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11 Ways to Fix Moisture Detected Error on Samsung Phones

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S or Note Series device and are getting the ‘moisture detected in charging/USB port‘ error, you can fix it. Almost all high-end Samsung smartphones come with an IP68 rating. Moisture detection sensor on such devices is a safeguard to protect them against short-circuiting. If the moisture detected warning won’t go away, there are a bunch of quick and easy fixes you can try. You can even disable the moisture-detected feature on Samsung devices via battery settings.

Apart from performing manual diagnostics of your Samsung Galaxy device, you can get key info about it using the list of Samsung secret codes.

List of Samsung Phones with IP Rating

Below is a list of all Samsung smartphones and tablet devices that are backed by IP rating. It means that these devices can withstand dust, and are resistant to water submersion up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

  • IP68 Rated Samsung Phones: Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G, S21 Fan Edition, S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Fan Edition, S10e, S10, S10+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, Note9, XCover6 Pro, Note20 5G, Note20 Ultra 5G, Note10, Note10+, Note10+ 5G, Note8, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active, S9, S9+, S9 Active, and S6 Active
  • IP67 Rated Samsung Devices: Galaxy S5 Active, A52 5G, A53 5G, A54 5G, and Galaxy Tab S9
  • IPX8 Rated Samsung Phones: Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Fold4, Z Flip3, and Z Flip4

The Galaxy S6 Active was the first Samsung phone featuring IP68 rating. If your Samsung phone is IP rated, you may get one of the following messages depending on your device model.

Moisture detected in USB port. Remove the cable immediately from the phone and make sure both cable and USB port is completely dry.

Moisture has been detected. Unplug the charger and wait until both the charger and USB port are dry.

Moisture has been detected in your charger/USB port. Make sure it’s dry before charging your phone. It may take some time to dry completely.

On newer Samsung phones such as Galaxy S20, S22, and S23, you’ll also find some tips to fix the ‘Moisture has been detected‘ issue. As long as your phone detects moisture, you’ll see a water drop icon in the status bar and a notification from Android System.

Warning: Don’t use charging/USB port

We’ve detected moisture or foreign material in your charging/USB port.

moisture detected issue galaxy s22

Don’t use charging/USB port Galaxy S23

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Is Moisture Detection on Samsung Phones a Bug?

If your Samsung phone is rated with IP67 or IP68, it means that the OEM has made use of adhesives, gaskets, and seals to make sure moisture or water drops don’t go inside the device. Even the speakers in such devices are fitted with mesh grilles.

All of us are familiar with the enmity between water and electricity. If the charging port on your Samsung device is wet or humid, it might cause a short circuit, damage the device and make it unfunctional.

The moisture detection message on Samsung devices is not actually an error or bug but a safety measure to protect your device. The moisture detection sensor intelligently stops the device from charging automatically as soon as it detects moisture in the charging port or the USB cable.

moisture in charging port galaxy s20

Water residue in Samsung Galaxy USB C port

If you are getting the “Moisture has been detected” warning, it doesn’t mean that your Samsung phone was in direct contact with water. Most of the time, the charging error might be caused by a very humid atmosphere and sweating, especially if you live in a hot and humid area. The presence of dirt in the USB port of your Samsung device might also cause charging issues. Many users have reported getting moisture-detected warning when the charging port gets dirty.

If you are having problems with charging your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • The charging port is wet or it has moisture residuals.
  • Dust or sand particles have built up inside the USB charging port.
  • The charging port has been damaged due to corrosion, and careless usage.
  • You have used incompatible charging accessories.

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Fixing Moisture Detected in Charging Port on Samsung Devices

So, what do you do when your phone says moisture has been detected? Below, are some easy fixes to get rid of the annoying moisture-detected warning notification if your Samsung phone has recently been exposed to water or a humid atmosphere.

First off, take a soft dry cloth and gently wipe your Samsung phone. Shake it while keeping the charging port down. Then place it in the open air or under the ceiling fan for some time so that the moisture evaporates. If it doesn’t fix the moisture detected issue, try the following tips.

