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How to Save AirPods When they Have Gone in the Washer?
If you're the unlucky owner of a pair of AirPods that have gone through the washing machine, don't despair – there's a good chance you'll be able to save them.
First, take the AirPods out of their case and inspect them for any visible damage. If there are any cracks or breaks in the plastic, unfortunately, they are likely beyond repair.
If there is no visible damage, the next step is to try and dry them out as much as possible. The best way to do this is to put them in a bowl of uncooked rice, which will absorb any moisture from inside the AirPods. Leave them in the rice for at least 24 hours, after which you should try charging them.
If the AirPods still don't work, you can try opening them up and cleaning the inside with a cotton swab. Be very careful when doing this, as you don't want to damage any of the delicate internals.
If all else fails, unfortunately, you'll need to buy a new pair of AirPods. But at least now you know what to do if they ever go through the wash again!
Using a Hair Dryer
A hairdryer is another way of drying your AirPods Pro if they have gone into the washer. However, you can end up damaging them more if not done properly.
The first thing you need to do is disassemble your AirPods Pro. This means taking off the ear tips and removing the charging case lid. Once you have done this, use a soft, dry cloth to gently dab at any moisture on the surface of the AirPods Pro or in the charging case.
Next, take a hair dryer and set it to its lowest setting. Hold the hair dryer about six inches away from your AirPods Pro and charge case, and move it around so that the warm air evenly dries the surface of both. Ensure you do not hold the hair dryer too close, as this could damage your AirPods Pro.
Once the surface of your AirPods Pro and charging case are dry, reassemble them and put the charging case lid back on. Plug the charging case into a power source and let it charge for at least an hour before using your AirPods Pro again.
Using Silica Gel
If you've accidentally washed your AirPods Pro, silica gel is another way to dry the AirPods, as it is a better substitute for rice. First, take the earbuds out of the charging case and remove any water that may be inside. Then, grab a bag of silica gel packets (the kind you often find in new shoes or electronic devices) and place your AirPods Pro inside.
Silica gel is a desiccant, meaning it absorbs water and moisture. This can come in handy if you need to dry out something wet. Silica gel packets can be found in many places, including shoe boxes, medicines, and electronics.
The silica gel will help absorb any moisture from the AirPods Pro and hopefully prevent further damage. Let them sit in the bag for at least 24 hours before trying to use them again. If they still don't seem to be working properly, you may need to contact Apple for further assistance.
How Waterproof Are AirPods?
You are not alone in wondering if AirPods are waterproof. Many people have been asking since the release of the famous Apple earbuds. While the company has never made any official claims about the water-resistance of their product, there are some things we can look at to try and get a better idea.
First and foremost, it's essential to understand that there is a big difference between being "waterproof" and being "water-resistant." Waterproof means that an item cannot be damaged by water exposure. On the other hand, water-resistant implies that an object can resist some amount of water but is not entirely immune to damage.
With that in mind, let's look at some of the evidence for how waterproof AirPods might be.
One of the most compelling pieces of evidence comes from Apple's website. If you go to the page for the AirPods on Apple's website, you'll notice a section called "Tech Specs." This section states that the AirPods are "splash and water-resistant."
The inclusion of this information on Apple's website suggests that the company considers its product to be at least somewhat resistant to water damage. However, it's important to note that the word "resistant" is not the same as "proof." So while this indicates that the AirPods can withstand exposure to water, it's by no means a guarantee.
Another piece of evidence that has led many people to believe that AirPods are waterproof comes from an Apple support document. This document, entitled "How to clean your AirPods," includes several instructions for cleaning the earbuds. One of these instructions is not to run them under water but clean them with a soft and slightly dampened cloth.
The fact that Apple would include this instruction if they didn't believe their product could withstand being exposed to water seems pretty significant. However, it's important to note that the words "slightly dampened" here are being used very specifically. When slightly dampening something with water, you're not submerging it. So while this does suggest that the AirPods can withstand at least some exposure to water, it's not a guarantee that they're waterproof.
So while the evidence suggests that the AirPods are probably at least somewhat resistant to water damage, there's no way to know for sure without an official statement from Apple.