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How to Check AirPod Battery: Quick and Easy Guide

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How To Check Airpod Battery

AirPods have become a popular accessory for Apple users, providing both audio functionality and convenience. One of the key features that users need to be aware of is the battery life of their AirPods. Checking the battery status for both the AirPods and their charging case can ensure uninterrupted listening sessions and proper device maintenance.

Several methods can be employed to check the battery life of your AirPods and their case. These methods include checking through various Apple devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs. Additionally, non-Apple devices, such as Android phones and Windows PCs, have ways to access this vital information. By understanding and utilizing these methods, you can make the most of your AirPods’ battery life while staying informed of their current status.

Key Takeaways

  • Knowing how to check your AirPods’ battery life is essential for uninterrupted listening experiences.
  • Numerous methods exist for checking the battery level on Apple and non-Apple devices.
  • Understanding the context of the charging case’s status light can provide essential charging information.
📍 Location❗ Problem💡 Solution
iPhone & iPadChecking AirPods BatteryUse Control Center or go through Settings app.
iPhoneKeeping track of AirPods’ battery levelUse the Batteries widget.
Apple WatchChecking AirPods BatteryUse Watch Control Center.
MacChecking AirPods BatteryUse the Menu Bar or go through System Preferences.
Android DevicesChecking AirPods BatteryUse third-party apps like MaterialPods.
Windows PCChecking AirPods BatteryUse inbuilt Bluetooth settings or third-party apps like AirPodsDesktop or MagicPods.

What Do the Lights on the AirPods Case Mean?

AirPods Light Status Guide

  • Green (Solid): 🟢 Your AirPods are fully charged. If the AirPods are in their case, it means the case is fully charged.
  • Amber Orange (Solid): 🟠 Your AirPods are charging. If they’re in the case, this means the case, with the AirPods inside, is not yet fully charged.
  • White (Flashing): ⚪️ Your AirPods are ready to pair with a device. This occurs when you hold down the setup button on the back of the case.
  • Amber (Flashing): 🔸 There’s a pairing error, or the AirPods must be set up with a device again.

Understanding AirPods Battery

I know that AirPods’ battery life is an important aspect (see complete iPods review) to consider when using these wireless earbuds. The battery life of Apple’s AirPods enables users to enjoy hours of music, podcasts, phone calls, and other audio-related activities without any wires or cords getting in the way.

Lights on the airpod case red and green

In order to properly monitor the battery level of my AirPods and their charging case, I can easily see the battery status on my iPhone, iPad, or Mac. To check the AirPods battery level on my iPhone or iPad, I simply open my AirPods case (with the AirPods inside) near the Bluetooth-enabled device and wait for the pop-up to appear near the bottom of my screen. It will show me the battery status of both my AirPods and the charging case.

When using my Apple Watch, I can check the battery level of my AirPods by swiping up from the watch face to access the Control Center, then tapping on the battery percentage. The battery widget on my iPhone can also be a useful tool to monitor my AirPods battery level and charging case.

On a Mac, I can simply hover my mouse pointer over the name of my AirPods in the Bluetooth menu, and the remaining battery life will be displayed. This way, I can easily keep track of the AirPod battery levels during my day-to-day use of these wireless earbuds.

Lastly, it’s important for me to remember that the length of battery life on my AirPods can vary depending on my usage, such as listening to music or making phone calls. In general, the first-generation AirPods have a battery life of up to 5 hours for listening and up to 2 hours for talking. The second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro provide slightly better battery life, offering up to 5 hours of listening and up to 3 hours of talk time.

By keeping track of my AirPods battery levels and knowing the average battery life of these wireless earbuds, I can ensure that my AirPods are always ready to accompany me throughout my daily activities.

Checking AirPods Battery on iPhone and iPad

Use of Control Center

I find it convenient to check my AirPods battery on my iPhone or iPad using the Control Center. On an iPad, or an iPhone X or newer, I swipe down from the top-right edge of the screen to access the Control Center. For iPhones with a home button, such as the iPhone 8 or older, I simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Once I’m in the Control Center, if my AirPods are connected, I tap on the audio device icon, and it displays the current battery life of my AirPods.

Through Settings

Another method I use to check my AirPods battery level on my iPhone or iPad is by going through the Settings. I begin by ensuring that Bluetooth is enabled on my device. Then, I open the Settings app and navigate to the Bluetooth section by tapping “Bluetooth.” Once there, I can see a list of my connected devices, including my AirPods. When my AirPods are connected, I can simply tap on the “i” icon next to their name to view their battery percentage.

