Here’s how to check the AirPods Battery level on various devices and circumstances to determine when they need to be changed.
It’s happened before: you’re on a walk and you’re wondering if your AirPods battery will last the next few miles. Is it even worth it to start listening to that Billie Eilish song or listening to that next podcast if you’ll lose power halfway through?
You may feel your battery draining minute by minute, but you have no idea how to monitor its status. If you have to worry about your AirPods battery every time you use them, especially if you’re always on calls, this sensation might turn into aggravation. What a nightmare it would be if your AirPods died in the middle of a crucial business conversation.
Don’t worry, we’re here to assist you. We’ll teach you how to easily check the battery capacity of your AirPods on a variety of devices and in various settings. Plus, learn how to tell if your AirPods battery is healthy or needs to be replaced. Let’s get this party started!
How to Check AirPods Battery
How to Check the AirPods Battery on an iPhone or iPad
If you’re used to seeing the percentage of your laptop or cellphone battery life at a glance, you might be startled to learn that checking AirPods battery life is more complicated.
There are three major ways to figure out what % your AirPods Battery are on, whether you’re using an iPhone or an iPad:
- Using the pop-up function that appears automatically
- Making use of the battery widget
- Making Use of Siri
Using the pop-up function that appears automatically
This solution makes use of the pop-up that appears when you connect your AirPods. This pop-up easily displays the name of the AirPods, as well as the left and right buds’ battery life percentages and the AirPods case.
Unfortunately, until your AirPods are inside the case, this solution will not work.
Here’s how to use it to your advantage:
- Begin by looking for an iPhone or iPad that has been previously paired with the AirPods.
- By clicking the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center until it becomes blue, you can turn on Bluetooth.
- Wait for the pop-up to display near the bottom of your screen after you open the AirPods case (with the AirPods inside) near the Bluetooth-enabled device. You can check the battery state of your AirPods and charging case right here.
Making use of the battery widget
We recommend using the battery widget instead of the automatic pop-up option because it only works while the AirPods are in the case. This eliminates the annoyance of having to have your AirPods charging case nearby just to check the battery level.
This two-minute setup time is well worth it for most customers, as it is the most convenient method. The following instructions will show you how to set up the iOS battery widget:
- Tap and hold an empty portion of your home screen until your app icons begin to shake.
- In the upper-left corner of your screen, tap ‘+.’
- Batteries can be found by scrolling through the available widgets. It should be tapped.
- Swipe right and left to select your favorite widget, then touch ‘+ Add Widget’.
- Drag and drop the widget where you want it, then touch Done.
You’ll be able to return to where you installed the widget in the future to instantly check your battery life percentage. You may use the widget to check the battery life of your AirPods even if you don’t have the case on.
Only asking someone – particularly Siri – would be easier than checking the gadget.
Making Use of Siri
If you’ve been using Apple products for a while, you’re surely aware that you can check your battery status using Siri on your iPhone or iPad. The only drawback to this method is that unless you enable ‘Type to Siri,’ you’ll have to speak to Siri out loud (library patrons beware).
Saying “Hey Siri” is the simplest way to activate Siri. You may also be able to access Siri by pressing and holding the home button, depending on your model. If your model doesn’t have a home button, you can utilize the side or top buttons instead.
Because Siri uses a natural-language user interface, you don’t need to be very detailed in your query to receive the result you want. For example, you can question the helpful assistant “How much battery life do my AirPods have?” or “What is the AirPods’ battery level?” and get a comparable response.
If your AirPods aren’t in the case, for example, while you’re wearing them, you’ll need to ask about the case or the AirPods themselves to receive the information you need.
How to Check the Battery of an AirPod on a Mac
On your Mac, verifying the battery level of your AirPods is as simple as viewing the Bluetooth information. The complete instructions are as follows:
- Connect your Mac to your AirPods. If you’re having trouble connecting your AirPods Battery to your Mac or other devices, check out this fast guide.
- Start by going to the Control Center.
- Bluetooth should be selected. Then, in the drop-down menu, select your AirPods to view the charge percentage for the left and right AirPods, as well as the case.
How to Check the AirPods Battery on Android
It’s not difficult to use AirPods with an Android phone. However, as we’ve previously discussed, using AirPods with Android smartphones isn’t as simple as using them with Apple devices. Native battery life checking is one of the functionalities that isn’t available.
