Ready for the
unexpected

Don't let its good looks fool you. Hydro ELITE is the sleek, global-ready 4G LTE Android™ smartphone that's water, sound, and life friendly.

Survival never looked
so good

From dunks in the bathtub to snow on the slopes, have no fear for your phone.

The waterproof* Hydro ELITE is the spill-, splash-, and drool-ready smartphone that's built to survive the unexpected.

See how Hydro ELITE survived the Hydro Challenge with Bear Grylls, adventurer and TV host of NBC's Get Out Alive.

*Phone will not operate under water and should be dried as quickly as possible when wet. To ensure that your phone maintains water resistance, make sure the battery door is properly sealed.

Work more. Play more. Do more than ever before.

Get used to fast downloads –
up to ten times quicker than 3G.

With 4G LTE, you'll have enough network speed to share photos, send files, and download music with ease. Plus, the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) allow Hydro ELITE to navigate the Web and run multiple apps with no problem at all.

The volume button is now obsolete

Hear in coffee shops, crowded cafes, and places you never could before.

Unlike traditional speakers, the award-winning Kyocera Smart Sonic Receiver technology transmits sound as vibrations that travel directly into your eardrum. As long as Hydro ELITE is near your ear, you can hear clearly—even when wearing a motorcycle, bike or ski helmet, scarf, or ear protection.

Advanced technology with absolute simplicity

Easily transfer contacts, videos, and more with Touch and Send NFC sharing. Repower your battery by setting the phone on an optional Qi-enabled wireless charging pad. And get more life between charges using Eco Mode with MaxiMZR.

Everything looks better on a big screen

Your favorite movies and games look crisp and super bright from any angle on the 4.3" impact-resistant, edge-to-edge, HD touchscreen. The edge-to-edge design helps make the most of your phone's compact body.

A smartphone that makes you look good

Capture the action using the 8 MP camera and HD camcorder with digital zoom. For advanced shots, the LED flash, auto-focus, panoramic, HDR, multi-shot, and smile-shutter modes can help you out. And the 1.3MP front-facing camera is perfect for video chats and self-portraits.

Where to buy

Hydro ELITE

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless
1-800-256-4646
verizonwireless.com


FAQ

How do I ensure my Hydro ELITE stays waterproof?

To ensure that your phone maintains its waterproof capability, the following precautions must be observed:

  • Make sure the battery cover is properly seated by squeezing around the edges of the cover. The charger/data port and audio/headset jack have no covers but they are waterproof.
  • Do not spray or immerse your phone in liquids other than fresh water or tap water.
  • Do not expose your phone to water heated in excess of 104°F (40°C), or to liquids other than freshwater, such as detergent, beverages, saltwater, or chlorinated or treated water.
  • The touch panel and touch keys will not operate when the phone is wet.
  • Your phone is inoperable under water and should be dried as quickly as possible when wet.
  • Do not use the charger/data port for charging, data transmission, etc. until the phone is completely dry.
  • Water lodged in the audio/headset jack may cause the phone to falsely detect an inserted headset (in which case the loudspeaker and/or earpiece audio will be disabled) until the water is removed.
I dropped my phone in water, what is the best way to dry it off?

If your phone gets wet:

  • Do NOT open the battery door.
  • Wipe the phone surfaces with a dry clean cloth.
  • Hold the phone tight and shake it until no water drop comes out of it.
  • Water in the phone's open ports may affect sound quality and should be removed with puffs of air directly into the ports. Phone audio may not operate properly until ports are dry. Apply a dry clean cloth to the areas of the microphones, speakers, power/lock key, volume key, audio/headset jack, and charger/data port to remove the moisture left on the phone.
  • Should your phone be accidentally exposed to liquids other than clean fresh water, rinse the phone gently in clean fresh water before performing steps 1-4 above.
I dropped my phone in water and I feel the audio quality has changed what should I do?

Follow the below recovery path to remove water:

  • Do NOT remove the battery door. Make sure the battery cover remains properly sealed.
  • Remove water by shaking, applying shorts puffs of air, and use a dry clean cloth to remove moisture from the microphone, speaker, power/lock key, volume key, audio/headphone jack, and USB charger/data port.
  • Wipe the phone surfaces with a dry clean cloth.

If you think water is lodged in the earpiece:

  • Kyocera Smart Sonic Receiver technology is implemented in Hydro ELITE, so there is no earpiece hole.
  • With respect to voice quality, please wipe and dry the LCD touchscreen since Kyocera Smart Sonic Receiver technology uses the glass to turn sounds into vibrations that go directly to the eardrum.

