Waterproof phones, do they exist?
How much water can your device handle?
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)
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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