Signs of Water Damage on Phone

Water and other liquids are hazardous to your phone. Once moisture gets into your phone, it can damage the internal components and render your phone unusable. Some phones contain integrated liquid indicators that will let you know when the phone has been exposed to moisture. Alternatively, you can detect that your phone has been exposed to moisture and water damage based on several tell-tale signs and symptoms. Here are some of the signs of water damage on phone.

Signs of Water Damage on Phone

Power and Startup Issues

One of the most common symptoms of a water damaged phone is if the phone is not turning on at all or is in a boot loop (turning on and restarting immediately). Your phone may also present a white screen when you switch it on. This screen is referred to as the “White Screen of Death”. If you notice any of these signs, your best bet is to switch off the device and consult a repair service.

Hardware Failure

Your phone’s microphone and speaker are quite sensitive to water damage so when they fail to work properly, that’s usually a sign of moisture in the device. Depending on how water entered your phone the damaged may only affect components such as the microphone and speaker even though everything else might be working as it should. If you leave the phone on, chances are it will start to overheat and be hot to the touch. Overheating is another common symptom of water damage that may eventually lead to the phone shutting off with or without warning. The trick here is to power off the device immediately and contact a phone repair service.

Warning Messages

Another common sign that your phone is water damaged is when you experience some errors when connecting your phone’s cable to the charger or to sync to the device.  A common error message you’re likely to see is:Signs of Water Damage on Phone

  • This accessory is not designed to work with your device

Connectivity errors, along with your phone not charging or syncing with your computer are tell-tale signs that water has damaged one or more internal components. Disconnect the charger or sync cable and power off the phone before contacting a repair service.

Application Issues

Applications such as email, browser and other programs opening and closing simultaneously is another indication that your phone may be water damaged. This symptom may or may not occur along with other symptoms. It’s also not uncommon for the phone to pause or freeze while this symptom is occurring.

Bottom Line

Other signs of water damage on phone involve checking the phone’s accessible liquid indicators. To check the indicators, such as on an iPhone, simply use a lighted magnifying glass or shine a flashlight to look inside the headphone jack for a red dot on the very back of the component. Normally, that portion of your phone’s headphone jack would be silver or white. Another liquid indicator would be on the phone’s charging jack. Shine a light inside the jack and if you see a red dot, that’s an indication that it has been exposed to water or moisture. Whether you have a cracked phone screen or water damage, iRepair Plus is here to help.