If you think water is lodged in microphone:

  • Voice quality or volume heard by others may temporarily be worse due to water blocking the microphone port.
  • User can return the phone to normal operating condition by
    1. Shaking the phone to drain the water
    2. Drying the phone well
    3. Applying short puffs of air into the microphone port

If you think water is lodged in headset jack:

  • Loud speaker, microphone, and/or earpiece audio may temporarily be disabled. Water lodged in the headset jack may cause the phone to falsely detect an inserted headset until the water is removed.
  • User can return the phone to normal operating condition by
    1. Shaking the phone to drain the water
    2. Drying the phone well
    3. Applying short puffs of air into the headset jack

If you think is water lodged in USB charger:

  • USB functions may temporarily be affected. Water lodged in the USB port may cause the phone to falsely detect an inserted USB cable until the water is removed.
  • User can return the phone to normal operating condition by
    1. Shaking the phone to drain the water
    2. Drying the phone well
    3. Applying short puffs of air into the USB port
  • In the case of a short circuit caused by residual water in the connector, the battery protection circuit will detect it and temporarily stop the charging.

Water lodged in speaker:

  • Audio quality or volume may temporarily be worse due to water in the speaker opening.
  • User can return the phone to normal operating condition by
    1. Shaking the phone to drain the water
    2. Drying the phone well
    3. Applying short puffs of air into the speaker

Water lodged in power and/or volume buttons:

  • The power and volume buttons are waterproof because the waterproof structure protects them.

Where to find instructions:

  • How a user can recover from an immersion event can be found on page 9 in the Product Safety & Warranty Information Booklet located in the phone carton.

Impact for speaker and microphone:

  • If water remains in the phone speaker and/or microphone openings, sound quality and volume may not operate appropriately until the openings are completely dry.
  • Shaking the phone, applying short puffs of air to the speaker/microphone, and eliminating water from the phone may assist in recovering from this temporary condition.
Can I use my phone underwater?

No, Hydro ELITE is inoperable underwater and should be dried as quickly as possible.

How do I take a screen shot on my Hydro ELITE?

To take a screen shot, press and hold power button and volume down simultaneously.

I inserted a micro SD card into my Hydro ELITE, how do I transfer music, pictures or other files?

To transfer music, pictures or other files from your computer to you phone's micro SD card, you will need to set the phone's micro SD card as a USB drive by doing the following:

  1. Connect the phone to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. The Connectivity screen automatically opens.

- OR –

If you see on the status bar, slide it down to open the Notifications panel and tap the USB connection notification.

  1. Tap Mass Storage.
  2. On your computer, the connected phone and the inserted micro SD card are recognized as two removable disks. Navigate to these removable disks and open the one containing the data from the micro SD card.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Copy files from the computer to the root folder on the phone's storage card.
    • Copy files from the phone's storage card to a folder on your computer or computer desktop.
    • Copy files from one folder of the phone's storage card to another.
  4. After copying the files, unmount the removable disks (that is, the connected phone) as required by your computer's operating system to safely remove your phone, and disconnect the phone from the computer.
How do I transfer pictures from my Hydro ELITE to my computer?

You can transfer your pictures by using either your micro SD card or Bluetooth.

Are there any tips/tricks for adding a widget to my home screen?

Of course, to add a widget, try the following:

If you have your phone in Starter Mode:

  1. Tap Home.
  2. Tap Menu.
  3. Tap Personalize screen.
  4. Tap Add Widget or Add App Shortcut.
  5. A helpful prompt will appear (if you do not want to see the prompt again, tap to check "Don't show me this again") and tap OK.
  6. Tap an application or widget you would like to add to an extended Home screen.

If you have your phone in Standard Mode:

  1. Tap Apps on the Favorites tray.
  2. Slide the APPS or WIDGETS screens to find the item you want to add to the Home screen.
  3. Tap and hold the app icon or a widget and move your finger to find the place to add it to. The blue frames which appear on the screen indicate where you might place the item.
  4. Release your finger.
How can I sync files from my Hydro ELITE to my PC using a USB cable?

To sync files that have been stored to the device memory, please follow the below steps and make sure the microSD card has been removed from the handset:

  1. Connect the handset to the PC. (If this is your first time connecting your Hydro ELITE to your PC, the handset will be recognized by the PC as a CD-ROM drive.)
  2. For the case of Windows 7, a dialog box asking to either select either "Execute TL-Bootstrap.exe" or "List all files in a folder" should appear.
  3. Choose "Execute TL-Bootstrap.exe"
  4. Set USB to Mass Storage mode.
  5. View files on the Mass Storage device and confirm pictures/videos taken by the camera are accessible under "DCIM/100KYCRA" folder.

Note: You must choose "Bootstrap.exe" when asked to choose from "Bootstrap.exe or View in Folder." If you choose to View Folder, you will only see 4 files and the USB drive will not be installed. Consequently, the device remains as a CD-ROM drive and picture/video files in Mass Storage will not be accessible.