Water damage can be any smartphone user’s worst nightmare, and the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are no exceptions. Ensuring your device remains pristine requires regular checks, especially if you’ve had any water-related mishaps. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you figure out and evaluate if there’s possible water damage to your Google Pixel 6 or 6 Pro.
1. Visual Inspection
Start by powering off your device. Look for any visible signs of liquid or moisture on the exterior. Watermarks, condensation under the screen, or an unusually foggy camera lens can all be indicative of water ingress. On the outside of the smartphone, check for corrosion, discoloration, or watermarks, especially near the charging port, headphone jack, or SIM card slot. The screen may have water stains or strange patterns due to water damage.
Port and SIM Tray Inspection
Inspect the USB-C port, speaker grills, and SIM tray slot for any signs of moisture. Using a flashlight can enhance visibility, ensuring no droplet goes unnoticed.
2. Use Built-in Diagnostic Tools
Modern smartphones like the Google Pixel 6 series may have built-in diagnostic tools that monitor the phone’s overall health. Access these through the settings to check for any abnormalities, including those which might be caused by water damage.
3. Monitor Phone Behavior
Watch out for erratic screen behavior, unexpected shutdowns, or apps crashing frequently. These might be signs of internal damage, possibly caused by moisture.
Check that everything is operating as it should be after turning the device on. Pay particular attention to the charging port, buttons, speakers, microphone, and screen. Many problems, such non-functioning buttons, distorted audio, or a broken touchscreen, might be brought on by water damage.
Speaker & Microphone Performance
Test the quality of audio playback and recording. Water damage can often distort sound, making it muffled or entirely inaudible.
4. Examine the Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI)
Most smartphones come equipped with an LDI, a small sticker that changes color upon contact with liquid. These indicators, when exposed to moisture, change color. Normally the indicator should be totally white with a slightly pink hue. For reference, the photograph in this post most likely reveals a slight amount of liquid exposure (with a chance of no damage having occurred). If your indicator shows a darker pink or red color it will be indicative of a high amount of liquid exposure (which a higher chance of damage). You may also notice some corrosion on the PCB once you open up your phone. To check the indicator for the Pixel 6 series:
- Eject the SIM tray gently.
- The LDI is usually located within the SIM card slot. Use a flashlight for better visibility.
- If the LDI has turned red or pink, it’s a clear sign of water exposure. A pristine LDI remains white or has a faint x-pattern.
5. Get Professional Help
If you’re still uncertain or your device showcases signs of damage:
- Backup Data: Ensure all your data is backed up to avoid potential loss.
- Professional Assessment: Visit an authorized service provider or a trusted phone repair shop for a comprehensive assessment.
- Avoid DIY Fixes: While tempting, rice and hairdryer methods can cause more harm than good. Trust professionals with your valuable device.
Being proactive is the best way to prevent potential water damage to your Google Pixel 6 or 6 Pro. Always use protective cases, avoid exposing the phone to water unnecessarily, and conduct regular checks. If you suspect damage, seek professional assistance promptly to maximize your device’s lifespan.
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