Are your AirPods really waterproof? What to do if your AirPods get wet

Are your AirPods really waterproof? What to do if your AirPods get wet. Have you recently dropped your AirPods in the water by mistake and you don’t know what to do? The thought of losing your favorite AirPods can be especially painful when you remember how much it cost you to purchase them.

Are your AirPods waterproof? No version of AirPods — standard AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max — are waterproof. Charging cases and Smart Cases are not waterproof, either. Here’s what you should do if you get your AirPods wet. It’s a no for the standard AirPods, the AirPods Max, charging cases, and the Smart Case. But there’s a bit of good news for AirPods Pro owners: They are sweat and water-resistant, boasting an IPX4 water-resistant rating. That means that AirPods Pro hold up if they get splashed with water from any direction or wet from sweat.

Your AirPods are not waterproof. You should avoid wearing them in the shower, swimming pool, or even in the rain. If you have AirPods Pro or third-generation AirPods, they might be water-resistant but they don’t stay that way forever, So you’re always better off safe than sorry.

Still, no matter how hard we try, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid getting your AirPods wet. If that happens, you need to know how to dry them off safely, and you probably want to know how to protect them from water in the future.

What to Do if Your AirPods Get Wet or Soaked

Whether you have standard or water-resistant AirPods or AirPods Pro, you need to carefully dry them whenever they get wet. Make sure you dry your AirPods before returning them to the charging case so you don’t damage the case by letting any residual water get inside.

If your AirPods are wet, wipe off any excess water using a dry, lint-free cloth. We suggest a microfiber cloth for this, although you could use a cotton swab to dry the small ports.

Then leave your AirPods out in the open for at least two hours to let them air dry. Don’t use them during this time and, if possible, leave your AirPods to dry overnight. The best spot to leave your AirPods would be a cool, dry place with a gentle airflow.

Method One: If You Managed to Get It Out Within Minutes

Don’t try to connect the AirPods to any device, nor should you try to use them immediately just because it looks dry. As written on Apple’s website under maintenance of AirPods, using a microfiber cloth, or any other clean, dry cloth to dry the AirPods thoroughly is recommended. After that, place them upside down to air out. This should be done immediately after you manage to get the AirPods out.

Do not air them out in the charging case because water may leak out and damage the case. You should dry them out in an open place so they will dry out properly.

To be safe, air dry for at least an hour. You can then connect and use it. If it works fine, congratulations.

Method Two: Dry Using Desiccants

Dropped your AirPods in water and you have tried the first method but still with no success? It means there is still water hiding somewhere inside the pods. Get yourself a container and some desiccant packets. If you are wondering what desiccants are, they are the small packets that are always labeled with “do not eat” that always come with electronics, shoes, or other packaged products.

The particles inside the packets are designed to absorb moisture. Get some packets in the container and drop your AirPods in the same container and seal them up for some hours. When you take the AirPods out after some hours, you can be sure that any remaining water in them will have been out. Connect your AirPods and start using them.

Oh! Are you thinking of using uncooked rice in place of desiccants? Although this can soak any remaining moisture out of devices like phones, it can be a little tricky with AirPods because grains of rice may find their way into the AirPods. If none of these methods works for you, the third method is the only way out.

Method Three: Replace your AirPods

If you accidentally dropped AirPods in water and the two above-mentioned methods cannot fix them, it means there has been permanent damage to your AirPods, consider buying another pair.

What Can I Do With Water-Resistant AirPods or AirPods Pro?

Although your third-generation AirPods or AirPods Pro are water-resistant, you still shouldn’t let them get wet on purpose. The water-resistant seals will deteriorate eventually, which means even a splash of water could damage your AirPods in the future.

Since a lot of people ask these questions, here are some common activities you can not do with your AirPods or AirPods Pro, even if they are water-resistant:

  • Don’t swim with AirPods.
  • Don’t shower with AirPods.
  • Don’t wear AirPods in heavy rain.
  • Don’t use AirPods while doing water sports.
  • Don’t let AirPods go in the washing machine.
  • Don’t take AirPods into a sauna or steam room.

