Dust and water resistance rating (IP rating) of your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Feb 17. 2022
Dust and water resistance rating (IP rating) of your Galaxy phone

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.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. 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 S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G, and S21 FE 5G
  • Galaxy Note20 5G and Note20 Ultra 5G (including the S Pen)
  • Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, and S20 FE 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 phones carry an IP67 rating:

  • Galaxy A52 5G
  • Galaxy S5 Active

The following phones carry an IPX8 rating:

  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Note: 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.

Dust and water-resistance tips

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.
  • Do not try making a call immediately after your phone has gotten wet. The microphone may have water in it, which may lower the volume of your voice on the other line. Wipe the phone with a clean, soft cloth, and then 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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