Is your Android device water resistant? An App promises to tell you

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 10, 2021
Apps, Google Android

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.

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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.

Water Resistance Tester displays ads at the bottom of the screen. You may donate $0.99 or more to get rid of them.

Closing Words

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.

Now You: when buying a device, is water resistance a factor? (via Android Police)

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  1. Q said on July 12, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I tried the app described on my LG V20 US996, which has not been advertised to be water resistant, and as expected the app indicated that the device was not water resistant. I then tried the app on my LG V30 US998, which was advertised to have IP68 certified water resistance, and the app also indicated that the device was not water resistant. My LG V30 US996 is in new condition and has been very lightly used, never drooped after I received the product, and sits on my desk on a pad.

    I had tried version 1.1.3 of the Water Resistance Tester app.

    It would have been good if there were better indication as to how hard to press on the screen.

  2. Anonymous said on July 12, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I blame today’s education system for this nonsense.

  3. ULBoom said on July 11, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    We had a Moto G3? that was dropped into a sink full of soapy water, then pulled out immediately. Half the screen went white. A day in front of a fan restored the screen and the phone worked fine.

    Another identical phone was dropped into a creek, removed immediately but died permanently.

    Both were beaten up and dropped a few times before their water fun.

    Whatever this means, IDK but it happened.

  4. Steve said on July 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Good app to crack you screen. I mean, I bet someone will keep pressing harder and harder the screen thinking their phone is water-resistant (when it is not) but assuming they are doing the test wrong. Better do a web search and find out the phone specs.

  5. Jim Anderson said on July 11, 2021 at 11:29 am

    All phones should be made water resistant.

    It’s really pathetic that Google’s Pixel 3a can’t even survive a light rain or a sweaty workout.

  6. Anonymous said on July 11, 2021 at 10:51 am

    next up: an app that tells you if you phone is safe for microwaving. and one for being dropped on concrete, or the average social media user’s head.

  7. adw said on July 11, 2021 at 6:51 am

    funny.. i thought it’s an app that tells you if it’s resistant…. visually…. if it goes on the frizz whilst it’s on and you dump it in water… then it’s not.

  8. Graham said on July 11, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Here’s an easier method: Drop your phone in some water and see what happens.

  9. 11r20 said on July 10, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I prefer my android phones to be
    >>> ‘google-resistant’ <<<

    root-em n' gut All the google crap out of em.

    Older androids do not need ANY 'google-scripts'
    to function properly

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