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sultanoflondon

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Hi all,

I was wondering about how real the waterproofing of the iPhone X is. Specifically, has anyone had any experience with taking the iPhone X into the shower? Is it alright in there? I have seen the iPhone X extreme water tests on YouTube but I wanted to know specifically whether the iPhone X is okay to take into the shower once or twice per day, every day? For example is there long term damage if you do so? Submerge it in water every day?

Also, in the event that there were to be damage to the iPhone X in the shower as a result of water, would Apple replace it in warranty? Shouldn't Apple help you outside warranty too, because they said that it is good with water? Asking this because of the uproar when the iPhone 7 was released. Apple had said that the iPhone 7 is waterproof but they will not be covering any water related damage to the iPhone 7 as part of warranty, which was very contradictory.

Also, does anyone know how the iPhone X fares when in contact with liquid shower gel, or bars of soap and other shower related items?

Thank you!
 

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I just can't gather the concept of why someone would want to take their iPhone in the shower with them. Regardless, the iPhone is water resistant, It's nearly an added layer protection, not a guarantee.

That said, Apple actually does not recommend you shower with your iPhone, due to the velocity the water. And they also recommend to not expose the iPhone to shower gels or soaps, which can affect the water resistant seals.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207043

To prevent liquid damage, avoid these:

  • Swimming or bathing with your iPhone
  • Exposing your iPhone to pressurized water or high velocity water, such as when showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on
  • Using your iPhone in a sauna or steam room
  • Intentionally submerging your iPhone in water
  • Operating your iPhone outside the suggested temperature ranges or in extremely humid conditions
  • Dropping your iPhone or subjecting it to other impacts
  • Disassembling your iPhone, including removing screws
Minimize exposing your iPhone to soap, detergent, acids or acidic foods, and any liquids—for example, salt water, soapy water, pool water, perfume, insect repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, adhesive remover, hair dye, and solvents. If your iPhone comes into contact with any of these substances, follow the instructions to clean your iPhone.
 

Septembersrain

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The phone is not water proof. It's water resistant. This means "Oops I got a little rain on it!" or "My hands are a little wet but I need to pick up my phone!". It definitely doesn't mean to try to intentionally soak it.

Other stuff besides water can and will do damage. When I worked at Boost Mobile, I was told essentially water resistant devices mean that a little regular water on it shouldn't cause you to panic but testing limitations is on you. Unless you've got insurance and are willing to pay to replace it, don't do it.
 

sultanoflondon

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Apple advises against showering with the phone (re: the use of soaps, shampoo, lotions etc. as well as exposing the watch to high pressure water.

Thank you!

I just can't gather the concept of why someone would want to take their iPhone in the shower with them. Regardless, the iPhone is water resistant, It's nearly an added layer protection, not a guarantee.

That said, Apple actually does not recommend you shower with your iPhone, due to the velocity the water. And they also recommend to not expose the iPhone to shower gels or soaps, which can affect the water resistant seals.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207043

To prevent liquid damage, avoid these:

  • Swimming or bathing with your iPhone
  • Exposing your iPhone to pressurized water or high velocity water, such as when showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on
  • Using your iPhone in a sauna or steam room
  • Intentionally submerging your iPhone in water
  • Operating your iPhone outside the suggested temperature ranges or in extremely humid conditions
  • Dropping your iPhone or subjecting it to other impacts
  • Disassembling your iPhone, including removing screws
Minimize exposing your iPhone to soap, detergent, acids or acidic foods, and any liquids—for example, salt water, soapy water, pool water, perfume, insect repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, adhesive remover, hair dye, and solvents. If your iPhone comes into contact with any of these substances, follow the instructions to clean your iPhone.

It was more of a 'if I can do it, I will, because why not?' Thank you very much for an incredibly detailed reply!
 
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UL2RA

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That would be a very bad idea. Water damage is not covered by Apple's warranty and you're greatly increasing the risk of water damage by bringing it into the shower with you.
 
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BarracksSi

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Better to use your Apple Watch as your gateway to the phone while in the shower.

(yes, I've done it; took a couple calls and sent out a group text a few times, too)
 

newellj

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Warning: water temps above +/- room temperature may affect the seals. If you get into a stinking hot shower with that phone, you should figure that all bets are off. You may still be able to get Apple to give you warranty coverage if it's within the warranty period and you don't tell them much, but I wouldn't assume that nothing bad will happen.
 

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That (which is huge), but also people don't swim in really hot water. As I just wrote, if you get into a stinking hot hot tub, don't be surprised if you drown the watch.

It's not just the issue with hot water in the hot tub, it's also the steam that could penetrate past the water seals. Which Apple also does not recommend.

  • Do not use your iPhone in a sauna or steam room
 
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newellj

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It's not just the issue with hot water in the hot tub, it's also the steam that could penetrate past the water seals. Which Apple also does not recommend.

  • Do not use your iPhone in a sauna or steam room

Good catch, had not seen that. I have seen reports over the years from owners of Rolex Subs and other relatively high-end/high cost diver's watches that their watches failed after hot tub exposure and even, in some cases, hot showers. If really hot water can sink a Sub, I'm sure the AW or X is vulnerable.
 

powerocool

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I've been using the iPhone 7 in shower everyday since released, not a problem. iPhone X is in the shower playing podcasts everyday too, not a problem.

I have AppleCare+, so I don't worry. YMMV.
 
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C DM

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I've been using the iPhone 7 in shower everyday since released, not a problem. iPhone X is in the shower playing podcasts everyday too, not a problem.

I have AppleCare+, so I don't worry. YMMV.
Into the shower as in right under water, or as into the room where you are showering?
 

berkans

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I've been using the iPhone 7 in shower everyday since released, not a problem. iPhone X is in the shower playing podcasts everyday too, not a problem.

I have AppleCare+, so I don't worry. YMMV.

I have used my iPhone 7 Plus both in the shower and on swimming. I had no issues in the first 8 months. I even had a video on youtube showing people how confident I was. But suddenly during last summer, after a swim my touch ID started to disfunction. Later in the evening screen had weird staff on. Then in 3 days screen failed. I took it to Apple and replaced it with a new one for a fortune.

Beware that iPhone's are getting weaker to water in time. At first you may not have an issue but later on, after a certain time it gets sensitive. So if you don’t want to pay a lot for a repair, act from the begining and do not put it into the water!!!!
 
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cyb3rdud3

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Whimps :p :)

Mine went in with my in the Indian Ocean ;) Nice salty water, ok I did rinse it afterwards underneath the beach shower as well.

I was walking with these. And then wanted to catch it’s baby and submerged my X :)

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powerocool

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I have used my iPhone 7 Plus both in the shower and on swimming. I had no issues in the first 8 months. I even had a video on youtube showing people how confident I was. But suddenly during last summer, after a swim my touch ID started to disfunction. Later in the evening screen had weird staff on. Then in 3 days screen failed. I took it to Apple and replaced it with a new one for a fortune.

Beware that iPhone's are getting weaker to water in time. At first you may not have an issue but later on, after a certain time it gets sensitive. So in order to pay a lot for a repair act from the begining and do not put it into the water!!!!

Ah, I try not to put it under the water or into a pool with chemicals. I think splashes are ok. AppleCare+ highly advised if you want to live on the edges.
 
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