How far can you take the iPhone's water resistance? Running water on it, using soap and water?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Trojita, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Trojita macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Is running water from a faucet on an iPhone worse than submerging the phone in still water?

    Say you drop your phone in mud. Is it okay to use soap and water? I figure if the water wouldn't get into the phone than soap wouldn't either, but I thought it best to ask. Was also wondering if the soap could mess up the screen's compisition.
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Running water would be worse. A damp cloth would do the trick. I wouldn't use soap as it would get into the openings like the speakers etc.
  3. 1096bimu macrumors 6502


    Nov 7, 2017
    I would feel perfectly comfortable washing it in the sink. Or even submerging it in shallow water.

    I would avoid: (for good reasons based on how water resistance works).

    • Presurized water sprays
    • Salt or acidic water
    • Extreme humidity and water vapor
    • Freezing while wet
    • Hot water
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Some have got buy with submerging with no harm while others had their phone die after just a sprinkle of water.

    They are water resistant and water can damage them for sure.

    I would keep water away.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    There is no guarantee water could not penetrate the iPhone or not. It's very possible that it could. The iPhone is water resistant, not water proof.

    Furthermore, Apple recommends you minimize use soaps on the iPhone, as that can have the potential to deteriorate the seals or cause further issues.
  6. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    The 8 and up iPhones are rated for retrieval.... other words when your phone takes a dive into that great white phone eating device in the restroom,
    you have time to devise a safe removal action and cleaning of said phone.

    No... Really, it is toilet rated.
  7. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Also water will dry and leave no residue. If soap gets into the speaker and mic openings it will leave a residue which could cause problems...
  8. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I wouldn’t use soap, but I have rinsed off my 7+ in the sink.

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