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Is my iPhone waterproof?

Got into a rain shower with your iPhone? Or did you drop your smartphone in the toilet? Then you are right to ask yourself whether yours iPhone waterproof is. In the meantime, Apple has also discovered this feature for the iPhone and has given it to a few selected models. What is behind it and which iPhones are protected against water we will show you in the following article.

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IP protection class determines water tightness

Before we turn to the question of how waterproof the various iPhone models are, it is important to clarify what happens to the much-cited one IP protection class has on itself. The designation "IP" stands for International Protection Mark and appears particularly in connection with newer iPhones. In combination with the following two digits, the abbreviation provides information on how well a device is protected against the ingress of foreign bodies and liquids.

The first number describes the protection against the ingress of solid foreign objects such as dirt, sand and dust. All iPhone models from the iPhone 7 onwards have an IP certification that corresponds to the Code number 6 begins and represents the highest of a total of 6 degrees of protection. The number says that the device dust-tight and completely protected against contact is.

The second digit is of particular interest for our purposes. Because this tells you how well the device is protected against liquids. While there is no difference in the dust protection of the devices and the maximum has already been reached here, it looks with the Watertightness different. There are a total of 9 degrees of protection, which determine whether a device is only water-repellent or completely waterproof. In this context, only those are relevant for the iPhone Numbers 7 and 8.

Which iPhones are waterproof?

iPhones with the Code number 7 in the IP code - i.e. IP67 - are protected against temporary immersion and survive up to 30 minutes in a water depth of up to one meter. This includes the following models:

  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 (Plus)
  • iPhone 7 (Plus)

Devices with the Clause 8 in the IP code, on the other hand - i.e. IP68 - are against permanent immersion for up to 30 minutes protected. This affects the models:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro (up to 4 meters)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max (up to 4 meters)
  • iPhone 12 (up to 6 meters)
  • iPhone 12 mini (up to 6 meters)
  • iPhone 12 Pro (up to 6 meters)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (up to 6 meters)

The two IP protection classes that are used in (newer) iPhones and, according to Apple, guarantee protection against "splashes, water and dust" are IP67 and IP68. From the iPhone 7 onwards, all models survive - at least temporarily - a water bath or heavy contact with the liquid. All older iPhones are not protected from water, although some models - such as the iPhone 6s - have proven this property in various (unofficial) tests. In another article, we'll show you what to do if your iPhone gets wet.

Already knew: With a special App you can easily remove water from the iPhone speakers!

Which iPhones are IP certified?

For a better overview, we show you the IP certification of all previous iPhone models below.

modelIP certificationwaterproof?
iPhone 12 Pro MaxIP68Yes
iPhone 12 ProIP68Yes
iPhone 12 miniIP68Yes
iPhone 12IP68Yes
iPhone 11IP68Yes
iPhone 11 ProIP68Yes
iPhone 11 Pro MaxIP68Yes
iPhone XS IP68Yes
iPhone XS MaxIP68Yes
iPhone XRIP67Yes
iPhone XIP67Yes
iPhone 8 (Plus)IP67Yes
iPhone 7 (Plus)IP67Yes
iPhone SE (2nd generation)IP67Yes
iPhone 6s (Plus)No certificationNo
iPhone SE (1st generation)No certificationNo
iPhone 6 and olderNo certificationNo

Waterproof doesn't mean waterproof

The IP protection class and Apple speak of protection against water. However, if you think you can go diving in the sea with your iPhone on your next vacation or swim a few laps in the pool, be warned. Salt water and Chemicals such as chlorine, can irreparably damage the interior of the device and should be avoided as a matter of urgency. Even if the iPhone is constantly moving under water, 100% protection can no longer be guaranteed.

According to Apple, the property was tested under “controlled laboratory conditions”, which means: in clear water and in a resting state. Accordingly, the iPhone is not protected from all liquidsthat it could come into contact with. This applies to both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 or iPhone X (and newer). However, rainwater, a fall into a water basin or a spilled drink cannot harm an appropriately certified iPhone.

tip: In another post we will show you how you can recognize water damage on the iPhone.

No guarantee for iPhone water damage!

IPhones with IP certification are advertised as waterproof by Apple, but the Apple warranty does not cover any "damage caused by liquids". That sounds paradoxical, but it is due to the fact that the protection against dust and water can decrease over time due to normal wear and tear. A warranty claim due to water damage can therefore Not be invoked. The user concerned bears the costs for a defective device himself. Only careful use of the iPhone helps, especially if it is not a new device. In addition, Apple specifically advises in the fine print never to charge a wet iPhone.

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