We’ve all been there – you get a little too overconfident that your AirPods will stay firmly in your ears while taking a bath, doing the dishes, or out on your run.
Next thing you hear is that dreaded “plop” of one of the buds hitting the water, and time suddenly comes to a horrific halt.
Firstly, don’t panic.
Dropping headphones and earbuds into water is such a common occurrence, that Apple has created technologies to prevent their products from going completely bust when they come into contact with water.
Of course, this is only if you follow a series of steps to get the water out of it.
If you’re looking for a quick way to dry your AirPods to ensure the sound quality isn’t ruined, you’ve come to the right place. Here is how to get water out of AirPods.
How To Remove Water From AirPods
Here are the best ways to get water out of your AirPods without having to consult with a professional at the Apple Store.
Get A Towel
Your first action should be to get a towel or any form of absorbent cloth to try and soak up as much water as possible.
Make sure that the towel is completely dry, because there’s no point drying the AirPods with a wet towel.
You can also use Q-tips or cotton pads to get into the smaller crevices of the earbud that the towel might not get into.
You may need to shake the AirPods up and down to get all the water out. Continue this process for several minutes, and when the towel doesn’t appear damp anymore from the AirPods, leave them in a dry space for 1-2 days.
A linen closet or somewhere close to the boiler is a good idea for this, because the warmth will help to draw out any remaining moisture.
Don’t Turn Them Back On
During the drying time, you need to resist the urge to turn your AirPods back on to check if they’re working properly.
We all know that electronics and water do not mix, so turning on the AirPods while they might still be wet can cause more harm than good.
Speed Up The Process
If you’re feeling particularly anxious and impatient, then you can speed up the process by using a hair dryer to dry out the water inside the AirPods. The key is to use the dryer on a low or medium setting with a cool or medium heat.
Try to resist the temptation to use the strongest setting for strength and temperature, because this can cause further damage to the insides of the AirPods.
The last thing you want is to overheat your wet AirPods, as this can lead to internal burning.
Will Water Break My AirPods For Good?
If you act fast enough, your AirPods will probably work as good as new in the next couple of days after they have dried out.
Of course, if you leave the AirPods in fairly deep water for an extended period (sometimes even just a few minutes), you might be particularly unlucky, and your AirPods might not work in the same way again.
Unfortunately, it mostly comes down to sheer luck. If you have done everything you can to dry your AirPods, then at some point you will have to check if they still work.
They might work, they might not. They might turn on and technically work, but the sound quality is significantly worse than it should be.
If one or both of your AirPods has stopped working, you can try to take it to a nearby tech store to get a professional to look at the damage. As a last resort, you can always buy a replacement pair of AirPods.
Can I Put AirPods In Rice?
It’s common knowledge that if you drop your phone or another piece of technology in water, people say to stick it in a bag of rice. The rice works to soak up the water rather quickly.
However, this isn’t actually advisable in the case of wet AirPods. AirPods are small enough as it is, so putting them in a bag of rice won’t be any more effective than leaving them in a dry space.
If anything, the grains of rice are likely to get stuck inside the AirPods, rendering them essentially useless.
Are AirPods Waterproof?
Sadly, no, AirPods are not waterproof. The earbuds are marketed as resistant to sweat and water, but this only accounts for a small amount of moisture, such as sweat from exercise or raindrops.
You should try your best to not wear your AirPods near bodies of water (even just a bathtub), because they’re not designed to survive full submersion.
How To Get Water Out Of AirPods Charging Case
If the AirPods were in the charging case as they got wet, the case itself might have worked as protection against the water. However, this doesn’t mean that the charging case won’t be affected.
If the charging case gets wet, you’ll need to take out the AirPods and wrap the charging case in silica gel or an absorbent towel for a few days.
You can dry the charging case in the same way as the AirPods – just be patient and refrain from turning it on.
So, you’ll need to avoid putting the AirPods into the charging case until you know that it’s completely dry. Charging the AirPods in a moist charging case will only cause further damage to the case and the AirPods themselves.
Also, don’t put the charging case in rice. It has been proven that rice doesn’t help to speed up the process of drying technology, and in fact speeds up the corrosion process, which will only cause further damage.
Does Apple Cover Water Damage?
Unfortunately, the warranty for Apple products does not cover water damage, so you will need to take extra precautions to ensure that your products don’t get wet.
So, there you have it! The key to drying AirPods is to act fast and be patient, and to avoid turning them on until they are dry again.