Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the latest flagship devices from Google, that comes with premium features like the Tensor G2 chip, great camera, Pixel’s Adaptive Battery and Charging, Titan M2 security chip and a lot more. When buying a premium flagship phone, you consider a number of factors from camera, build quality to even if the phone has any water-resistance.
One of the most sought-after features in modern smartphones is waterproofing, which helps protect the device from accidental damage caused by water, dust particles or other liquids. In this article, we will explore whether the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 are waterproof, and if so, what their IP rating means.
Is Pixel 7 Waterproof?
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have an IP68 rating, which means it is dustproof and can withstand being submerged in water up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. However, it is important to note that no phone is completely waterproof, so you should still take precautions when using your Pixel 7 near water.
On the official Pixel 7 product page, Google mentions that their smartphones are “designed to comply with dust and water protection rating IP68 under IEC standard 60529 when search device leaves the factory.” This does not say that the devices are entirely water or dustproof. To explain more on what exactly is IP68 rating, you can continue reading further.
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If you do use the Google Pixel 7 in water, be sure to dry it off thoroughly before using it again. And if you are concerned about water damage to your Google Pixel 7, you may want to consider buying a waterproof case. We have also mentioned some tips on what to do if your Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro gets water damaged.
What is IP Rating?
The IP rating of a device indicates its level of protection against the ingress of water and dust. IP stands for Ingress Protection, and the rating consists of two digits. The first digit represents the level of protection against solid objects such as dust particles, while the second digit represents the level of protection against liquids such as water.
For example, the Google Pixel 7 IP rating is IP68 which means that the device is completely dustproof and can withstand immersion in water up to a certain depth for a certain period of time. This means the Google Pixel 7 series is not completely waterproof, so you should avoid using it in water for extended periods of time or in very deep water.
The table below explains the various IP ratings commonly used for electronic devices:
|IP Rating||Dust Protection||Water Protection|
|IP01||No protection||No protection|
|IP2X||Protected against dripping water||No protection against water jets|
|IP3X||Protected against sprayed water from any direction||No protection against powerful water jets|
|IP4X||Protected against splashes of water from any direction||No protection against powerful jets of water or heavy seas|
|IP5X||Protected against dust||Protected against low-pressure jets of water from any direction|
|IP6X||Completely dustproof||Protected against powerful jets of water from any direction|
Can I Use the Google Pixel 7 in Water?
Yes, you can use the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in water for a limited time. If you like to party a lot around the pool or your work requires you to be near water at all times, there are some tips you can keep in mind. This will ensure your Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro does not get water damaged which is sadly not covered in any warranty.
Warranty plans do offer great protection for your device from accidental damages but unfortunately, most don’t cover water damage. Since electronics and liquids don’t go along well, we recommend looking into waterproof cases if you think your phone will be exposed to water regardless of your care.
Here are some tips you should keep in mind if you absolutely need your Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro around water:
- Avoid using your Pixel 7 in water for extended periods of time.
- Do not use your Pixel 7 in very deep water.
- Do not use your Pixel 7 in saltwater or chlorinated water.
- Be sure to dry your Pixel 7 thoroughly after using it in water (and before charging it).
- If you are concerned about water damage to your Pixel 7, you may want to consider buying a waterproof case.
How to Fix Pixel 7 Water Damage
If you think there has been some kind of water damage to your Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, we have some fixes you can try at home. First part of fixing water damage involves making sure whether it actually is moisture that is causing the problems. Of course, if you drop it in water, powering it off immediately and implementing the below mentioned process is required but sometimes, moisture can get in without you actually dropping it.
If you do suspect the Pixel 7 getting water / moisture damaged, you should look for these signs: distorted speaker sounds, display stuttering / malfunction, bad charging or sync port. While this list definitely isn’t all, it serves as a good base for figuring out water damage.
Once you have concluded there is water damage, here is a DIY tip that you can try first before taking it to a repair center.
Rice Bag Method
One of the most popular DIY tricks to fix water damage on phones (and electronics in general) is the rice bag method. Once you pull out your phone back from the pool, pond or any water, power it OFF. Do not turn it back ON or you will risk short-circuiting the main board. Now put the phone is a sealed bag of rice and keep it inside for at least 2-3 days.
Rice is known for absorbing water and this is exactly what it will do from inside your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro phone. Take out the phone after a few days and turn it on. If it powers on like normal, there is a good chance that would have fixed your water damage. However, if you still feel the phone is not functioning properly, you might have to take it to an official service center for repair.
Google Pixel 7 Waterproof – FAQs
Do you still have questions regarding the Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro waterproof protection and resistance? We have answered some of the popular queries that you might have below here:
Is the Google Pixel 7 Pro waterproof?
No, the Google Pixel 7 Pro is not waterproof. However, it has an official IP rating that means it is completely dustproof and can withstand immersion in water up 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes.
What is Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro IP rating?
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have an IP rating of IP68.
Can Pixel 7 take underwater photos?
Yes, the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have full support for Google’s underwater photography feature. You will need a special Pixel 7 waterproof case i.e. Kraken Sports KRH04.
My Pixel 7 is water damaged. What can I do?
If you dropped your phone into the water for a long time and feel like the phone has been damaged, you can try the rice bag method as mentioned above. Or else, you will have to visit a repair center to get it fixed.