What To Do When You Accidentally Drop Your AirPods in Water

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If you’re like most people, you know how frustrating it can be to drop your AirPods in water. It’s a pretty common occurrence and unfortunately, it can be difficult to get them working again after they’ve been submerged.

The good news is that there are some steps you can take to try and save your AirPods from water damage. The first thing you should do is immediately take your AirPods out of the water and remove them from their charging case if possible. You want to make sure that no more water gets into the charging case, as this could cause further damage to your device.

Next, use a slightly damp cloth or towel to gently wipe off any excess water from the outide of the AirPods and their charging case. Do not try to use a hair dryer or other heat source on your headphones as this can actually cause more damage and potentially render them unusable.

Once you have removed any moisture from the surface of the headphones, you will want to put them in a bowl of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. This will help absorb any remaining moisture inside the device and should help get them working again. After 24 hours, remove them from the rice and test them out by connecting them back up to your device via Bluetooth.

If your AirPods still aren’t working after this process then unfortunately they may be beyond repair. It’s always best practice to keep your AirPods in a safe place away from moisture so that this doesn’t happen in the future!

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The Consequences of Dropping an Airpod in Water

If you’re unfortunate enough to drop your AirPods in water, the first ting you should do is take them out and dry them immediately. The IPX4 rating on the AirPods Pro means that they are only water-resistant to a certain degree. This means that if they come into contact with too much water, it could damage them beyond repair. If you have AppleCare+, then you may be able to get the damaged AirPods replaced. However, it’s important to note that Apple does not cover any liquid damages under its standard warranty, so it’s best to take extra precautions when wearing or using your AirPods near any type of liquid.

Can AirPods Survive Water Damage?

Yes, AirPods can recover from water damage if you take the necessary steps to dry them out properly. First, make sure to turn off your AirPods and remove them from their charging case. Then, you’ll want to place them in a resealable container with a desiccant such as silica gel. Allow the AirPods to remain in the container for 24-48 hours before trying them again. If they still don’t work, you may need to take them in for repairs or purchase new ones.

What To Do If Your AirPods Get Wet

No, we do not recommend putting your AirPods in rice if they get wet. Rice is not an effective way to dry out any kind of electronic device, and the tiny grains could actually cause damage to your AirPods by getting stuck inside their ports or speakers. Instead, you should use a cloth to pat them dry and then leave them out in a warm, dry place for at least 24 hours. If they still don’t work after that, contact Apple support for assistance.

Drying Out AirPods

If your AirPods have become wet, it’s important to act quickly to try and salvage them. As soon as you can, use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to carefully wipe away any excess moisture from the AirPods. Make sure to avoid rubbing too hard and damaging any sensitive parts. Once you have wiped away the moisture, place the AirPods in a safe spot where they won’t be disturbed and leave them to dry out naturally. It’s best to keep them away from direct sunlight or heat sources, as this could damage the internal components of your AirPods. You can also try gently shaking the AirPods while they are drying out as this may help remove any additional water droplets. If your AirPods are sill not working after drying out, consider taking them in for repair or replacement depending on your warranty agreement.


Dropping your AirPods in water can be a costly mistake if not handled correctly. If you are lucky, the AirPods may still function normally ater a quick drying off with a towel or cloth. However, if they do not work or make strange noises, it is likely that the internal components have been damaged and need to be replaced. It is important to act quickly when this happens and contact Apple Support for assistance. Depending on the situation, they may offer to repair or replace the AirPods at no cost under warranty. Alternatively, you may need to purchase new AirPods depending on the severity of the damage. In any case, it is vital to take appropriate measures after an AirPod has been dropped in water in order to ensure its proper functioning and longevity.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.