What does IP67 mean?
IP67 is a measurement of water and dust protection for a smartphone. It’s the level below IP68, which means it offers a little less protection against freshwater.
The 'IP' in the name stands for International Protection or Ingress Protection, and it’s an international rating system followed by manufacturers to demonstrate a smartphone or device's protection against hard objects, dust and water.
IP Ratings start with ‘IP’, and are then followed by two numbers. The first number (ranging from 1-6) shows the device’s ability to withstand dust and sand. The second number (ranging from 1-8) shows how freshwater-resistant it is. Generally, the higher the number, the better the protection.
The ‘6’ of IP67 means that the device is dust-tight - and the ‘7’ means that the phone has been tested for normal functionality after being submerged in 15cm to 1 metre of water for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Newer phones tend to have an IP68 rating, so it’s rare for a recently released smartphone to have an IP67 rating. Check the manufacturer's site for your device's IP ratings and questions around specific device water resistance.
Your phone's water resistance may not be a permanent condition and may be compromised due to normal wear and tear, repair or damage.