Are Apple earphones waterproof

Are the Apple AirPods (Pro) waterproof? Overview of all models

AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods Pro: The small wireless headphones from Apple are very popular. Thanks to their compact design, they can be carried easily in practically any situation. But what about protection against water (rain, bathtub) or sweat from sports? GIGA clarifies whether the Apple AirPods are waterproof and what to look out for with the charging case.

Are AirPods waterproof? Overview of all models

The AirPods (1st and 2nd generation) are not waterproof and also not waterproof. This also applies to the associated charging cases.

The AirPods Pro are not waterproof, but they are water protected. The associated charging case is neither waterproof nor water-protected.


waterproof and sweatproofwater and sweat protected
AirPods (1st generation) / charging caseNo noNo no
AirPods (2nd generation) / charging caseNo noNo no
AirPods Pro / charging caseNo noYes No

Differences: What do the terms "waterproof" and "waterproof" mean?

  • waterproof = protection against water jets and submersion.
  • water-protected = protection against dripping and splashing water, but no protection against water jets and submersion

Apple AirPods (1st and 2nd gen.) Are not waterproof: What can you do with the headphones?

Apple itself does not advertise the AirPods as waterproof. That means that the AirPods are not officially protected from water, sweat and other liquids are. So if you accidentally pour a glass of water over the headphones, the liquid can theoretically penetrate the inside and cause damage. As a customer, you will then probably have a bad chance of receiving free help from Apple Support. In such an accident, it is best to dry the AirPods as soon as possible in order to counteract any corrosion damage. This also applies to the contacts in the charging case.

Rumors vs. manufacturer information: In practice, the AirPods (1st and 2nd Gen.) have proven to be surprisingly resistant to water, as some forum reports and YouTube videos are supposed to show. Nevertheless, one should not forget that this is not the official information from the manufacturer.

AirPods Pro are waterproof: can you go out in the rain? What is allowed?

It's not that strict with the AirPods Pro. The charging case must be kept away from water - both of them earphones but are at least water protected. What that means exactly is explained by Apple on the support page, information about the AirPods Pro's sweat and water resistance.

In practice, "water-protected" means that the AirPods Pro are protected from dripping and splashing water, for example if they get a few drops in the rain. To be on the safe side, you shouldn't submerge the AirPods Pro in water to take a shower or hold it under the tap. The water vapor in saunas or steam baths is also not good for the AirPods Pro - so it is better to leave them outside.

Good to know: The manufacturer's information relates to items that are as good as new. Over time, the seals and materials used in the headphones age, so that the water protection of the AirPods Pro becomes weaker and weaker and can even disappear completely. This is part of normal wear and tear.