By using either the Control Center or the Settings app on my iPhone or iPad, I can quickly and easily check my AirPods battery life so I know when I need to charge them or their case. This way, I am always aware of my AirPods battery status and can continue to enjoy my music and calls without any interruptions.

Using Widgets to Check Battery Level

I find the easiest way to keep track of my AirPods’ battery level is by using the Batteries widget on my iPhone. This helpful widget displays the battery level for my AirPods, their charging case, and other connected devices. Here’s how I set up this widget on my iPhone:

First, I swipe left on my iPhone’s Home screen to access the Today View widgets screen. Then, I scroll to the bottom and tap the “Edit” button. From there, I look for the Batteries widget and tap the Plus (+) button next to it, adding it to my widgets list. I can also use the Handle icon to reorder the Batteries widget on the screen, making it easier for me to access.

Whenever I want to check the battery level of my AirPods, I simply swipe left from my Home screen to view the Today View, and the Batteries widget displays the current battery levels. The widget updates in real-time, so I can always keep track of how much juice my AirPods have left.

In addition to the iPhone, I can also check my AirPods’ battery level on my Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has a similar Batteries widget that can be added to the watch face for easy access. To add this widget to my Apple Watch, I press and hold the watch face and then tap the “Customize” button. I can then swipe left or right to add or remove widgets from the watch face, including the Batteries widget.

No matter which device I use, I find that the Batteries widget is a convenient and simple way to monitor the battery level of my AirPods and other connected devices. By incorporating this widget into my daily routine, I’m always aware of my AirPods’ battery status, and I can make sure they’re charged up and ready to use whenever I need them.

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Checking AirPods Battery on Apple Watch

Use of Watch Control Center

As an Apple Watch user, I find it quite convenient to check my AirPods battery status directly from my Apple Watch. It’s a useful feature when I’m on the go, and checking my iPhone isn’t practical. To do this, I simply use the Watch Control Center by following these steps:

  1. First, I make sure my AirPods are connected to my Apple Watch. I can do this by checking the Bluetooth icon on the watch face.
  2. Next, I swipe up from the bottom of my Apple Watch face to access the Control Center.
  3. In the Control Center, I look for the battery percentage indicator, which shows the current battery status of my Apple Watch.
  4. I tap the battery icon to reveal my AirPods’ charge status. If my AirPods are in my ears, I can see the individual battery levels for each AirPod. If they are in their charging case, I won’t be able to see the case’s battery level.

By following these steps, I can easily keep track of my AirPods’ battery life from my Apple Watch, ensuring that I can continue enjoying my music and podcasts without interruptions. It’s a great way to stay connected and avoid unexpected low-battery situations.

Knowing how to check my AirPods battery on Apple Watch has definitely enhanced my experience as a user of these great devices. I also appreciate the Control Center’s other useful features, making my daily interactions with my Apple Watch smoother and more efficient.

Checking AirPods Battery on Mac

As a Mac user, there are a couple of methods to check the battery levels of your AirPods. In this section, I will discuss two specific methods: through the Menu Bar and from System Preferences.

Through Menu Bar

One simple way to check the battery status of your AirPods on your Mac computer is through the Menu Bar. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your AirPods are connected to your Mac via Bluetooth.
  2. Locate the Bluetooth icon on the Menu Bar on the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Click on the Bluetooth icon and find your AirPods in the list of connected devices.
  4. Hover your mouse over the AirPods in the list, and you should see a tooltip showing the remaining battery life.

This method provides a quick and convenient way to check the battery life of your AirPods while using your Mac.

From System Preferences

Another way to check your AirPods battery on a Mac is through the System Preferences. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left corner and choosing System Preferences from the dropdown menu.
  2. Click on the Bluetooth icon to open the Bluetooth settings.
  3. Make sure your AirPods are connected to your Mac via Bluetooth.
  4. In the list of connected Bluetooth devices, find your AirPods and click on the “options…” button next to them.
  5. A window will pop up showing the battery levels of your AirPods and the charging case.

By using the System Preferences, you can obtain more detailed information about your AirPods, such as battery levels for both the AirPods and the charging case.

While checking the AirPods battery on a Mac might not be as straightforward as on an iPhone, these two methods still provide a clear and efficient way to stay informed about your AirPods’ battery life as you use them with your macOS devices.

