Signs That Your iPhone Has Water Damage: How to Check & Solution

Has your iPhone ever been wet? Maybe you dropped it in the toilet or left it in your rain-soaked pocket. If so, then you need to read this article! iPhone Water damage is one of the most common problems, and it can often be difficult to determine whether or not your phone has been affected.

Although most of the newly launched iPhones are water-resistant, they are not waterproof. So, it’s important to be able to identify signs of iPhone water damage, as this can often lead to more serious problems down the road.

In this article, we will discuss how to check for water damage and what to do if you find signs of it. We will also provide tips on how to prevent water damage in the future. Let’s start by exploring different signs of iPhone water damage.

Signs of iPhone Water Damage

There are a few signs that can indicate that your iPhone has been damaged by water. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take action right away:

Power and Startup Issues

One of the most common signs of iPhone water damage is power or startup issues. If your iPhone won’t turn on, or if it turns on and then immediately turns off, this could be a sign that there is water damage.

You may also get a white screen during the booting process or your device might stuck in a loop and keep getting on and off immediately. If this is something happening with your device, there’s a high possibility that your iPhone has water damage.

Application Issues

If you’re having trouble launching certain apps like your email app or Safari browser or if the app crashes immediately, this could be another sign of water damage. Your system might also freeze while launching apps or there might be a delay in opening them.

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Warning Messages

This is something you might get very frequently if your device has water damage. It happens when you connect your iPhone with another device or laptop through a charging cable or even when you plug it with your power adapter. When you do it, you might get warnings like “accessory/charging cable not compatible/supported with the device” or something like that.

These errors mean your phone has some sort of internal issues and it needs to be checked by an expert. So, in that case, look no further and take it to the Apple service center to get it checked and fixed by experts.

iPhone Accessory Not Supported Error

Hardware Failure

One of the most common signs of water-damaged iPhones is problems with your device’s speaker or microphone and even overheating. If your iPhone speaker or microphone is not working properly, or if it’s emitting crackling sounds, this could be a sign of water damage. If you face such issues, take your device to the nearest Apple service center and get it checked by experts.

Moisture Bubbles on Display or Camera

Last but not the least,  if you see moisture bubbles on your device’s display or camera, it means that there is water inside the phone. This can be a clear indication of water damage and you should take it to the Apple service center as soon as possible.

So, these are some signs that your iPhone might have been damaged by water. While these are just a sign of water damage and may/may not be a serious issue (in most cases, it’s true), how can you be sure that your iPhone has water damage? Let’s find out!

How to Check if Your iPhone Has Water Damage?

All iPhones have a feature called “Liquid Contact Indicator” (LCI) that helps determine whether or not the device has been in contact with water. This indicator is located on the SIM card tray of your device (iPhone 5 and above) or in the charging port (iPhone 4 and below) and it turns red when water comes in contact with it.

Step 1: Remove the case of your iPhone and locate the SIM tray (left side for iPhone 12 and above and on the right for iPhone 11 and below)

Step 2: Use a SIM tray removal tool and gently push it inward the small hole at the bottom of the tray to eject it and take it outside.

iPhone 13 SIM Removal
Credit: Verizon

Step 3: Now use a flashlight or LED torch and look for a red color inside the empty SIM tray.

In normal conditions, you’d see a silver or white color inside the tray. But if you see red color, it means your iPhone has been in contact with water and has been damaged by water.

iphone 13 liquid contact indicator
Credit: Apple

So, now you know for sure that your iPhone has been damaged by water. But what’s the next step you should take? Let’s find out!

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What’s Next When You Find Your iPhone Has Water Damage?

Once you’re sure of your iPhone water damage, the next step you should take is to take it to the nearest Apple service center and get it checked by experts. But at what cost?

You might be thinking that my device is covered under warranty or under the AppleCare+ plan so I don’t have to worry about anything. Unfortunately, that’s a big NO.  As per Apple’s policy, any damage caused by water is not covered under the warranty or AppleCare+ plan.

So, if your iPhone has water damage, you need to pay for the repairs from your pocket. You can take your device to Apple service centers and get it fixed by paying for the repairs. The charge can vary anywhere between $150 to $600 depending on your iPhone’s model.

How to Avoid Such Events in the Future?

Now that you know the signs and how to check if your iPhone has water damage, it’s time for some tips on how to avoid such events in the future. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your device away from water as much as possible
  • If you’re going to be near water (like at a pool or beach), keep your device in a waterproof case 
  • Avoid taking your device into the shower or bath with you
  • If your device does get wet, dry it off as soon as possible
  • Don’t charge your device until it’s completely dry

By following these simple tips, you can avoid water damage to your iPhone and save yourself from costly repairs. So, be vigilant and follow these tips to keep your device safe from water damage.

Wrapping Up

Water damage is one of the most common issues faced by iPhone users. But by being aware of the signs and taking some preventive measures, you can avoid such events and keep your device safe from water damage and of course, heavy damage to your pocket.

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