How To Clean AirPod Speaker

Cleaning Airpods

Have your AirPods speaker mesh started looking a little dirty? Well, you can simply clean it and restore the sound quality. 

Quick Answer

To clean your AirPod speaker, use a dry cotton swab and rub it over the mesh wires without applying too much pressure and using sharp objects to prevent damage. Make sure that no liquid gets into the speakers while cleaning. 

To help make things easier, we have written a comprehensive guide on how to clean your AirPod speaker in a quick and easy-to-follow way. We will also discuss cleaning the case and ear tips of different AirPods generations.

Cleaning Your AirPod Speaker

If you don’t know how to clean your AirPod speaker, our following 3 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task easily.

Method #1: Cleaning 1st and 2nd-Generation AirPods

If you own a 1st or 2nd-generation Apple AirPods, you can easily clean their speaker mesh using a dry cotton swab. Simply rub its tip over the mesh on your AirPods speaker.

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Make sure not to apply too much pressure, and use any sharp objects, or liquids, like water, cleaner, detergents, etc., near the speakers to avoid permanent damage.

Method #2: Cleaning 1st and 2nd-Generation AirPods Pro

To clean your 1st and 2nd-generation AirPods Pro, remove the ear tips, clean the surface with a lint-free cloth, and then use a dry cotton swab to be more precise and clean out the dirt and ear wax stuck on the speakers.

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Take care not to apply a lot of pressure or use any wet substances on your AirPods Pro, as that could end up causing irreparable damage.

Method #3: Cleaning AirPods Max

Compared to the other AirPods, the latest AirPods Max are pretty different in looks and features. To clean its speaker, you must first remove the cushions on them by grabbing them and pulling them upward.

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Now, take a soft microfiber cloth and a very slightly dampened cloth and rub them over the speaker of your AirPods Max and clean them thoroughly. Make sure to get all the gunk out from the corners and crevices without applying too much pressure and getting any liquid in the speaker openings.

Next, use a completely dry, lint-free cloth to wipe the speaker area again and get the remnants cleaned.

Using any cleaning substances or liquids other than fresh water is not recommended as it might cause more harm than benefit to your AirPods Max. After thoroughly cleaning and drying the speaker, reattach the cushions and enjoy the sound from your newly cleaned AirPod speaker.

Cleaning AirPods Case

To keep your AirPods in the best condition for a longer time, clean their case using these methods after you’ve cleaned the speaker.

Method #1: Cleaning the Case of AirPods and AirPods Pro

To clean your AirPods Pro case, slightly dampen a lint-free cloth with isopropyl alcohol and rub it on the exterior of the case to get rid of all the stains and gunk that has collected over time. Do not use any chemicals or cleaning detergents for stubborn stains.

Next, take a dry, clean, soft-bristled brush to remove any debris or dirt accumulated in the charging port. Ensure that no liquid enters the port or touches the metal contacts inside it to avoid the risk of damage. Use a dry cotton swab to clean the inside of the case.

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Only use soft materials while cleaning, as abrasive ones might end up scratching your AirPods’ case. Let the case dry before you put in your AirPods with clean speakers.

Method #2: Cleaning the Case of AirPods Max

To clean the Smart Case of your AirPods Max, take a dry, soft, lint-free cloth and dampen it slightly with a little bit of isopropyl alcohol. This will get rid of the dirt and disinfect the case.

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Let the Smart Case dry before you use it again.

Cleaning AirPods Tips

Besides cleaning the speaker mesh, you may have to clean the dirt from its tips to maintain AirPods’ sound quality. To do this, pull off the tips and rinse them with clean water

Take a dry microfiber cloth and wipe the tips to dry them and clean any residue.

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Now, place the ear tips on a dry surface with their opening facing downward to let them dry completely before you put them back.

To clean the ear cushions on your AirPods Max, dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with a mixture of liquid detergent and water. Remove the ear cushions from the ear cups and clean them thoroughly with a damp cloth. 

Dry the cushions using a dry cloth and leave them for at least a day before reattaching them over the clean speaker and using them again.


In this guide, we have discussed how to clean your AirPod speaker. We have also discussed cleaning the case and ear tips of different AirPods models in detail.

Hopefully, your question has been answered, and you can enjoy the best and crisp sound from your AirPods.

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