Are Apple AirPods Waterproof?

Owning a late-model iPhone means that you don't have a headphone jack on your iPhone. For many people, AirPods are the solution they've chosen to get excellent audio quality with cord-free ease. These convenient Bluetooth accessories have made living without wired headphones a breeze, but did Apple make AirPods waterproof? We’re here to help you with that and provide some other important AirPod information.

Types of AirPods

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Right now, there are three types of AirPods in the wild, and two are available from Apple. The first-generation AirPods, released in 2016, the second-generation (AirPods2), released in March of 2019, and the AirPods Pro, released at the end of October 2019. Apple doesn’t sell the first-generation version anymore, but you may encounter them on eBay or other third-party sellers.

The Ingress Protection Code IEC Standard 60529, or the IP code, designates intrusion levels for solid particles and liquids into mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. The standard is designed for consumers to be clear about exactly how dustproof or waterproof their devices are. The code, simply put, is made up of the letters “IP” and two mandatory digits or an X to designate the device’s particle and liquid ingress protection level. Don't worry - you’ll understand this more when we mention it later in the article.

Are First-Generation AirPods Waterproof?

The short answer is no. If you own this type of AirPods, you must take care to make sure that they stay dry. So using them for any water sports, in the shower, or any other activity that might compromise the electronics with moisture. Additionally, don’t charge wet or damp AirPods.

Are AirPods 2 Waterproof?

The short answer here is also no, but the long answer is that Apple added a water-repellent coating to the tiny circuit boards in them. They realized that people use these gadgets for working out, and the coating might prevent calamity if the AirPods were exposed to moisture.

Are the AirPods Pro Waterproof?

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AirPods Pro are not waterproof, but they are sweat and water resistant for exercise and non-water sports. The IP code for the AirPods Pro is IPX4, meaning that there is no data for particle ingress, but the device can resist up to 10 minutes of water splashing. Apple also clearly states, “Sweat and water resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.” So swimming and water sports still don’t appear to be a good idea, but short exposure to water isn’t likely to harm your AirPods.

What to Do If Your AirPods Get Wet

Accidents happen, so here’s what to do if you do accidentally expose your AirPods to water:

  1. Wipe them dry with a lint-free soft cloth.
  2. Allow them to dry completely before putting them in the charging case or using them.
  3. If your AirPods are exposed to detergents, chemicals, or other non-water liquids, wipe them clean with a slightly damp lint-free cloth.
  4. Allow them to dry completely before putting them in the charging case or using them.

Finally, neither the standard or wireless charging cases are water-resistant or waterproof, so take care to avoid exposing them to moisture. Keep checking back for more up-to-date information about your iPhone and accessories.

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.