Waterproof phones, do they exist?
It’s the age-old question, “is my phone waterproof?” The short answer, not exactly. Most recent devices are water-resistant. This means your device can survive short dips in the tub and are safe from splashes of water.
Some of the latest water-resistant devices as of June 2019
iPhone XR (IP67)
iPhone XS (IP68)
iPhone XS Max(IP68)
S20 - 5G
Note 9 (IP68)
V40 ThinQ (IP68)
G8 ThinQ (IP68)
LG Stylo 4+ (IP68)
What does IP Mean?
It is a measurement of resistance, from dust and liquid, a device can take. Most devices are water-resistant up to a certain point and depth. For example, a device with a rating of IP67 can withstand being submerged 1 meter (3.29 feet) for up to 30 minutes. A device with an IP68 rating can withstand being submerged 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for up to 30 minutes.
Heads Up: This is an average for the device in static water or standing water. These devices ARE NOT rated for salt water which can cause damage.
Other Device Waterproof ratings include:
Samsung – IP68 Rating
Note9, S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, and S7 edge.
Check out what Samsung has to say about water and their devices.
Apple – IP67 Rating
iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.
Check out what Apple has to say about water and their devices.
Do's and Don'ts
Get a water-proof case. Especially if you are going to be around water for long periods of time.
Dry your phone after it has been exposed to water.
Salt water is bad for water-resistant devices. I know from personal experience. My phone was in the pocket of my swim trunks when I was enjoying the ocean water, my phone did not fair well.
Do not keep your phone in the water longer than the rating.
Do not charge your phone if it has been exposed to water - most devices display a warning message along side a tone.
Knowledge is Power!
Check out our techbuzz page to learn what “waterproof” really means.
ChrisZ, AT&T Community Specialist
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