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Can Apple Air Tags Get Wet?

Last Updated Jun 3, 2022
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Can Apple Air Tags Get Wet?

The Apple Air Tag is a great thing to pin to your keys, wallet, or other small things that you might lose often; some people even choose to add them to their cars or other things they are worried might get stolen. Since you might be bringing the Air Tag with you everywhere you go, you might be wondering if you can get them wet.

Apple Air Tags can get slightly wet; they are water and splash-resistant. They cannot be submerged in water. If they continually get wet, the internal components might break down.

Below, we’ll cover how the Apple Air Tags are water-resistant but not waterproof and a few waterproofing options you can use to safeguard your Air Tags better.

Is the Apple Air Tag Waterproof?

Since so many people are using Air Tags to keep track of things, there’s a high possibility that something you lose might get wet at some point, whether it’s a quick splash or getting dropped in the toilet. So you might be wondering, are Air Tags waterproof? Can they get wet?

Apple Air Tags are not waterproof; they are only water-resistant. They have an IP67 rating under the IEC standard. This means that Apple has tested the waterproof conditions in a lab and found that the Air Tag can withstand a water depth of 1 meter, or 3.2 feet, for 30 minutes.

“Water-resistant” means the Air Tag can be splashed, slightly rained on, or immersed in water for a very short period. If your Air Tag falls into a puddle or other body of water, you should get it out as soon as possible. The water-resistant features only work if your Air Tag is completely closed and in optimal condition. If it’s damaged, it might not be completely water-resistant.

This doesn’t come as a surprise, as most Apple products are not waterproof—and are instead water-resistant—anyway; the IP67 rating is the same as the iPhone SE. Some things that you can and can’t do with the Apple Air Tag are:

Can DoCan’t Do
Have your Air Tag near bodies of water, so long as it doesn’t go in.Completely submerge the Air Tag for a long time.
Recover from a drink being spilled on it if it’s immediately taken out.Go swimming or allow pets to swim with the Air Tag.
Have the Air Tag exposed during a light rain.Expose the Air Tag when it’s heavily raining.

Now, if you find yourself in one of these conditions, there are some things you can do to try to dry it out.

What Should I Do If My Apple Air Tags Get Wet?

If your Air Tag gets wet and remains wet for a prolonged period, do the following:

  1. Remove it from the water immediately.
  2. Gently pat it dry with a lint-free towel.
  3. Open the back and remove the battery.
  4. Let each component air out in a cool, indoor place. 

Do not place it in the sun to dry, and do not dry it with a microwave or hairdryer. Doing so can damage the components.

Once dried, you can put the same battery back in if you don’t see any water damage. If water seems to have dried into the battery or there are water spots, always put in a new one. After it has completely dried, you can check the Find My app to see if it’s still working and can still show locations.

Should I Buy a Waterproof Case for Apple Air Tags?

Whether you buy a waterproof case for your Apple Air Tag is really up to personal preference and might not be necessary for everyone. The water-resistant feature should be enough to keep the Air Tag dry in most conditions.

However, there are some instances where you might want to get a waterproof case:

  • You plan to put the Air Tag on a pet who might get wet or likes to swim.
  • You are going to attach them to keys and might be walking in the rain or snow.
  • You work around water or have a job that might cause the Air Tag to get wet.
  • You will be attaching it to an object that gets wet, such as a boat or water sports equipment.

Since the Apple Air Tag is pretty new, options for cases are limited. However, there are a few options on Amazon:

As the Apple Air tags spend more time on the market, more options are bound to come out. Most of the choices right now are for dog collars or other pets. You can also consider traveling with them in a waterproof bag or wallet.

Final Thoughts

Apple Air Tags are not fully waterproof, but they are water-resistant. The IP67 rating means they can get splashed and slightly submerged for less than 30 minutes. They are not suitable to put on pets who swim or other things that might get wet regularly without a case, though. You should consider buying a case for them so that they continue to work no matter how wet they might get.