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Who is now saying you shouldn’t put your phone in rice to dry it?

Answer: Apple.

An iPhone logo is barely visible under a pile of white rice.
It’s a trick that’s been around as long as electronics — if you accidentally get your device wet, just stick it in some uncooked rice and it’ll draw out the moisture.

Well according to Apple, we shouldn’t be doing that with our iPhones. (Also, why are they only telling us this now? We’ve been doing it for years.) The tech company stated in a recent support document that placing your wet iPhone in raw rice can “allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone.”

Unfortunately, Apple didn’t elaborate any further on what that means. It also cautioned against using cotton swabs or hair dryers to dry out a wet phone. Instead, Apple recommends tapping your phone gently against your hand with the connector facing down, then leaving the device in a dry area with airflow for 30 minutes. Then try charging it and if it’s still not dry, just leave it in a dry place with good airflow. It can take up to 24 hours for it to fully dry.