iPhone & iPod Water Damage Sensor Locations
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 shown in the pictures 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. On the other hand, if you definitely dropped iPhone into water or it sustained substantial liquid contact that you’re aware of, you’re going to really need to take some immediate action to try and preserve the phone, drying it out for as long as possible so that none of the internal components have retained moisture.
You can also try to reach out to Apple Support if the phone just stopped working and it had no known water contact. 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.
What has been your experience with repairing or replacing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod with water contact? Were the liquid sensors indicating that the device was in water? Did it matter for your device? Let us know your experience in the comments.