Waterproof phones and accessories
Want your phone to make a splash?
There’s no need to worry about your phone, earphones or external speakers getting wet or dusty when you pick a waterproof model. they can tolerate:
- Dips in the bath
- Splashes at a building site, water park, party or picnic
- Rain showers when you’re gardening, out running, or at a festival
- Outdoor sports
- Having mud rinsed off under the tap
Our top waterproof and water-resistant devices and accessories are mostly rated at IP67 or IP68 levels, which mean they won’t let in dust and are waterproof in 15cm of water and often deeper.
We’ll help you choose the best waterproof phone at a price that suits you. Read on for our reviews on a selection of waterproof accessories, androids and 3 to 4g smartphones. Waterproofing your phone can be more expensive than standard handsets but in the long run can work out to be cheaper if you never have to pay for any water damage.
Rugged and tough phones are often waterproof too. Find out more about the latest and upcoming tough, rugged phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is built to withstand even the toughest of conditions. Designed with an IP68 rating, it can survive immersion in water up to 1.5 metres, and it’s dust resistant too. So whatever your lifestyle, you can enjoy the excellent performance and cutting-edge features of Galaxy S9, at work or at play, without worrying about it taking a splash.
Makes a splash. Takes a splash
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant to IP67 – so are dust-tight and can withstand immersion up to one metre for up to 30 minutes.
Sony produced the first waterproof smartphone – and continue to lead the field with the Sony XZ Premium. Tough enough to survive depths of 1.5m up to 30 minutes, it’s super advanced too – with a Motion Eye camera that can record slow motion at speeds no phone has achieved before.
Good to know
Useful information about waterproof phones and accessories.
When should I charge a waterproof device that's been dropped in liquid?
Before you charge, make sure everything is totally dry first, as quickly as possible but not in an oven or with a hairdryer.
Pay most attention to the charging socket. Electricity and water need to be kept apart to keep both you and your device safe.
How to make sure your device stays waterproof
Some devices come with covers that help keep out water – please make sure you use them.
Don’t immerse your device intentionally, and keep it away from salty or chlorinated water, and drinks. Also remember that wear and tear can gradually reduce water resistance – take good care of your devices to maintain their resistance.
What to do if you get a non-waterproof phone wet?
Get it dry, as quickly as possible, and ideally at room temperature – not in an oven or with a hairdryer. There’s lots of detailed advice on the web, you can also check out our page on water damage.
What do IP ratings mean?
If you’re looking to buy the best dustproof and waterproof phone, you’ll need to check out the IP rating. It tells you how much water and dust your phone or device can withstand. It’s more precise than terms like ‘water-resistant’, but even devices with the same ratings can vary – check the individual specifications if you’re keen to know.
‘IP’ stands for ‘international protection’ or ‘ingress protection’. For devices, the first number tells you about the dust resistance. 5 means ‘dust protected’, so a bit of dust might get in but not enough to stop the device working. 6 means completely ‘dust tight’ – no dust will get in.
The second number is for liquids. Devices rated at 5 are protected against water spraying on them. Ratings of 7 mean the device is safe at between up to 15cm and up to 1 metre deep. A rating of 8 means the device is protected in more than 1 metre of liquid.
If there’s an X, such as IPX8, it means the device isn’t rated – so IPX8 would be tested for waterproofing but not dustproofing.
Some manufacturers provide more details, such as Sony. We’d recommend exploring manufacturers’ websites for more information.