1. Remove Moisture or Dust Particles from the USB Port

Start with the following tips to dry the moisture and clean the dust in the charging port. Drying out Samsung Galaxy device completely might fix the charging issue. Even if it doesn’t, you must make sure your phone is dry before trying other solutions.

  1. Take a plastic or rubber toothpick, wrap it with tissue paper or thin cotton cloth, and move it gently inside the USB port to wipe the moisture.
  2. You can also try to rinse the charging port with distilled water, alcohol, or petrol and then wipe it using paper towel strips.
  3. Get an alcohol swab and insert it inside the charging port and move around it and leave your phone for some minutes to let it dry.
  4. If you got a hairdryer, use it to blow mildly hot air at slow or moderate speed into the USB port from different angles for a couple of minutes to ensure that moisture dries up.
  5. Blow compressed air at low pressure into the USB port.
  6. Get a set of tweezers and gently rub the plastic part that holds the charging contacts to remove any corrosion and dirt particles blocking device charging.
  7. Use tweezers with tissue paper soaked in isopropyl alcohol to wipe the charging port.

2. Put Your Phone in a Bag of Rice Grains or Silica Gel

dry samsung phone by putting it in rice

Wet Galaxy S21 Ultra in rice

We are all aware of the hygroscopic qualities of rice. Rice grains absorb RH (relative humidity). If you are getting moisture-detected in the charging port, stuff your phone in a bag of dry rice and leave it there for an hour or so. The rice grains will suck all moisture from the device and you’ll get rid of the annoying charging problems due to moisture detection.

If your phone got wet with seawater, do not place it in rice grains as salty water is sticky. You should rinse and wipe your Samsung phone first with clean and fresh water, and put your phone in a jar with Silica gel which is considered a better moisture absorbent than rice.

3. Drain Your Phone’s Battery to Zero

If you are sure that your Samsung phone is dry and you’re still unable to charge it due to the moisture issue, stop trying to charge it all. Let your phone’s battery run down to zero. When the battery juice is completely drained, boot it up again and plug in the charging pin. Believe me, this moisture detection fix has reportedly worked for many Samsung users.

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4. Connect Your Samsung Phone to a Computer

If the moisture detected warning still won’t go away, try the following tip. Connect your Samsung phone to a laptop or desktop PC using a USB cable. Put your phone in data transfer mode. To do so, swipe down the status bar and tap on the Android System USB options tile and switch to Transferring file / Android Auto. Your phone should start charging normally. If it doesn’t, turn off your phone and connect it to a computer’s USB usb connection settings

5. Sign out of Your Samsung Account

Well, I haven’t tried this tip personally, but one of my friends claimed that he could get rid of the moisture-detected error on his Galaxy S20 simply by signing out of his Samsung account. Check out the screenshots attached below to learn the steps o sign out of your Samsung Account on your Galaxy device.

sign out of samsung account on galaxy devices

Galaxy S23 sign out of Samsung account

6. Boot into the Safe Mode

Safe Mode on Android devices is a diagnostic tool for Android devices. If you noticed that you started getting the “Moisture has been detected in the charging port” warning right after installing a 3rd-party app, this tip might help you. A rouge app might trigger serious problems including the moisture bug. Reboot your Samsung device into Safe Mode using the following steps.

  1. Press and hold the Power key to open the Power menu.
  2. Touch and hold the Power off option until the Safe Mode icon appears.

    android power off option

    Android Power menu

  3. Tap the Safe mode icon.

    safe mode prompt samsung

    Safe Mode option Samsung

Your Samsung phone will reboot into Safe Mode. Now plug in the charging cable. If you no longer get the error in the USB port, it means the real culprit is some recently installed app. You can uninstall the suspicious apps one by one in Safe Mode by going to Settings > Apps. To exit Safe mode, simply reboot your device.

