iPhone & iPod Water Damage Sensor Locations

Feb 8, 2011 - 8 Comments

water damage indicator

If your iPhone or iPod has been acting strangely or not working, it’s worth checking the “Liquid Contact Indicator” locations as shown in the image above from Apple, this may give you a hint of what’s wrong with your hardware. If the sensors are red, you may have water damage. I say may because the sensors can be tripped occasionally by high humidity or even just a small rain drop, so it’s possible the sensor is red but you don’t have any damage.

Apple recently updated their liquid damage warranty policy to be a bit more forgiving, but that doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all and that you should start swimming with your iPhone. The new liquid policy seems to emphasize corrosion, which Apple says most often appears at the dock connector port, the headphone jack, the screws, and the speaker grills. If you have corrosion on your iPod or iPhone, you are probably out of luck, but it still may be worth a visit to an Apple Store to check things out.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Troubleshooting


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  1. Nihar says:

    Even so, they agreed to replace my iPhone after water damage. I think the indicator at the top was only partially wet or something. Got lucky on that one!

  2. […] just be very careful with water on the iPhone, you don’t want to accidentally trigger the water sensors or damage the phone. stLight.options({ […]

  3. colton says:

    what to do i got my iphone wet but i cant c the red scensors i think it is just the back of my phone that gott wet and what is the chance that itll start working in rice

  4. […] check out the liquid contact indicators. Each iPhone is equipped with several water damage sensors that turn red if contact with any fluid is made, and if they are triggered than the likelihood of […]

  5. peyton says:

    i dropped my phone in water and i put it in rice right away. it dose work now but the on and off button dose not work. is there anything i can do to make it work again?

  6. Nick says:

    I left my iPod in rice for about 10 hours after it going through the washer and dryer, the home button did not work, there was water in the screen, and the OS was acting up. I immeadietly put it in rice for another 30 hours and everything works 100%

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