The Airpods pro is the first AirPods to be labeled as water-resistant, they have given an official rating of IPX4. This means that according to the IEC the AirPods Pro can handle a modest amount of water.
This sparked a massive debate on whether or not Airpods pro can be used in the shower or whether or not it can be submerged in water.
So can you wear airpod pro in the shower?
No, Airpod Pro can’t be used in the shower, the AirPods pro is sweat resistant & water-resistant, but is definitely not sweat & waterproof. This means they can handle a small amount of sweat & water but can’t be submerged in water.
Let’s take a look at how much water the Airpods pro can actually handle and what measures you need to take to protect it from water.
Can You wear Airpod Pro in The Shower?
As we mentioned above the AirPods pro have been given a rating of IPX4 meaning, they are sweat & water-resistant but not sweat & waterproof. This means they can handle a small amount of sweat & splashes of water but cannot handle being submerged in water. So unfortunately the Airpods Pro cannot be used in the shower.
so what exactly is an IPX rating?
The IPX rating system shows the level of resistance products are to certain environmental conditions. Each IPX rating determines how the product will hold up in different conditions.
Let’s now take a look at each IPX rating & how the Airpods Pro’s IPX4 stacks up against other ratings:
- IPX0 – No protection
- IPX1 – Protects from slight dripping of water
- IPX2 – Protects from vertical water drops
- IPX3 – protects from drops up to 60°
- IPX4 – Considered water-resistant, protects from splashing water no matter the direction
- IPX5 – Protects from jets of water at any direction
- IPX6 – Protects from powerful jets of water
- IPX7 – Considered water-proof Protects in water up to 3 feet
- IPX8 – protects when immersed in water beyond 3 feet
This rating system indicates that a rating of IPX5 – IPX8 is required to be used in the shower without damage. Unfortunately, since the Airpods Pro only has a rating of IPX4 it’s only resistant to water drops, minor water sprays, and minor water splashes but will not be able to handle water sprays from the shower.
Could You Use The Airpod Pro In The Rain?
The Airpod Pro can handle minor rain but will not be able to handle heavy rain. The IPX4 rating is the minimum level of protection against water, meaning although it can handle a few splashes, you will be putting it at risk if exposed to enough water.
What puts your AirPods pro at risk for water damage is the noise cancelation mic & the adaptive EQ mic. These are the two holes in the top of your AirPods. Unlike the Apple Watch, this feature cannot be blocked to prevent water from going into your earphones.
Keeping Your Airpods Safe
The AirPods Pro isn’t designed to be used in heavy water conditions such as in the pool or in the shower.
The water & sweat resistant feature provides minimal protection against sweat & water. Additionally, Apple stated that the sweat and water-resistance feature aren’t permanent conditions & can diminish over time.
So in order to ensure the life span of your AirPods Pro, you will need to practice proper care.
Let’s first take a look at substances to avoid getting in contact with your AirPods Pro:
- hair dye
- insect repellent
- acidic food
Exposure to anything on this list can negatively impact water seal & acoustic membranes.
If your Airpods pro are exposed to any of these above substances:
- Thoroughly wipe them down with a cloth slightly dampened with water & dry with a microfiber cloth
- Do not use them or place them in the charging case until they are completely dry
When it comes to water & sweat here are limitations to the Airpod pro & things to avoid:
- Don’t swim or submerge your Airpods Pro
- Don’t use them in the shower or place them under a faucet
- Don’t put them in a washing machine
- Avoid exposing Airpods pro to the sauna or steam room
- Avoid exposing your AirPods pro to high-velocity water such as water skiing
What To Do If Airpod Pro Gets Wet?
Exposure to a substantial amount of water can cause damage to your AirPods however if you find your self in this situation here’s what you should do:
- Wipe them down with a microfiber cloth
- Use a water eject app (as shown in the video above) to remove the water inside the AirPods pro.
- Allow them to completely dry before placing them back in the charging case.
- Do not attempt to use them until they are completely dry.
Does Apple’s Warranty Cover Water Damage for Airpods?
Unfortunately no, apple’s warranty won’t cover water damage from the Airpods or Airpod pro.
However, if you are covered by applecare+, apple may fix the issue at a discounted price. The fee to repair an incident will be $29 for each incident under applecare+ warranty and $89 if you are not covered by the warranty. Here are Apple’s warranty terms.
do Airpods pro have water damage indicator?
No, the AirPods Pro does not have a water damage indicator. The reason being is it’s not designed to come in contact with water. The AirPods pro has the most minimal level of water-resistant IPX4 meaning it can handle a small amount of splashes, but can still be damaged if exposed to enough water.
how long can Airpods Pro last in water?
The Airpods Pro isn’t designed to go underwater & therefore cant handle being submerged underwater. The Airpods pro has an IPX4 rating, which is the most minimal rating to water resistance. This means it can only handle small splashes of water. If exposed to a large amount of water it will be at risk of being damaged.
does sweat damage AirPods Pro?
The Airpods Pro is sweat resistant but not sweatproof meaning it can handle a good amount of sweat, however, without proper care, your AirPods pro can be damaged. The case itself isn’t sweat resistant, therefore it’s crucial that you wipe down your Airpods pro with a dry lint-free cloth after each & every workout session before putting it back into the case.
The Airpods pro isn’t designed to withstand a substantial amount of fo water for medium to long durations. Even if your Airpods manage to somehow survive being used in the shower it can definitely reduce the life span of your Airpods. The seat & water-resistant feature in the Airpods pro is the lowest level of after resistance based on the IPX rating system, meaning it can handle a certain amount of water splash but even then it’s not recommended to purposefully expose it to water, even to a small amount.