With the size of AirPods, it is not difficult to forget that you have put them inside your pocket and when this happens, there’s a huge possibility for your AirPods to join your clothes for a swim in the washing machine. If you encounter this situation, do not worry as through this article, you shall learn vital and important information about this topic.
Good news is AirPods could survive in the washing machine up to 60 minutes only. Though as mentioned in our previous articles on AirPods, AirPods are not completely waterproof nor are they physical shock proof which means when they are submerged in water and are exposed to shock, they have the possibility that they could be damaged. Hence, if your AirPods have joined your clothes for a wash in your washing machine, ensure that you dry them for at least 12 hours.
If you are one of those numerous individuals who have accidentally left their wireless earbuds in the washer or has accidentally forgot to take off AirPods while in the shower, this article is perfect for you.
AirPods Will Probably Survive The Washing Machine
Forgetting your AirPods in your pocket and putting it together with your clothes in the washing machine may seem to be an expensive mistake. Luckily, Apple has considered this situation while designing their AirPods. Though it is not recommended for you to leave your expensive Apple earbuds in your washing machine, surprisingly they will not harm them as much as we have imagined.
While designing the AirPods, Apple has ensured to consider situations such as accidentally putting your AirPods into your washing machine. Their AirPods could actually handle centrifugal forces of your washing machine. This means, they could also survive fall up to 10 ft. Hence, even when your AirPods fall from your pocket, it would still definitely survive the fall.
The only problem with AirPods is that they are not waterproof which is why it is highly very important for your to properly dry your AirPods right after you have accidentally washed your AirPods. Here are some tips and guidelines on how to avoid long term water damage on your wireless Apple AirPods.
Ensure To Dry Your AirPods
As soon as you take your AirPods out of your washing machine, it is now the time to do some damage control. As we have mentioned, AirPods are not waterproof. Hence, the goal would be to control damages by removing moisture from your electronics.
Here are some tips and guide on what to do right after you have taken your AirPods out of your washing machine.
- With the use of microfiber cleaning cloth, clean your AirPods. Ensure you wipe the little nooks and cranny. Try to soak up as much moisture as possible.
- Allow your AirPods to dry for about 12 to 24 hours. This means that you would not use them nor put them in your ears. Do not recharge them or put them inside their charging docking station. Do not also use a blowdryer or heater to dry them as they could permanently be broken.
- If your AirPods are wet inside, use silica gel packs or a bowl of dry rice.
How Waterproof Are AirPods?
As mentioned earlier, Apple AirPods are not completely waterproof. However, they are rated as IPX4 resistance. This means they could survive rain, sweat and damp environment. The reason behind this is due to its plastic protective outer shell which slightly protects from water and moisture getting into your device. Though washing machines are not considered as part of the list of your Apple’s AirPods’ water-resistant category, your AirPods are rated IPX4 grade which performs better in real life. In fact, there are some reports where users have testified of their AirPods surviving washing machine incidents. This only shows how much effective the IPX4 rating is, however, no matter how many testimonies we read, we highly discourage for you to submerge your AirPods in water. Remember, they are not waterproof.