Can AirPods get wet?

These are its characteristics

We already know that AirPods, in any of their versions or models, are headphones that offer a truly satisfactory user experience. In addition, except for the AirPods Max, which are somewhat larger, the rest of the versions offer such comfort that they invite users to wear them practically all day and even use them in any situation. This can lead to putting the device itself at risk, especially considering the characteristics they have and what they face in the water. Next we will solve them.

Can they get wet?

First of all, what we have to do is see what Apple really says about it, since that is what users, in theory, have to stick to in order not to have problems with these devices. According to the Cupertino company’s own website, of the 4 AirPods models currently sold, which are the 2nd generation AirPods, 3rd generation AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, only two models offer resistance to sweat and water.

So the 3rd generation AirPods, like AirPods ProAccording to Apple, as well as the MagSafe charging case for the 3rd generation AirPods, they are resistant to water and sweat, but beware, not proof of them. This means that these devices will be able to withstand different splashes perfectly, however, in no case are they prepared so that you can submerge them, since in that case they will be damaged.

Now, what about the 2nd generation AirPods and AirPods Max? Well, the reality is that, especially with the 2nd generation AirPods the vast majority of users They use them to play sports, thus exposing them both to sweat and to possible splashes that they can suffer when it rains, without having a single problem. However, Apple makes it very clear that these models are not resistant to water or sweat, so if they suffer any damage as a result, you will not be able to use the guarantee to fix them for free.


In addition, you also have to know that this condition that both the 3rd generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro have it is not permanent, since with the use and the passage of time its degree of resistance can decrease. That is why the Cupertino company itself offers a series of recommendations that we can also apply to the rest of the models so as not to have any problems with them. We leave them below.

  • Don’t put AirPods under running water, such as a shower or faucet.
  • Do not swim with AirPods or submerge them.
  • Don’t put AirPods in the washer or dryer.
  • Don’t use AirPods in a sauna or steam room.
  • Don’t expose AirPods to high-velocity water currents, such as while water skiing.
  • Prevent AirPods from being dropped or otherwise impacted.

You can’t take a shower with them.

One of the questions that is often repeated when talking about the resistance that AirPods have or not to water is whether they can be submerged, that is, if they can be used for swimming or, if they can even be put inside the Water. In this case, it is evident that neither the second generation, third generation AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max can be used for this type of practice.

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In fact, as you have previously seen in the recommendations made by the Cupertino company, it is clear that they are devices that are not prepared to be able to withstand water or other liquids, beyond the resistance that some of the mentioned models have to splashes. So no, with none of the current AirPods models you can take a bath.

What to do if your AirPods get wet

Well, once you know what you can do and not with the AirPods in terms of their resistance to water, you also have to know what you can do in case you have problems with your headphones in relation to water, that is that is, if these have been accidentally wet and their operation has been altered. Below we tell you about the different options that you have at your disposal.

Is it covered by Apple’s warranty?

As we told you at the beginning of this post, only the 3rd generation AirPods and the Pro are splash resistant, but none of the 4 current models are liquid-proof. In addition, as the Cupertino company indicates and we have also told you in this post, this resistance to splashes can be lost as these headphones are used, that is, this resistance is not eternal.

AirPods Max Design

Therefore, if your AirPods have a problem, when Apple’s technical service detects that this error is due to having been in contact with some liquid, they will not be responsible for the possible cost of the repair or replacement of the headphones. That said, our recommendation is that you take special care in this regard and do not expose your Apple headphones to direct contact with water or any other liquid substance.

repair price

In the event that your AirPods have suffered liquid damage and you have to repair them or simply exchange them for another unit, unfortunately you will have to bear the cost of said repair. In this case, you may be faced with two different situations, either that what has been damaged is simply the battery of the device, or that you have to change absolutely the entire headset or headsets because the entire set has been damaged. Below we indicate the prices in each of the cases.

  • battery repair
    • AirPods (1st gen)
    • AirPods (2nd gen.): 54.99 euros each earphone.
    • Airpods (3rd gen.): 75 euros each earphone
    • AirPods Pro: 54.99 euros each earphone.
    • AirPods Max: 85 euros.
    • Charging cases: 54.99 euros.
    • Wireless charging cases: 54.99 euros.

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  • Repair for physical damage
    • AirPods (1st gen):
      • Headphone (single): 75 euros
      • Charging case: 65 euros
    • AirPods (2nd gen):
      • Charging case: 65 euros
      • Wireless charging case: 85 euros
    • AirPods (3rd gen):
      • Headphone (single): 75 euros
      • MagSafe charging case: 65 euros
    • AirPods Pro:
      • Headphone (single): 99 euros
      • Wireless charging case: 109 euros
      • MagSafe charging case: 109 euros
    • AirPods Max: no data (check with Apple)

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