Are AirPods Pro Waterproof?

Water resistance is not waterproof, so keep in mind these top tips

Are AirPods Pro Waterproof?

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If you’re partial to swimming or other water sports, you might be wondering: Are AirPods Pro waterproof?

AirPods are great to use in the gym, on runs, and anywhere else you’d like to listen to music, but there is some confusion about suitability elsewhere for the Pro model.

In this article, we’ll cover some key information on AirPods Pro, including whether they are fully waterproof or not. So, let’s get into it.

Are AirPods Pro Waterproof?

The quick answer to this question is no, AirPods Pro are not waterproof. Apple instead states that the AirPods Pro are water and sweat-resistant, as opposed to waterproof and sweatproof.

As a result, AirPods Pro should not be used during water sports, such as swimming, and should definitely be removed before you shower.

After a heavy workout, heavy sweating, or being out in the rain, make sure that you wipe your AirPods Pro down with a dry, lint-free cloth before you put them back into your charging case.

Below we’ve some tips on how best to look after your AirPods Pro.

How Do You Keep Your AirPods Pro Safe?

There are a variety of ways to keep your AirPods Pro safe. These methods include but are not limited to:


Avoid putting your AirPods Pro in the washing machine

It’s somewhat obvious, but as the Airpods Pro aren’t waterproof leaving them in a pocket is likely to damage them if they then go into a washing machine. 

Even if they were waterproof (which they aren’t) this would still be best avoided for any electrical device!


Avoid getting in the shower with your AirPods Pro

Waterproof earphones are only rated for submersion, while water-resistant ones like the Airpods Pro are only rated for some exposure to water.

So having Airpods Pro on in the shower, with forecful directed water likely to come into contact with them is a bad idea.


Avoid saunas and steam rooms

Never wear your AirPods Pro in the sauna or steam room.

Exposure to high amounts of water, or the water droplets present in humid air can damage your Airpods Pro.


Never Swim in your Airpods Pro

Swimming with or submerging your Airpods Pro isn’t a good idea either.

They are not designed for constant contact with, or to be submerged in, water.


Try To Avoid Dropping your AirPods Pro

It’s somewhat obvious, but being careful when you remove and replace Airpods Pro in to their charging case is important.

Dropping them will cause damage, even if it’s just a scuff or scratch. And if you’re unlucky you may mean lose one or both if they fall somewhere you can’t easily recover them from (a road, body of water, drain etc).

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Airpods Pro are safest in their case and away from large amounts of water.

Can You Take Your AirPods Pro In The Shower?

You absolutely shouldn’t. While it might be tempting to take your AirPods Pro in the shower, while keeping your head out of the stream of running water, this could still break or damage your AirPods Pro.

Even the steam from the hot shower could get into the seals, and cause your AirPods to deteriorate in quality over time.

The moisture isn’t good for them, and you should keep your AirPods Pro as far away from your steamy bathroom as possible to ensure that they still work up to standard.

AirPods are an expensive investment that you don’t want to ruin with negligence. If you want to listen to music whilst you shower, I highly suggest you get a waterproof speaker instead of risking the health and quality of your AirPods.

There are a variety of waterproof speakers that you can stick to the inside of your shower to listen to. Alternatively, you could place a regular speaker far away from your shower and listen to that instead.

What Happens If Your AirPods Pro Get Wet?

Despite the fact that AirPods Pros are marketed as being water-resistant, this doesn’t mean that they’re able to withstand being submerged in water.

This comes down to the fact that over time with wear and tear, their water-resistant seal will inevitably begin to deteriorate. Once this happens, even the smallest amount of water could end up damaging or breaking your AirPods entirely if you’re not careful!

If you put your AirPods through the washing machine, then it is highly likely that they will be broken. If they still work by some miracle after being fully submerged in water, it is likely that their quality will have suffered considerably as a result of this.

To keep your AirPods in the best condition for as long as possible, keep them in their case when not in use and away from water as much as possible. If your AirPods are exposed to a small amount of water, make sure that you:



Wipe them dry

Wipe them down with a dry, lint-free cloth thoroughly before you do anything else.

This will remove as much moisture as possible from being in contact with them.



Allow them to dry fully

Allow them to dry thoroughly before placing them back into the charging case.

If any moisture has come into contact with the electronics inside, then using your AirPods Pro while wet may cause permanent damage to them.

In Summary 

AirPods Pro are not waterproof, so don’t expect them to survive a dip in the pool or in the ocean.

Make sure that you take care of them by keeping them away from water and ensuring that you wipe them down after every use.

That way, you can enjoy all of the benefits of using AirPods without having to worry about damaging them.

Andrew is one of three co-founders of BGFG, the parent company of PC Guide. A keen gamer and PC enthusiast, Andrew dabbles in a bit of writing sometimes - when he gets the chance to!