Checking AirPods Battery on Android Devices

Use of Third-Party Apps

I have learned that checking the battery level of AirPods on Android devices might require the use of third-party apps. Unlike iOS devices, Android phones lack native support for displaying the battery levels of AirPods. Thankfully, there are several third-party apps available on the Play Store which offer this functionality.

One such app that I’ve found useful for checking AirPods battery on Android phones is MaterialPods. To get started, I installed the app by searching for “MaterialPods” on the Play Store, and then downloading and installing it on my Android device. Here is the step-by-step process I followed:

  1. Download and install MaterialPods: Search for “MaterialPods” on the Play Store and install it on the device.
  2. Enable required permissions: Before using the app, I made sure to grant the necessary permissions like location and Bluetooth access to ensure it works properly.
  3. Pair the AirPods with Android: I connected my AirPods to the Android device by opening their charging case and enabling Bluetooth pairing mode (by pressing the button on the back of the case). Then, I went to the Bluetooth settings on my phone and selected my AirPods from the list of available devices.
  4. Check the battery levels: With the MaterialPods app activated and my AirPods connected, I could easily see their battery levels directly from the notification panel, where a persistent notification displayed their current charge.

I found it helpful that the app also provides a battery indicator for both the left and right AirPods, as well as the charging case. Additionally, the app offers customization options, which allow me to tweak the appearance of the battery notification to my liking.

In conclusion, by using third-party apps like MaterialPods, I can effortlessly check my AirPods’ battery level on Android devices. Although it’s not as seamless as the experience on an iPhone, it provides a helpful and effective solution for non-Apple device users like me.

Checking AirPods Battery on Windows PC

I’ve found that checking the AirPods battery on a Windows PC is quite straightforward. To do this, I first ensure my AirPods are connected to my Windows PC via Bluetooth. Once connected, I can check the battery level in a few simple steps.

In Windows 10, I press the Win + A keys or click the button with the network, battery, and volume indicator in the notification area. After that, I click on the arrow-right button next to Bluetooth to see if my computer can detect the AirPods battery level.

For Windows 11 users, battery information can be found by opening the Settings app. I press Windows+i on my keyboard, or right-click the Start button and select “Settings” from the menu that pops up. In Settings, I click “Bluetooth & Devices” in the sidebar. In the Bluetooth & Devices settings, I look just under the header, where I will see one or several boxes representing connected devices as explained in this guide.

If the battery level is not visible, there are third-party applications available to help me monitor my AirPods battery level. Two notable options are AirPodsDesktop and MagicPods. These apps provide the battery status of my AirPods when connected to my Windows PC. Additionally, Bluetooth Battery Monitor is another application that can be used at a cost of $7.99.

By following these steps, I can confidently check my AirPods battery level while using a Windows PC.

Understanding the Charging Case Status Light

Green Light Indication

When I place my AirPods in the charging case, I can easily check their charging status through the small LED indicator on the case. If the light turns green, it means my AirPods are fully charged and ready for use. When using the wireless charging case, the status light is on the front of the case, while on a regular charging case, it’s located inside, between the AirPods compartments.

Amber Light Indication

On the other hand, if the light shows an amber color, it indicates that less than one full charge remains for my AirPods. In this case, I typically plug in the USB charger or place my wireless charging case onto a wireless charging pad to ensure my AirPods will be fully charged for my next use. It’s important to keep an eye on this amber light, as it serves as a reminder that my AirPods will need to be charged soon.

Why are my AirPods flashing orange while charging

Using the charging case status light allows me to keep track of my AirPods’ battery level effortlessly. By understanding the light’s indications, I can ensure my AirPods are always ready for use, whether I am going for a run or simply working at my desk.

AirPods Pro and AirPods 3rd Generation Battery Features

ANC Effect on Battery

As a user of AirPods Pro, I can confidently say that the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature is great at blocking out surrounding noises. However, it’s essential to be aware that using ANC can affect the battery life of your AirPods Pro. Although the battery life is still impressive, using ANC continuously may result in slightly reduced listening time compared to when it’s turned off.

Talk Time and Spatial Audio

When it comes to talk time, both AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) show remarkable performance. In my experience, I usually get around 3.5 to 4 hours of talk time on a single charge. It’s worth noting that, like ANC, using Spatial Audio may also impact the battery life. Spatial Audio is an immersive feature that provides a surround sound experience, making it feel like the audio is coming from all around you. Even though it significantly enhances your listening experience, it can consume more battery power, leading to shorter listening times.

