Imagine that you’ve accidentally left your iPhone out in the rain, dropped it in a puddle, or worse yet, in the toilet! Panic begins to set in as you start wondering if your precious gadget has taken a fatal blow. Fear not because this article, “Identifying Signs of Water Damage on Your iPhone”, offers you a helpful guide on how to assess water damage. So, before you start mourning the loss of your device, let’s figure out if it really has suffered water damage.
Understanding Water Damage
Water damage is a common problems that can affect your iPhone’s performance and overall functionality.
What constitutes water damage
Water damage occurs when your device comes into direct contact with liquid. It’s not just water that can cause damage, but any type of fluid, including but not limited to, coffee, soda, and even high humidity can lead to water damage in your device.
How water damage occurs
Water damage happens when your iPhone is exposed to a significant amount of water or other fluids, whether it’s through accidental spills, submersion in water, or exposure to rain or moisture. Even high humidity or condensation can cause water damage.
Risks associated with water damage
Water can cause multiple problems inside iPhone. It can corrode the internal components such as circuitry and battery, disrupt signals, create short circuits and even lead to complete system failure. Besides, Apple’s warranty does not cover water or liquid damage, so the costs for repair can be significantly higher.
Where to Find the iPhone’s Water Damage Indicator
Every iPhone have in-built feature called Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) which helps to determine whether the device has been exposed to water or not.
Locating the Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI)
The location of the LCI depends on your iPhone model. For most devices, it can be found in the SIM card slot. The moment you remove the SIM card tray, you should be able to spot the LCI.
Color differences in the LCI
The LCI is a small round dot that is normally white or silver. If your iPhone has come into contact with water or a liquid containing water, the LCI will change colors.
Understanding what LCI color changes mean
If the LCI turns red or pink, this means that your iPhone has been exposed to water or liquid. Please note, this indicator is activated once it comes in contact with water, no matter if the damage is minor or severe.
Recognizing Physical Signs of Water Damage
Physical signs of water damage are often visible on the exterior of your iPhone.
Watermarks or discoloration
Look for watermarks or discoloration on the screen. This can appear as uneven backlighting or spots on the screen.
Accretion of debris
Water damage can also lead to the build-up of debris in certain parts of your iPhone. Look for any signs of sediment or residue in the ports, jacks or around the edges of the screen.
Damage or rust on metal components
Inspect the metallic components like the charging port and the headphone jack. If there is any green or brown discoloration, that’s a strong sign of corrosion caused by water damage.
Assessing iPhone Functionality for Water Damage
Water damage can greatly impact the features and functionality of your iPhone.
You might see vertical lines, slow or unresponsive screen. Sometimes the display may even fail to turn on.
Problems with touch responsiveness
The touch screen might not work correctly. You may experience delays or non-responsiveness to your touch.
Issues with button functionality
Button problems like stuck, unresponsive, or slow to respond are also common symptoms of water damage.
Addressing iPhone Charging Issues Linked to Water Damage
Water damage can lead to multiple issues with your iPhone’s battery and charging capabilities.
Difficulties with connecting to charger
You might experience problems when trying to connect your iPhone to the charger. The charging symbol might not appear or it might repeatedly disconnect and reconnect.
Battery draining quickly
Water exposure can damage the iPhone’s battery leading to a significant reduction in battery life or rapid battery drain.
Inability to charge at all
In severe cases, your iPhone may even refuse to charge at all. This is usually a telltale sign that your iPhone has suffered serious water damage.
Identifying Sound and Microphone Issues Due to Water Damage
Low sound quality
The first noticeable issue often is the speaker sound, it might sound muffled or lower than usual. An issue with sound is a common symptom of water exposure to the speaker area of an iPhone.
You might also notice crackling or static noises during sound playback or while on a call. If you do spot these, there’s quite a high chance that they’re a result of water damage.
Microphone not working
If the other person cannot hear you during calls or voice recording does not work, it is possible that water has damaged the microphone.
Spotting Camera Problems From Water Damage
Water damage can also impact your camera. Your iPhone’s camera may no longer be able to focus properly, resulting to blurry images.
Black or blank camera screen
The camera app might refuse to start displaying a black screen. Or even worse, it displays some odd colors or lines
Glitches during video recording
During video recording, if the sound or video is distorted, or the app crashes unexpectedly, these are likely symptoms of water damage.
Detecting Connectivity Problems From Water Damage
Wifi connection problems
Water damage can cause issues with iPhone’s ability to connect and stay connected to Wi-Fi network.
Bluetooth connection problems
You might face problems while trying to pair up devices via Bluetooth or maintaining a stable connection.
Data connection problems
You could also have problems connecting your iPhone to cellular data or keeping a stable data connection if your device has been exposed to water.
Determining System Failure Due to Water Damage
Unexpected restarts or shutdowns
Water-damaged iPhones often behave erratically. One common symptom is random rebooting or unexpected shutdowns.
Problems with app functionality
If your apps are crashing, refusing to load or not functioning properly, these could be signs of a system failure due to water damage.
Issues with software updates
You might face issues while trying to install new updates or while running the newer version of the software.
Steps to Take If Your iPhone Shows Signs of Water Damage
If you believe your iPhone has been water damaged, turn it off and attempt to dry it off as much as possible. Remove the SIM card and use a cloth to dry out any visible moisture. A cool fan can help evaporate any remaining fluid.
Contacting Apple Support
Once you have done all you can, it’s important to reach out to Apple Support. They can provide advice on what to do next and whether a repair will be needed.
Repair and replacement options
Every situation is unique, so depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to have your device repaired or replaced. Remember, Apple’s warranty does not cover water or liquid damage, so you may have to pay out-of-pocket for any repairs or replacements.