to confirm reset.

Wait until your iPhone SE settings are reset and then reboots completely. See if that fixes the problem or not.

Full iOS reset or system restore

A full system reset or iOS restore can be considered as the last resort if none of the recommended workarounds is able to fix the problem and that you’re certain that your iPhone really hasn’t been exposed to liquid or mist. Should the warning appears as a bug, then a new software update is likely all you need to fix it. Just note that a full system reset or iOS restore wipes all your critical data and personal information from the phone and restores all settings to factory defaults. Or you may also opt to restore to a previous iOS backup file instead.

You may proceed with a factory reset through your iPhone settings or use iTunes on a computer. Just be sure to use the latest version of iTunes to avoid system conflicts and errors in the process.

To factory reset your iPhone SE through the settings menu, go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Erase All Content and Settings. Wait for your iPhone to complete the reset and restore to factory defaults.

To carry out a full iOS reset or restore your iPhone SE through iTunes, connect your iPhone to a computer and wait for iTunes to recognize your iPhone. When recognized, follow the onscreen instructions to restore your iPhone SE to a previous iOS backup file you’ve created. Otherwise, restore your iPhone to factory defaults.

What to do next if the “Liquid has been detected” alert still shows up on your iPhone SE?

If none of these helps, then have your device checked by an Apple technician at the Genius bar. Apparently, nothing much can be done on your end at this point so you’ll need to escalate the problem for further assistance and official recommendations.

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