Your Galaxy phone's dust and water resistance rating (IP rating)
Whether you are a hiking enthusiast or live in a bustling city, having a durable phone will give you peace of mind. If you have a Galaxy S7 or newer, your phone is equipped with protection from water, dirt, and grime. An IP rating or Ingress Protection rating is a universally accepted measurement for dust and liquid resistance. Almost all newer Galaxy phones have an IP rating of 68, excluding the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip. That means you can bring your phone on your adventures without having to worry.
Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries. The touchscreen may not be active in water. If you have a Note, the S Pen does not need to be inserted to maintain the IP68 rating. The S Pen has an IP68 rating as well. If a phone model is not listed, then it does not have an IP rating.
Here is a list of all Samsung phones with the highest level of water protection (IP68):
- Galaxy S21 5G, S21+ 5G, and S21 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note20 5G and Note20 Ultra 5G (including the S Pen)
- Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 FE 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G (including the S Pen)
- Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+
- Galaxy Note8 and Note9 (including the S Pen)
- Galaxy S9, S9+, and S9 Active
- Galaxy S8, S8+, and S8 Active
- Galaxy S7, S7 edge, and S7 Active
- Galaxy S6 Active
The following phone carry an IP67 rating:
- Galaxy S5 Active
Note: The Galaxy Fold, Z Flip, and Z Flip 5G are not IP rated. Generally speaking, if a phone is not listed, it does not have an IP rating and is not dust or water resistant.
If you are headed to the beach or waterpark, you can take comfort knowing your phone can keep up with you if it has a high IP rating. Just make sure you do not drop the phone in the ocean or while you are going down a waterslide.
Keep these tips in mind when you are facing the elements:
- Whenever your phone gets wet, turn off your device immediately. Then, dry it thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.
- Do not expose the phone to salt water or ionized water. If your phone is exposed to salt water, wash the phone with fresh water, and then dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth. Otherwise, when it dries, salt may accumulate and block the primary microphone, earpiece, or external speaker.
- When drying off your phone, be sure to pat the earpiece (top front of the phone), primary microphone (bottom of phone), external speaker (bottom of phone), and the power/accessory (USB) interface connector with a clean, soft cloth to remove as much water as possible.
- When making a call immediately after your phone is wet, the microphone may have water in it, which may lower the volume that the other person will hear. After drying off the phone, allow the phone to air-dry before making a call.
- Physical damage to your phone, such as chips and cracks, can significantly reduce its ability to resist dust and water.
- If the S Pen is exposed to water, wipe it with a dry cloth. If water has entered the S Pen slot on your phone, gently shake the phone to remove the water before using it. Make sure your phone and S Pen are completely dry before inserting the S Pen. Moisture can cause the S Pen to feel stiff when you are trying to detach it.
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