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What you need to know about waterproof phones

What you need to know to keep your mobile running even if it does get overly moist.

Taking your smartphone with you everywhere is kind of the point; they’re pocket-sized computers that keep you informed and in touch. The problem with having a pocket-sized computer everywhere is that sometimes it rains. Sometimes you drop your smartphone in the bath, or the pool, or (gasp) in the toilet. We won’t judge, but the reality is that electronics and water don’t mix well.

What if I've just dropped my phone into water?

If you're facing that particular stressful scenario, there are a few key things you can try to coax your phone back to life, but there are very few guarantees because water and electronics are not friends.

The first step is to power down your phone if it's not already off. If you have a phone with a removable battery, pull it out as fast as you can to be sure.

The next step is to allow time for as much water to exit the phone body as possible before trying to use it again. While there are commercially available products that attract water into a sleeve or pocket around a phone, the old low-tech way is to drop it into a small bag of rice and leave it for a period of at least 48 hours before trying to switch the phone back on. As noted, there are no guarantees, but given that, it's worth the price of a small bag of rice to try.

Ouch! That was expensive and stressful! What can I do in the future about my phone and water?

Not dropping your phone in water is a good start. A few light drops of rain shouldn’t be a problem, but an outright soaking, and especially immersion, is very problematic.

There have been a few notable runs of premium smartphones that came with inbuilt waterproofing measures, so you've got some choices to make. The latest iPhone model, the iPhone 8, is called "water resistant" by Apple, but it's IP67 rated so it should withstand accidental immersion. The same is true for Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the LG G6, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium and even Alcatel's low-cost Go Play smartphone.

Water-resistant phones

Updated April 26th, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Internal storage Battery size More info More info
5.8
inches

2436 x 1125px

  • Display

    5.8 inches 2436 x 1125
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    2,659 mAh
12MP + 12MP

64GB


256GB


512GB

2,659
mAh
6.1
inches

3040 x 1440px

  • Display

    6.1 inches 3040 x 1440
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    3,400 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 16MP

128GB


512GB

3,400
mAh
6.39
inches

3120 x 1440px

  • Display

    6.39 inches 3120 x 1440
  • Rear camera

    40MP + 20MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
40MP + 20MP + 8MP

128GB

4,200
mAh
6.2
inches

2960 x 1440px

  • Display

    6.2 inches 2960 x 1440
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    3,500 mAh
12MP + 12MP

64GB


256GB

3,500
mAh
5.5
inches

2160 x 1080px

  • Display

    5.5 inches 2160 x 1080
  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    2,915 mAh
12.2MP

64GB


128GB

2,915
mAh