As common as it is to accidently drop water (or other liquids) on your iPhone, the Apple One-Year Warranty doesn’t cover the damages caused by water.
iPhone devices that were launched after 2006, all have Liquid Contact Indicators that show whether the device has been exposed to water or other liquids containing water (most liquids).
The Liquid Contact Indicator (LCIs) is visible from the outside so anyone can see it – you just need to know where to look.
How Does the LCI work?
iPhone LCIs are activated whenever the device is in contact with water or another liquid with water content.
The LCI is usually silver or white but when the iPhone is in contact with water, the indicator switches to a bright red. Keep in mind the indicator will not change colors due to temperature changes or humidity levels; however exposure to steam can cause false positives.
Not sure where to locate the LCI on your device? Use Apple’s LCI chart.
Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant
So you thought your phone was waterproof? It isn’t. As impressive as iPhones are, they are still electronic devices that can be damaged by water.
iPhones are water-resistant NOT waterproof. They can be submerged in a shallow pool of water but that doesn’t guarantee that it won’t incur any damage.
Water-damaged iPhones may not switch on however don’t be too quick to dump them – there are ways to bring them back to life.
Water Damage means Loss of Warranty
Apple’s One Year Warranty doesn’t cover water damage. Apple technicians know where to look to determine whether the phone is actually damaged or the LCI is showing a false positive (it happens).
If they find that the device has suffered water damage then you immediately lose your warranty; Apple Store employees aren’t required to fix it.
New iPhone Models
The older iPhones weren’t made to survive the water however the newer models aren’t as vulnerable.
New iPhone devices are waterproof with IPX67, meaning they can remain in a 3ft deep pool of water for around 30 minutes and still function.
Is iPhone 7 waterproof? Sort of – almost.
The following devices are officially classed as water-resistant:
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
There have been tests that show that iPhone SE and iPhones 6 can function after being submerged in water for an entire hour. Because new iPhone devices are much more water-resistant, they should survive after being submerged in 3ft of water too.