7. Disable Fast Charging

Disabling fast charging can make the moisture-detected warning on your Samsung Galaxy device go away. The steps to reach the setting differs depending on the software version.

    • Go to Settings> Device maintenance > Battery > 3-Dot icon > Advanced settings > Fast charging and turn it off.
    • Go to Settings> Battery and device care > Device care > Battery > More battery settings and disable Fast charging.disable fast charging on samsung phones

Now, try charging your device. If the charging issue is fixed, restart your phone, enable fast charging, and check if the moisture detected problem is solved.

8. Wipe the Cache Partition

Another tip that has helped many people get rid of the moisture-detected issue of their Samsung phones, is clearing the cache partition. To do that, you’ll need to boot your Samsung device into the Recovery Mode. Having entered the Recovery Mode, highlight the Wipe cache partition option using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.Wipe cache partition via Samsung recovery mode

Choose Yes when prompted. When the cache partition is cleared, return to the main menu and select the Reboot system now option. Now, try to charge your phone to check if the error has gone away.

9. Reset Device Settings

Resetting your phone’s Settings might also help you fix the charging issues due to the “moisture has been detected” error. Doing so will also clear the USB settings cache.

Navigate to Settings > General management > Reset and select the Reset all settings options.reset all settings on samsung device

10. Perform a Factory Reset

Needless to say that resetting your phone will wipe all data and 3rd-party apps but it might fix the charging issue of your Samsung device. You can factory reset your Samsung device either from device settings or via the Recovery Mode.

  1. Go to Settings > General management > Reset > Factory data reset and tap on the Reset phone factory reset
  2. Enter the Recovery Mode on your Samsung phone, go to the Wipe data/factory reset option using the Volume Down key, press the Power button to select it, choose Yes and reboot your recovery wipe data factory reset

11. Change Your USB Cable

Do you believe that the charging port of your device is bone dry and clean? Could none of the solutions mentioned above fix the moisture detected error? Either your USB cable or charging port is damaged or there is some issue with the charging port.

  • Try using a different USB-C type cable to charge your phone. Doing so will rule out the possibility of a damaged charging pin. If the moisture-detected bug has disappeared, it’s time to get a new charging cable.
  • Use a wireless charger so that your phone doesn’t run out of juice.
  • Finally, visit the nearest Samsung service center to get the charging port replaced.

I hope that the fixes described above would have helped you get rid of the moisture detected error on your Samsung device. However, if are getting the issue even after trying everything, contacting Samsung support or visiting the service center is your last resort as there may be some hardware-related problem at play.

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30 thoughts on “11 Ways to Fix Moisture Detected Error on Samsung Phones”

  1. Awesome Info! Thank you very much. Even Samsung Support didn’t tell me even half of these options. They have very poor Support, imo, & apparently. I’ve Bookmarked this page for future reference, as needed. Again, thank you for being so thorough.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your appreciation. I am glad that the workarounds to fic the moisture detected error on Samsung devices helped you fix the issue. Keep visiting!

    2. The combination of signing out of my samsung account, and force quitting Android System
      worked :-]

      already tried wiping the data, and shutdown charging, but the problem persisted.
      Thanks for your kindly provided information.

  2. I use compressed air, aka “duster”. Half the time it works right away, and the other half it works eventually, as in after 1 or 2 hours pass from the time I air-dried it. It has always eventually gone away, so don’t panic. I suspect that a lot of the time people just aren’t waiting long enough, because they want it to work NOW, lol.

  3. If your phone dies while it detects moisture in the charging port, restart it after the port is dry, then plug it in. The system needs to reset the sensor.

  4. I have had my note 9 for 2 years and just in the last week had the moisture error. My phone has not been wet. I have had an otter box on it all the time. The only thing that worked for me was signing out of my samsung acccount. US Cellular told me it was a manufacture issue that started with the note 8. I just paid this phone off and was not looking to replace it anytime soon! i hope this fix lasts a while!

