Best Waterproof Bags for iPhone iMore 2020

If you already have a case for your iPhone, then there's no sense in spending a bunch more on a waterproof case (which are few and far between). If you're just headed out on vacation or want to take some pool pictures, then grab a waterproof bag. They fit every version of the iPhone, and you can get them for a lot less than a waterproof case.

Note: Waterproof bags do not work with Touch ID. The biometric scanner in Touch ID needs to be able to read your fingerprint and requires a special membrane that allows the fingerprint scan to work.

Super protective: JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch

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JOTO's universal waterproof case comes in eight colors, and it does exactly what it's supposed to do: keep your iPhone dry. With an IPX8 rating, JOTO's bag is water, snow, and dust-proof, and able to keep water out to a depth of 100 feet. It's perfect for scuba divers, vacationers, and anyone who wants to take some awesome underwater photos/videos.

$8 at Amazon

Quick access closure: Mpow Universal Waterproof Case

Mpow's bag is transparent on all sides, which makes it completely usable at all times, allowing you to take photos or play games while you're lounging in the pool. This bag will fit any version of the iPhone and any other devices up to 6 inches diagonally. At the top of the bag is a simple snap-and-lock closure for quick access on the fly.

Colorful and stylish: FRiEQ Waterproof Phone Bag

This universal waterproof case/bag is a stylish option in this department and features a handy lanyard, so you can hold onto your iPhone without having to hold on to your iPhone the whole time. You have your choice of light blue, black, or pink. Like all good waterproof bags, FRiEQ's has a window on both sides and is made from a touch-sensitive material that lets you continue to use your iPhone.

$6 at Amazon

Rugged design: Kona Waterproof Phone Bag

Kona's waterproof bag is a little more heavy-duty than the others on this list, featuring a twist-to-lock closure. It's still touch-sensitive, and you can easily access your iPhone to take photos and videos. This will fit all iPhones and any devices up to 6.3 inches diagonally, but if you have a thicker case, you'll have to remove it, since it's a tighter fit, width-wise.

A bargain: Yosh Waterproof Case

Yosh's bag is for adults who want to be stylish. It comes in a pastel palette of pink, orange, green, and yellow, as well as black and white. Yosh's bags feature an excellent long lanyard, so you can have your iPhone on your wrist while you're splashing around. Plus, Yosh provides a lifetime warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you can replace your bag.

2-for-1: Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Case

The Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Case is a reliable and rugged pair of deep-diving bags that'll protect your iPhone up to 100 feet below the surface. The transparent cover still allows access to all buttons and ports along with the camera on the back for a clear shot.

$11 at Amazon

Eye-catching and bright: FITFORT 4-Pack Universal Waterproof Case

The FITFORT 4-Pack Universal Waterproof Case is a brightly colored set of cases that come in blue, pink, green, orange, and black color combinations. Designed with a super-thin, touch-responsive material, it can keep your iPhone case up to 20 meters underwater.

$13 at Amazon

Best for most: Ariza Universal Water Pouch with Lanyard

Keep your iPhone safe and secure underwater with the Ariza Universal Water Pouch with Lanyard. These protectors come in a pack of three and secure with a durable, waterproof lock that also protects against dirt, dust, snow, scratches, falls, and more.

Flotation device: SEGMART Universal Floating Waterproof Phone Pouch

Never worry about your iPhone drowning again with help from the SEGMART Universal Floating Waterproof Phone Pouch. This case is designed to float to the surface of the water effortlessly. This feature comes in handy if you lose your grip on it while swimming. It comes in five different color options.

Why would you want a waterproof bag?

Sometimes, we want our phone on us at all times, even at an amusement park or in the pool. Plus, a little added protection is worth it if you don't want to cover the cost of a replacement phone. Pro-tip: Before using your purchase, fill your waterproof bag with a paper towel and submerge it in a sink full of water for around two hours. If the paper towel comes out dry, you're good to go. If not, send it back.

Although a lot of the newer iPhones come with an IP rating, making them somewhat water-resistant, a waterproof bag like the JOTO universal waterproof pouch provides extra protection that helps with not just water, but also snow, mud, and other wet substances.

Plus, if you don't own an older iPhone that already has a waterproof rating, these bags are much cheaper than a waterproof case. The benefit of getting more than one waterproof bag for a much lower price than a case is enticing as well. You can easily stock up for the whole family without shelling out too much money. The Yosh waterproof bag comes in packs of two if buying in bulk makes more sense for you. If you want a case that will float when it's accidentally dropped in water, you can't go wrong with SEGMART. This universal dry bag pouch fits a variety of phones and floats on the surface.

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