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Is the iPhone XS waterproof or water resistant?

It’s important to know that although the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both boast IP68 water and dust resistance, it doesn’t mean they’re waterproof. So before we go any further, it’s worth explaining what these official ratings actually mean.

Dust- and water-resistance ratings in a nutshell

The IP standards were drawn up by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to provide an industry-standard definition of protection against dust and water contamination. And it’s a pretty simple system to follow. The first digit after IP refers to the device’s dust resistance, and the second digit refers to its water resistance.

So with an IP68 rating, the 6 means your device is “protected from contact with harmful dust”. And the 8 means your device is “protected from immersion in water with a depth of more than 1 metre where the manufacturer specifies the exact depth”, which, in the case of Apple, is 2 metres.

How long can my iPhone XS be immersed in water

If you’ve dropped your iPhone XS in water that’s less than 2m deep, it shouldn’t suffer any long-term harm if you retrieve it within half an hour. Bear in mind, phones are tested in stand-by mode. We don’t recommend using your iPhone XS underwater, or taking it for a swim.

Can I use my iPhone XS on site?

With its IP68 rating, the iPhone XS is a versatile tool to use on site. But as with any phone, there’s no harm in treating it to a protective case. You’ll find a range of cases and products which can help preserve your iPhone’s stylish good looks.

What should I do if my iPhone XS gets water damaged?

If you think your iPhone XS is water damaged there are a number of things you should do.

  1. Don’t plug it in – even if you think your battery might be flat, resist the urge to hook up to a power supply until its fully dry
  2. Turn it off, remove any case, and remove the SIM
  3. Remove the moisture with packets of silica gel – if you don’t have any to hand, stick it in a bowl of rice
  4. Visit the Apple store to take advantage of the iPhone repair service

Protect your iPhone XS with phone insurance

If you’ve damaged your iPhone XS and people can’t get hold of you, how many business opportunities could you miss? With EE Damage Cover, you’ll get a next-day replacement if your phone is damaged, lost or stolen. Visit our insurance page for more information.

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