Ok to have phone on counter while you shower?

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  1. applefanboy4 macrumors regular

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    Im talking sitting on the counter in the bathroom, not in the actual physical shower.

    In the past Ive heard people say the mist and water from the shower/steam, would cause problems for the phone, even if it was just on the counter in the bathroom with you.

    With the new water resistance is this lessened or eliminated as a problem?
     
  2. jonfarr macrumors 6502a

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    what iPhone are you talking abut? You can take the 7 into the shower with you if you wanted and it will be fine. I had my 6s on the counter all the time while showering and never had a issue. Might only be a problem if you get a lot of condensation in your bathroom.
     
  3. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    I have used my iPhone 6S in a bath with lots of moisture in the air from the water (steam) and never had a problem. Oftentimes the moisture lands on the phone and needs a wipe from a towel as it interferes with the screen. For the most part, having it on the counter is a non issue.
     
  4. vishalc macrumors regular

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  5. rarebeauty macrumors 6502

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    I've done this with both the 5S and 6S with no problems.
     
  6. jediuia macrumors regular

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    Going by the Apple ad who takes it in the rain, you should be fine in the actual shower.

    IP7 that is...
     
  7. McPhallus macrumors regular

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    I've done what you describe with every model of phone I've had going back to the 3G. Never had a problem.

     
  8. Elyphant macrumors regular

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    I bring my s6 edge INTO the shower with me and set it on a ledge where the water doesnt reach it while i shower lol..i like to listen to music inside the shower. My phone has been perfect for almost 2 years doing this
     
  9. Elyphant macrumors regular

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    And keep in mind the s6 edge isnt water resistant or water proof at all so if you have the iphone 7...you can technically use the phone under the shower water lmfao. A friend of mine got the matte black 7 regular and he told me he used it in the shower and was even able to still reply to texts on a wet screen..
     
  10. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like iPhone 7 will cause an increase in water usage around the planet. I don't know, I keep my phone out of the bathroom. That's just me.
     
  11. Justim macrumors 6502

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    I got an iPhone 7 so when my ex calls I can answer then throw the phone in the toilet. I bet she'll like having someone to talk to.

    No really, I can verify that shower mist can be an issue for phones in certain situations. I never had a problem (well, never knew I had a problem) until I left my 6s charging in a battery case while I took a shower. Because I had iOS 10 beta installed, a notification popped up that water had been detected in the lightening port.

    iPhone 7 users should be fine. Just let the phone dry before you put anything in the lightening port.
     
  12. andrewmaj macrumors regular

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    Good lord. I wonder how people even decide what to wear in the morning sometimes
     
  13. SisterBlue22 macrumors 6502

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    And we all thank you, fine sir, for explaining "steam" to us. LMAO :p
     
  14. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    I supposed it depends on the bathroom and how much steam.

    My daughter lost her 5C to moisture from keeping it in her little bathroom while showering.

    She's also dropped her 5S a couple of times onto the bathroom rug and cracked the screen because it was slippery :)

    YMMV
     
  15. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

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    Hilarious and I can relate.

    The question confuses me though. If the phone itself can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water, why wouldn't it be OK with a little condensation from your shower?
     
  16. Justim macrumors 6502

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    Yea, it'll be fine. People with a 6s or below are the ones that need to watch out. As long as 7 owners don't try to charge the wet phone, there likely won't be any issue.
     
  17. jpetty3023 macrumors newbie

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    I frequent the sauna at my gym. think this will be the first model I wont stress over it
     
  18. Eriamjh1138@DAN macrumors 6502

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    Engineer here.

    Humidity itself is not bad for an unsealed electronic product. The problem comes when the humidity exposure is frequent AND the PCB inside has contaminants from production or other sources. Eventually, those contaminants plus humidity plus battery voltage will create what are known as dendrites and cause electromigration of the tin & copper on the PCB to bridge gaps causing short circuits inside, creating false signals, etc.

    We simulate 10 years of humidity exposure in 10 days using 95% humidity and 85C.

    Will a shower a day cause a problem with your non-iphone7 over the two years you own it? Maybe... Maybe not. Do you really want to take that chance? Leave your phone outside of the bathroom to be safe.

    An IP67-rated phone will not be as likely to suffer from humidity problems. I say that because humidity is known to travel through plastics like PP and the like. Since the iPhone is mostly metal and glass, it's much better protected from humidity infusion. iPhone 7s are fine.
     
  19. jqc macrumors regular

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    always have my 6 in the bathroom to listen to radio while showering; no issue. Was excited to have the 7 in the shower with me on the ledge, but then to not be able to plug in for 5 hours while the lighting port dries is a deal breaker for that, and is basically a deal breaker for any water usage (out and about in rain, etc). At least for me.

    Cant want for wireless charging in the 8 (hopefully) where you can simply wipe down the contacts without having to worry about the teeny lightning port still having a few drops of water in it before charging.
     
  20. Justim macrumors 6502

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    I'm curious, where'd you find the 5 hour rule?
     
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    I never do that at all at least get a life proof case
     
  23. trnjackie23 macrumors regular

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    I do it all the time since I like to use the phone's speakers for music. No problems at all and it has gotten wet a few times from me trying to change songs.
     
  24. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    I've done it with every iPhone I've owned going back to the original. No issues for me, but it could definitely happen.

    I plan to take my 7+ in the shower with me. It'll be nice to listen to music and podcasts, or to answer a text without any worries.
     

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