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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to Make a Red Water Sticker to Turn White Again

So it's not uncommon to get your Android or iPhone wet these days. There are things that you can do when your iPhone gets wet, and I recommend that you get an XO Skin Aqua Dry Bag. Even if you manage to get your Android working again, that sticker in the device, usually behind the battery, is white and turns red when it gets wet. This is often the first thing that people that work at Verizon or any other phone store will look for. Usually water damage isn't covered under warranty and that red sticker can mean the difference between getting a replacement device and having to bite the bullet and buy a new device.

However, there is a way to make that red sticker turn white and buy yourself some time to get to the cellphone store and claim that your phone just quit on you.

  1. Locate the sticker. Usually it is behind the door that houses the battery. On an iPhone you might want to get inside the device and get the sticker that's inside it too. 
  2. Get a drop of bleach and put the bleach on the sticker. It should start to turn white almost right away. If the device has sat for some time, then it might take a couple of drops of bleach to make the red sticker turn red again.
  3. Dab away the bleach and dry off anything that might have dripped around the sticker. 
At this point, you might want to run to Verizon or where-ever and tell them that the phone stopped working. I am going to leave the ethical questions up to you to decide if lying about the condition of your phone's true condition is ethical or not. Also, keep in mind that if you are caught doing this you may have to pay the full cost of the device that you were sent as a replacement. 

Good luck!