Can You Shower With AirPods Pro?

What you should do if they get wet

You can’t shower with AirPods Pro, you can’t swim with AirPods Pro, and if your AirPods Pro get wet from the rain, sweat, or anything else, it’s essential to dry them off before you charge them. AirPods Pro are sweat and water-resistant, which isn’t the same as waterproof.

Can You Shower With AirPods Pro If You’re Careful?

AirPods Pro are advertised as water-resistant, which means it can get some water on them without breaking. You might be tempted to use your AirPods Pro in situations where they’re likely to get wet but not fully submerged, like the shower, but that’s a dangerous idea. Even if you’re very careful, your AirPods Pro will likely be damaged if you wear them in the shower.

If you aren’t planning on washing your hair, you use a handheld showerhead, and you never direct water toward your head or ears, then you could theoretically shower with your AirPods Pro. However, your AirPods Pro is likely to get wet enough to be damaged even with those precautions. Apple warns that water protection reduces with age and use, so the danger of your AirPods Pro being damaged by water only gets worse over time.

The problem is while AirPods Pro are water-resistant, some level of water intrusion is likely to occur if you wear them in the shower. Even if you’re careful not to aim the water directly at your ears, there’s a good chance enough water will splash on the AirPods Pro to cause a problem.

Can I Wear AirPods Pro in the Rain?

Activities like swimming are not on the table with AirPods Pro, and, as mentioned above, environments like a shower are also not advised. But what about other activities, like working out or getting caught out in the rain? These are gray areas, but the general rule of thumb is you should avoid getting your AirPods Pro wet whenever possible.

If it’s raining heavily, you should consider sticking your AirPods Pro in a dry pocket until the rain clears. They’ll probably be fine in a sprinkle if you’re only in the rain for a short while, but any level of water intrusion has the potential to damage them. It’s also important to note if your AirPods Pro have gotten wet, you shouldn’t store them in the charging case. Put them in a dry pocket, and wait to charge them until you’ve thoroughly dried them.

How Waterproof Are AirPods Pro?

AirPods Pro have the same ingress protection (IP) rating as AirPods 1 and Airpods 2, IPX4. That means they are rated to withstand splashes of water from any direction or angle. This rating is also commonly associated with sweat-resistant products, as beads of sweat are likely to splash on AirPods Pro from any direction if you wear them while exercising. This level of protection will also likely protect the AirPods Pro if you wear them while dashing through a drizzle of rain between your house and your car. 

For a device to be safe for use in the shower or activities like swimming, you would look for a rating of IPX7 or higher. AirPods Pro, with a rating of IPX4, are likely to experience some level of water ingression when exposed to anything beyond sweat or light splashes of water, and they’re almost certain to be damaged if fully submerged in water for any amount of time.

What Should I Do If My AirPods Pro Get Wet?

If your AirPods Pro get wet, it’s essential to dry them before using or charging them. Attempting to charge AirPods that have gotten wet can damage them further, so don’t just stick the wet earbuds into the charging case. The exact methods you use to dry your AirPods Pro will depend on how they got wet and how wet they are.

According to Apple, AirPods Pro are designed to withstand sweat from activities like non-water sports and exercise and light splashing like brief exposure to a drizzle of rain. If your AirPods Pro have been exposed to one of those situations, then you should wipe them down with a dry, lint-free cloth. If there wasn’t any water intrusion, place the AirPods Pro in the charging case after you have wiped them dry.

Some situations that AirPods Pro are not designed for include:

  • Being submerged in water
  • High moisture areas like saunas and steam rooms
  • Showering
  • Running water
  • High-velocity water

If your AirPods Pro have gotten wet through any of those situations, or something even worse, such as accidentally putting them in a washing machine, then it will be harder to dry them out. You still need to wipe them off with a lint-free cloth, but you will also need to let them sit outside the charging case for a long time to dry out. Avoid charging them for at least 12 hours or longer if you shake them, and any additional moisture presents itself.

If you have any silica gel packets handy, try setting your AirPods Pro in a sealed plastic bag with some silica gel. If your AirPods Pro case also got wet, place it in a second plastic bag with more silica gel. The case isn’t even water-resistant, so getting it wet is even more likely to cause permanent damage.

If your AirPods Pro still don’t work after drying out with silica gel 24 hours or more, you may want to consider contacting Apple to inquire about replacement options.

FAQ
  • Do AirPods Pro fall out easily?

    While the AirPods Pro might feel a little loose while you're wearing them, generally, they should stay put. But, everyone's ears are built differently. Make sure you're using the right-sized ear tips. You might need different sizes for each of your ears. If you still find your Pros slipping out often, you can try third-party silicone tips like these ear hooks from Proof Labs 3.

  • How do you update the AirPods Pro?

    Place your AirPods in their case and make sure the case is plugged in and charging. Leave your iPhone or iPad near the AirPods and make sure it's connected to the internet. That's it! If there's a firmware update, it should automatically download and install. You can check which version of the firmware your AirPods are running by going to Settings > General > About > AirPods on your iOS device.

  • How long do AirPods Pro last?

    According to Apple, you can get up to 4.5 hours of listening time and up to 3.5 hours of talk time on a single charge. Using the charging case can get you up to 24 hours of listening and 18 hours of talking. Letting the AirPods charge for five minutes can yield about an hour of listening or talking time.

  • What's the difference between AirPods and AirPods Pro?

    The AirPods Pro are more expensive and come with features like active noise cancellation, IPX4 water resistance, wireless charging, and adaptive EQ that the AirPods lack. The AirPods Pro also have a built-in pressure valve that makes wearing them more comfortable, and they use customizable silicone ear tips.

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