Your AirPods Pro should be okay in light rain or if you sweat on them at the gym. But you still need to make sure you dry them properly before returning them to the case.

What can I do if my AirPods don’t work after drying them off?

Some AirPods users claim success using rice or desiccant, in the form of silica gel packets, to suck out any moisture. Silica gel packets are those little packets that say, “Do Not Eat” and are typically found in shoeboxes, and vitamin containers, and packaged with electronics to ward off moisture buildup. To try to dry your AirPods off in this way, place them in a container with the packets. If you use rice as an alternative, wrap the AirPods in paper towels so an individual grain doesn’t get stuck in the device. Again, it may take a day or more for them to dry out completely.

FAQ on Apple AirPods Water resistance

Can Apple tell if AirPods have water damage?

Unfortunately, unlike iPhones, AirPods don’t have the Liquid Contact Indicator to tell if water has gotten into them when they’re dropped in water. You can only suspect this when the speakers sound muffled or short circuits and refuse to connect.

Can you replace one AirPod?

If you’ve dropped your Airpods in water, lost them, or some other damage has come to them, you can buy a replacement. One AirPod ear costs $69 for a replacement, whether or not the AirPods are under warranty.

Can you wear AirPods in the shower?

No, you cannot use your AirPods in the shower; it is equivalent to dropping them in water. AirPods are water-resistant and not waterproof. They can withstand sweat and exposure to light moisture. You mustn’t expose your AirPods to running water, rain, or even a swimming pool.

Can you wear AirPods in the sauna?

No, it is not advisable to wear AirPods in a sauna. They aren’t waterproof, and neither are they heatproof. Subjecting to high temperatures would damage them.

Can AirPods survive the washing machine?

There are chances of your AirPods surviving a tussle in a washing machine. Make sure to properly dry them for at least 12 hours after taking them out of the washing machine.

Does dropping AirPods damage them?

AirPods are made from lightweight plastic and are designed to withstand a fall from a drop of 10 meters. So dropping your AirPods won’t immediately do damage to them. The case protects the AirPods from any damage. However, repetitive falls would eventually damage your AirPods, so be careful not to drop them too often.

Does your AirPod warranty cover water damage?

No, physical damage, including water damage to your AirPods, is not covered by the standard one-year warranty. It will cost you $69 to replace an AirPod and $89 if it’s an AirPods Pro. If your AirPods are under the AppleCare+ warranty for Headphones, a service fee of $29 will be charged for replacement.

What Airpods are waterproof/water-resistant, and which aren’t?

None of the AirPods are waterproof, and only the 3rd Generation AirPods and AirPods Pros are water-resistant with an IPX4 rating. This means that they can withstand light exposures to moisture like sweat or rain but aren’t designed to be submerged underwater or used in running water.

What can I do if my AirPods don’t work after drying them off?

Your only other option is to buy a replacement. It will cost you $69 to replace an AirPod and $89 if it is an AirPods Pro. If your AirPods are under the AppleCare+ warranty for Headphones, a service fee of $29 will be charged for replacement.

Dos and Don’ts with water-resistant AirPods or AirPods Pro?

  • Don’t expose them to running water, like placing them under a faucet or a shower.
  • Don’t swim with your AirPods or submerge them.
  • Avoid putting them in a washing machine or dryer.
  • Don’t drop them or expose them to some other physical impact.

What to do if you get anything other than water on Your AirPods?

If your AirPods fell into anything other than water, maybe mud, or soup, you can fix it the same way you do water damage:

  • Dampen a piece of clean cloth with fresh water and wipe the AirPods clean.
  • After, dry them with a soft, microfiber, lint-free cloth.
  • Put them in a container of rice or out in the open to dry them thoroughly before outing them back in the case.

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