  5. Removing the account and stopping the Android system actually works for My Samsung Galaxy Note 9 finally happy after. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately this article suggests a real moisture problem, which presumably is why Samsung created the moisture detection in the first place. Sadly, the error is bogus on my phone and seems to be the case for many others. As the error is sporadic, it is hard to know exactly where the error is, or coming from. However since it will charge reliably when the phone is powered off, it suggests some sensor or code error above the base code, with the error detection likely way to sensitive for the real world. It is also perhaps a reflection of really crappy connection on the USB-C connector. Since my phone was an early adopter of USB-C, I am tempted to replace the connector and see if this fixes it. Otherwise disabling the sensor seems appropriate. Either way, I am very disappointed in Samsung especially on a fairly expensive phone.

    1. Hi Phred, the second half of the article focuses on fixing the moisture sensor’s bogus warnings. I tried to cover all aspects. I hope the tips helped you!

  7. Moisture message didn’t go away after 6 months! Phone never went wet. Contact is perfectly clean and not damaged. Tried serveral chargers. Tried EVERYTHING mentioned on this page. Even did factory reset. After that I bought a NEW PHONE (same model) and moisture message appeared after 5 minutes AGAIN. Really: phone never went wet or in wet conditions. Model: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Modelnumber SM-N986B/DS.

  8. This appeared on different versions of Samsung for me, my son and my gf within two days! May be a bug in an update. Anyway I tried to switch charger to a new Samsung, same error, then switched to a new Vevo charger directly after – problem gone!

  9. I am afraid, this does NOT show how to DISABLE that feature.
    You just posted and reported work arounds. My device is out of warrantee. I am not concerned of damage. There is NO moisture, and there is no debris. If the sensor is damaged, I really don’t care about the warnings or the feature. HOW DO YOU permanently DISABLE this detection device?

  10. None of this worked. I can’t even get to Android system by searching in Settings. turning off the phone to charge doesn’t work either. it still gives me the moisture detected message. is there not just a way to disable the message and assume the risk?????

  11. hi I’ve tried all possible way to get my phone dried but the moisture info keep displaying still the phone got off
    i went to beach and some water splash in
    what else can i do

  12. Thank you, it was quite the bit of info. Many ways to fix the issue.
    I used rice for 10mins then a hairdryer. Seems to be charging okay now.

  13. Thank you!! I didn’t actually had any moisture inside, but using tweezers with tissue paper soaked in isopropyl alcohol to wipe the charging port/connector/pads inside did the trick :))) it was probably little dirty with dust and sand.

  14. I have another tip to add to the list. I found that I was getting the moisture charger error every time when I plugged in to charge off of my PC port while my PC was turned off. Drove myself crazy for half an hour trying these tips before I finally just turned the PC on and voila the error was gone. Thanks for the help though.

  15. Hi there.

    I have tried all of these fixes and some of them worked temporarily but I still keep getting the warning message almost every time I try to charge. My issue only started after the latest update. The port is not wet at all and I am starting to think that this must be a bug in the update. Its very frustrating as when the phone does eventually accept the charger it only charges at the normal speed and won’t fast charge. Is there any way of completely disabling the sensor?

  16. Tried all the advises online … didn’t help. Went to a repair store, turns out it’s cos of using the macbook charger, tried out two different other charger at the store and it’s now charging without problems and the sign is gone!

  17. I’ve tried everything on this list and nothing has worked! I replaced my Galaxy S9 for this EXACT issue. Less than 3 months with a NEW Galaxy S20 and I’m having the same problem!!! It all started one day when I woke up. Charged perfectly fine overnight, woke up and noticed the water drop icon on top a couple hours after unplugging. Never went near anything liquid and it’s super dry in my house. It sat next to my laptop untouched the entire time before I noticed the icon.

  18. I tried almost everything suggested in the article except a hard/factory reset.
    However, what worked for me was to let my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra dry out completely and let the battery run down to zero. Then when I booted it up again, the problem was fixed. Hope this helps!

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