How to check for water damage on HTC U11 using LDI

The HTC U11 is IP67 water and dust resistant certified. This guarantees that the device can resist water up to a maximum depth of 1 meter and for a maximum period of 30 minutes under water, along with dust protection from contact. Anything beyond these limits and water could enter the internals of the device and cause the motherboard and other components to short out. Which is also referred as Liquid Damage, and is identified with the help of a Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI) that every manufacturer places on the device for this very purpose.

By no means should you test the water resistance capacity of your device. The IP67 rating is there to ensure that your smartphone survives during an accident.

How to check for water damage on HTC U11

  1. Start by wiping the outer surface of the device with a paper towel or tissue.
  2. Then, pop open the SIM tray.
  3. Look around the corners of the SIM slot for a white box.
  4. If the box happens to be a shade of red, then water was entered the device.
  5. Otherwise, your device is perfectly safe.

If your HTC U Ultra LDI shows a shade of red, then it means it’s been damaged by liquid. You need to act promptly to try to control the damage by water to your phone.

Well, look for silica gel packs. Using this, you can absorb the water out of device’s body easily. It can be found in most electronics containers like laptop and camera bags. if not available, then try to bury the device in rice — yes, that works good too. Let the device inside rice for about 24-48 hours to fully drain the moisture out.

Even though the color of LDI won’t change, trying above solutions would help you recover your device. If it doesn’t work, take it to service center.

What not to do when your device has water damage

  1. Do not try to operate or switch on the device before the waiting period of 2 days.
  2. Do not shake the device as this may send water droplets further in.
  3. Do not try to remove water using a hair dryer or by leaving in direct sunlight. Heat could damage the internals too.

The key to recovering your device back to normalcy is nothing but patience. If you follow the instructions to the point, then you have a good chance of your getting your device up and running.

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