Can you dry AirPods in rice?

Answered by Michael Wilson

I can provide a detailed answer to your question about drying AirPods in rice.

Firstly, let’s address the common belief that putting electronic devices, such as AirPods, in rice will effectively dry them out. While it is true that rice can absorb moisture, there are several reasons why this method is not recommended for drying AirPods or any other electronic devices.

One of the main reasons is that rice particles can easily get stuck in the small holes and ports of your AirPods. This can potentially cause further damage to the device or hinder its functionality. Additionally, rice does not have any special properties that make it more effective at drying out electronics than simply air-drying.

Instead of using rice, the best way to dry out your AirPods is to let them air-dry naturally. This can be done by removing them from any case or charging device and placing them in a well-ventilated area. It’s important to ensure that the AirPods are exposed to airflow on all sides to facilitate the drying process.

If your AirPods have come into contact with water or any other liquid, it’s advisable to gently shake them to remove any excess moisture. You can also use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe them down, being careful not to apply too much pressure or force.

To speed up the drying process, you can also use a small fan or hairdryer on the lowest cool setting. However, it’s crucial to maintain a safe distance and avoid applying heat directly to the AirPods, as excessive heat can damage the internal components.

It’s important to note that the drying time may vary depending on the extent of moisture exposure and environmental conditions. In some cases, leaving your AirPods to air-dry overnight or for a couple of days may be sufficient. However, if you’re still experiencing issues or if the moisture exposure was significant, it’s recommended to contact Apple Support or visit an authorized service center for further assistance.

While the belief that rice can effectively dry out AirPods is prevalent, it is not recommended due to the risk of rice particles getting stuck in the device. Air-drying is the recommended method, and using a fan or hairdryer on a low cool setting can help speed up the process. If problems persist, seeking professional assistance is advisable.