Is your iPhone actually waterproof? From iPhone 6 to 12

Is your iphone actually waterproof

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In summer, people like to go swimming, surfing, or fishing. These water sports, although exciting, they have specific safety risks. There is nothing more troublesome for outdoor sports lovers (especially swimming, surfing, and fishing lovers) than dropping a mobile phone into the water. With the development of science and technology, most of today's smartphones have been designed with waterproof functions to meet users' needs.

As a high-tech company that develops and sells smartphones, Apple also attaches great importance to the waterproof function of mobile phones. Starting with the iPhone, Apple's mobile phones have entered the public's field of vision and become the best smartphone in many people's minds. Almost every year, Apple will announce new Apple mobile phones, attracting public purchases.

Anyone who owns an iPhone will be curious about whether the iPhone they use is waterproof and how their waterproof effect?

Before clarifying the waterproof effect of the iPhone 6 to iPhone 12, we need to understand the waterproof rating Ingress Protection of the mobile phone.

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What is Ingress Protection Rating?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 6?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 7?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 8?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone X?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone XS?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone XR?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone XS Max?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 11?

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 12?

What is the water resistance principle of your iPhone?

What is Ingress Protection Rating?

Electronic waterproof electronic devices such as mobile phones have a waterproof rating, which is used to determine the waterproof effect of the device. The commonly used industry standard for mobile phone devices is IP Rating, which stands for Ingress Protection. There are usually two numbers behind the IP.

Take the waterproof rating IP67 as an example. The first number "6" is talking about solids like dust. The dust protection is distinguished from 1-6, the larger number, the better the dust-proof effect. The second number "7" is talking about liquids. The waterproof grade is distinguished from 1-9—the larger number, the better the waterproof effect.

According to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Ingress Protection rating of IP67 indicates that the device can withstand water depths of 1 meter(3.3 feet) for no longer than 30 minutes.

And the Ingress Protection rating of IP68 indicates that the device can withstand water depths of 2meter(6.6 feet) for up to 30 minutes.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 6?

In September 2014, the iPhone 6 was released. As a revolutionary mobile phone that year, iPhone 6 set a sales record when it was released. At that time, people did not pay much attention to whether the mobile phone was waterproof. The innovation of iPhone 6 focused on the performance of the mobile phone.

Therefore, iPhone 6 and later iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus do not have any waterproof function. So if your iPhone 6 falls into the water, you should take it out of the water immediately and be prepared to repair or replace a new one.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 7?

In September 2016, Apple released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. This is the first time in Apple's history that it has launched a water-resistant mobile phone. Apple claims that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus use a new sealing technology that enables the phone to reach the Ingress Protection (IP) Rating of IP67.

However, this does not mean that you can throw your phone into the water without any scruples. In Apple’s official statement, it was clearly stated that iPhone 7 just splash and water resistant, and they pointed out that liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

So if you want to make your iPhone 7 waterproof, you can use a professional iPhone 7 waterproof phone case. Janazan's waterproof case is made of professional waterproof materials, which can keep your phone dry for 30 minutes in a water depth of 2 meters. It can perfectly protect your iPhone7 from water damage.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 8?

In September 2017, Apple released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus. They continue the waterproof performance of iPhone 7 and reach IP67 of IEC standard 60529. This means that your phone can withstand short-term soaking and splashing in daily life. But like iPhone 7, after long-term use, the waterproof function of iPhone 8 will wear out.

Once again, Apple did not provide any warranty for the liquid-damaged iPhone 8 in its official statement. Therefore, for the so-called "waterproof" function of iPhone 8, you should still consider using a real iPhone 8 waterproof case. Because it can protect your phone in 360 degrees, whether your phone is dropped into the washbasin or toilet, it can stay in the water for 30 minutes without being damaged by the water.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone X?

The iPhone X, launched simultaneously as the iPhone 8, is a significant change in the appearance of Apple's mobile phones. Unlike traditional fingerprint touch unlocking, iPhone x adopts a brand-new facial recognition technology. You only need to use facial recognition to open your phone easily.

But in terms of waterproof performance, the iPhone x has not made any progress, and it is still IP 67 water resistant. This level can only support iPhone X for less than 30 minutes in a water depth of 1 meter (3.3ft).

