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Is the iPhone 14 waterproof?

Your iPhone may claim to be water-resistant, but how much does that mean at the end of the day?
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October 6, 2022
Apple iPhone showing app icons.
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It’s likely that you’ve learned by now that electronics and water don’t mix, so the question of the iPhone being waterproof might seem superfluous. But there’s actually a little more to the story than a simple IP rating or a quick yes or no answer. So before you drop your iPhone into a pool, it’s best to find out just how waterproof it actually is and what that means for your device’s survival. Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 14’s water resistance.

Is the iPhone 14 waterproof?

An Apple iPhone 14 seen from the front resting against a chest of drawers.
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People toss the word “waterproof” around a lot, but the iPhone 14 is not actually waterproof; it’s water-resistant. That might seem like splitting hairs, but it is an important distinction. Technically, the iPhone 14 has an IP68 rating. That means it can survive a plunge into fresh water up to six meters deep for a maximum of 30 minutes. However, water-resistance is not a permanent condition. A few days of normal use can even render it practically meaningless. Also, note that Apple only claims resistance to fresh water. Salt water, like the ocean, can damage your phone severely.

Apple does not cover water damage as part of an iPhone's warranty.

An important thing to remember is that Apple does not cover water damage as part of its warranty and if you have AppleCare+, repairing water damage will use up one of your two yearly slots. If you do drop your phone into a fish tank, get ready to pay out of pocket to fix it if you don’t have AppleCare+.

All of this is to say you’re better off avoiding getting your phone wet to begin with. If it does get wet, you should dry it off immediately and then take further steps to help save it.

Are any iPhones waterproof?

A hand holds an Apple iPhone.
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No iPhone is technically waterproof; as mentioned, they’re water-resistant. A waterproof phone would be totally sealed and could withstand extended contact with water or deep submersion. No iPhone can do that. And just as with any other phone, the water resistance of an iPhone degrades over time and with normal use, sometimes quite rapidly. The first iPhone to have an IP68 rating was the iPhone 11. Since then, Apple claims this rating applies to successive models. However, if your old iPhone has been around for years, chances are it’s no longer water-resistant at all.

Water resistance ratings are not permanent and even normal use can degrade them quickly

That’s because achieving a tight water-resistance rating means using lots of glue and packing in components as closely as possible. As you use your phone or even drop it, bump it, and do the things people normally do with smartphones, the glue degrades, components can shift, and spaces open up for water to get in and cause problems. Your iPhone is not a completely sealed device, so it’s not waterproof. Every iPhone has Lightning ports, camera lenses, speakers, microphones, and other openings that readily let in water. Once a phone’s tightly packed and glued interior is no longer factory-new, water can get in through any of these openings.

This goes for other forms of contact with water and liquids as well. For example, using your iPhone’s touchscreen with wet hands is something to avoid. And try to keep it out of the rain or snow, too.

Frequently asked questions about the iPhone 14’s water resistance

To make your iPhone truly waterproof — as in totally sealed against moisture — you will need a waterproof phone case that fits your iPhone. Sealed cases, in essence, give you access to a phone’s touchscreen through some sort of window and keep everything else well away from water.

And a big caveat still applies here: there is always a chance water could make it in anyway. The smallest rip or hole in any waterproof phone case could cause water to come pouring in. Furthermore, cases are just like phones in that using them will degrade their water resistance over time. When in doubt, avoiding getting your iPhone anywhere near water is best.

Not exactly. There are apps that claim they test your phone’s water resistance rating by using its barometer and other metrics, but we can’t say if these actually work. Needless to say, we don’t recommend dropping your phone into a sink to test its water resistance rating either.