How to find out if your iPhone or iPod has been damaged by liquids

Although the latest iPhone models – from the iPhone 7 version – are water resistant or Water Resistant, this does not mean that they are Waterproof. This means that it resists splashing water, but is not resistant to underwater diving. And we say this because both terms can lead to confusion. The atmospheres (ATM) that they can withstand also come into play, but this is another matter.

That said, Apple, On devices from 2006 onwards, it included liquid contact indicators on all iPhone and iPod models. That is, if we look back, we could tell you that we would start from one of the first generations of iPod. On the other hand, Apple published at the end of last year 2017, a table in which we could see the status of these liquid contact indicators or Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI).

Before continuing with this topic, we should review what Apple itself comments on its support website: «(…) The resistance to splashes, water and dust is not permanent and may decrease as a result of normal use . The warranty does not cover damage caused by liquids. »

On the other hand, the uses that are not advised on the iPhone, even having the IP67 certificate, are the following:

  • Swim or bathe with the iPhone
  • Exposing the iPhone to high-pressure or high-speed water, for example, in the shower or when practicing water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, jet skiing, etc.
  • Use the iPhone in a sauna or steam room
  • Immersing the iPhone on purpose in water
  • Use the iPhone outside the recommended temperature ranges or in very humid environments
  • Drop the iPhone or expose it to other types of bumps
  • Remove the iPhone, including the removal of the screws

But returning to the issue of indicators, these ICLs are only activated if they come into contact with liquids. Meanwhile, the usual color is white or silver. As soon as they are activated, they will change to a reddish hue. Also, warn you that the warranty is void in these cases and the repair will become a thing of your pocket. Before leaving you with the complete table of locations and devices, Apple recommends using a magnifying glass and light directly on the different locations.

iPhone X

iPhone 8 – iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 7 – iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 6 —iPhone 6 Plus – iPhone 6S – iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 5 – iPhone 5C – iPhone 5S – iPhone SE

iPhone 4 – iPhone 4S

iPhone 3G – iPhone 3GS

original iPhone

iPod Touch (minus iPod Touch 5th generation)

iPod Nano (minus iPod Nano 7th generation)

iPod Classic

iPod Shuffle

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