How to get water out of AirPods without damaging them


You must work fast. First, dry the outside of the buds with a clean soft cloth and gently shake the buds to remove the water. Next, install water release siri shortcut on an iOS device and use it to get more water out of the buds. Finally, cover your AirPods in a desiccant (water-absorbing substance) such as silica gel packs for at least 24 hours.


Step 1 – Dry the outside of your AirPods

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If your AirPods end up soaking wet, you should first dry them as much as possible. Find a soft, clean, dry cloth, then dry the AirPods body completely, being careful to get into nooks and crannies. You can also gently shake the earbuds to expel more water. Do this as soon as possible after the buds get wet. Waiting risks permanently damaging your AirPods.

Step 2 – Get the water out of your AirPods

Once the AirPods are visibly dry on the outside, it’s time to get as much water out of the inside as possible. This can be risky because it involves turning on the buttons. So make sure you have shaken them as much as possible in the first step. First, make sure your AirPods are connected to your iOS device. Once done, you will need to follow these steps to install the Siri Water Eject shortcut:

  1. On that iOS device, open a web browser to the Shortcut Gallery page for Water Eject.
  2. Play Get direct access.
  3. Select add shortcut on the next page.
  4. In the Shortcuts app, select expulsion of water
  5. From the menu that appears, choose Start water ejection.

Then a single tone will play for about 15 seconds; a message will appear once finished. Keep doing these steps over and over again until no more water comes out of your AirPods.

Step 3Dry out your AirPods

AirPods Pro earphones in the wireless charging case next to an iPhone and a digital camera.

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The old wisdom about leaving your phone soaking in rice has some truth to it because you are using the rice as a desiccant. Basically, a desiccant is something that easily absorbs water. But don’t use rice, as its starch can cause more problems. Instead, you should use silica gel packs or another moisture absorbent specifically for this purpose. You probably know silica gel packets as those little bags that come with all sorts of stuff and are labeled “Silica Gel.” Do not eat.”

Do this step only after doing one and two because you are trying to remove residual water with this process, not absorb most of it. You can find packets of silica gel online and other moisture absorbers at some big box retailers. Put your AirPods inside a container filled with the desiccant and make sure they are covered on all sides, including the top and bottom. Leave them there for at least 24 hours.

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frequent questions

While no AirPods model can survive submersion, AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) have IPX4 ratings, which basically means they can withstand brief sprays of water, but not submersion in a pool or prolonged contact with water. running water. In addition, the MagSafe case for AirPods (3rd generation) is waterproof.

No. In fact, don’t do this. The heat from a hair dryer can damage your AirPods. Similarly, don’t try to put your AirPods in an oven, toaster, or microwave to dry them out, and don’t place them over a radiator or heat vent.

Not long. If your AirPods get wet, start right away and work quickly to ensure the best possible chance you can save them.

Water damage is not part of the one-year warranty that comes with your AirPods. An AppleCare+ subscription gives you a reduced service fee to fix it, but you’ll use an incident slot.

We have a full guide to ordering replacement AirPods, but the short answer is that only AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) are available from Apple. If you want to replace other models, you will need to use a third party service, such as

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