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How to Remove Water from AirPods

Updated: Aug 15


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The AirPods are not waterproof - even the newer models aren’t. The only AirPods that are water-resistant with a rating of IPX4 are AirPods Pro and AirPods 3rd generation. But still, IPX4 rating only guarantees sweat resistance and splashes of freshwater. What if your AirPods got soaked in water? What should you do? Don’t panic as we can assist you on how to remove water from AirPods safely.


How to Remove Water from AirPods Safely


AirPods can neither be brought in the shower, for a swim, for any water sport, or worn running in heavy rains. Even if you have the AirPods Pro or AirPods 3rd generation, it cannot withstand anything over splashes of water. If indeed your AirPods got wet, here’s how to remove water from AirPods safely:

  1. Don’t panic. Remove your AirPods from the water right away. Note that it’s better if the AirPods are off. Also, don’t put them on the charging case.

  2. Dry the surroundings of your AirPods with a microfiber cloth. Make sure to remove excess liquid.

  3. Use cotton swabs for the tiny ports. Note: don’t press in too hard so you don’t damage the speakers.

  4. Let the AirPods lie face down on the cloth.

  5. Leave it alone for half a day near a window where the sun can reach it.

How to remove water from AirPods through Water Eject


Water Eject lets water drip out from your AirPods through a button on your device. Here’s how:

  1. Start by downloading the Shortcuts Gallery app on your Apple device.

  2. Pair your AirPods on your device after downloading the app.

  3. When you open your Shortcuts Gallery, select Water Eject.

  4. Keep pressing until all the water drips out.

  5. Dry your AirPods with a microfiber towel.

Alternatively, you may use the Water Eject option through Shortcut.

  1. Download Shortcut.

  2. Scroll down at the bottom and select Add the shortcut.

  3. Tap on Water Eject.

  4. A drop-down menu will show Begin Water Ejection and Settings. Choose Begin Water Ejection.

  5. It will automatically finish and notify you once done.


How to Take AirPods Out of Case


If your charging case also got wet, you need to make sure it dries well too. If you have a silicone or a hard case, you need to take it off first. It will definitely be harder because of the moist but not impossible.


If the lightning port is not wet nor moist, simply use your lightning cable to push the AirPods out of the case. Alternatively, you may try another object that could push through. make sure it isn't pointy or rough enough to scratch your charging case. You may also opt to push it through your hand. It may be more difficult to have your AirPods case put out through a hard case so you may need to push a little harder with that.


Once you've taken out your AirPods charging case out of the silicone or hard care, use a microfiber cloth to dry them up. If your AirPods case got wet with dirty water, you may spray some disinfectant on the microfiber cloth before wiping your charging case off. Make sure not to fully wet your cloth. Afterwards, turn your charging case upside down for it to dry completely. Please note that this process may take hours.


If you've waited about 24 hours already and there's still some hint of wet areas, you may help to dry it completely by using a hair dryer but make sure not to give it a full blast. Moderate hair dryer heat is enough.


To help with the moisture, you may also use the silica gel packs that could be found in newly-bought shoes or bags. Put the phone inside a zip-lock with the silica gel packets for 2-3 days. The moisture that went through your AirPods interiors should be absorbed fully by then.


What Not to Do When Your Airpods Get Wet


People may suggest some things to dry your AirPods out, but some just won’t do. Don’t place your AirPods in a rice bag. It’s a myth and it may just cause unnecessary scratches. Make sure not to shake your AirPods when it gets soaked in water too. Lastly, it’s also good practice to avoid hairdryers as some hairdryers may be too strong and even damage your AirPods more.


How to Avoid AirPods Water Damage


Make sure to keep your AirPods in the charging case when not in use. We also suggest that you get a waterproof case for your charging case. Make sure to keep your AirPods away from wet surfaces, or near your drinks or soup. Immediately clean your AirPods thoroughly after consecutive use.


Final Thoughts


If your AirPods get soaked in water, make sure to follow the steps we’ve laid out for you. Manually, through drying them with a microfiber towel and drying them under the sun. It may also be done through the Water Eject option on your device.

Alternatively, you may check out the best waterproof earbuds if you want waterproof earphones that you can take in the shower, or even in water sports and swimming.


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