Apple claims that iPhone X has Splash, water, and dust resistance, but these are not permanent conditions. They also said that resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. At the same time, they still did not provide a warranty for a liquid-damaged iPhone X.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone XS?

In September 2018, Apple released the iPhone Xs. In appearance, there is not much difference between iPhone XS and iPhone X. The same screen size, the same body size, but the waterproof performance has been improved from the original IP67 to IP68, which means that the iPhone XS has excellent water resistance and can stay in water depths of 2 meters for 30 minutes.

But this is only a test in Apple's laboratory. In real daily life, frequent use of mobile phones will inevitably encounter the situation of falling from a high place. The screen gap will be loose when your phone fall, which will quickly reduce the water-resistance effection.

Therefore, Apple also emphasized this point in the statement, Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions. The warranty clause does not provide services for the iPhone XS damaged by liquid.

If you want to use your iPhone Xs while swimming or surfing, you'd better use iPhone Xs waterproof case. It has not only an excellent waterproof function but also has a perfect anti-drop function. Even if it is dropped from a height of 2 meters, you don't need to worry that your phone will be damaged.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone XR?

iPhone XR was launched at the same time as the iPhone Xs, but the waterproof performance is not the same as that of the iPhone XS, which is IP 67. This means that your iPhone XR is resistant to accidental spills from common liquids, such as soda, beer, coffee, tea, and juice. In the event of a spill, rinse the affected area with tap water, then wipe your iPhone off and dry it.

But the waterproof effect is not permanent. Apple advises you not to swim or bathing with your iPhone XR to prevent liquid damage.

So if you need to use your iPhone XR when you swimming or bathing, you can take an iPhone XR waterproof case. It can keep your phone dry at all times and away from water vapor.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone XS Max?

As the best performing phone released by Apple in 2018, iPhone XS Max continues the IP68 waterproof rating. It is Splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions. When your phone accidentally spilled coffee, water, or other liquids, you can rinse under running water.

But in the face of pressurized water or high-speed water, such as surfing, swimming, bathing, the waterproof effect cannot be guaranteed, which means that the liquid may damage your iPhone XS Max in the above cases.

To ensure the safety of your phone, you can use Janazan iPhone XS Max Waterproof Case. Your phone can be well protected even in pressurized water such as motorboats, surfing, and swimming.

Because this case has undergone rigorous laboratory tests, it can remain watertight for 30 minutes even in a depth of two meters. At the same time, it has also passed the military-grade anti-fall test, which can resist shock up to 2 meters (6.6ft). For those who like adventure, it is perfect.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 11?

In September 2019, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 pro, and iPhone 11 pro max were officially released. The appearance of the mobile phone has been greatly changed this time. The camera adopts a square design, which is unique, but this does not affect the waterproof effect of the iPhone 11. It is still IP 68. Apple said that the iPhone 11 could stay underwater at 4 meters for up to 30 minutes.

However, this does not mean that you can take your iPhone 11 to swim because the water flow in the laboratory is not the same as the actual water in life. The laboratory is stagnant water, and the swimming pool is dynamic water, which means that when you are swimming, the constantly changing water pressure will impact your phone, which will significantly impact the water resistance effect of iPhone 11. And with the frequent use of mobile phones, the waterproof effect will gradually decrease.

According to Apple's warranty terms, iPhone 11 will not be covered by any warranty if it is damaged by liquid. So if you want to use your phone to take pictures underwater without protection, you should be prepared to repair your phone. Or, use the professional waterproof case for iPhone 11 to continue chasing your dreams.

How is the water-resistance of iPhone 12?

In October 2020, the iPhone 12 series, which many fans of Apple phones dream of, was released. This release includes iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 pro max four models. Apple stated at the press conference that the new iPhone 12 series have a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529.

If you accidentally spill coffee on your phone, you can rinse it under running water and then dry it. However, please do not charge the phone when it is still wet, as this may cause damage to the phone.

At the same time, Apple also recommends not to use mobile phones in sauna or steam rooms. If your phone frequently drops or loose screws, this will greatly reduce the waterproof effect of iPhone 12. Apple will not provide warranty services for mobile phones damaged by liquids.

If you want to ensure that the phone is still waterproof after being dropped or repaired, you recommend using the iPhone 12 waterproof case. The professional mobile phone case is not only waterproof but also has an anti-drop function.

