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Clean AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and EarPods

Learn how to clean your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and EarPods.

Can I clean the AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max or EarPods with disinfectants?
You can carefully wipe the outer surfaces of the AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max or EarPods with a cleaning cloth moistened with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol or with Clorox disinfectant wipes. Under no circumstances wipe the speaker grilles of the AirPods, AirPods Pro and EarPods with these cloths. Do not use them on the mesh cap and ear pads of the AirPods Max. Do not use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in openings and do not immerse the AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or EarPods in detergent.

Clean the AirPods Max

  • AirPods Max should not be cleaned under running water.
  • Instead, use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Certain substances (e.g. soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, lotions, perfumes, solvents, detergents, acids or acidic foods, insect repellants, sunscreens, oils, or hair dyes) could cause stains or other damage. If your AirPods Max has come into contact with such a substance, here are some steps you should take:
    • Wipe them with a cloth lightly dampened with fresh water, then dry them with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
    • Don't use them again until they're completely dry.
  • Be careful not to spill any liquid into the openings.
  • Don't use sharp objects or abrasives to clean the AirPods Max.

Clean the upholstery and headband of the AirPods Max

  1. In a clean container, mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of liquid laundry detergent in 1 cup (250 ml) of water.
  2. Remove the pads from the ear cups.
  3. When cleaning the headband, keep the AirPods Max upside down to prevent liquid from spilling into the attachment point of the headband.
  4. Dip a lint-free cloth in the soapy water, wring it out lightly, and rub the cloth gently over the cushions and headband for 1 minute at a time.
  5. Wipe the pads and headband with a separate cloth lightly dampened with fresh water.
  6. Dry the pads and headband with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth, making sure to remove any excess moisture.
  7. Lay your AirPods Max flat to dry for at least a day before reinstalling the pads and using them again.

Clean the case of your AirPods Max

Clean the smart case with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. If necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol. Let the smart case dry. Do not use abrasives to clean the smart case.

Clean AirPods and AirPods Pro

  • AirPods and AirPods Pro should not be cleaned under running water.
  • Instead, use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Certain substances (e.g. soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, lotions, perfumes, solvents, detergents, acids or acidic foods, insect repellants, sunscreens, oils, or hair dyes) could cause stains or other damage. If your AirPods or AirPods Pro have come into contact with such a substance, you should take the following steps:
    • Wipe them with a cloth lightly dampened with fresh water, then dry them with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
    • Wait until they are completely dry before placing them in the charging case.
    • Don't use them again until they're completely dry.
  • Be careful not to spill any liquid into the openings.
  • Clean the microphone and speaker grilles with a dry cotton swab.
  • Don't use sharp objects or abrasives to clean the AirPods or AirPods Pro.

Clean the case of your AirPods or AirPods Pro

Clean the charging case with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. If necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol. Let the charging case dry. Be careful not to spill any liquid into the charging ports. Other guidelines follow:

  • If there are foreign objects on or in the Lightning connector, remove them with a clean, dry brush with soft bristles.
  • Do not use abrasives to clean the charging case.
  • To avoid damaging the metal contacts, do not put anything in the charging ports.

Clean the ear tips of your AirPods Pro

  1. If water has accumulated in an eartip, tap the AirPod on a soft, dry, lint-free cloth with the opening of the eartip facing down to remove the water.
  2. Remove the tips from both AirPods and rinse them with water. Do not use soap or other household cleaners.
  3. Wipe the ear tips with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Make sure the tips are completely dry before you reattach them to the two AirPods.
  4. Reattach the tips on the AirPods. The ear tips are oval. Therefore, pay attention to the correct orientation when attaching.

More information about the water protection of the AirPods

Your AirPods Pro are waterproof, but not waterproof. The wireless charging case for the AirPods Pro is neither waterproof nor waterproof. Make sure that no moisture gets into the openings. If the case comes into contact with liquid, put it upside down with the lid open.

The AirPods (1st and 2nd generation), the associated charging case, AirPods Max and Smart Case are neither waterproof nor waterproof. Make sure that no moisture gets into the openings. If your AirPods come in contact with liquid, including sweat from exercise, wipe them off with a dry microfiber cloth. To dry the charging case, place it upside down with the lid open.

If your AirPods are damaged after coming into contact with liquid, you can chat or speak to us to order replacements.

Clean the EarPods

  • EarPods should not be cleaned under running water.
  • Instead, use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Be careful not to spill any liquid into the openings.
  • Gently clean the microphone and speaker grilles with a dry cotton swab. If there are foreign objects on or in an EarPod, remove them with a clean, dry brush with soft bristles.
  • Do not use sharp objects or abrasives to clean the EarPods.

Tips to avoid skin irritation

Here's how to avoid skin irritation, especially if you have allergies or skin sensitivities:

  • Wear well-fitting AirPods Pro. You can find information about this in the article Selecting AirPods Pro tips and using the "Fit test for tips".
  • Clean and dry your device after exercising with AirPods Pro or after exposing your device to liquids such as sweat, soap, shampoo, makeup, sunscreen, and lotions that can cause skin irritation. If you keep the AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and EarPods as well as your skin clean and dry, you will achieve maximum wearing comfort and prevent long-term damage to your device.
  • If you have known allergies or sensitivities to certain substances, see what materials the AirPods and EarPods are made of.

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