How to Tell if Your iPhone Is Waterproof

There are two main reasons people ask whether their phone is waterproof. Either they’re worried about dropping their phone in the bath or down the toilet, or they already have.

So whether your phone has already taken a dunking, or you just want to be “in the know” just in case it happens in the future, let our O2 Gurus fill you in.

What is the difference between waterproof and water resistant phones?

Accidentally spill a half-full glass of water on your iPhone? For it to keep working, it’ll need to be water resistant. Deep-sea diving while streaming the Season 3 of Stranger Things? That will require some heavy-duty waterproofing. Understanding the difference between the two helps to explain which iPhone handsets are water resistant, which are waterproof and which should be kept away from water at all costs.

Is my iPhone 11 waterproof?

Whilst the iPhone 11 is not waterproof, it is ‘splash proof’ and water resistant. It can be submerged in 2 metres of water for up to 30 mins. That’s not to say that you keep dunking it in water just for banter.

Is my iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max waterproof?

The same applies here for the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, although, they can be submerged to a depth of 4 metres for up to 30 minutes. We wouldn’t recommend taking a dip with it. Better to be safe than sorry.

Is my iPhone 7 waterproof?

While the iPhone 7 is not waterproof, it is water resistant. This handset was Apple’s first to feature water resistance tech.

Most phones have something called an IP rating. With a score of 67, the iPhone 7 is ‘resistant to splashes’ and can even be ‘submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes’.

In short, it should be able to withstand a dunking in the bath tub. But be warned: significant exposure to liquids can still cause damage to the phone’s mechanics.

Is my iPhone 8 waterproof?

The same rules apply here: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have both been given the same IP67 water resistance standard as the iPhone 7, so while it should survive the goldfish bowl test, we wouldn’t recommend trying it out for a laugh.

Is my iPhone XS waterproof?

Going one better than its predecessors, the iPhone XS and Max XS have been awarded a water-resistance level of IP68. These handsets can withstand ‘splashes’, but can also be submerged in a body of water six-feet deep for up to 30 minutes.

So good news: you could do a cannonball jump into the pool with your XS in your pocket and it should live to fight another day. As above though, we wouldn’t recommend trying it to find out.

Is there an iPhone model that is waterproof?

At the time of writing, there is no iPhone that can be described as completely waterproof. Some other Apple products – including the Apple Watch – are waterproof, but for now, iPhones can only claim a high level of water resistance.

How do I tell if my iPhone is water damaged?

Many iPhone handsets have a Liquid Contact Indicator or LCI for short. This is usually located within the sim slot, so if you remove your sim you should find your LCI inside.

If the LCI is white or silver, then happy days: your iPhone is okay. If the LCI is red, unfortunately, your handset is water damaged and will need to be repaired professionally.

How do I fix a water-damaged iPhone?

First things first: don’t panic. You may be able to save your iPhone despite it having taken a dousing.

Make sure it’s turned off and that all hardware, such as chargers and headphones, have been removed. Grab a cloth – microfiber ones tend to work best – and pat your phone dry, being careful not to let lose threads get stuck inside headphone jacks and other ports.

You will then need to leave your handset in a warm, dry place for a good few hours: we recommend at least five. Hopefully, that will solve any issues. And don’t try the ‘bowl of rice’ technique: leaving your phone on the counter dries it just as fast, but without the dust and starch you’d get from keeping it in rice.

Any other questions? Head to our help & support pages where you can find out lots more and live chat with one of our Gurus.

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