How do you get water out of Apple earbuds?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

If you accidentally drop your Apple earbuds, specifically the AirPods, in water, there are steps you can take to try and salvage them. The first thing you should do is act quickly and remove the earbuds from the water as soon as possible. The longer they stay submerged, the greater the chance of water damage.

To begin the drying process, you will need a microfiber towel or any soft, lint-free cloth. Gently wipe the earbuds and the charging case to remove any excess water. It’s important to be gentle and avoid applying too much pressure, as this could potentially push water further into the device.

Next, place both the earbuds and the charging case upside down on the cloth. Make sure the charging case is open and facing down, allowing any trapped water to escape. By keeping the earbuds and case in this position, gravity can help pull the water out.

Now comes the waiting game. Apple suggests allowing at least 4 hours for the earbuds and charging case to dry thoroughly. This may vary depending on the extent of water exposure and the environment you’re in. It’s crucial to be patient and not rush to test them before they are completely dried.

During this waiting period, it’s best to keep the earbuds and charging case in a dry and well-ventilated area. Avoid exposing them to excessive heat, as this could damage the internal components. Additionally, do not attempt to use any external heat sources, such as a hairdryer, to speed up the drying process. This could potentially cause more harm than good.

Once you’ve given them ample time to dry, you can conduct a test to see if they are still functioning properly. Connect your AirPods to your device and play some audio to check if the sound quality is unaffected. You can also test the touch controls on the earbuds to ensure they are working as expected.

If you notice any issues or if your AirPods are still not functioning properly after drying, it may be necessary to contact Apple Support or visit an authorized service provider for further assistance. They can assess the extent of the damage and provide appropriate solutions.

If you accidentally get your Apple AirPods wet, act quickly and remove them from water. Dry them gently with a microfiber towel, place them upside down on a cloth, and allow at least 4 hours for them to dry thoroughly. Avoid using external heat sources and be patient during the drying process. Afterward, test your AirPods to ensure they are functioning properly.