In conclusion, both AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) offer an incredible set of features that can influence battery life depending on usage. It’s essential to keep in mind that while using features like ANC or Spatial Audio may improve the listening experience, they can also affect the overall battery performance.

Charge Your AirPods

I always make sure that my AirPods are sufficiently charged before I head out with them. Charging AirPods is simple and can be done in a few different ways. Firstly, you can charge your AirPods by placing them inside the charging case, which itself can be charged either wirelessly or with the provided Lightning cable.

To charge your AirPods wirelessly, you need a wireless charging case, which is sold separately or comes with the AirPods Pro and AirPods (2nd generation). Place the wireless charging case with AirPods inside on any Qi-compatible wireless charging pad, and the charging process will begin. You can check the AirPods battery life through your connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while they’re charging.

Alternatively, you can use the Lightning cable that came with your AirPods. Connect the Lightning cable to the charging case’s Lightning port, and then attach the other end of the cable to a USB power adapter or a USB port on a computer. Wait for a while until your AirPods and the charging case are fully charged before removing them from the charging source.

In order to check how much battery your AirPods have left, you can use various methods such as asking Siri, the “Batteries” widget on your iPhone, or simply opening the charging case near your iPhone. By keeping track of your AirPods’ battery life, you’ll always be prepared for calls and listening sessions without any interruptions.

Size Impact on Battery Life

As an AirPod user, I’ve noticed that the physical size of the AirPods plays a role in their battery life. Smaller devices have less space for batteries, which often results in a trade-off between size and battery capacity. With my AirPods, I’ve observed that while they are compact and comfortable, their smaller size might contribute to reduced battery life compared to larger over-ear headphones.

In my experience, different AirPod models might also have slightly different battery lives due to size differences. For example, between AirPods and AirPods Pro, the latter is slightly larger and might therefore house a slightly larger battery. This could potentially result in longer battery life for the AirPods Pro compared to their standard counterparts.

Whether you value compactness or battery life more can be a personal choice. In my opinion, it’s crucial to maintain a balance between the two, ensuring that the AirPods provide a long-lasting, high-quality listening experience without becoming too bulky.

To check your AirPods’ battery life, you can simply open the charging case near your iPhone or iPad when it’s unlocked. A connection panel will appear, displaying the battery life of your AirPods as well as the charging case. Remember, while the size of the AirPods might impact battery life, it’s essential to charge them regularly and take proper care of the device to ensure its longevity.

AirPods Battery and Listening Time

As someone who uses AirPods frequently, I find it essential to keep tabs on their battery life. With the proper maintenance, the battery life of my AirPods can last for up to 5 hours of listening time or up to 3 hours of talk time on a single charge. Additionally, the charging case provides multiple charges, allowing me to enjoy up to 24 hours of listening or 18 hours of talk time.

To ensure I always know how much battery my AirPods have left, I use several methods. The easiest way is by checking on my iPhone or iPad. I simply place my AirPods in the case and hold it close to my device, then open the case. The battery status will appear on the screen, showing the charge level for both the AirPods and the charging case. If I want to add a battery widget to my iPhone home screen, I tap and hold the screen, press the ‘+’ button, and select the Batteries widget.

For those who like using Mac, checking AirPods battery life is a breeze as well. I just make sure my AirPods are paired with my Mac, then click on the Bluetooth menu on the top right corner of the screen to see the current battery statuses.

When it comes to optimizing my listening time, I also make a point to keep my AirPods covered in their charging case when not in use, as this helps maintain their battery life. Moreover, avoiding exposure to too much heat or cold can ensure that my AirPod battery lasts longer.

Knowing how to check and take care of my AirPods’ battery life has definitely helped me enjoy uninterrupted audio experiences. By keeping track of their charge levels and utilizing best practices, I can optimize their performance and make the most of my listening time.

Checking AirPods Battery on Apple TV

I find it quite convenient to use my AirPods while watching my favorite shows on Apple TV. But being aware of the remaining battery life is essential, so here’s a simple way to check my AirPods battery on Apple TV.

First, I ensure my AirPods are connected to the Apple TV. If not, I navigate to the Apple TV’s Settings, then select ‘Remotes and Devices’, followed by ‘Bluetooth’. From there, I choose my AirPods from the list of devices and connect them.

