How to Disable Moisture Detected on Samsung phones

If you have an Android phone like a Samsung Galaxy, then you may be familiar with the ‘Moisture Detected in USB Port’ message.

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 can also be untrue, and is essentially a false alarm. And, what’s even more annoying is that it won’t go away

In which case; is it something you can fix, and just how common is a moisture detected error? That’s what we’re going to take a look at.

How to Disable Moisture Detected on Android & Samsung phones – 6 Steps to Take

Moisture detection sensors on phones and other devices are a type of safeguard.

They’re 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 you various different problems, and it can often completely stop you from opening your phone.

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 the moisture detected error.

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 that is causing the error.

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 are to:

  1. Dry your phone completely using a soft dry cloth and then recheck your phone by plugging it in.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You can use a wooden cocktail stick to carefully clean out any fluff in there and then recheck the phone by plugging it in.
  5. Use a hair dryer to blow mildly hot air into the port and ensure it’s dry.

Making sure the phone is completely dry is the first thing you should do when you get a moisture detected error. Then, clear the port out too.

This is the same for all Android phones – however, Samsung phones and other Galaxy devices are most likely to get this error, which shows with a water drop icon. Let’s look at how else you can get rid of the moisture detected warning.

1. Get rid of the Samsung Moisture detected issue by charging the phone

One of the main concerns with this problem is that 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 you may find that your phone won’t charge at all, but you really need to charge for the error to go away.

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 still can’t charge your device via cable, you may have to get yourself a wireless charger. This will allow you to charge your Samsung phone even if you can’t do so normally.

Once you do this, you can then wirelessly charge your phone instead of connecting it via a USB cable.

This will bypass the moisture issue because there is no plugging involved. So, wireless charging is a good solution to this error.

2. Clear cache 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.

  1. Go ‘Settings.’
  2. Choose ‘Apps.’
  3. Find ‘USB Settings.’
  4. Go to ‘Storage.’
  5. Now click on ‘Clear Data’ and confirm by pressing ‘OK.’

This can also help if you find the Play Store not working, as well as getting rid of the moisture detection message.

3. Bypass 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:

  1. Plug your charger into the wall.
  2. Connect One end of the cable to the charger plug and then the other end to your phone.
  3. You will now see the warning pop up and your phone will fail to charge.
  4. Reboot your device and leave your phone connected to the charger.
  5. Your phone will now recharge once it has rebooted without the error.

If Samsung moisture detected won’t go away on your device, you may have no other choice but to bypass the error.

4. Restart your 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. On Samsung and Android devices, you can enter safe mode easily;

  1. Switch off your phone.
  2. Press and hold the ‘Power’ button.
  3. Once the Samsung logo pops up on the screen, let the power key go.
  4. Quickly press the ‘Volume Down’ button and hold until your phone finishes booting.
  5. You will now see ‘Safe Mode.’ In the bottom corner of your phone.
  6. You can now charge your phone for 30 minutes, reset it and see if the error is now fixed.

This may resolve the moisture detected error on your Android phone.

This is because switching to safe mode is as good as a factory reset of your device, as the first thing people consider to get rid of the excess moisture error message is a reboot of their system.

5. 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:

  1. Go to ‘Settings.’
  2. Choose ‘Device Management.’
  3. Choose ‘Battery.’
  4. Go to the 3 dot icon.
  5. Go to ‘Advanced Settings.’
  6. Choose ‘Fast Charging.’
  7. Change it to ‘Fast Charging Off.’

If there’s an issue with the way you’re charging your Samsung phone using fast charge, switching it off can resolve the error.

6. Run a Software Update

Finally, it’s important that you’re updated to the latest software version to ensure the moisture warning isn’t caused by outdated software.

To do this, go into your phone’s settings and scroll down to System. Within System, you should be able to find a Software Update button that you can use to make sure your device is up-to-date.

Once you’ve done this from within the Settings app, you should get rid of the warning message on your Android system.


In conclusion, if you have been receiving the detect moisture error on your Samsung 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, and it may turn off randomly.

Hopefully some of the methods above have helped you rectify the error as long as there is no moisture in your actual USB port.

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