AirPods are advertised as being water-resistant, but can you really wear them in the shower?
The short answer is yes, but there are some caveats. Firstly, keep in mind that the AirPods are not meant to be submerged in water for an extended period. So if your shower is short, or you don’t allow your AirPods to drain after use fully, they may get wet.
Are AirPods Water Resistant?
According to Apple, AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) are sweat-resistant for non-water sports and exercise. AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) were tested under controlled laboratory conditions and rated IPX4 under IEC standard 60529. Sweat and water resistance are however, not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease due to excessive moisture over the time. There is a big difference between water resistance and waterproofing.
It is important to understand the difference between water resistance and waterproofness. You will sweat during your run or workout, and your AirPods will absorb some moisture, but excessive showering is a – NO.
Are AirPods Waterproof?
NO. Completely waterproofed headphones are specialized equipment for scuba divers, and their design is slightly different from the AirPods. Additionally, we don’t believe that Apple will produce completely waterproof AirPods in the near future. So don’t wear your AirPods while swimming.
AirPods IPX4 Rating
IPX4 Protects from splashing water, no matter the direction. As the explanation says, any splashing during the showering will not be harmful. But, let’s take a look at the IPX5 and IPX6. The fifth rating says that it protects the device from water jets in any direction, while the sixth says that it protects from powerful water jets.
And let’s be honest for a moment, some high-end showers have pretty powerful jets. Always be careful when pointing shower stream directly in the ear area.
According to our friends from Audioreputation the IPX4 certification is a really anti-rain one.
Why is humidity terrible for your AirPods?
Humidity is bad for your Airpods because it can cause corrosion and electrical arcing. The high moisture levels in the air can cause a device’s metal parts to rust and create a short circuit. Additionally, the water droplets can act as a conductor of electricity, which can lead to an electrical arc.
What to do if your Airpods get excessive moisture?
If your Airpods get wet, don’t panic! Here are a few tips on how to dry them out and save them:
- Remove the Airpods from their case and give them a good shake to remove water.
- Use a soft cloth to wipe off any excess water.
- Leave them in a dry place where humidity is below 30% (RICE doesn’t help, believe it or not)
- We also recommend you collect any desiccants and put them into a box with your AirPods. They’ll absorb the excess water your AirPods stumbled upon. Desiccant packets can be often found in vitamin bottles or shoe boxes. Do not cover the container, or else the liquid will not evaporate.
In conclusion, yes, you can wear Apple AirPods in the shower. They are water-resistant and will not be damaged by water. However, it is not recommended to wear them for an extended period in the shower as the water may cause damage to the device.
Water is like a river. It always finds a way to get where it’s going, no matter what obstacles are in its path.
Airpods are not cheap; they are like a new iPhone without a contract, so better take care of them.
https://www.upphone.com/fix/airpods-de/my-airpods-got-wet-fix/ – Upphone, 4/2018.
https://www.audioreputation.com/ipx4/ – Audioreputation, 5/2022