Waterproof Phones: Myths and Truths About Protecting Your Devices

The presence of water resistance certifications is increasingly common among cell phones. However, there is still a lot of confusion about the nomenclatures used by manufacturers, which raise doubts among consumers. Here are some myths andtruths about this type of protection.

First, it is worth noting that most smartphones are equipped with IP67 or IP68 certifications . This means that most of these devices are resistant to splashing water or have restrictions on the time and depth they can be submerged. As such, such cell phones are not completely “waterproof” as some might think.

Damage is always covered by the warranty.

MYTH. It may seem contradictory, but just because a smartphone comes equipped with a water-resistance certification doesn’t mean that the warranty will cover it if it has an accident. Apple is one of the companies that makes it clear that the damage caused by water or other liquids on the iPhone is not covered by warranty .

For this reason, it is important that the consumer carefully read the manufacturer’s recommendations for use. If the company has made any advertisement extolling the water resistance feature and later refused to repair or exchange a device damaged by liquids, the smartphone owner can try to resort to the Consumer Protection Code — as the situation can be framed as misleading advertising.

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It is fully allowed to swim

MYTH. It’s common to see commercials of people at the pool with a smartphone. However, swimming with your cell phone may not be a good idea, as too fast movements can break the product’s protective barrier. If you want to take pictures in the pool, the ideal is to keep it relatively still, without making any sudden movements. Very strong jets of water such as hoses, pressurizers and even faucets can also be enough to damage the device.

Cell Phones Can Be Completely Submerged

MYTH. As stated earlier, the most common certifications present on water resistant smartphones are IP67 and IP68 . Both protections guarantee submersion for up to 30 minutes, with the maximum depth at IP67 being 1 meter, while at IP68 it is 1.5 meters.

Diving the device deeper than specified by the manufacturer may damage internal components as the device will receive a hydrostatic pressure (that exerted by water) greater than it was designed to withstand.

Smartphone with broken screen loses resistance

TRUTH. If your phone screen is cracked, you should keep it as far away from water as possible. Even if the damage appears harmless, a tiny crack in the display is enough to allow water droplets to gain access to the device’s sensitive electronics. This logic is also valid for the protective glass of the device’s camera. If it cracks, your smartphone is not protected. The loss of water resistance can remain, even if the user changes the display, especially if it occurred in an assistance not authorized by the manufacturer.

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Putting the cell phone in rice helps to dry it

IT DEPENDS. You’ve probably tried to save a gadget by putting it in a pot of rice after an accident with water. According to experts, raw rice helps to absorb moisture from the device and this can be a good option if you have abused too much of the water-resistant smartphone in the pool, for example. However, this will depend on which parts were hit and how long the device was submerged.

The above mechanism can solve the problem in some situations. If the device malfunctions after contact with liquids, the ideal is not to waste too much time with homemade solutions and take the device immediately to an authorized technical assistance.

The cell phone must not be taken overboard

TRUTH. As stated before, the main certifications present in water resistant smartphones are IP67 and IP68. They only allow protection against contact with fresh water. Sea salt water is extremely harmful to the device, as the salt can corrode the parts of the device. Other liquids such as alcoholic beverages, chemical solutions, cosmetic reagents and the like can also damage the product

 


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Nikolaus Oosterhof

Nikolaus has a degree in software development. He is passionate about gadgets with a screen, nostalgic for phones, a retired gamer and open source programmer. He likes also to write about macOS and Windows. design web pages and debug long programs!

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