Licking Your iPhone Is Not A Shocking Experience

Granted, it's probably not something you were planning on doing anyway, but we're pleased to report that licking the mute button on an iPhone does not, in fact, give you an electric shock.

A recent email from a Lifehacker reader suggested that iPhone licking could replicate that familiar experience of what happens if you lick the top of a 9-volt battery:

If you put your tongue on the mute switch you get a hefty tingle.

Was that really true? I don't own an iPhone, and I couldn't persuade anyone in the office to try licking their own iPhone. However, the ever-helpful Twitter community came to the rescue, and quickly confirmed that, for both the 3GS and 4 models, licking an iPhone mute switch didn't result in anything other than a slight loss of personal dignity. So there you have it.


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    Maybe one of the many Android users who just happen to also own an iphone and are therefore qualified to point out all the faults that make the iphone hopelessly inferior to whichever android beast they happen to own?

    sigh...as skeptical as I was I still had to try it - no tingle...just the hot flush of embarrasment when my daughter caught me licking my phone.

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    I can confirm that it does indeed result in a slight loss of dignity...

      By already owning an iphone you have lost all dignity already. Trust me i know, I own one.

    Lick the power button while an iPhone 4 is plugged into a charger and you will get a good tingle

    thanks, lifehacker. I can always rely on you. LOL

    Got a bit more scientific with it. It looks like I have a faulty charger. Plugged in to 240v, in sleep mode, and there's a tingle. Tried it with two phones. Tried it with another charger and there's a mild tingle. Tried with USB and too mild to taste.

    Try unlocking your iPhone with your tounge, haha you get a tingle. Do it when no ones watching so you keep your dignity. And by the way Android sucks compared to iPhone.

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