Can You Run with AirPods?

Apple’s AirPods are among the best true wireless earbuds on the market. With their amazing performance comes millions of fans all over the world that attest to the AirPods’ reliability in terms of comfort, sound quality, and battery life. But can Apple’s AirPods be used when running? 

Yes, you can run with AirPods (first generation, second generation, and AirPods Pro). They fit your ears well, are stable & comfortable enough to stay in your ears for hours, and have stellar sound quality. Plus, the AirPods Pro have transparency mode, which lets you hear what’s going on around you. 

After analyzing Apple’s Airpods, we found out that there are particular reasons why all AirPod generations are good for running. Keep on reading to know what we found out. 

Do Airpods Easily Fall Out When Running?

The first and second generations of Apple’s Airpods don’t come with silicone tips. However, they are stable enough to stay in your ears during a running session. They also don’t hurt even after many hours of use. 

On the other hand, the AirPods Pro comes with three sizes of silicone tips that give them more stability. In short, the AirPods Pro are more stable than the first- and second-generation Airpods because users can use the right size of ear tips

Besides, the AirPods Pro seems to be more comfortable than its predecessors, simply because it comes with silicone tips. 

Whether it’s the first generation, second generation, or the AirPods Pro, all of Apple’s Airpods don’t easily fall out when running. 

Tips to Make Sure Airpods Stays in the Ear When Running

While all generations of Airpods stay in the ears while running, some users still experience issues with them. But there are a few things you can do to make sure that your Airpods stay in your ears while running. 

As mentioned earlier, the first and second generations of Airpods don’t come with silicone tips. Since their tips are made of plastic, they can slide out of the ears, especially when the wearer has a lot of sweat. 

There are three things you can do to make sure that your AirPods stay in your ears when running: (1) buy silicone tips, (2) buy ear hooks, and (3) use waterproof tape. 

Silicone tips and ear hooks are offered by various companies. However, there’s one downside to using them― you have to remove them each time you have to put your first- and second-generation AirPods in their charging cases. 

The third solution, which involves using waterproof tape, solves the aforementioned issues. All you have to do is buy waterproof tape, punch holes in them, and stick those circles on your Airpods.

Here’s a video showing you how to put silicone tips, ear hooks, and waterproof tape on your Airpods. 

Can You Run in the Rain With Airpods?

Yes, you can run in the rain with all generations of AirPods. However, the first and second generations of Airpods don’t have official IPX ratings. 

While the first and second generations of AirPods are not waterproof, they can be used under the rain

The AirPods Pro are also not waterproof, but they are water-resistant. They have an official rating of IPX4, which means that they can survive slight splashes of water. 

Here’s a rundown of Airpods’ IPX rating: 

Type of AirPods IPX Rating
First Generation No official rating
Second Generation No official rating
AirPods Pro IPX4

Are AirPods Sweatproof?

Unfortunately, AirPods are not sweatproof. All generations are sweat-resistant though. 

Despite not having an IPX rating, the first and second generations of AirPods are sweat-resistant. They can be used for non-water sports and exercise. 

Like its predecessors, the AirPods Pro are not sweatproof either. However, with a rating of IPX4, Apple’s AirPods Pro are sweat-resistant. This means that they can be used when running, even if the wearer sweats a lot. 

In a gist, the AirPods are designed to withstand sweat, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your AirPods when running (unless your AirPods accidentally fall and get hit by a car). 

What is Airpods’ Transparency Mode? 

The transparency mode is a feature that allows you to hear what’s going on around you, but still hear the sound coming from your AirPods. However, the transparency mode does not come with the first and second generations of AirPods. It only comes with the Airpods Pro. 

The transparency mode is useful when running because it lets you know what’s happening around you. It allows you to avoid vehicles, animals, and people that you will otherwise bump into. When safety is your priority when running outdoors, the AirPods Pro is the best choice. 

