Smartphones today are announced as “spillproof” or “water-resistant,” which means they will resist to spilled water or even a quick fall into the pool. However, we advise you  not to take the risk.

Water-resistant does not mean Waterproof

You should know that your smartphone´s seals are not perfect. This means that  it’s possible for your phone to break if water manages to get through the rubber protections or glue seals of it. Companies, when testing a phones water-resistance level, immerse it into freshwater, which is not what would happen if your phone falls into the ocean.

A phone’s level of water resistance degrades over time and you should be aware that companies who advertised their phones as water-resistant, don’t actually cover water damage in their warranties.

What does IP68 mean?

Companies classify a phone`s resistance using a IP rating created by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The first number is given by a scale of 1 to 6, which represents the protection against “foreign solid objects” such as dust and sand. Higher number means more protection. The second number is given by a scale of 1 to 8, which represents the phone’s ability to resist moisture. In conclusion, 68 is the highest level.

Apple states that the iPhone 11 in the IP rating means the phone can be immerse into water BUT just up to 2 meters of depth for a maximum of 30 minutes. On the other hand, Samsung states their water resistance protection has a maximum of 1.5 meters of depth for maximum 30 minutes too. However, this doesn’t mean you should use your phone in the water because both companies  do not include liquid damages in their warranty.

In conclusion, the IP rating given  to phones is accepted the first day you buy your phone but invalid the day after that. Unfortunately, your smartphone is not waterproof and there is no guarantee it will outlive more than a quick splash or spill.