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iPhone 12 Is Not Waterproof, It’s Water Resistant

Is the iPhone 12 waterproof? The iPhone 12 is not fully waterproof but it is water resistant. Its predecessor, the iPhone 11 is is rated IP68, and the iPhone 12 is also rated IP68. The phone should still work even if it stays underwater up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) for 30 minutes. However, hardware damage may still occur. The best solution is to avoid dropping your iPhone in water or submerging it underwater in the first place.

The iPhone 12 can survive if you accidentally drop it in the pool or splash liquids on it. However, keep in mind that the speakers are usually the first hardware components affected by water damage. So, even if the phone won’t become waterlogged, its speakers will become softer and will sound muffler.

To prevent accidents and water damage, if you may want to get a waterproof phone bag or pouch. Prevention is always better than cure.

Is water damage covered by Apple warranty?

Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty doesn’t cover liquid and water damage. An out-of-warranty iPhone repair for water damage is expensive – usually, it’s half the cost of a new iPhone. Apple doesn’t repair water-damaged iPhones. Instead, the company’s policy is to replace the phone.

iPhones have built-in Liquid Contact Indicators that turn red once your device has been in contact with water or other liquids. That’s the first thing technicians will check when you bring in your waterlogged iPhone.


Modern iPhones are water-resistant, but the protection level is different for every phone model. Obviously, the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and newer offer better water protection than the first iPhone models.

Apple’s one year warranty doesn’t cover accidental liquid damage. If your iPhone has become waterlogged, the cost of an out-of-warranty repair is half the cost of the same iPhone model.

For more information about your iPhone’s water resistance capabilities, go to Apple’s support page:

Last updated in October 2021 to add additional information.

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