How to Clean Your AirPods and EarPods, Because It's Time

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you've never cleaned your Apple AirPods AirPods Pro, or EarPods, they're probably full of ear wax, dirt, and other random debris that can cause sound issues. So yeah, your AirPods are probably in desperate need of a good scrub down. But it's not like you can just throw them in a bowl of soapy water, give them a good cleaning, and call it a day.

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Here are Apple-approved tips on how to effectively clean AirPods, AirPods Pro, and EarPods without damaging them.

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How to clean AirPods and AirPods Pro

  1. If there's water in either ear tip, get a soft, dry, lint-free cloth and tap the ear tip with the opening facing down.
  2. Pull the ear tips off of each AirPod and rinse them with water. Don't use soap.
  3. Wipe the ear tips with the cloth and make sure they are completely dry before putting them back on the AirPod.
  4. Press the ear tips back on each AirPod.

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How to clean the charging case

  1. Use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to clean the charging case. The cloth can be dampened with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol, but don't use soap. Don't let liquid get into the charging ports.
  2. Remove debris from the Lightning connector using a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush.
  3. Don't put anything in the charging ports or the metal contacts could get damaged.

How to clean EarPods

  1. Use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  2. Don't run them under water or get any liquid inside the openings.
  3. Clean the microphone and speaker meshes with a dry cotton swab.

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