No, no, no. Water splashed on your costly Apple device, and it now won’t work correctly.
“Does AppleCare cover water damage in 2021?”
you might question. What will I be charged if I don’t?
Is it necessary for me to replace my entire device?”
Is AppleCare+ Covered for Water Damage?
Apple’s warranties – AppleCare and AppleCare+ – do not explicitly cover this.
Your device may be harmed by water. Within 12 months, AppleCare+ will cover two occurrences of accidental damage from handling, but both are subject to service fees. You’ll have to either have Apple fix or replace the gadget.
Water damage is not covered by AppleCare (the one-year guarantee) or AppleCare+ (the extended two-year warranty).
Consumer law does, however, protect certain of your rights.
You can also see if your iPhone or iPad has been exposed to water or other liquids thanks to an indication that Apple began including in its products in 2006.
This indication may be seen from the outside of your device, which can help you identify whether or not water damage has occurred.
However, AppleCare+ does cover two instances of accidental damage resulting from the handling, including those involving liquid damage.
Apple will provide you with the choice of repairing or exchanging the device, but you will only be able to receive these two ADH service events once every 12 months.
Oh, and further apologies for being the bearer of bad news — there are some service fees involved, so your device isn’t going to be fixed or replaced for free.
So, how can you know whether your equipment has been harmed by water?
How do you go about getting your AppleCare+ device fixed or replaced?
What sort of service fee will you be looking at?
Let’s go over what AppleCare and AppleCare+ cover and don’t cover when it comes to liquid damage.
When it comes to AppleCare and AppleCare+, what’s the difference?
AppleCare is a one-year limited warranty from Apple, while AppleCare+ is a two-year extended warranty from Apple.
AppleCare does not cover batteries, cosmetic damage, third-party component damage, or damage caused by an accident, abuse, misuse, fire, liquid contact, earthquake, or any other external cause.
You do, however, obtain accidental damage coverage with AppleCare+.
This gives you two treatments during 12 months if your phone is damaged in an accident, including damage from liquids.
Are the iPhone and Apple Watch water resistant?
Although no Apple gadget is completely waterproof, they do have some water resistance.
These phones have been able to withstand minor water immersion since the debut of the iPhone 7.
The iPhone X, 8, and 7 are water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre.
The iPhone 11 is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 2 metres.
The iPhone 12 is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 6 metres, while the iPhone 13 is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 6 metres.
Apple Watch Series 2 and later are WR50 water-resistant, meaning they can be submerged in up to 50 metres of water.
Damage can still occur if you dive below 50 metres or wear the watch while participating in high-impact aquatic sports.
What is AppleCare+ and what does it cover?
Here’s what AppleCare+ will cover in the event of an accident (which Apple refers to as ADH Service).
Accidental damage from handling is defined by Apple as damage caused by an unplanned and inadvertent physical incident, such as being dropped or falling into a running sink or sustaining water damage.
The gadget will be repaired or replaced by Apple.
As previously stated, you can only attend two ADH service events in 12 months.
The exact timeframe is determined by the device’s purchase date, which will be printed on the original sales receipt – presumably, you have kept that!
Of course, you’ll have to pay a service fee each time, which we’ll discuss in a minute.
What does AppleCare not cover?
But first, let’s go over what AppleCare+ isn’t going to cover.
AppleCare+ does not cover the following items:
- Services that deal with the prevention or repair of wear and tear, as well as cosmetic damage repair.
- Fire, earthquake, or other external occurrences have caused damage.
- The importance of preventative maintenance cannot be overstated.
- Damage to a device caused by someone who is not an Apple employee or linked with the firm altering or servicing it. This refers to any type of damage, regardless of the source.
- Any form of willful reckless and careless activity, or use in a way not intended by Apple, will result in damage.
- Equipment that has been lost or stolen is covered.
Service Fees for AppleCare+
As I’ve previously stated, if your iPhone is damaged by water but can be repaired under AppleCare+, you will still be charged a service cost.
If you merely have screen damage on an iPhone, the charge is $29.
A $29 fee is also charged for a back glass-only damage service that is only available on iPhone 12 and newer models (due to their design).
The cost of all additional damage repair is $99.
How much does Apple charge for other gadgets that have been damaged by water? Fees for water-damaged Airpods, iPads, Mac laptops and Apple Watches will vary depending on the gadget.
How do I receive AppleCare+ service?
You can phone Apple, bring your device to your local Apple Store, or go online to get customer support from a professional servicing your region if you require service on your Apple device under your AppleCare+ warranty coverage.
To get started, you’ll need your AppleCare+ plan number and/or your device’s serial number, so make sure you have these accessible when you call for assistance.
AppleCare and AppleCare+ are designed to provide you peace of mind that your device is protected against manufacturing faults, rather than accidental damage.
AppleCare+, at the very least, covers you for two years, with two instances of service for unintentional damage per 12-month period.
This isn’t covered by basic AppleCare.
Keep this in mind as you use your gadget, and do everything you can to keep it safe from harm.