Even though AirPods are some of the best wireless headphones on the market, like every electronic device, they can develop problems over time, like one of the AirPods not charging.
Imagine sitting down to watch your favourite film and realizing that one of your AirPods has stopped working. Not only have you changed your plans for the day, but you’re probably also about to call Apple or send back the AirPods. In either case, it’s frustrating and could be expensive.
Luckily, you can still deal with this problem at home with our detailed guide. Find out how by reading on!
AirPods charging mechanisms
The case is the main component for the charging mechanism and holds multiple full charges. Once fully loaded, your AirPods get up to five hours of listening time or two hours of talk time on a single charge.
When you run out of battery, charge your AirPods for about 15 minutes, and you get about three hours of listening time or one hour of talk time.
The built-in battery in the AirPods is 93 milliwatts and usually has a long shelf-life.
Yet there’s a possibility that the batteries may be showing signs of wear and tear. Chances are, your charging issue is more likely related to the contact points on the AirPods.
Three key electronic contact points on AirPods
- The USB Cable head that is connected to the power source/port
- The Lightning Connector contact point on the case
- AirPods contact points on the case
When your AirPods stop charging or charge slowly, the chances are that one of these contact points has an issue or you are having a problem with the battery itself.
How do I know if my AirPods are charging correctly?
To see if your AirPods have been charging properly, open it up with the AirPods in and put it close to the iPhone you’ve paired them with. Your iPhone will show you how much power your AirPods but also their case have left. When you see lightning bolts next to the rechargeable batteries icons, you’ll know that your AirPods as well as case are charging. If the battery icon isn’t there, the device isn’t going to charge.
Why Is My Right AirPods Not Charging?
No power on either side of an AirPod or an AirPod Pro? It’s likely a problem with the charging case. As a bit of background, the Apple AirPods have a 93 milliwatt battery. Apple says that a 15-minute charge will still let you listen for up to 3 hours or talk for up to 2 hours. The AirPods can last for up to 24 hours with the charging case.
Since the Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) came out, there have been two versions of the case that charges them. One can be charged wirelessly, while the other can’t. No matter what kind of charging case you have, you can only charge your AirPods or AirPods Pro with one of them.
So, if your right AirPods doesn’t charge, the problem is probably with the case. At the bottom, you’ll find contact points where your AirPods or AirPods Pro’s chrome tips will be connected to a charging plate, which will then conduct electricity and charge your headphones.
Interference between the AirPods and AirPods Pro and indeed the contact points may stop power transmission and hinder a complete charge. Some of the most common reasons are a dirty stem on the AirPods, dust just at the bottom of the case, or even a broken charging case.
Here are a few ways to tell if your right AirPods or AirPods Pro isn’t charging:
Check the iPhone pop-up indicator
Bring the case that your AirPods or AirPods Pro are in to charge close to your iPhone. When you open the lid, a pop-up window should appear on your iPhone and show the correct charging icon for your AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Check the battery widget on your iPhone or iPad
You can check the battery widgets on your iPhone or iPad to see if your left as well as right AirPods or AirPods Pro are charged and how much power they have left.
Check the Bluetooth icon on your Mac’s menu bar
Using a Mac, you may open the Bluetooth icon inside the menu bar and hover the cursor over the AirPods or AirPod Pro in the devices menu to access the Bluetooth settings. It will show you how much the left and right earbuds but instead your charging case are charged.
Check the charging status light indicator on the charging case.
Depending on the model, the AirPods’ status light is in a different place.
Depending on the type of AirPods case you have, the status light may be in one of the following places:
- On the front of the MagSafe Charging Case (for AirPods Pro and AirPods 3rd Gen).
- Regular Charging Case (for AirPods 1st Gen and 2nd Gen):
- Between the spots for your AirPods on the inside of the case.
- Wireless charging case (for both 1st Gen and 2nd Gen AirPods): On the front of the case.
The status light on your AirPods is their way of telling you what’s going on. This tells you how full the battery is in your AirPods or their case.
When you open the lid, if your AirPods are inside, the light will show you how much battery is left on your AirPods. If your AirPods aren’t in your ears, the status light will show you how much power is left in your charging case.
