AirPods may be one of the most useful technology you’ve ever had. Despite being lightweight and easy to use, AirPods have a fairly long battery life and work seamlessly with most of Apple’s devices.

However, wear and tear is inevitable for electronics, especially the ones we use every day. Unfortunately, AirPods aren’t particularly durable, so it’s no surprise that users are always looking for ways to make them better.

Women Pro with AirPods

AirPods may be one of the most useful technology you’ve ever had. Despite being lightweight and easy to use, AirPods have a fairly long battery life and work seamlessly with most of Apple’s devices.

However, wear and tear is inevitable for electronics, especially the ones we use every day. Unfortunately, AirPods aren’t particularly durable, so it’s no surprise that users are always looking for ways to make them better.

Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to make sure your AirPods last as long as possible.

1. Clean Your AirPods Regularly

With regular use, AirPods ear wax, dust and dirt can collect, which can clog and damage the speaker or microphone. Even worse, the bacteria on your AirPods can give you painful ear infections. For this reason, it is important to clean your AirPods regularly.

When cleaning your AirPods, Apple recommends using 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes, 75 percent ethanol wipes or Clorox disinfecting wipes.

In addition, Apple recommends avoiding products containing bleach and hydrogen peroxide. To avoid damaging the internal components, it is also discouraged to use tissue paper. Instead, just use a clean, dry, lint-free cloth to clean your AirPods (and don’t forget to clean the case, too).

2. Take Care of Lithium-Ion Battery

Like any lithium-ion-powered device, the AirPods require little attention for long-term battery health. The best way to do this is to avoid overcharging by leaving your AirPods connected to an unofficial charging accessory for too long. Similarly, don’t let your AirPods stay charged for too long.

It’s best to only use Apple-authorized charging accessories, which are designed to charge your AirPods in the most optimal way.

3. Avoid Exposing AirPods to Extreme Temperatures

According to Apple, AirPods are best used where the ambient temperature is 0–35ºC, or 32-95ºF. Anything higher or lower than this limit can cause performance issues or even long-term damage to your AirPods and their battery.

It’s not uncommon for people who use AirPods while driving, to accidentally leave them in the car. However, being in closed cars or in direct sunlight on a bright sunny day can be harmful to your AirPods. If you find that your AirPods have been left in the heat for too long, avoid charging them right away and wait for them to cool before plugging in again.

Alternatively, using your AirPods outside during freezing temperatures can also force them to turn off inadvertently. Not only can this temporarily affect the battery life of your AirPods, but it can also lead to moisture that slowly erodes the inside.

4. Don’t get your AirPods wet with any liquid

Unlike some of its competitors, the AirPods aren’t built for activities that involve water. While Apple makes a point to say that the MagSafe Charging Cases for AirPods Pro, AirPods (3rd Generation), and AirPods (3rd Generation) are water and sweat resistant, these AirPods are still not waterproof or sweat proof.

In addition to water, Apple also warns users that lotions, sunscreens, insect repellents and other chemicals can negatively affect water seals and acoustic membranes.

If your AirPods are accidentally submerged, wipe your AirPods first. Again, avoid using or charging your AirPods for as long as possible and dry them completely before placing them inside the case.

Finally, it’s important to understand that sweat and water-resistance ratings are not permanent. Over time, your AirPods will become more likely to be damaged. So, if you’re planning on keeping your AirPods working longer, it’s best to keep them away from everything water-related, including showering, swimming, or even walking in the rain.

5. Avoid putting AirPods in shallow pockets

If you use AirPods during a workout or morning commute, it can be tempting to just keep them in your pocket when they’re not being used. However, this practice does make it easier for your AirPods to crash out when you’re sitting down or walking, especially if your AirPods are particularly shallow.

Because case sizes are different, the outline of an AirPods case in your back pocket can be tempting to thieves who know how much they cost.

When not in use, it’s best to keep AirPods inside a charging case, zipped bag, or other form of storage that isn’t so accessible or obvious. Keeping AirPods in your charging case when not in use also helps avoid accidental damage because you only have to keep track of one item at a time compared to each separate AirPod and case.

6. Invest in an External AirPods Case

Although AirPods are sold with a charging case, these cases are not completely durable when exposed to dust or water. For this reason, an external case can help ensure that your AirPods are out of harm’s way.

Thankfully, there are plenty of AirPods cases available in the market with different levels of protection. Depending on your lifestyle, you may also want to invest in cases with additional features like silicone cases, hard cases, or clips.

Bear in mind that AirPods cases designed to hold bags can be convenient, but they can also attract the eyes of potential thieves. Displaying your AirPods during a train ride or while walking down the street can invite quick-handed individuals to pop open your case and disappear into the crowd.

In general, external AirPods cases should be considered as additional layers of protection, not just as a layer. Ideally, your AirPods should never be exposed to the elements or strangers who could steal them.

Keep Your AirPods As Long As Possible

Despite the premium price, the AirPods aren’t the most durable pair of earphones on the market. However, there are still many reasons why users swear by them and their role in the Apple ecosystem. With these tips, you can help your AirPods stand the test of time and take them with you for more adventures in the years to come.

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