Waterproof Phones, do they Exist? - Help from the AT&T Community
Learn about water-resistant ratings and what they mean
It’s the age-old question, “Is my phone waterproof?” The short answer is 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.
What does IP Mean?
It is a measurement of resistance, from dust and liquid, a device can take. It stands for "Ingress Protection". 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
The latest devices like S23 series, S22 series, and S21 series
Check out what Samsung has to say about water and learn what other devices are listed
Apple – IP67 Rating
iPhone 14 series, iPhone 13 series, and iPhone 12 series
Check out what Apple has to say about water and learn what other devices are listed
Do's and Don'ts
Get a waterproof 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.
Saltwater is bad for water-resistant devices.
Do not keep your phone in the water longer than the rating suggests.
Do not charge your phone if it has been exposed to water - most devices display a warning message as well as a tone.
Knowledge is Power!
Check out our techbuzz page to learn what “waterproof” really means.
I went to Zion National Park and hiked threw The Narrows. It is an area of the park where you are able to hike through a river. Sometimes the water is ankle height, others hip. I had my phone in my pocket. I did not think it would be an issue since I would not be hip deep for more than a few minutes at a time.
The girlfriend recommended I put my phone in a waterproof case. Of course, I ignored her. Long story short, my phone ended up with water damage. Moral, get a waterproof case and keep it in there.
ChrisZ, AT&T Community Specialist
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