One wrong movement and the coffee is poured over the cell phone or the device ends up in the toilet. This is how you can find out whether your iPhone has been damaged by water.

Accidents happen quickly with cell phones.

 This hidden sensor tells you whether your iPhone is broken

It slipped out of hand quickly …

 This hidden sensor tells you whether your iPhone is broken

… and ends up in the water.

That's why it works

  • Accidents happen and sometimes the iPhone ends up in the toilet or in the bathtub.

  • This can lead to water damage to the device.

  • A simple test shows whether this is actually the case.

  • iPhones with water damage are not covered by the guarantee.

It happened quickly – one wrong movement and the phone slipped out of your hand. In the worst case, this ends up in the toilet, bathtub or lake. In addition, it happens again and again that the coffee or the water glass is spilled over a cell phone. Although models such as the iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus) and the iPhone X are water-resistant, none of the Apple models is completely waterproof. So it may well be that an iPhone suddenly doesn't work as intended after such an unintended dive.

A simple trick that few people know can be used to check whether the cell phone has actually suffered water damage. Because, as Apple describes on its website, iPhones have a hidden sensor that shows whether the device has been damaged by water or not. This is important to know because water damage to Apple devices is not covered by the guarantee.

Changes color

iPhones and most iPods manufactured after 2006 have this water damage sensor. This is called the Liquid Contact Indicator or LCI. On newer iPhone models, this sensor is located in the SIM card slot. To check whether an iPhone has suffered water damage, you must first remove the SIM card tray. With older devices, the sensor can also be located in the headphone socket (see picture).

In the normal state, this sensor is white or silver. However, if the device has been exposed to high levels of moisture, it will turn red. Depending on the location, the sensor can be difficult to see, which is why Apple recommends using a magnifying glass and a strong light source for the inspection.

To ensure that high humidity or large temperature differences have no influence on the color of the sensor, Apple has tested it extensively. If it is colored red, you can therefore assume with great certainty that the device has been damaged by water.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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