Nothing is more frustrating than your Apple AirPods dying at the worst time — when you are working out, on an important phone call, during the most dramatic chapter of your audiobook or in the middle of your favorite podcast. Chances are, no matter how diligent you are at keeping your AirPods charged, you’ve experienced this unfortunate fate once or twice.
You might be wondering, how long do AirPod batteries last? And, how do you know when your AirPod batteries are low, anyway? Here’s how to check your AirPod battery life no matter what situation you’re in.
How long do AirPod batteries typically last?
First and foremost, let’s discuss how long new AirPod batteries should last. Starting from a full charge, Apple AirPods typically last about six hours when using them at full volume. At half volume, they should last up to 12 hours.
To conserve your AirPod’s battery life, make sure to return them to the charging case immediately after use. When you plug your AirPod case into an outlet, you are charging the case, which, in turn, charges the AirPods placed inside. Each time you return your AirPods back into the case, you are charging it using the case’s battery life. The case can hold several full AirPod charges. Once the case’s battery is drained, you’ll need to recharge the case before using it to charge your AirPod.
How to Check AirPod Battery Life
Now that you know how charging your device works, here’s how you can see your AirPod battery life using different devices.
It’s important to note that the AirPods themselves do not show battery life because they simply do not have a built-in battery indicator display. In order to know how much battery life is left, you need to plug them into the charger.
1. On your iPhone or iPad
With your AirPods inside, open the lid of your case and hold it near your iPhone or iPad. Within a few seconds, a window should pop up on your iPhone or iPad giving you the exact percentage of battery life on both your AirPods and charging case. Yes, it really is that easy.
Note: If you’re not seeing the pop-up window, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone.
Also, when the battery on your AirPods is running low — at 20%, 10% and 5% battery life, you should receive a pop-up notification on your iPhone or iPad warning you of the battery status.
2. On your Mac
When checking your AirPod battery life on a Mac, you can open the lid of the charging case or remove your AirPods from the case.
Next, click the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your screen — located in the menu bar. Either hover over or click your AirPods to view the battery life of both the right and left earbud.
3. Without using a paired device
There’s no real way to check the exact status of your AirPods’ battery life without a paired device. However, each earbud should sound a tone once when the battery is at 10 percent, and a second time before it completely shuts off.
4. Using the case
Although you can’t tell the exact percentage of battery life using only your AirPod charging case, you can get an idea of whether the battery is full, near full, low, or near dead.
Depending on what type of case you have for your AirPods, the status light will either be found on the front or inside between where the earbuds sit. This light provides the status of either the case or the AirPods depending on if the earbuds are in the case or not. If the earbuds are not in the case, this light indicates the battery life of the case. If the earbuds are in the case, this light indicates the battery life of the earbuds.
If the earbuds are in their case and the light is green, it means they are fully charged. If the light is red, it means they need to stay in the case and require charging.
If the earbuds are not in the case and the light is green, it means the case is fully charged. If the light is red, only one full charge remains in the case before it, too, needs to be charged.
Tip: Add the Battery Widget and Move it to the Home Page
You can also check your AirPods’ battery life on your iPhone or iPad using the battery widget. Not sure what we’re talking about? Here’s how to install the battery widget on your device.
First, your device must run on iOS 7.0 or later. If it doesn’t, you won’t have access to this widget.
To add the widget:
- Go to your “Settings” app
- Click “General”
- Click “Widget”
- Select “Battery”
Adding this widget to your home screen will allow you to check the battery life of the device you’re using and the charging case as long as at least one earbud is in the case. You can also see the battery life of each earbud using the widget even if you’re wearing them.
Whether you have the 2nd generation, 3rd generation, Pro, or Max, Apple AirPods are some of the best quality headphones on the market. Knowing the different ways to check your AirPod battery life can help you avoid unfortunate situations like dead headphones mid-meeting or mid-flight.
How to Find the Best AirPod Deals
Looking to upgrade to AirPod Pro or Max for the additional features? Or maybe you’re looking to impress your loved one this holiday season instead. Here’s how to find the best AirPod discounts and some Apple AirPod deals you don’t want to miss.
You can also set up a Deal Alert to notify you when new AirPod deals hit the market. Customize the alert to include the brand (i.e. Apple) and keywords (i.e. 3rd generation or pro) in order to specify the search. Within no time, you should have access to the best deals available on Apple AirPods and more. Happy shopping!