Samsung stepped up its smartphone build quality once again with the Galaxy S7, offering an IP68 rated case for some protection against dirt and water. Interestingly, the phone acquired this rating despite leaving the micro USB charging port exposed and it appears that the company has also thought about protecting the handset from charging while wet. Users are reporting a “moisture detected in charging port” message being displayed after taking their new phone for a dunk.

The rather handy fail-safe feature is clearly designed to prevent any possible short circuits and completely disables the USB port from charging while wet. Users have had to wait for quite different lengths of time until the port activates again. Some have seen charging re-enabled within an hour, while other have had to wait for four or more hours, suggesting that some mechanism checks for the port to be completely dry before it switches back on.

Unfortunately, one user noted that his Galaxy S7 will no longer fast charge after the port had come back into use, which is a bit worrisome. Although the handset would charge fine at regular speeds. The Galaxy S7’s wireless charging feature doesn’t appear to be affected by the same fail-safe, but I wouldn’t recommend sticking a wet phone on a charging pad either.

See also:

Sony no longer recommends that you use its phones underwater

September 15, 2015

Even though Samsung has clearly gone out of its way to protect the handset from water, users shouldn’t really treat this as a green light to bring the Galaxy S7 along as a swimming companion. As manufacturers like Sony have stated in the past, IP ratings mean that a device meets the protection specifications under test environments, but there’s no guarantee that the handset will remain water resistant under all circumstances and you might not be covered under warranty either. Better to treat it as a safety net in case of an accident.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • Nallaikumaran

    Users are reporting? Who? You can say anything you want. Where is the Proof? Photos or Videos? it’s baseless news.

    • Freek

      lol this guy mad

      • Nallaikumaran

        Hello, Are you a dumbass?

      • DW Duck

        Looks like he was embarrassed also he deleted the comment

        • Wh’t was the comment

          • DW Duck

            Don’t know it was gone before I got here :-D

  • saksham

    common sense if there is water in the charging port u should first shake out the water

    • Cole Hyntermeister

      Blow dryer works great, too.

  • Nallaikumaran

    They changed the source link (xda). Why?

  • EasyCare

    Better safe than sorry!

  • Shellyman 8K

    Smart move.

  • Phillip

    The phone is water resistant not water prove ok people gezz reading is fundamental. It’s like the whole pen gate thing I’ve owned every note and never once put the pen in the wrong . Guess it only takes one idiot

    • austin

      how… how do you miss so many words…?

      • Josh Adams

        You’ve won this comment section.

      • GreaterLesser

        He also forgot a few punctuation marks, and commas. You can not forget the commas!

      • Phillip

        I think you get my point guess your that guy that went swimming in the ocean with his new gs7 figures

  • steadymobb

    Kinda seems like a no-brainer to me

  • MF

    Should equate to selling a few extra phones, thanks to the idiots who will think their phone is now “waterproof.”

  • Kliment Stamenkov

    Sony has had IP68+uncovered micro USB since the Z3+, yet people still think this is groundbreaking. Even Samsung had it on the S5 mini, IP67 though.

  • Piyush Saxena

    This is Great, Innovation on Quality, Samsung is hiking up its Quality Benchmarks.