Is the Homepod Mini Waterproof?

Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that HomePod will work well in kitchens. He even joked that someone spilled a beer on it at the press conference and the HomePod survived (pun intended). So we know that the older version of this product was splashproof. But is the HomePod mini waterproof? Apple’s official response point-blank is NO.

Is the HomePod mini waterproof? Here’s what I know

The HomePod mini is water-resistant, not waterproof. Don’t use it in a bathroom or other damp environment. And don’t expose it to liquid. Services such as Apple Music and Siri will not work if your HomePod mini gets wet.

The HomePod mini has a water resistance rating of IPX4. IPX4 means that over time, the device can withstand exposure to natural elements such as rain and humidity (i.e., you don’t need to worry about it shorting out if your plant spills some water on top). That said, if you drop it in a pool or take it for a swim, its days are numbered.

The HomePod mini is not waterproof, but the silicone base will protect it from drops and spills. The music does not stop playing if you spill water on it, nor does the sound go in and out. If you spill something on it, clean it up immediately. Although Apple said HomePod is not waterproof, I hope that in the future they will make a waterproof version, because it is convenient to use in the kitchen while cooking.

Tips for protecting your HomePod mini from moisture

The HomePod mini is a great addition to your home. It’s also an expensive device that you want to keep looking and working as fine as possible. The last thing you want to do is unknowingly damage it by bringing it in contact with moisture resulting from heat or any other source. Here are some tips for protecting your HomePod mini from moisture damage:

The biggest threat to the Homepod mini is not moisture, but heat. Heat can cause the device to shut down, so make sure you have adequate air circulation around the device. Ideally, you should leave at least 3 inches between the Homepod mini and other objects for proper airflow. You also want to make sure there are no obstructions within 6 inches of the top of the Homepod mini.

Moreover, do not place your Homepod Mini near sinks, bathtubs, or in any other area where water might be splashed on it. I know it is splash-proof but small amounts of water can seep-in and come in contact with the components. If you do happen to like showing while listening to music, place the speaker at a distance— like on a shelf a few meters away from the splash zone. 

Moisture is not the only enemy of HomePod mini, I have more advice for you:

When you set up your HomePod mini, always place it on a hard flat surface such as wood or plastic. If you place it on a soft surface like a carpet, it can produce extra static electricity which could damage the speaker’s internals and components over time. This static build-up can also cause problems with device recognition and performance issues.

Final thoughts: Give your HomePod mini an extra layer of protection in case you spill something on it

HomePod mini will malfunction if you expose it to moisture, especially if you dip it in water or leave the device out in the open (in rain). The device will become completely unresponsive. Some users have tried to restore the DFU mode and dry out the internal components with a vacuum cleaner, but I don’t know how effective that is. Generally, electronic components malfunction the moment they come in contact with water (especially saline water). I suggest wrapping up the HomePod mini with some sort of watertight cover on your camping trips. Or you can keep it in a protective case. 

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