The best waterproof phones 2024

The best waterproof phones are not the hideous, bulky monstrosities they once were. In fact nowadays there's some kind of water resistance on all of the best phones — with designs and form factors that make you proud to show off your phone in public. It means you can safely snack pictures by the pool, or use your phone in the rain without worrying about possible damage.

Anything with an IP67 or IP68 rating means the phone can be submerged up varying depths of water for up to 30 minutes — though some go well beyond that bare minimum. This doesn't make them completely immune from water damage, but some protection is better than nothing at all.

Every device on this list has an IP rating attached to it, which describes the level of ingress protection. The first digit relates to dust protection, while the second relates to water ingress protection. The best water resistance comes with a rating of 7 or higher — anything less means the phone can handle spray but not full immersion,

Here are the best waterproof phones you can buy right now.

The quick list

Here are the best waterproof and water-resistant phones you can buy right now, based on our own testing. You can scroll down the page to find more in-depth information about each model and what makes them so great.

The full list: Best waterproof phones you can buy today

Every device on this list has some IP rating attached to it, that conveys a degree of ingress protection. The first digit in an IP rating relates to dust protection whereas the second pertains to liquids. You'll want to look for at least a "7" to connote water resistance. Anything below that might mean the device can withstand water sprays and splashes, but not immersion.

Here are the best waterproof phones you can buy right now.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Action mode with 5x telephoto lensEditor's Choice

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The best waterproof phone

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2796x1290; 1-120Hz)
CPU: A17 Pro
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 48MP wide (f/1.78), 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.2), 12MP telephoto (5x zoom; f/2.8)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/1.9)
Weight: 7.8 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 14:02

Reasons to buy

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Light and strong titanium frame
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5x zoom power
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Action button customization
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Amazing performance
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Lengthy battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Price increase over iPhone 14 Pro Max
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Slow charging speeds
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Action button could be more 

Just as you'd hope from a phone as luxurious as the iPhone 15 Pro Max, it promises to keep your phone dry. With an IP68 water/dust resistance rating, Apple promises all its new phones, including the iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, will withstand submersion in 6 metres (about 20 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. That should be plenty of time to retrieve your phone if you've dropped it.

These impressive waterproof credentials are joined by the best phone cameras and performance of any phone we've tested, a fantastic tetra prism telephoto lens and somehow even better battery life again. Although the iPhone 15 Pro is almost identical to the Pro Max, the larger phone still takes the top spot of the range. Its larger display and longer battery life may be the only differences, but they're enough to make it the ultimate iPhone experience you can get right now.

Read our full iPhone 15 Pro Max review.

Best cheap waterproof phone

iPhone SE 2022 back of phone against stonebest value

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The most affordable water-resistant phone

Specifications

Water resistance: IP67; max 3.3 feet (1 meter) for 30 minutes
Display: 4.7-inch LCD (1334x750)
Rear camera: 12MP wide (ƒ/1.8)
Front camera: 7MP (ƒ/2.2)
CPU: A15 Bionic

Reasons to buy

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Fastest performance for the money
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Very good photo quality
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More durable design

Reasons to avoid

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Small display with big bezels
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No Night mode for camera

The new third-generation iPhone SE packs the lightning-fast A15 Bionic processor from 2019's flagship iPhones in the body of the iPhone 8. And because it repurposes the iPhone 8's design, it also benefits from the iPhone 8's water resistance. This phone is built to IP67 spec, meaning it can withstand submersion in 3.3 feet (1 meter) of water for a half hour.

But what makes the iPhone SE's water resistance so special is the handset's bargain price. At $429, the iPhone SE is the cheapest IP-rated, water-resistant iPhone you can buy. (And it beats out many cheap Android phones, too.) It also supports wireless charging and sports an aluminum-and-glass design, making it extremely premium compared to similarly-priced Android phones. 

Read our full iPhone SE 2022 review.

Best general-use waterproof phone

Apple iPhone 15 review.

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The best waterproof phone for most people

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2556x1179; 60Hz)
CPU: A16 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No
Rear camera: 48MP wide (f/1.6) w/ 2x zoom, 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/1.9)
Weight: 6 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:05

Reasons to buy

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Impressive battery life
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Good main camera with 2x zoom
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A16 Bionic is still strong
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Refreshed design
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Improved display brightness

Reasons to avoid

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Charging remains slow
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Still stuck with 60Hz display

While it lacks a few features, the iPhone 15 still keeps up with its Pro siblings on the waterproof front. It's also capable of lasting for half an hour under 20 feet of water, and it makes use of a Ceramic Shield display that should prevent screen damage if the phone gets dropped on solid ground instead of in water.

The iPhone 15 doesn't have the same 120Hz display as the Pro models, and it also misses out on the telephoto camera, LiDAR sensor, tetra prism lens and always-on display. However the price remains pretty low, and the photography and computing performance still crushes most of the Android competition, making it a still worthy device for users in need of a big upgrade.

