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The iPhone 11 is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, and it is packed with cutting edge features. One of the most notable features of the iPhone 11 is its water resistance rating. With a rating of IP68, the iPhone 11 is considered to be dust-tight and water-resistant up to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.
Understanding IP ratings
IP ratings are used to measure the degree of protection that electrical and electronic items, like the iPhone 11, have against dirt and dust, and also how resistant they are against liquid damage. The iPhone 11 is rated IP68 under the IEC standard 60529. This rating is based on two numbers: the first measures how resistant it is to solid material and according to the IP chart, six rates as “protection from contact with harmful dust”. The second number measures how water-resistant it is and in this case an 8 rating signifies that the device can be immersed in water with a maximum depth of more than one meter of water for up to half an hour – making it safe to submerge your phone in water. Often times, not all ratings will include time estimates but it’s important to remember that a device can become damaged if left submerged for too long.
Is it safe to use the iPhone 11 while showering?
Using the Apple iPhone 11 in the shower or in swimming pool is not a good idea. Even though the ambient moisture might not cause any damage, it’s important to remember that direct exposure to water from the shower can short out your phone or cause damage over time. The best way to use your iPhone 11 and keep it in good condition is to keep it on the sink or another area outside of the shower enclosure. It is recommended to avoid using your phone in the bathroom and wait until you are finished before responding to any messages.
The iPhone 11 is made up of delicate components that aren’t designed nor capable of withstanding water exposure like a higher end waterproof phone could. While it may be tempting to take your phone into the shower, water droplets and steam can weaken the inside components resulting in malfunction and other irreversible problems. Plus, using electrical items near water can produce sparks and cause electrical shock, so avoiding having electronic devices near running open-air water is always best for safety. Just err on the side of caution and avoid using your device directly inside the shower and all will be fine.
Using iPhone 11 underwater?
Using your iPhone 11 underwater is not recommended. If it accidentally falls into the water and you retrieve it quickly, it might survive, but iPhones are not designed to withstand being submerged. The risk of irreparable damage is too high, so it’s best to avoid it entirely. Even if you manage to get away with taking a quick dip in a shallow pool or bathtub, you should not attempt to take photos or videos underwater; this increases the chances of your phone sustaining severe damage caused by the moisture.
Instead of risking disaster by submerging your iPhone 11 for fun or photography, invest in a waterproof phone case designed specifically for that purpose. These cases are resistant to corrosion from salt water and help protect your phone against shock and damage while also enabling you to safely take photos underwater. While these cases may cost some money upfront, they’re worth investing in rather than risking serious injury or permanent damaging caused by water exposure.
Instructions for dealing with a wet iPhone 11
If your iPhone 11 gets wet, you should take immediate steps to reduce the damage and protect it from further water exposure. First, dry off any water on its exterior by using a dry towel or cloth. Make sure that the battery contacts at the bottom of the phone are free from moisture as well. If you can’t do this immediately, keep the phone in a pouch or other closed container to prevent more water from entering in.
Secondly, if water has made its way inside the phone, it’s best to place it in a dry environment and give it time to evaporate. Traditionally people will “do the rice trick” which involves submerging their phones into a sealed container full of uncooked grains of rice which can absorb moisture. However, if you don’t have access to rice then simply leaving the device in a warm room with low humidity should be enough for most situations. Do not turn on your device or plug it into a charger until it is completely dried out and your phone is ready for use again.
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