Today I learned that you can test the water resistance of a smartphone without throwing it in a giant pool. All you need is an app for waterproofness tests, like the one that made the rounds Save your.
The appropriately named Water resistance tests app is available for Android devices in Google Play Store. It tests your smartphone’s IP67 and IP68 waterproofing using the barometer built into your phone. Two Redditors in the Samsung community, where the post comes from, confirmed and then deleted a note that says the method is similar to how OEMs test the seal on their devices. We have reached out to Samsung to confirm if this is actually the case.
To start the test, place your phone on a firm, level surface. Then place your thumbs on the screen where indicated. When you put a little pressure on, the test starts. The app flashes a green tick if everything appears to be as sealed as the day you took the phone out of the box. And if that’s not the case, you’re having trouble starting the test, and you’re getting a giant red exclamation mark to tell you that your phone is does not water resistant. Android Police also notes that if you run the test with a popped out SIM tray, the test will fail as there is a huge hole where water can theoretically seep in.
The barometer inside a smartphone measures the relative air pressure around the device. Back when smartphones were just about to stay gussied on with premium featuresthe idea of a barometer inside such a small device seemed like a far away ideal. Barometers are typically water-based or use a copper alloy solution that expands and contracts based on atmospheric pressure. But it’s too mechanical for a smartphone. Instead of a digital barometer used to perform this test. It is a simple pressure sensitive transducer often found in the dedicated GPS chip. It measures pressure in the Pascals, which is what “hPa” stands for on the results of the water resistance tester. Telephone barometers are so powerful that you can even Make your own scale if you would.
I tested the app with one OnePlus 9, which is IP68 rated for water resistance. I tried it too OnePlus N200 5G, which is not. In both cases, the app was accurately pointing out that the flagship OnePlus could handle water, and that budget OnePlus can not.
When you live and breathe with your smartphone in hand, the water pressure seal may weaken over time. An app like this can help you evaluate a used phone for example to ensure that its seals are not compromised due to normal wear and tear.
It can also help inform you before approaching a seductive body of water. It’s summer, and with the impending creep of climate change, there’s at least one way to test whether your phone can handle the inevitable flow of water that will flow through once the polar ice is completely melted. We are heading for some tough times. Make sure your smartphone is capable.
Water resistance tests are not the first resistance test app to sprout up in the Play Store, but there are plenty of positive reviews to back up not to mention feedback from the community. The developer behind the Water Resistance Tester app, Ray W., does not guarantee the effectiveness of the app. But it can be fun to try it. If you get any tool out of it, be sure to tip the developer, who also removes advertisements.