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What happens if you accidentally wash AirPods?

This post will show you what is likely to happen if you put your AirPods in the washing machine.

If you put your AirPods in the washing machine, it is likely that they will no longer work. If they do work, it is likely that the battery life will be worse, you may have connectivity issues, they might be cosmetically damaged or you might get very lucky and they might continue to work as normal.

None of the AirPods or AirPod Pros are completely waterproof. Only the 3rd gen AirPods and the AirPod pros are water-resistant.

With that being the case, it is not likely to end well if you put your AirPods in a washing machine, and care must be taken to make sure that you do not allow it to accidentally happen.

What happens if you accidentally wash AirPods?

If you accidentally wash your AirPods, it is likely that they will no longer work at the end of the wash. None of the generations of AirPods are currently waterproof.

With that being the case, due to the amount of water they will be exposed to, it is likely that the water will reach parts of the AirPods that it is not meant to and cause them to become damaged.

If your AirPods do survive, it is still likely that the battery life will be much lower, the mic might not work anymore or it might be damaged and you may have issues connecting to your devices.

It is also likely that there will be some cosmetic damage on the AirPods.

With that being said, the AirPods 3rd gen and the AirPods Pro are water-resistant so there is a small chance that you will get lucky. But, it is likely that you will need to replace them soon.

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Can airpods survive the washing machine?

It is possible for AirPods to survive the washing machine. However, it is not likely that they will survive. This is especially the case for AirPods gen 1 and AirPods gen 2 which are not even water resistant.

However, it is still likely that the AirPods gen 3 and the AirPods pro will at least be damaged by the end of it.

With that being the case, care must be taken to make sure that your AirPods are not in any pockets before putting clothes in the washing machine.

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Do AirPods work after being washed?

It is likely that the AirPods will not work at all after being washed.

Even if they do work, it is still likely that there will be issues with the sound quality, battery life, the microphone and connectivity.

What to do if you accidentally wash AirPods

If you put your AirPods in the wash, it would help to dry them as soon as possible by wiping them with a towel. You should also wait for them to completely dry before trying to use them.

Are AirPods waterproof?

No current versions of AirPods are waterproof.

However, AirPods gen 3 and AirPods Pro are water-resistant, meaning that they can resist some water but not a lot.