Even if the phone is dropped from a height of two meters(6.6ft), the foam pad installed in the phone case can absorb the impact and protect your phone perfectly. You can take your phone to motorboats, skiing, swimming or any other outdoor sports you like without worrying about the safety of your phone all the time.

What is the water resistance principle of your iPhone?

Many people are curious about the waterproof principle of Apple mobile phones. Below is an introduction to the disassembly of the iPhone body.

iphone waterproof adhesive

1. You can see the black adhesive clearly when the screen remove from the phone. This tacky black substance is water-resistant and helps keep water and dust out of the phone.

Charge port rubber ring

2. The rubber ring around the charging port helps keep water out.

waterproof clear plastic

3. The Lightning port hole is sealed with this clear plastic. Each little component on the charging port ribbon is also protected by plastic. Just in case water does get inside the phone. The electronics close by the opening will still be protected.

microphone hole

4. The left side of the charging port is a microphone hole and this is still protected by the same type of waterproof mesh.  

water drop

5. It lets air and sound through as long as the water pressure is minimal liquid would rather stick to itself than pass through the small openings thumbs up for the sweet waterproof mesh.

power button rubber ring

6. The power button internal housing is right here along the edge. If remove the button entirely, each prong of the switch has a little rubber washer on the tip. That will probably help keep water out as long as it is exceptionally shallow water without any pressure.

 Sim rubber ring

7. The SIM card tray has a loose-fitting little rubber ring around the edge of it.

If you use your iPhone as your daily device we would highly suggest that you still stay clear of water. Just think of that ip67 ip68 rating as an added layer of protection a little peace of mind. But do not trust it with regular liquid contact and also definitely keep it out of a hot shower steam gets into more places that normal water will certainly not. If your phone gets damaged it is entirely your problem and not apples. 

At any time, the phone in your hand should be the best tool for you to record wonderful moments. You don't have to miss the chance to document those special moments. We tell you the water-resistance of the mobile phone because we want you to use the mobile phone correctly without getting irreparable damage to the mobile phone because of your wrong actions. Janazan provides you with various protective phone cases, including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and iPad. If your mobile phone protection is safe enough, you can use it to get into adventure and  chase your dreams without any scruples.


If your iPhone accidentally falls into the water, how to deal with it urgently?

The most common answer on the Internet is to put it in a rice tank, but the method is not omnipotent. So today I will teach you some other methods.

First of all, pick up the phone as quickly as possible. Whether it is dropped in the toilet, bathtub or lake, don't dislike dirty and pick it up as soon as possible. The longer your phone stay in the water, the more water will seep into your phone.

Remove the removable electronic components, such as SIM cards, SD cards, etc., blow off most of the water on the phone's surface, dry it with a clean, dry towel, and prepare for the subsequent drying.


  1. Crystal cat litter
Crystal cat litter

If you keeps cats at home, you can try crystal cat litter. Made of silica gel, it has strong water absorption and can absorb water well. You can buy them at large grocery stores or pet stores.


  1. Desiccant



There are often synthetic desiccant packages in packaging the goods we buy, such as shoe boxes, dry food, and electronic equipment. Its side length is generally 2cm. Inside it is a silica gel ball with strong water absorption, which can absorb the moisture in the mobile phone.

You don't need to open the packaging, just stack them on the phone to suck out the moisture.


  1. Instant oatmeal
Instant oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is more absorbent than ordinary oatmeal and oatmeal groats, and you can buy it at your local grocery store.

Instant oatmeal can effectively dry the phone, but if you use oatmeal to dry the phone tiny parts, the parts may stick to small and sticky oatmeal, which requires professional guidance.


  1. North African Pearl Rice
North African Pearl Rice


North African pearl rice is a kind of crushed dry wheat kernels. Compared with ordinary rice, the drying effect is better. These small dry wheat grains, like silica balls or instant oatmeal, can suck out the residual moisture in the mobile phone parts.

You can buy North African pearl rice in grocery stores or supermarkets, and it will not stick to mobile phone parts and is cleaner than instant oatmeal.



If there is no desiccant, you can put the phone in a cool room and use a fan to blow it all the time.

Please do not put the phone in the oven or blow it with a hot hairdryer. The too high temperature will damage or even melt the critical parts of the phone.

Do not disassemble the machine without authorization, and go to the nearby repair shop as soon as possible.

If you want your phone to be truly waterproof, please use a professional waterproof phone case.