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Published on: 07.01.2023

Is the iPhone 12 Waterproof?

What Do You Pay Attention to When Buying a Phone? 

What do you pay attention to when buying a new smartphone? Its camera, processor, operating system, RAM and storage are among the criteria that many users pay attention to. What about their dust and water resistance?

The Distinction Between Water Resistant and Waterproof

Out of the two phrases, “water-resistance” indicates a lower level of water protection. A product that bears the term “water-resistant” is capable of repelling water and, to some extent, resisting water penetration. Thin-film nanotechnology is typically used to cover water-resistant devices, making them hydrophobic. The coating may cover both the inside and outside of the object.

On the other side, a gadget is impermeable if it is described as “waterproof.” The Ingress Protection (IP) rating is the closest indicator at this time of a device’s waterproofing.

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What is the IP Rating?

The IP rating is the official certification awarded to a mobile phone after it has been tested for dust and liquid resistance. A smartphone will only be tested for this rating if the manufacturer thinks it will add value.

This means that if a phone is not water resistant at all, it is unlikely to have an IP rating. That doesn't mean it's not always resistant, just unconfirmed. Even once a phone has an IP rating, it can be damaged by water. Each IP rating will have different limitations, especially when it comes to resistance to liquids.

Which iPhone Models are Waterproof?

Water resistance is a feature on all iPhones 7 and later. All the most recent iPhone models have completed regulated laboratory testing and are, to some extent, splash, water, and dustproof.

According to IEC standard 60529 the iPhone 7 is waterproof to a maximum depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. According to IEC standard 60529 the iPhone 12 is waterproof to a maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes. Find out exactly what the numbers on Apple’s website mean by looking for your model’s water resistance rating there.

Is the iPhone 12 Waterproof?

According to the International Electrotechnical Commission, iPhone 12 with an IP68 waterproof rating is not protected against high pressures or temperatures. That's why Apple recommends that you don't swim, shower, bathe, or do water sports with the iPhone 12.

The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max series of Smartphones are Water-Resistant?

Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are water-resistant. The Pro models meet the IEC standard 60529 and are rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes), just like the iPhone 12 series.

Can You Take a Shower With Your iPhone?

Today, especially the devices we call flagships have IP68 dust and water resistance certificates. Apple's new generation iPhone model iPhone 12 also has water resistance. Of course, if Apple has such a claim, there are also those who want to test this claim.


The YouTube channel EverythingApplePro EAP decided to test this claim of the iPhone 12 and placed the iPhone 11 alongside the iPhone 12. It tested the water resistance of both devices with increasing depths.

Stating that iPhone devices do not have water resistance yet, channel owner Filip Koroy stated that he performed water resistance tests, placed both devices in a box and tested their durability at a depth of 2 meters for the first time. After about half an hour, both devices managed to pass the test while continuing to work functionally.

He later reduced the depth to 5.49 meters. Koroy put a few stones inside the box so that the box could reach the depth at this distance. Both devices successfully escaped from this depth of approximately 6 meters. Filip Koroy immersed the devices, which successfully passed both tests, to a depth of 9.14 meters for the third time. Both iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 managed to survive a depth of 9 meters after 20 minutes.

How to Detect Water Damage on an iPhone 12?

A built-in Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) on every iPhone 12 model will switch from white to red when it comes into contact with liquid. Open the SIM card tray, which is located beneath the power button on the side of your iPhone 12, to find this sticker.

Use a paperclip or another long, pointed tool to pull out your SIM tray. After that, take the SIM tray out and hold your iPhone up to a light. The LCI will be shown next to a small serial number. If there are any red spots inside the SIM port, liquid has likely entered your iPhone and caused water damage.

How to Dry Your iPhone After Getting Wet?

Use a lint-free cloth to dry your phone if it gets wet. Then, with the Lightning port facing down, gently tap it on your hand to drain any extra water. When the SIM card is wet, do not remove it; instead, let it dry completely before using. Last but not least, put it in front of a fan so that cool air is blowing into the Lighting port.

Your iPhone may need up to 24 hours to dry. In order to prevent damage, Apple advises against plugging your iPhone in before it is entirely dry. Using a blow dryer or compressed air to dry your iPhone is also not recommended, as is sticking cotton swabs or paper towels inside the Lightning connection.

What Can I do if the iPhone Doesn't Work?

If your iPhone 12 doesn't work after all the above suggestions, then Simply Fixable is ready to help you. Just book an iPhone 12 repair service and we’ll come to you in just 30 minutes and repair your device at your doorstep!


Does Water Damage Fall Under Apple’s Standard Warranty or AppleCare?

The normal one-year guarantee that all new items provide, according to Apple’s website, does not cover accidental water damage.

My iPhone 12 Fell in the Toilet. What Should I Do?

It often happens. Start by cleaning your iPhone according to the standard guidelines, although you might also want to sanitize it. There can still be dangerous bacteria even if you just cleaned and flushed.

Can I Use My iPhone in Steam Rooms or Dry Saunas?

Apple warns against using your iPhone in a sauna or steam room because it may get wet. The heat can expand the spaces where water can enter the phone that is otherwise sealed tight. Additionally, you should follow the no-phone rule in most saunas and steam rooms.

Does the iPhone Resist Liquids besides Water?

When other liquids are involved, water resistance becomes more difficult. Chemicals included in cleaning and cosmetic items may reduce your iPhones water resistance. Gels and lotions may block your phone’s ports, causing more harm. Your phone may become badly damaged and require professional cleaning if you drink anything sweet.


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