Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 waterproof?

Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 waterproof?

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of Samsung’s next smartwatch, especially since Google I/O. With a unified Wear OS ecosystem Samsung helped develop, the newly-launched Galaxy Watch 4 is exceptionally exciting. Plus, it includes a new body composition sensor, the first of its kind in a smartwatch. But of course, it’s still a watch at the end of the day, and there are certain things you need to know. For example, it is best to know beforehand whether the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are waterproof, so you can go swimming with it.

The good news is yes, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, both, are water-resistant. That’s pretty much what you’d expect of any smartwatch these days, and that applies to both the watches in the series and all of their variants. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 comes with IP68 dust and water resistance, which means it’s been tested to be submerged at least one meter deep in water, for at least 30 minutes. On top of that, Samsung is rating its water resistance up to 5ATM of pressure.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with black straps worn on wrist

However, all these tests only account for freshwater. Saltwater can be a problem for all kinds of devices that are technically water-resistant. Saltwater means salt deposits can form inside parts of your devices and cause corrosion on all kinds of metal components. While devices like the Galaxy Watch 4 are tightly sealed to prevent any water from getting in, it’s always best to be safe. If you go swimming in the ocean or sea, make sure to take your watch off before you jump in, or if that is not an option, rinse your watch with fresh water as soon as possible.

In short, much like other devices (including smart watches) with an IP68 rating, the Galaxy Watch 4 will be waterproof enough for most people. Rain, showers, and swimming in a pool should all be no problem. However, if you’re submerged in saltwater, you have to be more careful since salt can corrode your watch much more quickly.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
    The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 comes with a brand-new processor and more RAM than its predecessor. It also has a new software experience developed by Samsung and Google so you have even more apps available.

If you’re interested in buying the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, you can do so using the link below. If you’re looking to jazz it up a bit, check out our list of best watch bands to give it a more personal touch. Finally, for those still on the fence about it, read our comparison between the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Apple Watch Series 6.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Writer at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.