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"Liquid or debris in USB Port" message on Pixel 5

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"Liquid or debris in USB Port" message on Pixel 5

I've never done something like this before but today I wanted to relax in the pool while browsing on my phone and I accidentally put my phone in the pool very briefly. I saw the message "Liquid or debris in USB Port" appear and I kept using my phone knowing that it's IP68.

Shortly after, the message dissapeard and everything looked fine until at home, I removed the case to dry completly my phone and since then, the message has been there.

https://support.google.com/pixelphone/a ... 0079?hl=en

I'm unsure what to do at this point and I feel that I should not have to do the rice trick for a phone that is supposedly waterproof. The USB port itself look fine and clean when checked with a flashlist.

Any suggestion ?
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darkman007e wrote: I've never done something like this before but today I wanted to relax in the pool while browsing on my phone and I accidentally put my phone in the pool very briefly. I saw the message "Liquid or debris in USB Port" appear and I kept using my phone knowing that it's IP68.

Shortly after, the message dissapeard and everything looked fine until at home, I removed the case to dry completly my phone and since then, the message has been there.

https://support.google.com/pixelphone/a ... 0079?hl=en

I'm unsure what to do at this point and I feel that I should not have to do the rice trick for a phone that is supposedly waterproof. The USB port itself look fine and clean when checked with a flashlist.

Any suggestion ?
waterproof is not the same as water-resistant

Waterproof means something is impervious to water regardless of how long it is submerged, water-resistant means a product can stop water entering it to some degree, but not entirely.
https://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/ ... ed-2947135

Pixel 5 has a dust and water protection rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529


Help prevent water damage to your Pixel phone
Pixel 5, 4, 3, and 2 phones are designed to be water-resistant. But normal wear and tear can reduce water-resistance. To help your Pixel phone last longer, avoid actions that could lead to water damage.

https://support.google.com/pixelphone/a ... 3279?hl=en
If your phone falls in water
  1. Lift it out of the water.
  2. Turn it off.
  3. Dry it with a soft cloth.
  4. Set it on a flat surface to finish drying at room temperature.
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I've left my phone inclided and now the message has dissapeard.

Hopefully that fixed for good.

I guess I will keep doing what I did with previous phones and forget about that supposed water resistance BS.
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Whenever Ive had that message on a phone, I just place the port in front of a fan or something to dry it off.

The purpose of the message is to tell you to not plug in power in case the port is wet. It doesn't actually have anything to do with water resistance.

But yes, I don't purposefully place my phones in water regardless of IP rating. To be, it's for accidents. I would never swim with it or run it through the sink or something. It's one thing to expect water resistance when it's brand new. You don't necessarily know if the seals have kept up over time or after drops, etc.
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Do note that I ate resistance ratings are for freshwater only. Saltwater, water with chlorine, etc aren't factored in getting IP certified. Finally, water resistance CAN weaken over time.

It's generally OK if your phone gets some raindrops on it, but pools and such aren't recommended.

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Devhux wrote: Do note that I ate resistance ratings are for freshwater only. Saltwater, water with chlorine, etc aren't factored in getting IP certified. Finally, water resistance CAN weaken over time.

It's generally OK if your phone gets some raindrops on it, but pools and such aren't recommended.

Interesting video.

It reminds me years ago before their competition, Sony had phones that were water.

Even the marketing was heavily focused on that feature.

https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z5-7534.php

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