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How to Check AirPod Battery Life

How to Check AirPod Battery Life

How to Check AirPod Battery Life

Even though it might seem simple, failing to check the battery level on your AirPods could mean the difference between an ambient, relaxing train ride home and a distracted, noisy ride.  No matter what Apple device you use, it is simple to learn how to check AirPod battery life available on your device.

If you own AirPods, you probably have an iPhone or iPad. It’s simple to check the AirPods battery because Apple optimizes all of its accessories for its products. Place the earbuds inside the open charging case. After a brief delay, a status card will appear on your screen. Each earbud’s and the case’s battery life will be displayed.

Even when using AirPods, you can check the battery level on your iPad or iPhone. We have a guide for you if you are experiencing problems, but both steps require that everything is properly synchronized. The Widgets screen will display the battery status and the earphones in the Batteries display.

How to Test Your AirPods Battery on an iPhone or iPad

In order to test your AirPods battery, simply follow the steps below after you have properly linked your  AirPods with your iPhone or iPad.

  • Open the AirPod case
  • Ensure your iPhone or iPad has Bluetooth turned on via the Settings menu or through the Control Center.
  • Set the AirPods Case and iPhone/iPad on top of each other and open the AirPod case.
  • You’ll see a pop-up at the bottom of your screen. The AirPods battery life of the case and the AirPods will be shown near the bottom of the screen.

How to Check AirPod Battery Life on a Mac

Using a Mac to check your AirPods’ battery status is an easy process. It is not important whether your earbuds have been fully charged but they need to have a modicum of battery life remaining. The rest of the steps are simple:

  • Take the AirPods out from the charging case by opening the lid
  • Click the Control Center icon at the top of the Menu Bar. It appears like there are two sliders moving in opposite directions
  • Click on the Bluetooth icon from the Control Center menu
  • The remaining AirPods battery life can be viewed by hovering your mouse pointer over your AirPods’ name

How to Check AirPod Battery Life Without Using a Paired Device

You may still check the status of your AirPods and case even if you don’t have an external device. The status light will show the battery level if the earphones are within the casing. Depending on your model, you can find it between the buds or outside the casing. When the battery is fully charged, it will turn amber. Green denotes a complete charge. The light shows if the case is charging or if the earbuds are not docked in the case.

Check AirPod Battery Life Using the Battery Widget

You can view your AirPods’ battery status while wearing them by using the widget on your widget page.

  1. Swipe to the right on your iPhone/iPad’s initial Home page to access your widgets
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and tap Edit.
  3. Next, tap the plus icon in the upper-left corner.
  4. Tap Batteries at the bottom of the widgets listing.
  5. Next, choose the size you would like the widget to be.
  6. After placing your widget, tap Done in top-right corner.

Charging Your AirPods

To charge your AirPods, simply place them in their case. To be able to charge your AirPods while on the road, you will have several full charges for your AirPods from your case. Even when you aren’t using your AirPods, keep them charged by keeping them in the case.

How to Charge Your AirPods with a Charging Pad

With a Qi-certified charging pad, you can charge your MagSafe Charging Case and Wireless Charging Case. Place your charger upside down and the lid closed. During the initial eight seconds, you should see the status light displaying the current charge level. Once the light turns white, you will be ready to pair your device to the charging mat.

You can tap your AirPods Pro and AirPods 3rd generation cases when on the charging mat to check if your AirPods Pro and AirPods 3rd generation are charging (amber LED light) or fully charged (green LED light).

The light will indicate the status of your AirPods’ charge status if they are in their case with the lid open. The light indicates the state of your case if your AirPods have been removed from your case. Amber indicates that your case is fully charged. Green signifies full, while amber indicates less than one charge remaining.

How to Charge Your AirPods with a Lightening Cable

In addition to charging your AirPods wirelessly, you can also used a wired connection to charge them up.  You can charge your device via wired connection by plugging the Lightning cable with your AirPods into your Lightning connector.

A USB-C or USB to Lightning Cable are both options depending on the make and model you are trying to charge. Plug the other end of the wire into a USB port or charger.  FYI, the fastest charging time is achieved when your iPhone or iPad USB charger plugs into your Mac.

Learn More About AirPods Battery Life

You will see a notification on your iPhone or iPad when your AirPods’ battery is low. Notifications are sent when there is less than 20 percent of the battery charge, 10, or 5 percent.

