Is the iPhone SE Waterproof?

The iPhone SE (2nd generation and later) is water-resistant but not waterproof. It has an IP67 rating, which means it can last at a maximum depth of 3.3 feet (1 meter) for up to 30 minutes, but water resistance decreases over time.

Hi, I’m Devansh. Last month, I spilled a glass of water on my iPhone. I wiped it with a cloth, and there were no issues, but this incident led me to learn about the water-resistant features of the iPhone.

In this article, I’ll describe the water resistance of the iPhone SE. I’ll also guide you on what to do if you spill water on your iPhone and answer some common questions.

Keep reading if you’re worried about accidentally damaging your iPhone SE due to water or liquid!

How Water-Resistant is the iPhone SE?

The iPhone SE (2nd generation and later) has an IP67 rating. As tested by Apple under controlled laboratory conditions, the device can last at a maximum depth of 3.3 feet (1 meter)  for up to 30 minutes.

However, water resistance isn’t a permanent feature. It generally declines with normal wear and tear after a few months of use. The water resistance of your iPhone could be even lower if you’ve dropped it or have got it repaired recently.

Overall, consider your iPhone’s water resistance a precautionary measure. It most likely won’t get damaged if you rinse it with tap water or spill a drink, but don’t take it with you for a swim or shower.

What to Do if You Spill Water on Your iPhone?

First, disconnect all accessories and turn off your iPhone. Next, wipe it with a soft, lint-free cloth and leave it to dry for 30 minutes. Check this article if you get the ‘Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector’ alert when you charge it. You should also contact Apple Support.


Let’s discuss three frequently asked questions about the iPhone SE’s water resistance.

How to Protect Your iPhone From Liquid Damage?

There are a few precautions that you can take. For example, avoid using your iPhone in a sauna or steam room, keep it away from water sources, and use a waterproof case.

What Does IP Rating Mean?

The IP code (Ingress Protection or International Protection) represents the degrees of protection built into a device against dust and water. To learn more about IP ratings, check the IEC website.

Which iPhone Models Have Higher IP Ratings?

All models from iPhone 12 to iPhone 14 have an IP68 rating, which means they can last at a maximum depth of 19.67 feet (6 meters) for up to 30 minutes. For more information, check this Apple support page.


The iPhone SE (2nd generation and later) is not waterproof but water-resistant with an IP67 rating. It can withstand occasional submersions, but you must be careful since water resistance decreases over time.

Do you have further questions about the iPhone SE’s water resistance? Let me know in the comments!

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