Why Your AirPods Aren’t Waterproof

AirPods Aren't Waterproof

Keep your AirPods protected when not in use by keeping them inside a waterproof charging case to protect them from falling into liquid environments such as puddles, sinks or other sources of liquid contamination. This can protect them from becoming submerged by moisture.

The second-gen AirPods Pro have an IPX4 rating, meaning they can withstand splashes of water from all directions without becoming submerged or becoming damaged. However, you should avoid wearing them while swimming or showering as this could damage them permanently.

  1. The Earbuds Aren’t Waterproof

Do not be alarmed when purchasing waterproofed earbuds; their resistance may only extend to drizzles or accidental spills due to their nano-coating, which causes water droplets to bead up and run off the exposed internal components – perfect if using them during rainy runs or at the gym, but won’t stand up if submerged into pools or dunked into coffee mugs! For maximum waterproofness, consider models with at least an IPX rating of 5 for ultimate peace of mind.

The current generation of AirPods has an IPX4 rating, meaning they can withstand short bursts of water splattered from all directions without incurring damage or sweat accumulation. 

However, they should not be immersed or submerged in liquid for extended periods.

Apple advises that, should your AirPods become damp, you should remove them from their case, pat dry with a clean, dry lint-free cloth and let them air-dry completely before placing them back in their charging case. Never add liquids such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, perfume, insect repellent, sunscreen, etc, that might rehydrate them and may further harm them.

Most users understand that exposing electronic devices to moisture can be risky. While there may be Reddit threads claiming you can use your first and second-generation AirPods in the shower, doing so would void your warranty and expose them to prolonged moisture or humidity that may damage them over time.

2. The Charging Case Isn’t Waterproof

Even though the new AirPods have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, that doesn’t make them waterproof. While you may wear them without fear in rain storms or during bath time sessions, they won’t withstand extensive swim sessions or bathtub immersions – though you can quickly dry them using a microfiber cloth and some time.

If your AirPods fall in water, remove them immediately and wipe them down with a soft, lint-free cloth to absorb excess moisture. Do not use compressed air or extreme heat as these could further compromise their electronics inside.

Once you’ve removed as much moisture from your AirPods case, let it air-dry completely before using or charging it. For optimal results, please place it in an environment with moderate warmth for several hours to allow drying time.

AirPods themselves aren’t waterproof, but there are cases available that make them sweat and splash-resistant. Unfortunately, Apple won’t replace damaged AirPods due to water exposure; keep them out of it whenever possible!

3. The Earbuds Aren’t Waterproof

Earbuds typically aren’t designed to handle moisture. Even if advertised as sweatproof, this doesn’t necessarily entitle them for use in rain, shower or pool environments – moisture affects the vibration of the diaphragm, and prolonged exposure can cause it to corrode over time.

AirPods do not come equipped with water-resistant nano-coating, protecting their internals against any ingress of moisture, but still qualify as IPX4 water resistant – meaning they can handle short-term splashes from all directions – meaning they’re suitable for light exercises like running and rain-watching, but not suitable for swimming.

If your AirPods become wet, the first thing to do should be patting them dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. This can ensure any moisture doesn’t seep into internal components and cause irreparable damage; additionally, it allows you to check for malfunctioning charging ports, batteries, touch controls or audio input/output; should any exist, consider repairs or replacement options. upgrade warranties against accidental damage with credit card protection as an added measure; additionally, you could purchase waterproof cases to keep them protected in wet environments like swimming pools or beaches.

4. The Charging Case Isn’t Waterproof

Apple doesn’t cover damage caused by liquid in its warranty coverage, leaving your case vulnerable to liquid damage if exposed to liquid.

If your AirPods become wet, try to use a soft, dry cloth to seal them as much as possible. Avoid poking around inside either the earbuds or charging case, as this could allow water to enter and damage them irreparably.

Only recent versions of AirPods models offer some level of water resistance, specifically the 3rd and 2nd Generation AirPods Pro models. Both these versions are rated IPX4, meaning they should withstand heavy sweating and light splashes of water; however, it would still be wise not to wear them during rainstorms or gym classes.

If your AirPods are still connected to an iPhone, be sure to conduct battery and microphone diagnostics in Settings. Also, verify that tapping the earbuds activates playback controls and that their charging light illuminates when placed in a wireless charger case. If they become wet during their charge process, wait until they dry completely before trying them again.


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