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The other day a dreaded thing happened — I dropped my iPhone into water. Now, the iPhone 14 is rated to IP68, which means the device can go to a maximum depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes, so it wasn’t a huge deal. Well, except that I noticed that the speaker was badly muffled afterwards. Obviously, some water had seeped in.

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Now, the water wasn’t going to damage anything, and I could have just left the iPhone to dry out. But while I was waiting, the muffled speaker made it annoying to make and take phone calls. What I needed was a way to eject the water from the speakers.

The Apple Watch has a feature that uses sound pulses to eject water from the speaker.

It’s a cool and effective feature that dampens the Apple Watch’s tiny speaker with a few beeps.

Unfortunately, there’s no such feature built into the iPhone. But I found a way to add it, and you can even trigger the feature using Siri.

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Here’s how to add this feature.

We’re going to use a Shortcut called Water Eject to clean out the speaker. Go to the page on your iPhone and tap Get Shortcut.

Tap on Start

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This step will open up the Shortcut app. You can add shortcuts by tapping on Add Shortcuts. This process also tells you that saying “Hey Siri, Water Eject” will activate the shortcut.

Adding the shortcut to the Shortcut app

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Then tap on the intensity level you want to use — level 1 will run the process once, level 2 will do it twice, and level 3 will, predictably, will run it three times. The shortcut will then begin to emit a tone from the speaker.

importantly, DO NOT wear headphones when running this shortcut.

Choose the intensity level

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If you’re in any doubt as to how powerful this process is, put your face near the speaker outlet and you’ll feel the strong air vibrations that this tone generates.

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And it worked for me, clearing the water out of the speakers, restoring the audio back to the quality I expected.

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