Is your Android device water resistant? An App promises to tell you
Water Resistant Tester is an application for Google's Android operating system. It is designed to test the water resistant level of the device to tell you if the device is water resistant.
The application uses the barometric pressure sensor of Android devices for that.
This app will help you test whether the IP67/IP68 water resistance seals on your phone are still intact by using the barometer built in to your phone.
Basically, what it does is compare baseline pressure with pressure exerted by the user during the water resistance test.
If a device does not have the sensor, it can't be used. The app gave no indication previously if the sensor is available, and part of the low reviews that it received on Google's Play Store are from users who could not get it to work because of that.
A recent update introduced a check to find out if the sensor is available; this should reduce the number of reviews with low scores in the long run.
The age of the device, repairs, or drops may affect the water protection of the device. While a device may have a certified water resistance level when it is factory new, its effectiveness may have dropped over time.
It is hard to tell if the app provides exact answers all the time. Most users who got it to work seem to agree that it is indeed working. A quick test on a Pixel 3a device revealed that it is not water resistant, which is true.
Negative test results after display replacements or drops fall also in line with the assessment.
The developer offers no guarantee, but the result may reassure users, in the case of positive test results, or cause them to be more careful if the device tested negatively. Some manufacturers use similar tests to determine the water resistance level of devices.
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Water Resistance Tester is an interesting app for Android that showcases how diverse apps for the operating system are. It may be useful if you want to know if your device is water resistant, or still water resistant after some time of use.
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