Water damage is one of the terrifying issues that you may have to encounter with your cell phone which not only cause a significant drop in its value but may also void the warranty claims on it unless you have an additional warranty coverage on your cell phone. Water damage in the cell phone may disturb your personal and professional life but it is important to know if your phone actually has water damage or not before taking any other actions to fix it.
Many of the cell phones including iPhone and Samsung have some sort of water damage indicators in them which may help you detect if your phone has water damage or not. Let us have a look at the steps using which you may know if your phone is having water damage issue or not.
Steps to know if your phone has water damage or not
You can follow the below-described steps in sequence to know if your phone is having water damage or not.
Step 1: Open the back lid of the phone
First of all, switch off your cell phone (if it hasn’t already, of course) and open the back lid of the phone. Carefully remove the battery from the cell phone to examine the internal structure of the phone and the water damage indicator present in most of the phones these days including iPhone and Samsung as well.
Step 2 (In Case of iPhone): Examine the white dot
Once you remove the battery from the phone, you will be able to see a small white dot or square in the back of your cell phone. The size of the dot will vary depending upon the type and the model of the cell phone you are using. If the dot is completely white, it means that your phone is still safe from the water damage. But if the white dot is discolored, stained or turned red or pink, this means that your phone is damaged by water.
Step 2 (In Case of Samsung): Examine the red “X” marks
Unlike iPhone, Samsung phones usually have a white square full of red or pink “X” marks which remains as it is when the phone does not have a contact with a fluid. The white squared field with “X” marks turns pink or red when it is affected by the water damage or comes in contact with any other fluid.
The location of this field depends upon the type and model of the phone you are using. The Samsung phones with removable battery usually have this field on the battery or in the jack of the battery whereas, with the non-removable battery models, the liquid damage indicator is located in the SIM tray slot.
Some of the water damaged phones are still repairable but you may not be able to sell it back to the company as it is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.