Is The iPhone SE 2 Waterproof? Here’s The Truth!

The iPhone SE 2 was just released and you want to know more about it. You’re wondering if the iPhone SE 2 is water-resistant like other new smartphones. In this article, I’ll answer the question: is the iPhone SE 2 waterproof?

Is The iPhone SE 2 Waterproof?

Technically, the iPhone SE 2 is water-resistant, not waterproof. The 2nd Generation iPhone SE has an ingress protection rating of IP67. This means it’s designed to be water-resistant when submerged in up to one meter of water for up to thirty minutes.

What Does IP67 Stand For?

iPhones are graded on dust- and water-resistance using an IP rating. IP stands for ingress protection or international protection. Devices rated on this scale are assigned a score of 0–6 (first number) for dust-resistance and 0–8 (second number) for water-resistance. The higher the number, the better the score.

Many top-of-the-line smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro Max, have ingress protection ratings of IP68.

Although the iPhone SE 2 isn’t as water-resistant as other recently released smartphones, it should survive if you drop it in a toilet or swimming pool. Just don’t expect it to be fully functional if dropped to the bottom of a lake!

You can help keep your iPhone SE (2nd Generation) protected by purchasing a waterproof phone pouch. Check out our other article to learn about the best waterproof phone pouches!

Is Water Damage Protected By AppleCare?

Liquid damage is not covered by AppleCare+. The water-resistance capability of any phone branded as “waterproof” degrades over time. Manufacturers can’t guarantee your phone will survive extended exposure to water.

However, liquid damage falls under accidental damage, which has a lower deductible than a regular replacement.  AppleCare+ covers two incidents of accidental damage. You can check if your iPhone SE 2 is covered by entering its serial number on Apple’s website.

iPhone SE 2 Water-Resistance: Explained!

We hope this article helped explain the water-resistance of the iPhone SE 2. Next time someone asks if you the iPhone SE 2 is waterproof, you’ll know exactly what to tell them! Leave a comment down below if you have any other questions.

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David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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9 months ago

My iPhone se2 was sitting on the table and one of the kids knocked over a glass of water. Not much went on the phone really soon afterwards the screen started playing up. I got that replaced but now I’m having issues with sound and phone calls just drop out

2 years ago

I dropped my iPhone SE 2020 in my toilet for 4 seconds. Will my iPhone survive?

3 years ago

husband dropped his SE in a flooding dam drain. Phone was washed 70 metres through the pipe and sat fully submerged in the rapid wash of the full pipe for over a week. When found, we sat phone in sun for a few hours then placed on a charging plate. That was a month ago and I am using the phone now every day. Husband got a new one! ?

3 years ago

Dropped it in a hot tub and pulled it out immediately and turned it off. Should I leave it off (how long) or can I use it?

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Sirena

It’s probably fine since you had time to turn it off, but whenever your phone gets wet it’s a good idea not to charge it until the charging port has had time to dry.

3 years ago

se 2020 is borned 57secs after my 22nd birthday

3 years ago

Dropped my new se 2020 in a mug of coffee (don’t ask). Left speaker is a lot quieter now but phone still works the same, is coffee different from water?

3 years ago

Does a shower count as being submerged?

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Hayley

I’d say a shower is more along the lines of splashing. Submerging a device involves water pressure. When phones are rated for water resistance that can be submerged, they typically have a depth rating and amount of time the phone can survive at this depth. For example, the iPhone SE 2 can be submerged down to one meter for up to 30 minutes. A shower simply splashes water on the outside of the device, so it should be able to survive. However, make sure that if you bring your phone in the shower or if it gets wet that you… Read more »

3 years ago

One week old SE 2020, dipped in under water to take a photo of my son, that’s less than 10 seconds, one hand deep. It reset immediately. Sometimes it runs, but mostly it just tries to boot endlessly.
Not exactly water resistant.

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  rbto

Water resistance is hardly ever guaranteed, as it can vary depending on how it came off the factory line and how deep it wound up getting. I really only trust water resistance to protect my devices in accidental situations, never deliberate. They do however sell special clear phone cases that are meant to be submerged for underwater use and photography. That might actually allow you to get even deeper without risking damage to your phone, so you can take plenty of awesome pictures of your son that way.

2 years ago
Reply to  rbto

I imagine that clicking one of the buttons under water could potentially allow water to get in through the button mechanism. The water resistance is essentially meant to be accident oriented, like if you get in the water and forget that it’s in your pocket, or if it falls in to a toilet or bathtub, etc.