What to do if your AirPods get wet

It happens. It happens. You throw a load of laundry into the washer and the AirPods are in your favorite pair of pants. You might be sitting on the toilet and not knowing what happens next.
The electronics meet water and the frenzied search for a way of drying them off is triggered. They can be saved. Perhaps. Here's what to do if your AirPods become wet.

Wait...there are some important points to be clear.

Are AirPods really waterproof?

No. Waterproof AirPods Max, AirPods Pro and AirPods Standard AirPods are not available. Smart Cases and charging cases are also not waterproof.

Are AirPods water-resistant?

This is a no-no for standard AirPods Max, Smart Case, and AirPods Max charging cases. AirPods Pro owners have some good news: They are water and sweat resistant with an IPX4 rating. AirPods Pro will withstand water splashes from all directions and sweat. However, their water resistance will decrease over time. The AirPods Pros' water resistance can be affected by normal wear.

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Okay, now how do you dry your AirPods?

It may be possible to save your AirPods if they get wet. To dry your AirPods, you should use a soft, dry, and lint-free cloth such as a microfiber cloth. Place them in a dry area to dry. It may take several days or more depending on how much moisture they had. The lid should be open so that the case can dry completely.

Apple advises that your AirPods must be completely dry before you use them again or store them in their charging cases. The case may be further damaged if the AirPods are placed in water.

Can I dry my AirPods using a hair dryer

Do not try to speed up the process by using a hair dryer, or any other heat source. The heat could cause more damage to your AirPods.

What should I do if my AirPods stop working after drying?

AirPods users have reported success with rice or desiccant (in the form of silicagel packets) to absorb moisture. Silica gel packets, which are small packets marked "Do Not Eat", are often found in shoe boxes or vitamin containers and packed with electronics to prevent moisture buildup. Place your AirPods in a container that contains the packets to dry them. You can also use rice to dry the AirPods. Wrap the AirPods with paper towels to prevent any grains from getting stuck inside the device. It may take several days for the AirPods to completely dry.

What is the best time to stop trying to dry my AirPods?

They should no longer be able to connect to your device, or they will stop working after a few days. It is time to get a new pair.

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