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Is the Samsung Galaxy S21 waterproof?

Phones should probably stay away from water, but what happens when you drop it into a puddle?

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Quick Answer: Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is waterproof to a certain degree. But don’t drown it in water for over 30 minutes. The phone’s IP68 rating is ideally meant for occasional splashes and spills

For a phone released in 2021, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is still a powerful and affordable option in the smartphone market.

At its original launch price of $799, the Galaxy S21 offered great value. But did Samsung skimp out on waterproof protection to cut the Galaxy S21’s price?

With smartphones becoming a part of everyone’s everyday life increasingly, you’ll likely have concerns about the reliability of these expensive devices.

One of the biggest questions concerning any smartphone is whether or not the device is waterproof. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S21, the answer may surprise you.

So, is the Galaxy S21 waterproof?

Short Answer: Yes, the Galaxy S21 has an IP68 rating.

Samsung users will be pleased to hear that the Galaxy S21 is, in fact, waterproof. Technically, the Galaxy S21 is IP68-rated.

It is generally a good idea to keep your smartphones as far away from water as possible. However, exposing your phone to wet areas can sometimes be unavoidable.

So, how waterproof does that make the Galaxy S21?

Water Resistance LevelRatingWhat It Means
WaterproofNoneThe Galaxy S21 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 Galaxy S21 can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes without damage.
Water-ResistantIPX7The device has an IPX7 rating, which means it is protected against water immersion for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.

IP68 is an international standards rating that ensures that this device can withstand submersion in water up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

And the 6 in IP68 also means that the Galaxy S21 is dustproof, as well. However, it is important to note that water and electronics still do not play well together.

Though the phone can go through that kind of stress, it is a good idea to avoid water as much as possible.

Where this water resistance thrives is for people like me, who tend to drop their phones in the toilet or the bathtub, as opposed to a pool or the ocean.

Wrapping up: No, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is not waterproof. But slapping on a waterproof case can help protect your Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra from water – essentially making it waterproof.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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