While the first and second generation fo AirPods work well for outdoor running, they don’t offer the same level of security the AirPods Pro do. They are ideal to use for indoor running though, as you don’t have to look out for vehicles and other people when running on a treadmill. 

How Is the AirPods’ Sound Quality When Running?

Many of us like to listen to music while running, which is great since doing it can motivate and increase our pace. Lucky for us, all Airpod generations offer stellar sound quality. 

For starters, the first and second generations of AirPods offer clear and rich sounds that don’t change in any way when you’re running. However, the AirPods work best when indoors, with minimal noise. Nature’s sounds might interrupt with the music you’re listening to, but the first- and second-generation AirPods’ sound quality remains decent enough for outdoor running. 

In terms of listening experience, the AirPods Pro are more flexible and better than its predecessors. The overall sound profile of AirPods Pro are better than the first- and second-generation AirPods. 

The AirPods Pro’s sound profile is better because of the excellent noise isolation offered by its ear tips. They effectively block out noise, which lets you listen to your favorite music at its finest. 

Also, the AirPods Pro are more flexible than their predecessors because their sound quality is not compromised no matter where you are. If you are running indoors, you can simply activate its active cancellation mode to block out gym chatter. If you are running outdoors, its transparency mode helps you be alert while enjoying music. 

Do AirPods Connect to Non-IOS Devices? 

Not all runners’ devices are made by Apple. Some own Android smartphones and smartwatches.

Using AirPods for running doesn’t mean that you have to buy Apple devices. Since AirPods are Bluetooth-enabled, you can pair them with non-IOS Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones and smartwatches. 

To do so, put your AirPods on pairing mode, then turn on the other device’s Bluetooth. If you’ve never paired your non-IOS device with your AirPods, you have to scan for other Bluetooth devices first. Next, tap your AirPods’ name and connect. 

That’s it. Your AirPods are now connected to your non-IOS device. 

Do AirPods Easily Disconnect When Running? 

No. All generations of AirPods don’t easily disconnect, so you don’t have to worry about getting cut off from listening to your music or podcast when running. Additionally, all AirPod generations are known for having excellent connectivity. 

It pays to know that AirPods work the best in terms of connectivity if they’re paired with Apple devices. The connection is flawless. It’s so rare for AirPods to disconnect with Apple devices during running sessions.

While AirPods work best within Apple’s ecosystem, they still connect well to non-IOS devices. They might disconnect or produce laggy sounds, but that occasionally happens.

How Long Do AirPods Last When Running?

All types of AirPods last long enough for your running sessions. With charging cases that offer extra charging hours, your AirPods are set for extended use. 

The first and second generations of AirPods offer up to 5 hours of listening time after a single charge. This means that their batteries won’t drain even after the longest of runs. Plus, fifteen minutes of charging entitles you to 3 hours of listening time, in case you’re in a rush. 

The AirPods Pro offer a slightly low listening time of 4.5 hours after a single charge. Charging it for 15 minutes entitles you to 3 hours of listening time as well. 

On the upside, all AirPod generations feature more than 24 hours of listening time, thanks to the additional charging cycles offered by the case. 

Are AirPods More Ideal for Running Than Other Earbuds on the Market?

AirPods are more ideal for running than many earbuds, but some earbuds are better than them. These earbuds come from playmakers in the wireless device industry. 

Some earbuds and headphones are better than AirPods for running simply because they have higher IPX ratings and you can therefore run in the rain without worry. 


Apple’s AirPods are among the best earbuds for running. They come with stellar sound quality for listening to music while running and are water- and sweat-resistant.

Despite some differences, all AirPod generations generally work well for running. So if you’re planning on getting AirPods for running, you won’t be disappointed. 

Rune Bearson

As you can see, I love my headphones! I use them every day when commuting, watching YouTube videos, playing guitar/piano and doing chores. I'm a podcast addict and I like all kinds of music from metal to chillout ambient.

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