If you have an Android phone like a Samsung, then you may be familiar with the ‘Moisture Detected in USB Port’ message that you can get. Sometimes, this is a true notification and you actually do have moisture in your charging port.
However, some users have noticed that the moisture detected error is sometimes untrue, and essentially a false alarm. In which case; is it something you can fix? That’s what we’re going to take a look at.
How to Disable Moisture Detect on Android phones – Steps to Take
Moisture detection sensors on phones and other devices are a type of safeguard that’s installed in order to protect your expensive device against short-circuiting issues that can damage the inner workings of your phone.
Moisture detected in your device can cause problems like your Play Store not opening. So, if you know that the message is an error rather than an actual warning and it keeps happening, there are a few ways that you can disable it.
The first thing you want to do is check whether or not the device is actually wet or has recently had contact with water or exposure to moisture. You may genuinely have some moisture in your charging port or USB port.
Before disabling the ‘Moisture Detection in USB Port’ error you should check whether or not your device is actually suffering from some kind of moisture. Some ways in which you can do this:
- Dry your phone completely using a soft dry cloth and then recheck your phone by plugging it in.
- Remove your phone from any humid areas and put it by a fan to dry out the USB port, then plug it back in to see if the error is now fixed.
- You can also check the USB port to see if there are any dust particles, build up or dirt in the port that may be causing the issue, you can use a wooden cocktail stick to carefully clean out any fluff in there and then recheck the phone by plugging it in.
- Use a hairdryer to clear the port out, make sure the setting isn’t too hot so you don’t damage the phone.
Making sure the phone is completely dry is the first thing you should do when you get a moisture detected error. This is the same for all Android phones, Samsung phones and other Galaxy devices too.
How can I get rid of the issue by charging the phone?
The moisture detected error can create a bit of a catch 22 situation. If you get the moisture error, one of the best ways to fix it is by clearing your charging port of any moisture.
However, in some cases your phone won’t charge at all – but, you really need to charge for the error to go away.
So you can try to resolve this by turning your phone off before charging it. This will disable the moisture detection sensor on your device and hopefully allow it to connect to your charging cable.
Alternatively, if you have a wireless charger then you can wirelessly charge your phone. This will bypass the moisture issue because there is no plugging involved, so wireless charging is a good solution to this error.
How can I clear data of the USB Settings service?
In some cases, this error is not hardware based. Instead, the issue is with the USB port itself. You can clear the data of the USB settings to help negate this issue.
- Go ‘Settings.’
- Choose ‘Apps.’
- Find ‘USB Settings.’
- Go to ‘Storage.’
- Now click on ‘Clear Data’ and confirm by pressing ‘OK.’
How do I get rid of the ‘Moisture Detection in USB Port’ error?
If you have ensured that there is no moisture in your phone then you’ll know that your phone is not at risk. You can instead bypass the Moisture Detection error with a little trick:
- Plug your charger into the wall.
- Connect One end of the cable to the charger plug and then the other end to your phone.
- You will now see the warning pop up and your phone will fail to charge.
- Reboot your device and leave your phone connected to the charger.
- Your phone will now recharge once it has rebooted without the error.
How do I restart my phone in ‘Safe Mode?’
Restarting your phone in Safe Mode is the same as booting a computer in safe mode. It allows you to go into your phone or device when there is an error without third-party applications running.
Safe mode is a good way to diagnose where the issue your phone is experiencing stems from. It effectively replicates a factory reset without actually losing all the data from your phone.
- Switch off your phone.
- Press and hold the ‘Power’ button.
- Once the Samsung logo pops up on the screen, let the power key go.
- Quickly press the ‘Volume Down’ button and hold until your phone finishes booting.
- You will now see ‘Safe Mode.’ In the bottom corner of your phone.
- You can now charge your phone for 30 minutes, reset it and see if the error is now fixed.
How do I disable fast charging?
Fast charging your phone can save a lot of time especially when you are in a rush, your device can only take in so much power at any one time.
As useful as this feature is, it can cause issues when trying to charge your phone. So in the case of a moisture error, you should disable the option so that you can dedicate your charge more specifically.
To turn it off follow the process:
- Go to ‘Settings.’
- Choose ‘Device Management.’
- Choose ‘Battery.’
- Go to the 3 dot icon.
- Go to ‘Advanced Settings.’
- Choose ‘Fast Charging.’
- Change it to ‘Fast Charging Off.’
In conclusion, if you have been receiving the detect moisture error on your phone when trying to charge it, clearing it of water and charging it will often resolve the issue.
When your phone detects moisture – falsely or not – then it can stop functioning properly. Hopefully some of the methods above have helped you rectify the error as long as there is no moisture in your actual USB port.