Are AirPods Pro waterproof?

AirPods Pro - Apple Press Image
AirPods Pro - Apple Press Image

AirPods Pro - Apple Press lifestyle

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Are AirPods Pro waterproof?

Best answer: While AirPods Pro aren't waterproof, they are water-resistant, a first for Apple's earphones. The AirPods Pro feature a water resistance rating of IPX4.Go Pro: Apple AirPods Pro (opens in new tab) ($249 at Apple)

The AirPods Pro aren't waterproof, but they'll stand up to splashes and sweat

Where the two previous iterations of AirPods featured no official protection against moisture, AirPods Pro do feature some such protection. While that protection is limited compared to something like the iPhone or Apple Watch, AirPods Pro feature an IPX4 rating.

With this rating, AirPods Pro are noted to be protected against splashing water and sweat, letting you work out with your AirPods without fear.

Can I swim with AirPods Pro?

While it would certainly be your prerogative to try, no, it isn't recommended that you swim with your AirPods. In fact, Apple specifically noted that AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant for "non-water sports and exercise" in its announcement.

What exactly does IPX4 mean?

The IP rating system is a set of standards for determining endurance against particle and liquid ingress into a product. The numbers in an IP rating are divided between dust (first number) and liquid (second number). For instance, the iPhone 11 series are all rated at IP68. This means that the iPhone 11 is dust-tight (6), and capable of working after being immersed in two meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

With the IPX4 rating on AirPods Pro, the X means that there's no specific rating to do with dust protection. It could be that AirPods Pro are tight against some amount of dust, but it's not rated as such. The 4 means that AirPod Pro are protected against splashing.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.