The Galaxy S7 is water resistant, but can you use it when it is wet?

Being water-resistant is one of the key stand-out features of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Bearing an IP68 certification, the phone can withstand splashes of water or being used in the rain. Even if Lil Wayne pours a bottle of champagne over it, the phone is still going to work. But is it actually usable when it is wet? Can you still use the Galaxy S7 outside if is raining cats and dogs? We did some testing of our own to find out.

Our first test involved using the Galaxy S7 with wet fingers, like after washing our hands. We didn't expect the phone to fail this one. Most phones, even those that aren't water resistant, would still work fine in such a scenario. Sure enough, the Galaxy S7 was perfectly usable, We could switch between home screens, we could open and use apps, we could use the keyboard to type a text message despite the drops of water dripping down our fingertips.

Then we decided to simulate using the Galaxy S7 in the rain. In this case, light drops and sprays of water didn't affect the touchscreen. Once some water had accumulated, however, the touchscreen started misbehaving. And heavier drops falling on its surface were mistaken for taps. Overall, the phone was still usable to some extent, but definitely not once it got too wet. 

Our last test was to submerge the Galaxy S7 underwater, which is something you really shouldn't do. The touchscreen in this case was completely unresponsive even though the phone itself still worked. With the camera open, we could take photos using the volume buttons, but the touchscreen itself was not operational.

So obviously, you cannot and shouldn't use the Galaxy S7 underwater, but it is okay to take it out in the rain. Just don't expect its wet touchscreen to be any more responsive than those on any other smartphone, be it water-resistant or not.

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Still pretty good really, most people don't need to use a phone underwater but would rather just have it still work after accidentally dropping it in it!

7. kumaran55

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

Check out water-resistant Galaxy S7


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

The third video actually shows the s7 responsive underwater. Hmmm

31. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Glove Mode is on maybe?

22. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Water resistance is a natural next step for Samsung.

32. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

There are other videos that show the phone works fine underwater. Like the ones below. It's works.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I've owned plenty of water resistant phones, all of their screens weren't usable underwater.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Sonys latest few generations can be used under water

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I don't think so. They can be used when wet. which is not the same thing. Correct me if i'm wrong.

6. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Z3+ or higher works with wet touch.

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

As I said, they work with wet touch, but working underwater is a whole different thing.

21. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Galaxy S7 Screen WORKS PERFECTLY UNDER WATER Full video. See Minute [7:42]

24. tyrionTheWise unregistered

That's weird.

25. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That's a different test

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Unless the digitizer uses pressure or contact via a solid as the mechanism rather than capacitance, it's not possible.

26. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

If they make next note waterproof will it be usable under water with stylus? (Just curious, I know it sounds weird)

29. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yes. It should.

33. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Theoretically it should as the stylus doesn't use capacitance for input.

8. kumaran55

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

iPhoneArena is a dishonest media. Where is the news? DxOMark names the Galaxy S7 edge as the best smartphone camera ever tested. This is the highest smartphone score ever given on the DxOMark (Camera expert site). It’s official: Galaxy S7 has the best smartphone camera on the market. -​Review-A-new-champion Samsung Galaxy S7 Has the Best Smartphone Display (Best Ever), Expert Confirms This site and its writers are apple and biased. Just how honest are you?

15. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Are you new here? It's been like this since they started writing their very first post. Just get used to it mate. They're being paid by Apple anyway. :)

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not really new I guess, but its obvious that he register new clone account just to make this comment.. his account registered 2 hour ago, and his comment also made 2 hour ago -_-

28. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Very well said and true. None of the editors have replied back nor counter attacked the posts. Apple is paying them very good amount of cash. The iPhone pos scores 9. Outdated junk phone. Unbelievable.

18. tyrionTheWise unregistered

DxOMark is garbage. I stopped trusting them when they placed 5s higher than pureview 808. And the raring of Z5 scoring higher than all 2015 flagships is pure BS. Not to mention iphone 6s scoring lower than 6.

30. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Somewhat unbelievable, but true. You are definitely not alone in that decision. I stopped using them as reference a long time ago. Doesn't matter if they are probably the most renowned reviewer in the camera world. They are simply, just not true. The best way to compare is to compare pictures side by side (like the ones from gsmarena or dpreview) and decide for yourself.

34. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Well, I guess if you only read reviewers that agree with your preconceived notions your opinions will be validated...

9. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

That Apple youtube channel that does the drop tests showed the screen of the s7 working under water. ...... hmmmmm

10. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I think it's called everything apple pro or something like that. He was shocked when he could fully navigate the ui under water


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

EverythingApplepro yes, responsive underwater.

11. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I prefer to use a phone dry. So much that I keep it in a Ziplock bag when it rains (even my GS5 and would the GS7).

12. summertime

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

beyond water resistance feature, how about other special features. Galaxy S6 also has such function.

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