It’s a reasonable question.

There are a lot of iPhones out there now. So, how many of them are completely watertight? When did phones first start to become waterproof?

To be clear, there is no iPhone that is entirely waterproof. A phone will die if it is submerged in water or another liquid for an extended period of time. As a result, manufacturers frequently refer to their products as “water-resistant.”

Ratings are used by the International Electrotechnical Commission to describe the durability of a gadget. The IP Code of a gadget is what it’s called. There are two numbers that make up the IP Code. The first number denotes a device’s resistance to solid things (from 0 to 6, 0 being not protective at all). The second number indicates how well a gadget protects against liquids (from 0 to 9, with 0 representing no protection at all).

So, if you’re wondering which iPhones are water-resistant and how resistant they are, have a look at the list below and see if you can spot yours, along with its Apple-issued IP Code.

Which iPhone models are resistant to water?

The short answer is yes. iPhone 7 and after, all the way up to the most recent iPhone 13. The degree of protection, however, differs among the iPhones in this group – and there are a lot of them.

Models of iPhones and their level of security (IP Code)
The IP68-rated iPhone models listed below are the most water-resistant (maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes).

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone versions listed below are slightly less water-resistant, with an IP68 rating (maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes).

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

The IP68 grade is given to the iPhone models listed below (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes).

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max

The IP67 rating is given to the iPhone models listed below (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes).

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

The protection level of a device is not permanent, as Apple Supports points out. Submerging your iPhone 13 in water for 20 minutes may provide adequate protection. However, if you repeatedly submerge it in water, the degree of protection it provides may diminish over time.

Check out the Apple Support page for this list, as well as recommendations on how to keep your iPhone safe from damage (avoid “swimming or bathing with your iPhone,” for example) and what to do if your iPhone becomes wet.

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