What Does Emergency Override Mean on iPhone?

Emergency Override lets you bypass the liquid detection alert on your iPhone and continue charging it. Only use it in emergencies because it may cause damage to your iPhone. As an alternative, you can use a wireless charger instead.

Hi, I’m Devansh. I once spilled water on my iPhone and saw the ‘Charging Not Available’ alert the next time I tried to charge it. In this article, I will explain what the Emergency Override option does, when you should use it, and how to dry your iPhone to prevent damage.

If you see the Emergency Override option on your iPhone but don’t know what it does, keep reading!

Will Using Emergency Override Damage Your iPhone?

Yes, using Emergency Override can cause damage if liquid is present in your iPhone. The pins on the connector and cable can corrode, causing connectivity issues. For this reason, iOS doesn’t let you charge your iPhone when it detects liquid.

However, you may still want to charge your iPhone in an emergency, so there’s the Emergency Override option. It appears only when you reconnect your iPhone to your charging cable.

A safe alternative is to use a Qi-certified wireless charger, but ensure that the back of your iPhone is dry. If you don’t have a wireless charger, read the following section to learn how to dry your iPhone safely before charging it again.

4 Steps to Dry iPhone Charging Port and Cable

Here are the steps to safely dry your iPhone charging port and cable.

  • Step 1: Turn off your iPhone and disconnect all accessories.
  • Step 2: Leave your iPhone to dry in a warm and dry place in your home without direct sunlight.
  • Step 3: Clean the charging cable with a microfiber cloth and leave it to dry.
  • Step 4: Try to charge your iPhone again after 30 minutes or an hour.

If you see this alert again after following these steps, contact Apple Support for further assistance.


Here are some common questions about the Emergency Override option on your iPhone.

How Long Does It Take for Charging Port to Dry?

It depends on factors like the extent of moisture infiltration and environmental conditions. Thirty minutes to an hour should be enough to dry your iPhone. In some cases, it could take up to 24 hours or more.

Is It Okay to Dry the Charging Port With a Hair Dryer?

Yes, but you need to be careful. Keep it at a low speed and with a cold setting. In addition, you can also place your iPhone in a vertical position using a phone stand and tap the back gently. Following these tips can speed up the drying process.

How Water-Resistant Are iPhones?

The latest iPhones have an IP68 rating, which means they can withstand submersion in up to 19.6 feet (6 meters) for up to 30 minutes. Old iPhones, like the iPhone SE, have an IP67 rating. Most iPhones can withstand accidental spills, but you should still be careful.


The Emergency Override option overrides the liquid detection alert on your iPhone and lets you continue charging it. Since this option can damage your iPhone, I recommend only using it as its name suggests—in emergencies.

Ideally, it would be best if you waited thirty minutes or an hour for your iPhone to dry before charging it again. But if that isn’t an option, you can also use a wireless charger. I hope my article answered all your questions about Emergency Override and when to use it.

Do you have further questions about the Emergency Override option on your iPhone? Let me know in the comments!

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