How to Fix Wet Headphones

If you accidentally dropped your headphones in the pool, don’t think that they are ruined. They may be better than ever because you have the opportunity to fix them up and restore their original form.

If you need to fix your headphones, try to use water to clean them off first. You’ll not want to keep the earphones in the water for at least a few minutes.

How to Fix Wet Headphones
How to fix water-damaged headphones

Work Quickly to Save Your Headphones

Headphones should be stored and used in a dry environment. You may not be able to prevent a minor flood, but you can prevent a major one.

If your headphones are still connected, turn off the power to the device. Unplug the headphones from the power source to protect the circuitry. Acting quickly may help you avoid damaging the headphones by water.

If you have a pair of water-damaged headphones, you probably want them repaired or replaced as soon as possible. However, repairing these headphones can be difficult and expensive. In this article, we will discuss some ways to repair your damaged headphones. Also read how to fix headphone wires with tape.

How to Fix Wet Headphones

You can dry out your earbuds by using a hairdryer. You can also use a spray bottle and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. To make sure that your earbuds are dry, let them sit for a while before you put them back in your ear. You can Fix your Wet headphones with the help of the following tips:

1. Dry headphones using a soft dry towel

You need to clean your headphones before they are fixed, as excessive moisture could damage them. A dry and soft towel is the best tool for cleaning your headphones.

Wipe the visible water off your headphones. Make sure the towel is clean and dry.

2. Remove ear tips or padding

Water can get into your earbuds through the ear tips and can damage the internal components. Also, the earpads are prone to absorbing water. When you remove them from your ear, make sure they are dried immediately.

For headphones: gently pull the headphone cord and then the earpiece out of the ear. Do not twist or pull the cord. Let the cord air dry.

Earbuds are one of the easiest ways to listen to music while you’re driving. However, earbuds are also one of the most dangerous things to use in a moving vehicle. Some headphones have detachable ear pads that are easier to remove, but if yours don’t, you’ll need to use a prying tool or a flathead screwdriver or blunt knife.

Insert your earphone jack into the hole in the center of the phone. Use a small screwdriver or another tool to remove the cover plate on the back of the phone.

The ear pad should come right off. Removing ear pads

If you want to get rid of earwax, you can’t just reach in and pull it out. You have to remove the pads, one at a time, and then use a cotton swab to remove the wax.

3. Disassemble your headphones

If you want to get the water out of your headphones, it’s best to take them apart. There isn’t a universal method to do this. It depends on the brand and model of the headphones.

You’ll need to use specialized tools to disassemble the iPhone.

To open your earbuds, you must first understand the different methods of cracking open your earbuds, and what brand or model you have. Once you do, follow the steps and you’ll be good to go.

Here are some guides that can help you disassemble some of the most popular headphone brands:

  • Sony MDR-1000X
  • Beats Studio 1
  • Bose QuietComfort 35

If you have a friend or relative that you trust, you can have them assemble the headphones for you.

Hire someone to do it for you if you don’t want to do it yourself. They already have the necessary tools to fix and disassemble your headset, so they know exactly what to do.

4. Use distilled water

If you want to use distilled water to dilute the water in your headset, you must first filter out the impurities that are in the water. Distilled water has already been purified and is safe to use.

The procedures remove impurities that conduct electricity and make water corrosive to the circuits of headphones/earbuds.

Your headphones and earbuds are made of metals. So, when you use them, their impurities will eventually get mixed in with your earwax, which will cause a buildup of impurities in your ear canal. That can lead to a lot of problems like ear infections, hearing loss, or even worse.

Your headset might get wet, but it’s worth the risk.

Prepare a large enough container to hold the food you’re about to cook.

Place the headphones/earbuds inside, then fill with distilled water.

Place the container inside the freezer for a minimum of 3 hours.

Cover the container with a lid and then shake gently for 5-10 minutes.

Now remove the headphones or earbuds after that.

At last wipe the parts of the headphone with a soft and dry cloth.

5. Lightly shake off excess droplets

Drying your headphones/earbuds isn’t advised because it can damage the device. It is best to lightly shake your headphones/earbuds to remove excess water.

Quick downward motions after every second or so for 2-3 minutes.

6. Dry with desiccant

Desiccants are materials that can help in the drying of a wet substance. For example, if you have a pair of headphones that you want to keep dry, you could place them inside a plastic bag with a desiccant. Desiccants for the household include uncooked rice, instant oatmeal, and silica gel.

Desiccants are used to absorb moisture in a variety of situations. They are used in air conditioning systems, to remove moisture from the air before it reaches the condenser coil, and to absorb moisture that has been released into the atmosphere.

This means that rice works better than silica gel, and silica gel works better than aluminum foil. However, no studies are comparing the effectiveness of aluminum foil to other household desiccants.

Starch is a great ingredient for making rice cakes, but if it gets inside your electronic device, it can mess up the screen.

It is important to note that your headphones need to be fully dry before bringing them in for repair. If they are not, raw rice will take longer to dry, and your headphones will need to be dry for at least 48 hours. In comparison, silica gel will dry your headphones in less than one hour. This gives you more leeway to bring your device to a service center if the need arises.