Once my AirPods are connected, checking the battery becomes easy. All I have to do is long-press the Home button on my Apple TV remote. The button looks like a TV, and upon pressing it, a sidebar menu appears on the screen.

From this menu, I simply select the AirPods icon, and the remaining battery life for both the left and right AirPods is displayed. This way, I can keep track of my AirPods battery life without needing any additional devices.

Knowing the battery percentage of my AirPods while using them with my Apple TV ensures an uninterrupted and enjoyable listening experience. By following these steps, I can easily keep track of my AirPods’ battery life and plug them in for a quick charge when needed.

Understanding the Battery Percentage

As an AirPods user, it’s essential to keep track of the battery percentage to ensure you always have enough power for your listening needs. Knowing how much battery life is remaining is easy and can be done in several ways.

One method I usually opt for is to check the battery percentage through the Batteries widget on my iPhone. If you don’t have it already, you can enable it by going to the widgets section on your iPhone, clicking “Edit,” and adding the “Batteries” widget. This way, I can see the battery life of both the AirPods and the charging case, as long as at least one earbud is in the case.

Another simple method I use to check the battery percentage is by opening the AirPods case close to my iPhone or iPad. A pop-up will appear on the screen, displaying the battery percentage for each earbud and the charging case. This method only works when the AirPods are inside the case, but it’s a quick and efficient way to check the battery status.

Sometimes, when I don’t have my iPhone nearby, I rely on Siri to help me. By asking, “Hey Siri, what’s the battery life of my AirPods?” I can get a response regarding the current battery percentage. This comes in handy when I need to know the remaining battery life while using the AirPods.

In summary, checking the AirPods’ battery percentage is a simple process that can be done through various methods. Knowing the battery status ensures that I am always prepared for my listening needs and can recharge my AirPods and the case when necessary.

See also: Airpod case not charging.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the battery life expectations for AirPods and AirPods Pro?

AirPods and AirPods Pro have different battery life expectations. For the regular AirPods, you can expect up to 5 hours of listening time and up to 3 hours of talk time on a single charge. For the AirPods Pro, you can expect up to 4.5 hours of listening time and up to 3.5 hours of talk time per charge. In both cases, the charging case provides additional charges, extending the total battery life to more than 24 hours of listening time or 18 hours of talk time.

How can I determine if my AirPods are charging?

To know if your AirPods are charging, you can check the status light on the charging case. For the MagSafe Charging Case and the Wireless Charging Case, the status light is on the front. For the Lightning Charging Case (for 1st and 2nd generation AirPods), the status light is between the spaces for your AirPods. The light should be orange while charging and turn green when fully charged. (source: Apple Support)

What is the charging time for AirPods from 0 to 100?

It typically takes around 1.5 hours to charge AirPods from 0 to 100%. If you need a quick boost before heading out, just 15 minutes in the charging case can provide up to 3 hours of listening time or up to 2 hours of talk time.

How do I charge my AirPods using their case?

To charge your AirPods using the case, simply place them into their respective slots in the case with the charging contacts facing down. Close the lid of the case and ensure the status light turns on, indicating the charging process has begun. If you have a wireless charging case, you can place it on a Qi-compatible charging mat. For cases with a Lightning connector, connect a Lightning cable to the case’s charging port and plug it into a power source.

Why am I unable to view my AirPods battery status?

If you’re unable to view your AirPods battery status, ensure that your AirPods are connected to your device via Bluetooth. To double-check, access the Bluetooth menu in your device’s settings and see if your AirPods are listed as connected. If they still don’t show their battery status, try unpairing and reconnecting them to your device. Additionally, ensure that they are properly seated in the charging case when checking battery status, as slight misalignments can cause connectivity issues.

What alternatives are there for checking AirPod battery without a widget?

There are some alternatives for checking AirPod battery without using a widget. On an iPhone or iPad, you can ask Siri about the battery life of your AirPods. Just press and hold the side or power button to invoke Siri, and ask something like, “How much battery is left on my AirPods?” Siri will then inform you of their current battery life.

Another option is to check the battery status on a Mac. Click the Control Center icon in the top right of the Menu Bar and then click on the Bluetooth icon. Hover your mouse pointer over the name of your AirPods, and their remaining battery life will appear.

Rose Evans

Helping podcasters grow their podcast has been my passion for the past 6 years, being part of the Wired Clip team means I can do this on a much larger scale.

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