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Is the iPhone 11 waterproof?

Who hasn’t dropped their phone in water at some point?

Iphone 11 in water
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Quick Answer: The iPhone 11 is not technically waterproof, but it is IP68 water-resistant. That means it can survive in water up to 6.5 feet deep for 30 minutes. But it’s probably best not to test it.

Smartphones have become a part of our daily lives. That means they need more features, bigger batteries, and even increased durability.

iPhones haven’t always been known for that, but Apple has improved on that aspect of its flagship phone in the past few years.

One thing many people are looking for when buying a new phone is if it is waterproof or water-resistant.

You also have things like dust and drop protection, but typically, people are more interested in how the tech fares when near a body of water (or maybe just your toilet).

If you’re spending a bunch of money on your smartphone – in this case, an iPhone 11 – it’s good to know what it can and cannot handle.

So, is Apple’s iPhone 11 waterproof?

Short answer: No, but they are water-resistant.

Technically, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are not waterproof, but they are water-resistant.

Despite the iPhone 11’s water resistance; it is not intended to operate in water permanently. Its resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear, and liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

So, how waterproof is the iPhone 11? It can be submerged in water for a certain period of time and at a certain depth. The iPhone 11 features an IP68 rating, which means it can survive up to water for 30 minutes if the depth is below 6.5 feet.

Water Resistance LevelRatingWhat it Means
WaterproofNoneThe iPhone 11 is not completely waterproof, and submerging it in water could cause damage.
Water-ResistantIP68The device has an IP68 rating, protecting it against dust, dirt, sand, and water. The iPhone 11 can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes without damage.
Apple iphone 11 is various colors
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The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the same, but the depth is deeper at 13 feet.

So, is the iPhone 11 waterproof or not? What happens if it gets wet?

So, for the most part, you should be good if you drop your phone in the pool or bathtub, but it is best to retrieve it as soon as possible. If you drop your iPhone 11 into a pool or the ocean, clean it with fresh water and a lint-free cloth afterward.

If the iPhone 11 has been exposed to liquid, all cables should be unplugged, and the device should not be charged until it’s completely dry. Charging or using accessories when wet might damage the iPhone.

In case the speaker sounds muffled after getting wet, it’s recommended to place the iPhone speaker side down, on a lint-free cloth to see if water drips out. Water in the port might degrade speaker or microphone performance until it completely evaporates.

Iphone 11 pro production
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Does placing a wet phone in uncooked rice help at all?

That depends on who you ask. Placing your iPhone in a bag of uncooked rice is not a guaranteed fix, but it can help in some cases. The idea is that the rice absorbs the moisture, helping to dry out your phone.

However, it’s not a foolproof method, and there are better alternatives like silica gel packets or even just airing it out in a well-ventilated area. So, while the rice trick might be worth a shot, don’t rely on it as your go-to solution for a soggy phone.

So it’s worth noting that putting your phone in uncooked rice might not be the answer.

Warranty Limitations: Be aware that some manufacturers may not cover water damage under their warranties, even if the device has an IP68 rating. Always check the warranty terms and conditions to understand what is covered.

If you want to protect your phone further, it is best to look at the many waterproof cases available.

Sure, iPhone 11 is waterproof from a logical standpoint, but it’s still technically water resistant, and the companies prefer that you call it that to help avoid any confusion.

Now, is the phone you’re using waterproof or water-resistant?

What do you think? Surprised that the phone from Apple can survive in water for up to 30 minutes? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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