Fortunately, several workaround programs, such as the AirBattery App, will allow you access a variety of battery capabilities on your Android with supported devices, including: AirPods Generation 1 and 2, AirPods Generation 2, AirPods Pro, Powerbeats Pro, BeatsX, Beats3, Beats Solo3, Beats Studio3.
The following are the primary features of the free version:
- Displaying a little pop-up displaying your AirPods’ current battery status.
- While your AirPods are connected to your phone, it will start automatically.
- Filtering off AirPods that are too far away from your phone to only provide stats for the AirPods that are nearest to it.
The app’s score on the Play Store has temporarily been decreased due to a recent rash of negative reviews. Further investigation reveals that the majority of the bad feedback stems from the app’s failure to connect with newer, Gen 3 Airpods, which it never claims to be able to accomplish.
Simply download and start the app from the Google Play Store for Android. Make sure you provide the needed rights and follow the setup instructions in the app.
How to Check the AirPods Battery Without Connecting to Anything
While the methods above can provide a precise evaluation of your AirPods Battery level, viewing the case status light can help you understand your battery’s state.
The light will either be at the front of your AirPods case or in the area between where your AirPods sit within the case, depending on the model.
Here’s how to read the status light on your AirPods:
- If the case and/or AirPods themselves are solid green, they are completely (or nearly fully) charged. For an ordinary listening session, you won’t need to bother about their battery level, and you can stop charging them.
- If you see solid amber/orange, it means your AirPods Battery is charging properly.
- If there’s no light, your AirPods aren’t charged.
If your AirPods are in your case, this only applies. If your AirPods aren’t in your case, the light will instead display the state of your case.
Other status indicators to be cautious of include the dreaded flashing orange lights, which indicate an issue with your AirPods’ state. While battery troubles may be one of these issues, this list is by no means complete. Fortunately, our AirPods flashing orange light guide can assist you!
Some frequently asked questions about checking your AirPods Battery
What Is the Battery Life of AirPods?
The battery life of the first- and second-generation AirPods is usually 5 hours when listening to music and 3 hours when conversing on the phone on a single charge. The AirPods Pro have a battery life of 4.5 hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talking time on a single charge.
It simply takes 15 minutes to charge your AirPods for 3 hours of listening or conversation time. After just 5 minutes of charging in their case, AirPods Pro will give you an extra hour of talking or listening time. If you charge your AirPods or AirPods Pro in the case throughout the day, you can receive up to 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talking time.
How to Check the Battery Life of Your AirPods
Anyone who owns an older laptop or cell phone understands that a full charge can mean quite different things at different stages of a battery’s life cycle. Lithium-ion batteries from Apple are no exception.
Experts claim that lithium-ion batteries begin to lose functionality as soon as they are manufactured. Furthermore, some ions are left in the incorrect chamber while recharging. These ions are permanently removed from the total power supply of your battery.
Apple Care is willing to provide battery service for covered AirPods that have less than 80% of their original capacity, which is good news for consumers. Of course, you’ll need an official battery test from Apple in order to qualify. However, before you go ahead and do that, figure out how long your AirPods’ battery will last.
How to Include a AirPods Battery Widget on the Home Page
The battery widget on your iPhone or iPad may also be used to check the AirPods Battery. Do you have any questions about what we’re talking about? Here’s how to get the battery widget on your phone or tablet. Your device must first be running iOS 7.0 or later. You won’t be able to use this widget if it doesn’t. To add the widget, follow these steps:
- Go to the “Settings” app on your phone.
- “General” should be selected.
- Select “Widget” from the drop-down menu.
- Choose “Battery” from the drop-down menu.
You may monitor the AirPods Battery life of the device you’re using and the charging case by adding this widget to your home screen as long as at least one earbud is in the case. Even if you’re wearing your earbuds, you may use the widget to check their battery life. Apple AirPods are some of the highest-quality headphones available, whether you have the 2nd generation, 3rd generation, Pro, or Max. Knowing how to check the battery life of your AirPods can help you avoid scenarios like dead headphones in the middle of a meeting or in the middle of a flight.
How can I extend the life of my AirPods battery?