Read our full iPhone 15 review

Best waterproof Android phone

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra back

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The best waterproof phone for Android fans

Specifications

Water resistance: IP68; max 5 feet (1.5 meters) for 30 minutes
Display: 6.8-inch OLED (3200x1400)
Rear camera: 200MP main (ƒ/1.7), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2), 10MP telephoto with 3x zoom (ƒ/2.4), 50MP telephoto with 10x zoom (ƒ/3.4)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.2)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Battery life: 16:45

Reasons to buy

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IP68 water resistances up to 1.5 meters
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Built-in S Pen
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Adaptive refresh rate for display
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7 years of software and security updates as standard

Reasons to avoid

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Telephoto lens downgraded to 5x
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$100 price hike this year

Like other Galaxy flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra features IP68 water resistance, so you can drop it in up to 5 feet of water without worry. But the real value in this phablet comes with its other features, such as the built-in S Pen. You’ll also find two telephoto lenses on the back of the Galaxy S24 Ultra to help you capture more detail when you zoom in on a shot. Not to mention the new and excellent 200MP main sensor.

The 6.8-inch AMOLED screen offers a dynamic refresh rate that adjusts depending on what you’re doing — scrolling through web pages might max out the refresh rate at 120Hz, for example, for a smoother experience.

This is the ultimate smartphone, but it has a price tag to match.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review.

Best waterproof iPhone phone for less

iPhone 14

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Top water resistance for less

Specifications

Water resistance: IP68; max 20 feet (6 meters) for 30 minutes
Display: 6.1-inch OLED
Cameras (back/front): 12MP main (f/1.5), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (f/1.9)
CPU: A15 Bionic
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 7:41

Reasons to buy

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Excellent photography
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Strong performance
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Bright display

Reasons to avoid

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No 120Hz refresh rate
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No optical zoom camera
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Sluggish charging

The iPhone 14 features the same level of waterproofing as the iPhone 14 line — an Apple-tested resistance to 30 minutes of being submerged under 20 feet of water, and an IP68 rating, while remaining cheaper.

Its Apple A15 chipset is still pretty powerful, even if it's been superseded by better chips. Its dual cameras still take fantastic pictures too, and once updated to iOS 17 it'll have all the iPhone 15's software tricks to play with as well. The price drop to $599 might make that a worthwhile sacrifice though.

Read our full iPhone 14 review.

Best waterproof Android for less

Google Pixel 8 Pro held in hand.

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Flagship water resistance at a great price

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2992x1344; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Tensor G3
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No
Rear camera: 50MP wide (f/1.68), 48MP ultra wide (ƒ/1.95), 48MP telephoto (5x zoom; f/2.8)
Front camera: 10.5MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 7.5 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:03

Reasons to buy

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Pro camera features
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7 years of software updates
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Brighter display

Reasons to avoid

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Costs more than  predecessor
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Performance lags rival phones

Google released a really good phone this year. The Pixel 8 Pro impresses in almost every way, minus its deplorable battery life. It also features IP68 water resistance, like many other flagships out there. That means up to a meter of depth for 30 minutes.

Of course, this being a Pixel, the Pixel 8 Pro features incredible cameras that impress in most situations. This phone goes head-to-head with the iPhone 15 Pro Max for photography, which is saying a lot. And thanks to the new Tensor G3 chipset, the Pixel 8 Pro has a lot of software tricks up its sleeve. 

Read our full Pixel 8 Pro review.

More of the best waterproof phones

Samsung galaxy s24 and galaxy s24 plus

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The best non-Ultra option for Galaxy fans

Specifications

Water resistance: IP68; max 5 feet (1.5 meters) for 30 minutes
Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED, QHD+, flat screen
Rear camera: 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x optical zoom)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.2)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Battery life: 16:32

Reasons to buy

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IP68 water resistance
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Excellent dynamic 120Hz display
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Powerful camera zoom
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Great update policy

Reasons to avoid

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Few software changes of note

For many of the top features from the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but for less, turn to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus. The phone starts at $999, yet features an adaptive display and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 system-on-chip, just like Galaxy S24 options.

Just as importantly, Samsung doesn’t skip on water resistance here. Like the more expensive S24 Ultra, the S24 Plus can survive a 5-foot plunge into water for up to 30 minutes. 

All around, the Galaxy S23 Plus is a great big-screen device, especially with its 2,600-nit display and 45W fast charging.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus review.

Google Pixel 8 shown held in hand

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Stellar camera for less

Specifications

Display: 6.2-inch OLED (2400x1080; 60-120Hz)
CPU: Tensor G3
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No
Rear camera: 50MP wide (f/1.68), 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.2)
Front camera: 10.5MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 6.6 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:50

Reasons to buy

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More compact design
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Brighter display
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Excellent AI, particularly for photo processing

Reasons to avoid

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$100 more expensive than Pixel 7
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Tensor's not a speedy chipset

Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean flagship phones are out of reach. With a starting price of $699, the Google Pixel 8 gives fans of unlocked phones a way to get a leading Android flagship handset without busting their budget.

You don’t make many compromises for the Pixel 8’s lower price — there’s no telephoto lens and the screen isn't quite as big or bright. But you still get outstanding cameras that benefit from Google’s know-how with computational photography. The new Tensor G3 chipset powering the Pixel 8 enables a number of experiences like call management and on-device dictation that other Android phones can’t match.

Read our full Google Pixel 8 review.

Back view of OnePlus 10 Pro

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The best Android phone for the money