Common Motherboard Issues After Dropping a Phone (or Other Impact)

Smartphones have become so vital to daily living that a day without them can ruin your productivity. So, seeing your phone drop to the ground will make your heart skip a beat.

Can regular hard drops damage your device? The answer is yes. Sometimes, this damage goes beyond external destruction to harm vital internal components, like the motherboard, making it malfunction in numerous ways.

This article is for you if you'd love to know the common motherboard issues that may occur after dropping your phone.

Will Dropping My Phone Affect Its Motherboard?

Your phone's motherboard is one of its most vital parts as it holds the essential components together and dropping the device would likely damage it. The following are signs that your phone's motherboard is malfunctioning:

  • Your phone won't switch on even when properly charged 
  • The device vibrates and turns on, but the screen remains blank or malfunctions 
  • Your device keeps turning on and off on its own
  • Some of your phone's hardware functions like Bluetooth, WiFi, sim card connector, etc., start acting up.

What Happens After Dropping a Smartphone?

Besides the issues mentioned above, your phone can also develop these problems when it drops:

  • Charging Port Problems

There's a high chance of experiencing charging issues if your phone was plugged in when it dropped. This is usually due to charging port or phone battery damage. 

  • Shattered Screen

Your phone's screen is fragile and can easily break once it drops. This is one of the most common and easily detectable damage due to a hard drop. 

Besides losing its aesthetics, a cracked screen can affect your phone's touch screen capacity. It'll also put your device's inner parts at risk of damage.

Common Issues with Dropping an iPhone

  • Battery Connector Gets Loose

One of the most common issues with dropping your iPhone, especially an iPhone 8 plus, happens with the component near the battery connector. It can knock out and cause some malfunctions. 

  • Soldering Joint Issues

Another common problem with dropping an iPhone is the soldering joints on your phone's front camera cable can separate due to the impact upon hitting the floor. When that happens, the proximity sensor (that prevents manipulation due to face touching during phone calls) can stop working. In addition, many iPhone 8 plus's ear speakers will malfunction due to hard or regular drops.

  • Touch Screen Doesn't Respond

The motherboard design of the new iPhones such as: the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, is they are compact and are comprised of two sandwiched printed circuit boards (PCBs). However, like with the iPhone 8 plus, the sandwiched components can quickly disintegrate due to impact. 

This affects the touch screen and makes it unresponsive. In such cases, even a new screen will develop touch screen issues after a while if you don't fix the problem.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know the dangers of dropping your phone, it's wise to be extra cautious when handling it. However, no matter how careful you are, accidents happen that cause your phone to fall to the ground. 

In such cases, we have experienced soldering technicians that are trained in many different motherboard repairs, including micro soldering, selective soldering, and more. We will accurately diagnose your phone (or other device) for free and then do the iPhone repair in no time. Schedule a free, no obligation quote by calling or visiting our stores across British Columbia and Alberta right away. Schedule an appointment online and save $5 on the cost of your repair!

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