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Are AirTags waterproof? Here’s what to do if they get wet

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Disc-shaped Apple AirTags are small tracking devices with an impressive range that are designed to help you keep tabs on items like keys, wallets, and bags.

There’s no doubt how useful an AirTag can be. But there’s an important question you may be wondering about before you buy one: Are AirTags waterproof? Let’s dive into this together.

Are AirTags waterproof?

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The AirTags have an IP67 rating, which means they are water-resistant, but not waterproof. This rating indicates that the tracking devices are fully protected against dust and provide protection when immersed in water.

Specifically, an IP67-rated device can endure being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet). AirTags are certainly protected against water, but calling them fully “waterproof” is a stretch.

Can AirTags get wet?

Nomad Apple TV Siri Remote Case with an AirTag installed.
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As mentioned above, AirTags are not waterproof, so you should avoid intentionally submerging or exposing them to water for extended periods. However, they can handle short exposure to water, such as during rain or a splash from a sink.

You shouldn’t attach them to something you plan to submerge in water. Also, keep in mind that the water resistance of an AirTag may decrease over time due to wear and tear. Accidents happen, and if your AirTag accidentally gets wet, it should be fine. Just don’t push your luck and try to avoid getting it wet whenever you can.

How to dry a wet AirTag

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If your AirTags do get wet, you can dry them using a few methods. First, remove the surface moisture using a lint-free cloth. This will remove any water droplets that might be on the tracker’s surface.

You should also open the AirTags to see if any water got inside. After removing the cover, also remove the battery. Once open, place the AirTag body, battery cover, and battery on a flat surface and let them air dry. Don’t use a hairdryer or any other heat source, however. Instead, let the air dry the AirTag parts. After a few hours, reassemble the AirTag and test it using the Find My app.

If the AirTag doesn’t work, it probably has internal damage and will need to be replaced. In this situation, it’s probably wise to take the AirTag apart again and see if more drying helps. Hopefully, it will be fine.

Apple AirTags are some of the best Bluetooth trackers on the market, but they are not the only option. Other options, including ones that work with Android-based devices, are also available.

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