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How to Fix Moisture Detected in Charging Port Error on Samsung Smartphones

If you are getting Moisture Detected in Charging Port error, here is how to fix it on Samsung smartphones. Technically, modern Galaxy devices have IP68 rating, which makes them dust and water resistant but that’s pretty much what this rating can offer — “resistance”. It’s not fully waterproof so liquid can still find its way into the phone and guess what, the main entry point is its USB / charging port. When water does actually enter your device’s charger port, there is a warning message “Moisture has been detected…” that is displayed and your phone would no longer charge. Depending on how much moisture has entered the phone, it might even lead to liquid damage. Before concluding that, we recommend you give this guide a read and try to fix moisture has been detected error.

In this post, we will guide you in troubleshooting your Samsung smartphone that’s plagued by moisture error message. We will also look into a possibility that the warning message might be caused by a glitch as we’ve seen cases with the Galaxy S8 wherein the warning is triggered by other elements instead of water in the charger port. So, if you own a water-resistant Galaxy device and are bugged by this problem, then continue reading below as this post may help you.

Fix Moisture Detected, Samsung Smartphones

You should also know that the moisture sensor in some Galaxy models may be oversensitive. Some corrosion or even dirt may be detected as moisture, therefore you can see where the confusion leads. And yes, you can still charge your smartphone’s battery through a wireless charging pad, but we are sure that you don’t want to that all the time. Moisture was only detected in the USB port, not in the battery, but don’t you want for things to go back to normal?

How to Fix Moisture Detected in Charging Port Error

First off, the warning message usually pops up when there’s really some moisture in the charging port so this should be our priority; to get rid of the moist and make sure there’s no liquid damage before we continue with our troubleshooting. Then, we’ll try to go to other possibilities and rule them out one by one until we can fix the problem and make your phone charge again.

Method 1 – Clean the USB / Charging port

Before anything else, turn your phone off to make sure there won’t be any complications. Then proceed with the cleaning of the charging port. Here’s how you do that:

Step 1 – Get a small piece of tissue paper and then insert it into the port. Leave the tissue for a minute or two make sure it absorbs moist if there’s any. You may have to do it a couple of times just to make sure.

Step 2 – Blow into the port to get rid of dirt and other elements that might be blocking the connectors from making proper contact. If you have a can of compressed air, then give it a blast.

Step 3 – Look into the port to check if the pins are in their proper places and not bent. If there’s a pin that’s bent, then try to straighten it out using a pair of tweezers but be gentle so as not to damage it even more.

Method 2 – Perform a visual inspection on the cable and charger

We have also seen cases wherein the warning shows up due to wet cable and charger. If one of them has moist, it may have the same result as when the moist is in the charging port of your phone. So, look into the port in the power adapter to see if it’s wet or has some sign of liquid contact. You may also have to try to clean the port with the tissue. It’s a lot easier to clean the port of the charger as it’s bigger than the one in your phone.

As to the cable, you just have to inspect both ends for signs of moist or other debris. You can use a small brush dipped in alcohol to clean them but make sure to dry them out before using it with your phone. Don’t worry though, it would only take a few seconds for alcohol to dry out so you don’t have to wait long for this.

Method 3 – Make sure your phone isn’t suffering from liquid damage

For this, all we need to do is check the Liquid Damage Indicator:

Step 1 – Remove the SIM card tray and Look into the SIM slot to find a small sticker.

Step 2 – If the sticker is white, then your phone is safe from liquid damage but if the sticker became red, pink or purple, then it positive that your device has liquid damage. In this case, bring the phone back to the store.

Method 4 – Try to bypass the ‘moisture detected’ warning

You only have to do this if you’ve already made sure the charger port is clean and dry and that your phone isn’t suffering from liquid damage. We can sort of bypass the warning and allow your phone to fully-charge by doing this:

Step 1 – Plug the charger to a functioning wall outlet.

Step 2 – Connect the other end of the cable to the charger and the other to your phone.

Step 3 – The warning will pop up as soon as the phone is connected to the charger and the charging process stopped.

Step 4 – This time, reboot your phone while it’s connected to the charger.

Step 5 – Your phone may continue charging without being greeted by the warning after the reboot.

Method 5 – Try charging your Device in Safe mode

It turns out the service that handles the warning isn’t running when the phone is in safe mode so you can actually continue charging while in this environment. However, you just have to make sure first that there’s no liquid damage in your phone:

Step 1 – Turn the device off.

Step 2 – Press and hold the Power key past the model name screen.

Step 3 – When “SAMSUNG” appears on the screen, release the Power key.

Step 4 – Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.

Step 5 – Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.

Step 6 – Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Step 7 – Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode. Now charge your Device.

Method 6 – Reset your Galaxy Device

Step 1 – Turn off the device.

Step 2 – Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.

Step 3 – When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).

Step 4 – Press the Volume down key several times to highlight “wipe data / factory reset.

Step 5 – Press Power button to select.

Step 6 – Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.

Step 7 – Press Power button to select and start the master reset.

Step 8 – When the master reset is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.

Step 9 – Press the Power key to restart the device.

We hope that this troubleshooting guide helps. If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be more than willing to help.

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