Put a few drops of silica gel in an empty plastic bag and close the bag with a rubber band.

Silica gel is a natural product that absorbs odor, moisture, and oils from the skin.

Leave the bag flat, and place it in a dark location, such as a closet or under a bed.

Headphones enclosed in a small, sealed plastic bag

What not to Do When Headphones Get Wet – Precautionary Measures

You now know what to do if your headphones have been damaged by water, but it’s also important to keep in mind the “don’ts”.

The first thing to avoid when your headphones get wet is panic. When accidents happen, it’s best to remain calm and think logically. Doing so would help you avoid many potential hazards.

Do not plug in the headphones

Plugging your headphones into any audio device or power source could damage them. To avoid this, just make sure to let them air dry for a couple of hours before plugging them back in.

If your headphones are exposed to water for too long, it can damage them. Always wait until you’ve made the necessary repairs before you expose your headphones to water.

Do not put the headphones in the oven or microwave

It’s common sense but don’t use microwaves and ovens to dry your electronics. They’re not designed to do so and could be the cause of a melted lump of plastic.

You might not want to get into a heated debate with an electrician over the best wiring options for your home.

Do not use hair dryers or direct sunlight

There are other ways to dry your headphones than the hairdryer, and they won’t harm your headphones/earbuds. However, if you use a hairdryer to dry your headphones, you might damage them.

It’s possible to damage your headphones if you drop them on a hard surface.

If you want to avoid having your headphones/earbuds ruined by UV rays, make sure to always wear them indoors or under a shaded area. This is where the UV protective glass comes in.

Do not waste time

You can’t wait to see how your new headphones react when they get drenched. But you can take immediate action to save your headphones from damage. When your headphones get wet, don’t wait for them to dry out. It’s already too late and there are already internal damages.

Raw rice is not subject to the 48-hour drying period. Silica gel requires only an overnight drying period.

How to Fix Wet Bluetooth Headphones or Plug-In Headphones

First, try letting the headphones air dry for up to 48 hours. If that doesn’t work, carefully disassemble them and follow these steps to clean them more thoroughly.

Make sure that your earbuds don’t have any silicone, foam, or rubber tips. You’ll want to remove them before placing the headphones in the washing machine.

Carefully remove the inner parts of your Bluetooth headphones. Make sure you don’t damage the cable since it’s what connects the earbuds to your device. If you need help, look for a manual in the documentation that came with your headphones.

You may think that putting the headphones in water will ruin the headphones, but it won’t. You should take the headphones out of the water and leave them to air dry.

Put the headphones back in the distilled water and gently shake any excess water out of the headphone’s components.

To remove the headphones from your ears, use a damp cloth or a cotton ball. Then blow out the water and dry the area around your ears.

Use a small, dry towel to gently pat dry the internal components, paying particular attention to the components on all sides.

Your headphones may have been damaged while being repaired. To ensure that your headphones work correctly, allow them to dry for up to 48 hours, then plug them into your computer and try them out. If they are still not working, consider getting your headphones professionally repaired.

How to Fix Wet Bluetooth Headphones or Plug-In Headphones
How to Fix Water-Damaged Bluetooth Headphones or Plug-In Headphones

How to Repair a Wet Headphone Jack

The cause of the problem might not be the headphones themselves. The headphone jack might be damaged due to water. To fix the water-damaged headphone jack, use a cotton swab to remove the cotton and then push the cotton into the headphone jack.

Insert the device and turn it to the right until it’s completely dry. Then, gently wiggle the cotton swab to get any remaining water out of the device.

How to Repair a Wet Headphone Jack
How to Repair a Water-Damaged Headphone Jack

Headphone Water-Damage Prevention Tips

If you get your headphones wet, you can save them by drying them off and then removing the water.

If you don’t have a place to store your headphones, then you might as well keep them in your pocket, or the car.

Electronics or other items that require charging should be stored in a dry place. A waterproof container is also advisable if storing them in a basement or other areas that are prone to water exposure.

Your cell phone, tablet, or another electronic device should be kept out of the bathroom, kitchen, or any other room where it might be damaged by water.

If you’re going to a place where there are lots of people, consider leaving your headphones at home. You’ll want to be able to hear when someone calls out your name.

Store your headphones properly

It’s important to properly store your audio equipment to prevent potential water damage. Most people store their headphones on the box or packaging they came with. However, this can pose certain dangers. Humidity, moisture, and sudden temperature changes can all add up to damage your headsets.

You’ll want to protect your headphones from water damage. Choose a water-resistant case. There are several options available, but one that we can recommend is the FiiO HB1.

It’s an excellent choice for storing your earbuds and in-ear monitors and has a full enclosure to keep out water.


If you don’t want to ruin your headphones, you should keep them dry. You should also be careful with your earphones when you are using them in the rain.

If you don’t carefully follow the steps that I have described above, it won’t be possible to fix your water-damaged headphones, earphones, or earbuds.

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