Can an iPhone get wet? This is your level of resistance to water and dust — 2022

There is an unwritten law that says that we should never get our mobile wet. This is understandable knowing that for physical reasons, electronics and the liquid element are two irreconcilable enemies. However, we have also seen that the advances of recent years allow mobile phones such as the iPhone to be water resistant to a certain extent, so that we can save ourselves some disappointment if by accident it falls on a surface with water.

List of waterproof iPhones

Surely on some occasion you have heard of phones with IP67, IP68 or similar certification. These are quality standards that guarantee some protection of this equipment against splashes or dust, even allowing it to be submersible in some cases.

What do the initials IP accompanied by numbers mean?

The International Electrotechnical Commission, known by its acronym IEC , is in charge of granting these IP certificates. Precisely those two letters are acronyms for Ingress Protection (degree of protection in English). The first figure that accompanies these acronyms refers to the level of protection against dust, while the second refers to water. Therefore we could say that an iPhone (or any other) that is IP67 has a degree of protection of 6 against dust and 7 against water, all on a scale with 9 as the highest range of protection.



These certificates are achieved by carrying out a meticulous phone construction process in which the sealing of these guarantees greater resistance to damage by this type of element. This is complex because, after all, devices like the iPhone need external connectors that, to a greater or lesser extent, allow external elements to enter the terminal. That is why the 3.5 mm headphone jack was also eliminated in its day.

It should be noted that before offering these quality standards, the phones have had to go through strict tests under different conditions , all of them controlled by experts in specialized laboratories.

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Models with certification against water

The iPhone List IP67 of IEC standard 60529 is as follows:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)

On the other hand, we have another list of resistant iPhones through the IP68 of IEC standard 60529:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

About getting iPhone wet or submerged

Once the data is known, we can understand that if an iPhone is waterproof, nothing will happen if it gets wet. However, there are several aspects that we must always take into account in real life, since the data says one thing and in the end in reference to controlled tests, while experience tells us that you don't have to trust completely of those certificates that are granted.

To what extent are iPhones resistant?

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Within the certificates that each of these iPhones has, we find that Apple also gives a series of specific indications about the possibility of immersing the devices in water:

    Submersible 6 meters for 30 minutes:
    • iPhone 12
    • iPhone 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro
    • iPhone 12 Pro Max
    Submersible 4 meters for 30 minutes:
    • iPhone 11 Pro
    • iPhone 11 Pro Max
    Submersible 2 meters for 30 minutes:
    • iPhone XS
    • iPhone XS Max
    • iPhone 11
    Submersible 1 meter for 30 minutes:
    • iPhone 7
    • iPhone 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8
    • iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)

It should be noted that in addition to immersion, these iPhones are obviously splash resistant that can come from a tap of water, soft drinks, coffee, beer or juices. However, in cases where it is not water as such, adverse circumstances could arise due to the corrosive components that these liquids could have.

Loss of efficacy against water

Something important and to keep in mind to recommend not getting the iPhone wet is that the level of efficiency decreases over time. The materials that guarantee the correct sealing of the devices tend to suffer over the months, so diving with an iPhone purchased 2 days ago will not have the same degree of reliability as one purchased 2 months or 2 years ago, despite that this is the same terminal. Unfortunately, this is something that companies do not say as openly as when they refer to the IP certificate they have. However, you should always keep it in mind, although as you will see in the following points, the best recommendation will always be to avoid immersing the device on purpose.

Prevent water from entering the device

There are some occasions where it is difficult to rid the iPhone of ending up completely wet. The clearest example is, for example, having to have the iPhone on the beach or the pool where there is a large amount of humidity. Also, in this situation it can be really easy the fact that splashes or even falls into the water, either sweet or salty. The way to avoid it mainly is to use a cover that is suitable. Right now we are used to installing cases whose mission is to protect the device from falls that it may suffer. But there are also other models whose mission is to protect from the damage of the water itself.

These covers are a kind of bag where the device is inserted. They are completely transparent and this will ultimately allow the device to be used even if it is inside this case. Not only view notifications, but also choose to respond to messages appropriately and even make videos through this layer that can be found. These pouches can be hung around your neck so you never have to let your device out of your sight. In addition, the hermetic closure will prevent any water from entering, even if you are swimming in the water with your mobile always on top. This makes it a good anti-theft system.

When the iPhone has gotten wet or there is suspicion of it

The iPhone may have gotten wet and be aware of it because it was done on purpose or because we have witnessed the accidental splash. However, there are times when there may be more doubts about it because we do not remember that contact with water has occurred or because we suspect that moisture may have affected the phone.

