Your Guide to iPhone Water Damage Repair

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All About iPhone Water Damage Repair 

“I just dropped my iPhone in water! What should I do?!”


There’s LOT of false information online on how to rescue a water-damaged iPhone! That’s why our experts put together this guide on fixing phones with liquid damage. Don’t make a crucial mistake that could destroy your iPhone beyond repair; try our expert advice instead.

You should know: water damage doesn’t happen only in bathrooms and toilets. A single drop can wreak havoc on your iPhone at the gym, or even playing a round of golf. Apple has been releasing water-resistant iPhones since the iPhone 7… But water-resistant does not mean water-proof. 

Newer iPhones have water-resistant seals, which are likely to get worn out with time just like other parts. Consistent wear and tear can lead to older iPhones being more susceptible to water damage, and these seals are especially susceptible to damage from thicker liquids, such as gels and lotions. 


If you’re dealing with liquid damage, you’re probably wondering how much a fix will end up costing you. Below is a quick breakdown on iPhone repair costs.


Average Water-Damage Repair Costs: 


iPhone Model Average Repair Cost
iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s & 6s Plus $79.00
iPhone  7, 7 Plus  $95.00
iPhone 8 & 8 Plus $105.00
iPhone X, XR, XS & XS Max $249.00 – $299.00
iPhone 11, 11 Pro & Pro Max $199.00 – $329.00


“How can I tell if my iPhone has water damage?”


Unlike liquid damage, water damage is not visible by just looking with our eyes. You can check for water damage by using a Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI). The location of the LCI is different depending on what iPhone model you use.


For iPhone 4/4s (and earlier):

The LCI is located by the charging port & headphone jack.


For iPhone SE/5S/5C, 6/6 Plus, 6S/6S Plus, 7/7 Plus, 8/8 Plus, XR, & XS/XS Max:

The LCI is located at the SIM card slot.


Now that you’ve located your LCI, you need to read it to find out whether or not the phone has been exposed to water. Here’s how to assess the state of your phone if you suspect it might be water-damaged.


  • If the LCI turns RED, your iPhone has damage.
  • The LCI will appear WHITE or SILVER if there is no damage.
  • The LCI also may appear YELLOW if there is no damage.

(Yellow does not appear often.)


To check an LCI that’s located at the SIM card slot, gently remove the SIM card and hold your iPhone at an angle that allows the screen to face downwards. Use a flashlight to check the LCI. Remember- if the LCI is red, that doesn’t automatically mean your iPhone won’t turn back on.


“What are the symptoms of water damage with an iPhone?”

Sometimes we don’t even know that our iPhone has come into contact with water. If you suspect liquid leaked onto your phone, be on the look-out for these tell-tale signs. You might find your phone fell prey to a sneaky spill.


Won’t Turn On

The majority of iPhones that fail to display images or turn on are victims of liquid damage. If your iPhone won’t turn on, it may have short circuited after coming into contact with water. If so, some of the internal components probably have damage. Have your phone checked by professional repair technicians when you experience this issue.


Professional repair shops have a team of very competent and skilled technicians with vast experience repairing water-damaged iPhones. They will efficiently repair and replace all the damaged parts with new ones, helping ensure your iPhone returns to life again.




Have you ever noticed your iPhone becoming abnormally hot? Most iPhone batteries get extremely hot when damaged by water. If your iPhone feels a little like a freshly baked potato lately, water-damage might be the culprit. 


CAUTION: While iPhone batteries are unlikely to catch fire, be extra careful if your iPhone starts to feel hot. Don’t burn yourself, and always keep your electronics away from any flammable materials.


Damaged Speakers

Another sign that your phone may have water damage is that your speakers may not work, or not work correctly. This is because when water enters the phone it can disrupt its ability to play audio. 

Try leaving your phone out to dry for a week and then attempt to play something through the speaker. This can help you assess the amount of damage done to your iPhone’s speakers. As the water evaporates, the sound quality of the speakers should improve.


Display Issues

If your screen has water damage, you may notice dark spots and lines appear on the display. It is difficult to tell whether the damage on your screen is permanent, but if you do not have a professional repair technician check look at the damage these areas will gradually increase. Visiting a repair technician is your best way to guarantee that damaged screen won’t bring about further complications with your iPhone. 


Charging Problems

Have you recently noticed that your phone just will not charge? Water-damage can cause charging issues, especially if the charging port was the water’s entry point. Your charging port has electrical components, which erode quickly after exposure to water. 

Make sure that your iPhone’s charging port is completely dry before plugging your device to prevent a short circuit.


“ I just found out that my iPhone has water-damage. Where’s the best place to fix it?”


Water-damage to your iPhone can be frustrating, and it’s often a hassle to find a trusted technician too. Be careful when looking for a repair shop. Many sub-par shops don’t include a warranty. So if their repair fails right after you walk away, you’re still stuck with the bill; and a broken iPhone.


uBreakiFix provides you with excellent and professional service, all at a cost that is gentle on your wallet. We also offer a 90-day warranty; so if your water-damaged iPhone experiences issues a month or two after we’ve fixed it, we’ll take care of it free of charge! We offer expert, same-day services for iPhone liquid damage repair. And thanks to our price-match policy, our rates for water damage repair and other fixes truly can’t be beat.

Contact your local uBreakiFix today for a free personalized diagnostic and repair quote.

This article was written by members of the uBreakiFix Creative and Marketing teams and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.

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