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PSA: Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip are not IP rated

If you have a Galaxy S7 or newer, your phone is equipped with protection from water, dirt, and grime. An IP rating or Ingress Protection rating is a universally accepted measurement for dust and liquid resistance.

You have more screen zoom options on the Galaxy S20 and Z Flip running One UI 2.1

Almost all newer Galaxy phones have an IP rating of 68. That means you can bring your phone on your adventures without having to worry. The Galaxy S10 5G has an IP69 rating. The costly Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip are not IP rated.

The touchscreen may not be active in the water. If you have a Note, the S Pen does not need to be inserted to maintain the IP68 rating.

Here is a list of all Samsung phones with the highest level of water protection.

  • Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G

  • S9 and S9+

  • S7 and S7 edge

  • Note 8

If you are headed to the beach or waterpark, you can take comfort knowing your phone can keep up with you if it has a high IP rating. Just make sure you don’t drop the phone in the ocean or while you’re going down a waterslide.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re facing the elements:

  • Whenever your phone gets wet, dry it thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Do not expose the phone to salt water or ionized water. If your phone is exposed to salt water, wash the phone with fresh water, and then dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth. Otherwise, when it dries, salt may accumulate and block the primary microphone, earpiece, or external speaker.

  • When drying off your phone, be sure to pat the earpiece (top front of the phone), primary microphone (bottom of the phone), external speaker (bottom of the phone), and the power/accessory (USB) interface connector with a clean, soft cloth to remove as much water as possible.

  • When making a call immediately after your phone is wet, the microphone may have water in it, which may lower the volume that the other person will hear. After drying off the phone, allow the phone to air-dry before making a call.

  • Physical damage to your phone, such as chips and cracks, can significantly reduce its ability to resist dust and water.


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