• The AirPods Pro are the perfect accessory for iPhone users
  • It needs to be cleaned frequently for performance and hygiene's sake
  • There's a specific way to clean it; here's how

The AirPods Pro truly is a great audio accessory for those who have invested in Apple's ecosystem. It offers great sound and noise cancelling abilities, in addition to seamless connectivity with iDevices. It also offers the convenience of “Hey Siri,” making it the perfect earbud for those who use iPhones, iPads and MacBooks frequently.

That said, the AirPods Pro will need to be cleaned every now and then. Its in-ear design necessitates frequent cleaning, especially because users will need to insert its tips into their ear canal to use it. And with the current COVID-19 pandemic still happening, it simply makes sense that users should be diligent and take the time to disinfect it too.

That said, here's how users can clean and disinfect the AirPods Pro safely, as per Apple.

Safety precautions

Before proceeding into how it can be cleaned, here are some things that users need to avoid doing lest the AirPods Pro be damaged permanently.

  • Avoid washing the AirPods Pro directly under water
  • Don't allow any liquid to enter the openings
  • Avoid using sharp or abrasive materials in cleaning it

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That said, here's how to clean the AirPods Pro:

  • First, users should get a soft, dry, lint-free cloth like microfiber. Users should also get dry cotton swab and some painter's tape.
  • Second, using the lint-free cloth, users should wipe the AirPods Pro and the carrying case. If the AirPods Pro or carrying case has some stain or stubborn dirt on it, users can slightly dampen the cloth with fresh water to remove the dirt, then wipe it with a soft, dry lint-free cloth next.
  • Third, users should clean the microphone using the cotton swab.
  • Fourth, users should take the eartips off, then rinse them under running water. Users should avoid using soap or any household cleaners. When done rinsing, users should wipe them with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth as well (users should make sure that the eartips are completely dry before reattaching them to the AirPods Pro).
  • Fifth, while the eartips are still unattached, users should clean the speaker mesh using painter's tape. Users should peel off some tape, then roll it around while keeping the adhesive side out. Users should press this around the AirPods Pro's mesh until the tape does not capture any dirt. When done, users should reattach the eartips.

Those who need to disinfect the AirPods Pro can wipe the audio device using cloth dampened with some 70% isopropyl alcohol, or using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, iPhoneHacks noted. Users must be careful to avoid wiping the speaker mesh.