Water damage usually occurs when an item is exposed to moisture in any way. Simply, what this means is that it has either fallen accidentally into water or it was exposed to a damp and humid environment. Today most of the electronic items have a liquid sensor which is triggered when the item is exposed to liquid.
To determine whether your phone has experienced water damage, you have to take a look at its sensor and determine whether it is triggered or not. If it is triggered consider your phone water damaged. In this article, we will focus on water damage in iPhone series since they have water damage sensors.
How to determine whether your phone is water damaged?
1) iPhone 7, 6, and 5 Models
The first method that we will focus on is how to check for water damage in iPhone 7, 6, and 5 Models. In order to determine whether any of the above models is water damaged you have to open the SIM tray. SIM tray is located along the right edge of your iPhone and has a small pinhole at the bottom. The small pinhole serves as SIM tray ejection button and therefore you have to press it in order to remove the SIM tray.
After removing the SIM tray keep your SIM card in a safe place to avoid misplacing it. Then Shine a light into the SIM tray using a flashlight. Alternatively, you can hold the phone up to a desk lamp. Check for the red water contact indicator. In case your Phone has contacted water near your SIM tray, you will notice a red indicator in the center of the tray opening. The appearance of the indicator is different in the three models for iPhone. The indicator is a strip that takes about half the slot, while for iPhone 6 the indicator is near the center and iPhone 5 has a round-indicator in the center of the slot.
In case your indicator is triggered it is an indication that your phone is water damaged. Therefore, you should contact your carrier for replacement options or repair.
2) iPhone 4, 4S, and 3GS Models
For above models, you should shine a light into your headphone jack, since one of the two liquid contact indicators on these models is located in the headphone jack. A red hemisphere in the jack hole indicates that your phone has come into contact with a liquid.
The second method involves shining a light into your charging port since the second liquid indicator is found at the bottom of the charging port. If the indicator has come into contact with water, you will observe a tiny red strip in the center of the port. If the indicator shows that your phone has come into contact with water you should consider replacing it or repairing it.
Apple Care does not offer cover for water damage and therefore if your phone is water damaged you have to consult your carrier for a replacement.