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Your phone's dust and water resistance rating (IP rating)

Phone being splashed with water

Whether you're a hiking enthusiast or live in a bustling city, having a durable phone will give you peace of mind. If you have an S7 or newer, you can be as adventurous as you want because 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. That means you can bring your phone on your adventures without having to worry.

Note: 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.

Phones with an IP68 rating

Here is a list of all Samsung phones with the highest level of water protection.

  • S10e, S10, and S10+

  • S9 and S9+

  • S8 and S8+

  • S7 and S7 edge

  • Note9

  • Note8

Dust and water-resistance tips

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 don't drop the phone in the ocean or while you're going down a waterslide.

Keep these tips in mind when you're facing the elements:

  • Whenever your phone gets wet, 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.

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