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 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 for you . Read on for our selection of waterproof accessories and phones.
Rugged and tough phones are often waterproof too. Find out more about tough, rugged phones
Water-resistant and Gorilla glass
The robust and stylish Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge also come with IP68 certification, making them dust- and water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in depths of up to 1.5m. Plus, Gorilla glass-protected touchscreens mean you don’t need to worry about knocks, bumps and scratches.
Makes a splash. Takes a splash
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant to IP67 – so are dust-tight and can withstand at least 15cm-deep water.
Sony’s Xperia XZ is built to withstand water and dust, with an IP65/68 rating and Gorilla glass screen. Its clever imaging technology helps you smoothly capture objects in motion without the shakes – making it ideal for sports, parties or any action at all.
Good to know
Useful information about waterproof phones and accessories.
Charging a waterproof device
Before you charge, make sure everything is totally dry first – particularly 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 care of your devices to maintain their resistance.
The IP rating 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 ‘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 information, such as Sony. We’d recommend exploring manufacturers’ websites for more information.
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.