There are a few things you can do to extend the life of your AirPods battery:
- After each use, quickly return them to the charging case. When you plug your AirPod case into an outlet, the case is charged, and the AirPods inside are charged as well. When you put your AirPods back into the case, the case’s battery life is used to charge them.
- Keep them out of the sun and away from severe temperatures. Extremely hot or cold weather will quickly deplete the battery life of your AirPods and case. Do not store them in direct sunlight and instead keep them in a cool, dry place.
- Turn off Siri. While Siri can be a useful assistant, having Siri on and listening for directions all the time will drain your battery. Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Turn off to disable Siri. Keep an ear out for “Hey Siri.”
- Unnecessarily opening the case should be avoided. Your AirPods need batteries to detect devices every time you open the case. When you don’t need to, constantly opening and shutting the casing can drain the battery.
- At a time, only use one AirPod. While it may seem unusual at first, using only one earbud at a time while leaving the other in the case allows you to get more use out of your AirPods Battery. This can be useful if you’re on a long call and can’t find a charger.
- When you’re not using your phone, disconnect it. Even if in their case, if your phone is still connected to your AirPods via Bluetooth, the battery life will be drained.
How long does it take to charge AirPods?
When you return AirPods to the case, they can be fully charged in as little as 15 minutes. With a fully charged case, you can charge your AirPods Battery three to four times.
What happens if my AirPods Battery don’t charge?
Check that the cord is properly plugged in if your AirPods aren’t charging. To see if charging is taking place, check the battery status on your phone or another device. A lightning bolt sign should be present to indicate that it is charging. Check to see if your charging ports are dirty if it’s still not charging. If nothing else works, try resetting your AirPods in Settings or taking them to an Apple Store for assistance.
How to Find the Cheapest AirPods
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You can also create a Deal Alert to get notified when new AirPod offers become available. To narrow down the search, customize the alert to include the brand (i.e. Apple) and keywords (i.e. 3rd generation or pro). You should have access to the finest Apple AirPods and other discounts available in no time. Have fun shopping!
Will charging my AirPods too frequently harm my battery?
It is debatable. For charging lithium-ion battery cells, there is a “sweet spot” that ranges from 20 to 40%. That is, once the battery level falls within that range, try to recharge them. You risk damaging the cells if it drops too low. On the other hand, repeatedly charging lithium-ion cells above 80% can shorten battery life, and your AirPods Battery charging case won’t go over that level until right before you start listening to music.
There is a solution to extend the battery life of your AirPods if you aren’t sure when you’ll use them again. After charging the buds to 50%, remove them from the case and store them in a cold, dry area.
How can I extend the life of my AirPods battery?
Make sure you follow the charging best practices outlined above, and avoid wearing your AirPods Battery in high temperatures. If your AirPods are above 40% battery and not in use, it’s also a good idea to keep them out of the charging case. If you’re worried about losing one (or both) of your AirPods Battery, keep them in an empty mints bag or a little drawstring purse.
What can I do if the battery life of my AirPods is draining too quickly?
It depends on the problem, just like it does with charging. Reduce the volume, switch off ANC (for the AirPods Pro), disable smart features and Spatial Audio, and use only one bud at a time for phone conversations to get greater battery life out of your AirPods. You can even switch off the AirPods Battery when you’re not listening to anything if you just want isolation but not playback.
However, all true wireless earbuds, including the AirPods, may experience battery drain over time. It’s just a matter of physics and size, because the tiny cells that can fit into such small areas can’t carry a lot of charge for long. There isn’t much you can do after this happens. Replacing such tiny cells in the glued-together body of the AirPods is likewise extremely difficult, if not impossible. Apple and some third-party providers, on the other hand, offer services to replace the batteries or swap out the buds for a new pair.
Your batteries are completely charged and appear to be in good condition. You’re entirely absorbed in the walk and certain that you’ll complete it without draining your AirPods Battery. If you’re a serial checker, you’ll like having a widget so you don’t have to fumble with the casing every time you want to check your battery life.
It’s a wonderful life!
Is that the case? Perhaps your battery-checking procedure is a disaster! With the methods outlined above, you may still require some assistance. Or maybe you really were an Apple Genius and pushed your way through!
Please share any thoughts, questions, or experiences you have with AirPods Battery in the comments section. We sincerely want to hear about anything – the good and the bad!
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