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Is My Phone Waterproof? IP68 And IPX8 Ratings Demystified

Are you worried about whether the phone you have or plan to buy is waterproof? In this article, we are going to explain the waterproof ratings, specifically the IP68 and IPX8 ratings, and try to answer your question. 

We will also give you tips on how to care for your device to avoid potential water damage. By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll clearly understand your iPhone’s ability to resist water and know how to protect it from potential damage.

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Understanding IP Ratings

What are IP Ratings?

Ingress Protection (IP) ratings are a standardized system used to define the degree of protection offered by an electronic device against dust, water, and other foreign particles. The IP rating system is widely used in the electronics industry. 

Decoding IP Ratings

An IP rating consists of two numbers: the first digit represents the device’s protection against solid particles (like dust), while the second digit signifies the protection against liquids (like water). In general, a higher number means that the protection is better. 

For example, if your device has an IP68 rating it means that it is well protected against dust and water. On the other hand, if your device has an IP44 rating it means that this protection is moderate and can be damaged if it gets in touch with water and dust.

Waterproof Ratings Explained

IP68 Rating

Many iPhones come with an IP68 rating. This implies that these devices can effectively withstand dust and can be immersed in water to a particular depth for a set duration without getting damaged. However, it’s important to note that “water resistance” does not equal “waterproof”. An IP68 rating signifies the device’s ability to withstand water ingress for a limited period, but it does not guarantee protection against water damage in all circumstances.

IPX8 Rating

The IPX8 rating is specifically focused on water protection. Devices with this rating can withstand continuous submersion in water beyond one meter in depth, and for extended periods, as specified by the manufacturer. However, this rating does not provide information about dust protection.

Is My iPhone Waterproof?

iPhone Water Resistance Ratings

Most iPhones released in recent years have an IP68 rating, making them resistant to water ingress. However, as we have already mentioned, water resistance won’t protect your device from water damage. The device’s functionality will be impacted by factors like water pressure, temperature, and the time the device has been submerged.

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Tips for Protecting Your iPhone

To keep your iPhone safe from water damage, follow these precautions:

  • Avoid using your iPhone in heavy rain, near pools, or at the beach.
  • If your iPhone gets wet, turn it off, dry it with a soft cloth, and let it air dry before turning it back on.
  • Avoid charging your iPhone when it’s wet, as this can cause damage to the charging port and internal components.
  • Use a waterproof case if you plan to use your iPhone near water frequently.

What to Do If Your iPhone Gets Water Damage

Signs of Water Damage

If your iPhone has been exposed to water, look for these signs of damage:

  • Unresponsive screen or buttons
  • Distorted or no sound
  • Problems with charging or turning on
  • Presence of moisture in the camera lens or charging port

Steps to Take

If you suspect water damage, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your iPhone and do not attempt to charge it.
  2. Remove the SIM card and any external accessories.
  3. Dry your iPhone with a soft cloth and let it air dry for at least 48 hours. 
  4. Avoid using a hairdryer or other heat sources to dry your iPhone, as this can cause further damage. 
  5. After the drying period, attempt to turn your iPhone back on. If it remains unresponsive or shows signs of damage, contact Apple Support or an authorized service provider for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an IP68-rated iPhone suitable for swimming or water sports?

While an IP68-rated iPhone is water-resistant, you shouldn’t use it while swimming or doing other water activities. Prolonged exposure to water, high water pressure, and rapid changes in temperature can compromise the device’s water resistance capabilities.

Can I use my iPhone in the shower?

Using your iPhone in the shower is not recommended. Steam and high humidity can negatively impact your device’s water resistance and may lead to water damage.

Does the warranty cover water damage?

Apple’s warranty does not cover water damage for iPhones. It’s essential to take precautions to prevent water damage, as repairs for such issues can be costly.

Abschluss

Although many iPhones have an IP68 rating, it’s important to understand that water resistance does not equate to waterproof. To keep your device safe, avoid exposing it to water whenever possible, and follow the guidelines provided in this blog post. 

More articles to read :

https://mashable.com/article/which-iphones-are-waterproof – Andy Moser

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/138727-ip-ratings-what-do-they-actually-mean/ – Cam Bunton

https://www.audiogrounds.com/ipx-ratings/ – Steve Guttenberg

https://www.nemaenclosures.com/blog/ingress-protection-ratings/ – Rob Bohn

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