When the battery charge drops, you will hear a tone from one or both AirPods. The tone is heard when the battery charge drops to 10 percent before the AirPods shut off.

AirPods repair and service are available if you suspect your battery is in trouble.

What Can You Expect from AirPods (3rd Generation)?

You may receive up to 20 hours of talking time and 30 hours of listening time for multiple charges on a charge with your second gen AirPods.  The 3rd gen AirPods can provide around 6 hours of listening time and approximately five hours of listening with spatial audio enabled; meanwhile, you can expect four hours of talk time on a single charge.

What Can You Expect From AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro devices can generate around 24 hours of listening time and over 18 hours of talk time via multiple charges. However, AirPods Pro can allow you around five hours of listening time and nearly four hours of talk time on one charge.  For rapid, quick usage you can charge your AirPods Pro device for 5-10 minutes in the case to enable you to talk or listen for around an hour.

What to Expect From AirPods (2nd Generation)

You can expect multiple charges of the second gen AirPods to result in over twenty-four hours of listening time and approximately fifteen hours of talking. The second gen AirPod devices can provide up to 5 hours of audio and 3 hours of talk on a single charge.

How to Get Optimized Battery Charging for AirPods Pro or AirPods 3rd Generation

It is great to learn that all users receive an optimized battery charging experience by default when you set up your Apple devices using iOS 15 or newer.   The leading-edge Apply software is designed to learn your usage behaviors, decrease battery wear, and ultimately help extend the life of your battery.  The software engineers at Apple recently performed a series of tests to help us understand how to optimize battery life usage and we have summarized the findings below.

  • Based on a fully charged set of new AirPods, the usage, environment, phone calls, device settings, ANC, and volume all affected battery life in incrementally different ways.

To optimize the battery life on your AirPods, it is recommended to take advantage of the following tips:

  1. Charging: Fully charge the battery before usage
  2. Managing Volume: The higher the volume the more battery is used so moderate your volume as needed
  3. Noise Canceling: Think about specific windows of time when ANC is needed to minimize the additional battery usage of this feature
  4. Mitigate Moisture: If you are in an extremely wet or humid environment, take the time to dry your AirPods overnight and let them rest a day between use.

How to See AirPods Battery Life?

To see the battery life on your AirPods, simply place your AirPods in the case and close the lid on the case.  The next step to determine the battery life status of your AirPods is to place your iPhone or iPad near the AirPod charging case and the battery widget on your iPhone or iPad will provide you the current battery level of your AirPods.

AirPods Battery Life

Depending on your AirPod model, you can get several hours of usage from a single charge and even more robust performance from multiple charges.  Expect around five hours of listening time and approximately three hours of talk time from a single charge.  Expect your AirPods be fully charged in under two hours if you use a corded charging device via a wall outlet and closer to an hour if you use a cord connected to a Mac.

AirPods Pro Battery Life Check

A quick way to check the battery life of your AirPod Pro devices is to start at the top of the Menu Bar, click Control Center symbol, then select the Bluetooth icon. You can see the battery life displayed on your phone without prompting and when you mouse-over your AirPods when on a desktop computer.

Battery Life AirPods Pro

Your AirPods Pro devices can provide around five hours of listening and nearly four hours of talk time on a singular charge.  For intermittent usage, expect approximately an hour of usage from your AirPod Pro devices on around ten minutes of charge time in the case.

With multiple charges, your AirPods Pro can yield twenty-four hours of battery life. Given the extra batteries needed for active noise cancellation, most users get 5 hours of battery life on a single charge with ANC activated.

FAQ: How to Check AirPod Battery Life

How Long Should the Battery on the AirPods Last on a Single Charge?

According to the Apple users guide, a pair of third gen AirPods can allow you around four hours of talk time and six hours with Spatial Audio activated. For a pair of second generation AirPods, you can garner around 5 hours of listening time and three hours of talk time.  Our tests also support this assertion when using four different pair of 3rd generation AirPod devices and three different pair of second gen AirPods.

If I Charge my AirPods Too Frequently will it Affect my Battery?

If you charge your AirPods too frequently, it can affect your battery in specific cases. Users should know that the ideal charging rate for lithium-ion batteries is between 20 and 40 percent. This indicates that once the batteries are within this range, you should recharge them. If it falls below that point, you might harm the cells within the battery. The lifespan on a set of Lithium-ion batteries can be shortened if they are charged more than eighty percent.

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