The most common way to find out

There are some very obvious ways to know that the iPhone has gotten wet and all of them derive from strange behaviors in the device such as the impossibility of turning it on, that it suddenly turns off unexpectedly, that the speakers do not sound correctly and are as if clogged... There are a lot of problems derived from water damage. Obviously not all of them are always due to this cause, so they will not be in any case a one hundred percent reliable method that the iPhone has damage of this type.

Another more obvious is that we find water stains on the screen internally. Whether in bubble format or fully liquid. In fact, it is likely that in those cases you will not even be able to manipulate the device. It is also another sign to meet rusty chassis parts , especially on the sides, since depending on the liquid it can be more or less abrasive and lift the paint from the terminal.

The official Apple method for it

There is an official way to know if water has entered our device, and this is to look at the LCI or liquid contact indicator. This is nothing more than a kind of sticker that will turn red when it comes into contact with any liquid. Where can we find it? In the slot of our SIM card. You will only have to remove the SIM to check it. It is important to do this before going to the Apple Store in order to request the repair as we will see below.

And if you're thinking of manipulating this tag, it's a really tricky thing. This indicator has a chemical indicator that will react with any type of liquid substance that accesses the interior of the iPhone. Once it reacts you will not be able to modify it to try to deceive Apple itself.

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How to dry the inside of the phone

Surely if you are reading this article it is because, at least, you have doubts that your iPhone has gotten wet internally. Therefore, you will like to know that there is a way to get that liquid out of your device. If you are an Apple Watch user, you will know that it has the functionality of being able to remove the water from inside it through a series of sounds and vibrations that makes the speakers remove all the internal water.

Unfortunately this function, at least for now, has not reached the iPhone. However, we can simulate it with an application called Sonic that will do just what the Apple Watch does: emit a kind of sound accompanied by their respective vibrations that cause the liquid to come out through the device's speakers.

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How should the mobile be placed to avoid damage

The first thing you should do if your iPhone gets wet is not to panic and avoid things like charging your iPhone while it's wet. It is not good to put the iPhone in rice either, despite the fact that it is something very widespread and that people tend to believe that it is beneficial to dry it. It is best to stand it up. with the lightning connector down so that the water that has been able to enter falls and then pass a soft, lint-free cloth to dry it.

iPhone wet wipe cloth

If the liquid that has wet the iPhone is not water, you should first wet it with tap water, and then wipe it with a clean cloth and dry it. It is also recommended to turn it off for a few minutes as a preventive measure. Afterwards, it is recommended to tap gently with the iPhone still face down, in such a way that the liquid that could be inside falls out. It is also recommended to check the SIM card tray.

Wait a few minutes until you use the iPhone again and try turning it on, so you can check if it works fine. It is recommended to test the cameras, microphone and speaker to rule out any internal damage.

Warranty and possible repair prices

Once you have certified that your iPhone has not only gotten wet, but also that it is experiencing problems to be used normally, it will be up to you to know what you should do. Below we explain the key points of the Apple guarantee for these cases, as well as the possible official repair prices if you decide to go to technical support.

Does the warranty cover liquid damage?

Regardless of whether or not they are certified for protection against water and dust, neither Apple nor any other distribution company is responsible for this type of damage. That is why a recommendation that we usually make is that of do not wet the device under any concept. Nothing should happen if the phone is new, has the correct seals and the rules of not immersing it deeper are followed, but the truth is that it is better to be cautious and take into account the old saying that it is better to prevent what to cure

maybe a additional insurance or the hiring of AppleCare + As an extended warranty, they could cover you in the event of this type of problem. On some occasions, with the payment of a franchise, the repair can be free or the cost of the repair can be considerably reduced. In any case, it will always be a good option to take into account when assessing these possible damages to your iPhone.

Price that the repair will have at Apple

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When an iPhone has water damage no repair possible and what Apple offers for it is a replacement iPhone to yours. The prices of these equipments are these:

    iPhone 5c:€307.10 iPhone 5s:€307.10 iPhone 6:€331.10 iPhone 6 Plus:€361.10 iPhone 6s:€331.10 iPhone 6s Plus:€361.10 iPhone SE (1st generation):€307.10 iPhone 7:€347.10 iPhone 7 Plus:€381.10 iPhone 8:€381.10 iPhone 8 Plus:€431.10 iPhone X:€591.10 iPhone XS:€591.10 iPhone XS Max:€641.10 iPhone XR:€431.10 iPhone 11:€431.10 iPhone 11 Pro:€491.10 iPhone 11 Pro Max:€641.10 iPhone SE (2nd generation):€307.10 iPhone 12:€477.10 iPhone 12 mini:€431.10 iPhone 12 Pro:€591.10 iPhone 12 Pro Max:€641.10

It should be noted that in any of these replacements you will obtain an additional guarantee, despite the fact that the phones have their quality certified. They are phones restored and tuned to work optimally, with a completely new case, battery and screen. Therefore, for practical purposes you will get a new iPhone.