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Are the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and Buds 2 Pro waterproof?

Samsung's Galaxy Buds are very good, but some buds are more durable than others.
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Published onDecember 27, 2023

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Buds 2 water resistance cases
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds are popular thanks to their superior sound quality and noise canceling. Each set of earbuds is relatively durable, too. But are the Galaxy Buds 2 and Buds 2 Pro waterproof? Let’s find out.

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have an IPX2 rating. This means they can resist water drips under certain conditions. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have an IPX7 rating, meaning they can endure 30 minutes of submersion at depths of one meter or less.


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Are Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Buds 2 waterproof?

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro water resistant
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have an IPX7 rating, meaning they can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes. However, the Buds 2 Pro can’t fall deeper than one meter into the water. Proving less durable, the Galaxy Buds 2 have an IPX2 water-resistant rating. To receive this rating, the earbuds proved they could survive water drips at 3mm per minute at a max tilt of 15 degrees away from the drips.

With all that in mind, you should know that no electronic device is fully waterproof. Exposing electronics to water for an extended period will destroy them, even with a “waterproof” moniker. Water-resistant electronics rely on densely packed components. They stick together with glue and rely on gaskets and seals to protect them. This is a big reason why earbuds and phones are difficult to repair and often much simpler to replace.

Your Galaxy Buds' water resistance will decrease as you use the buds.

Not-so-fun fact: water resistance degrades over time. The glues, seals, and gasket materials aren’t everlasting. Dropping your earbuds or exposing them to extreme temperatures can compromise water resistance.

As with all electronics, we don’t recommend mixing them with water for fun. These ratings are more of a guideline than a guarantee.

Can you wear Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and 2 Pro in the rain?

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Buds 2 water resistance 1
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You can wear your Galaxy Buds 2 in the rain if it’s misting outside. Anything more than that, and we recommend putting your buds into the case and storing them in a bag. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are more durable, so they can likely withstand a downpour. Again, we don’t recommend this since your earbuds’ water resistance declines with time.

Can you swim with the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and 2 Pro

If you swim with the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, you can be sure the earbuds will break. Even at their newest, these buds are not built to endure an underwater adventure. Technically, you can skate by swimming with the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro if you stay near the surface (above one meter) and keep your session under 30 minutes. That said, we advise against swimming with your Galaxy Buds 2 Pro despite their IPX7 rating.

None of the Galaxy Buds are purpose-built for swimming.

Even if you were to hop in the pool with your Galaxy Buds 2 Pro while streaming from your phone, you’d experience plenty of audio skips and dropouts. Bluetooth audio transmission is not designed for underwater use. You can buy a pair of swimming earbuds like the Shokz OpenSwim. These work well underwater because they transmit audio with bone conduction technology and don’t rely on Bluetooth, playing music from the buds’ onboard storage instead.

Can you shower with the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and 2 Pro?

Like swimming with the Galaxy Buds 2, showering with them is a surefire way to break them. You might get away with using the IPX7-rated Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in the shower, but you’d be testing your luck. Showerheads can propel high-pressure water sprays that might break your Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Even with weak water pressure, repeatedly showering with your buds can still damage them.

If you want to ensure your earbuds last, please don’t shower with them. Listeners who need music in the shower are better off investing in a shower speaker.

Are Galaxy Buds 2 and 2 Pro sweatproof?

A woman wears the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 noise cancelling true wireless earbuds.
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and Buds 2 Pro are both sweatproof to a degree. If you’re sweating buckets from a run on a blistering hot day, you may not want to take the Galaxy Buds 2 out. However, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro should endure all the sweat you throw at them.


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The Galaxy Buds 2 wear an IPX2 water-resistant rating. This should protect the earbuds from mist but is not robust enough to protect against a heavy downpour. It may be best to stow your Galaxy Buds 2 away when rainfall gets heavier.

We would strongly discourage using the Galaxy Buds 2 in the shower. Their IPX2 water-resistant rating protects from 3mm water drips per minute at a 15-degree tilt. Even if you were to use the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in the shower, which wear an IP68-resistant rating, the strong water pressure from the shower head would likely break them.

The Pro Buds V2 wear an IPX4 water-resistant rating. While this should protect the earbuds from sweaty workouts, they are not waterproof. To that end, it is worth mentioning that no electronic device is fully waterproof, given glue and seals degrade over time.

Like the Galaxy Buds 2, the Galaxy Buds Live have an IPX2 rating. The bean-shaped buds are not waterproof, but they can resist sweat and some dripping water.

The Galaxy Buds Pro can withstand submersion for 30 minutes as long as they don’t go deeper than one meter. These earbuds share the same IPX7 rating as the Buds 2 Pro, and like all electronics, there’s a limit to the Buds Pro’s waterproofing.

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