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Are AirPods good for working out?

As someone who loves to work out, I was looking for a way to enjoy my music without getting tangled up in cords. After doing some research, I decided to invest in a pair of AirPods.

In this blog post, I’m going to be discussing the benefits of using AirPods for working out, as well as some potential drawbacks. I’ll also be sharing my personal experience with using them and some tips to help you make the most out of your workout experience. So if you’re wondering if AirPods are a good choice for working out, read on to find out!

AirPods are fine for working out. Regular AirPods are more likely to fall out when running or if you are moving your head around a lot. AirPod Pros are very good when working out, especially when the ear tips are the correct size for your ears.

If you step foot inside almost any gym in the US, you will see many people working out using both AirPods and AirPod Pros. So, it is clearly the case that AirPods are good enough for a lot of people to workout in.

Key Takeaways and Tips
AirPods and AirPod Pros are suitable for working out as long as you can get a secure fit.
AirPod Pros offer a more secure fit and noise-cancelling mode, making them a better choice for working out.
AirPods and AirPod Pros are sweat-resistant, however, older generations of AirPods are not.
AirPods and AirPod Pros can handle normal moisture levels when working out, but they are not waterproof.

Are AirPods good for working out?

AirPods are very popular and you will see a lot of people using them when working out.

How good for you AirPods will be for workouts will greatly depend on how secure you can get the fit to be.

This is because for some people, the AirPods can fall out easily since they are not designed to go far into the ears.

If you are also looking to do things such as run with the AirPods in or do activities that involve moving the head around a lot, I personally would recommend that you consider the AirPod Pros because they offer a much more secure fit.

Also, AirPods gen 3 and AirPod Pros are sweat-resistant. Older generations of AirPods are not sweat resistant. So, it is recommended that you try to get the AirPods gen 3 or the AirPod Pros.

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Are AirPod Pros good for working out?


AirPod Pros feature an ear tip that goes into the ears. This gives the AirPod Pros a more secure fit when compared with regular AirPods.

AirPod Pros also feature a noise-canceling mode which regular AirPods do not feature. This can be good for you if you want to be able to block out noises happening around you when working out.

For most people, including myself, AirPod Pros are very good for working out with and do not have any significant downsides.

If you find that your AirPod Pros do not stay in securely, it would likely be because you are using an ear tip that is too small.

Read more: Why do my AirPods disconnect from my iPhone?

Do AirPods fall out when working out?

For the most part AirPods do stay in while working out. If you go to most gyms, you will see many people there using regular AirPods, so it is unlikely that you will have a significant issue with using AirPods while working out.

However, if you are going to be running or jumping up and down a lot, it would be a lot more likely that your AirPods will fall out and many users have found that their AirPods have fallen out in these scenarios.

In this case, it would help to follow the tips bellow to get them to stay in or to use the AirPods pro instead.

I can tell you that the AirPods pro definitely stay in while working out because I use them for workouts myself.

The advantage that the AirPods pro have is that they have an eartip that helps to latch on to your ears better. Whereas, the regular eartips do not have an eartip, making them more likely to fall out.

Is it ok if I get sweat on my AirPods?

All generations of AirPods can be damaged by sweat, including AirPods pro. However, the third-gen AirPods and AirPods pro are sweat-resistant and should be able to handle a workout and getting splashed on, but should not be allowed to get very wet.

If you are looking to get AirPods for workouts, it would be strongly recommended that you get AirPods gen 3 or AirPod Pros because they are sweat resistant.

First and second gen AirPods

First and second-generation AirPods are neither water-resistant nor sweat-resistant, implying water or excess sweat can ruin them.

That said, you should not wear your first and second-generation AirPods if you are engaging in high-intensity activities that result in excessive sweating, such as working out.

Third-gen AirPods and AirPods pro

Third-generation AirPods and later models, such as AirPods Pro, are water and sweat-resistant. However, AirPods Pro is not waterproof.

That means that these earbuds can handle normal moisture levels like sweat. According to a statement officially released by Apple Inc. AirPods Pro’s water resistance feature has been tested in a laboratory setting.

The AirPods can withstand any workout activity, provided it is not related to water sports, like swimming and surfing.

How much sweat AirPods can handle

Since first and second-generation AirPods are not water and sweat-resistant, they cannot withstand any amount of sweat.

Moisture from a little sweating can easily damage these earbuds.

However, third-generation AirPods can deal with sweat at normal moisture levels because they are water and sweat-resistant.

How much sweat AirPods pro can handle

AirPods Pro models are water and sweat-resistant, so they can withstand any amount of sweat.

However, they are not waterproof and cannot withstand too much water as a result of being submerged in water or engaging in water sports.

Pros of working out with AirPods

  • Secure fit (especially with AirPod Pros)
  • The noise canceling can be useful in loud gyms
  • Noise-cancelling mode
  • Sweat-Resistant
  • Lightweight and comfortable

Cons of working out with AirPods

  • Can be expensive
  • Battery life can be short
  • Not waterproof
  • Not suitable for swimming/water sports