Green means that the AirPods or charging case are either fully charged or have a lot of power left. If the light goes from green to amber or orange, there are only a few hours left, so charge up. The AirPods that can be charged wirelessly also have a status light that is white. This lets you know that your AirPods are ready to connect.
The status light is also a great way to tell a fake pair of AirPods from a real pair. AirPods that really charge wirelessly only have a status light on the front of the case where they charge. If you have the version that doesn’t charge wirelessly, the status light will be between the spots for your AirPods. If your AirPods have a status light anywhere else, it’s probably a fake.
How to Fix One AirPod Not Charging
As was already said, if one of your AirPods or AirPods Pro won’t charge, it’s almost always because of the charging case. So, it makes sense for the solutions to focus on this part.
Here are a few ideas for how to get the other AirPod working and charging again.
Check the charging cable
Check the charging cable you’re using to start charging the AirPods first.
Apple says that you should use the charger for your iPhone or iPad to charge the case.
- Try a new charger for your iPhone or iPad and see if that helps.
- Instead, connect the charging case for your AirPods to your MacBook and see if it charges up to the green status light.
We suggest that you borrow a charger for an iPhone or iPad from a friend and try it out to make sure that the charging cable isn’t broken.
Make sure your AirPods are in the charging case correctly before you close the lid. If they don’t touch the charging points well enough, your AirPods won’t get a charge.
Make sure the battery in the charging case is at least 10% full
Make sure the battery in the charging case is at least 10% full.
You won’t be able to charge your AirPods if your charging case is less than 10% charged.
People seem to forget to charge their cases because their batteries last for a long time. So, just to be safe, give it about 15–20 minutes a day to charge.
Whenever it comes to AirPods, we don’t have to worry about being charged too much. This is because they have Lithium-Ion alcohol batteries that last a long time, as well as the charging case automatically shuts down the flow of electricity when the battery is full.
Follow these steps to check your battery:
Move the case that your AirPods are in closer to your phone.
- Closer the AirPods to your phone
- Open the AirPods Case’s lid.
- The status of your battery should show up on the screen by itself.
Does the charging case light come on?
Once you try to charge your AirPods, this same status light just on charging case should turn on when you first plug it in or put it on the wireless charging pad. If it doesn’t, that’s a good sign that the problem seems to be with the charging case and not the AirPods.
Try charging them overnight
Sometimes — particularly when the earbuds are completely dead, it takes longer to charge them than you expect. In fact, sometimes they won’t start to charge normally for several hours. Leave the AirPods plugged in to charge overnight. Check them again in the morning to see if they are finally fully charged.
Take out and put back in the AirPods
If your right AirPods or AirPods Pro is not touching the charging plate at the bottom of your charging case, it may not charge properly.
This can happen if you didn’t put them in the charging case all the way or in the right way. The stem of your AirPods or AirPods Pro might not fit securely into the charging case if something is in the way.
Your AirPod might work again if you just put it back in.
Accessories for AirPods can also make it hard to charge them right. If an accessory doesn’t fit right, it can stop your AirPod from getting all the way to the charging port.
- Take off any extra parts.
- Put away the AirPod that’s not charging.
- Put it back in and check to see if your phone is charging.
Clean the Airpods tail and charging case
Dirty AirPods are filthy and a major no-no, both in terms of aesthetics and user experience. Not only that, but if you don’t take care of them right away, they could cause ear infections in the future.
But if you don’t clean your AirPods or AirPods Pro regularly, dirt, lint, and grime can quickly build up on the stem and the tail, as well as on the bottom of the charging case.
These are important parts that connect to the charging plate at the bottom of your case. If you don’t keep them clean, they can seriously affect the charging ability.
But let’s not forget that the AirPods have a mesh screen where dirt and grime can build up and make it hard to hear. This can cause more damage.
So, if one of your AirPods won’t charge, you should clean the charging case and the end of the pod. Here is a list of things to get ready before you start:
- Q-tips or cotton swabs
- A toothbrush that is too soft or too old.
- Towels that are dry
- Microfiber cleaning cloth with no lint
It’s important to clean this place right, and here’s how:
Cleaning the outside
- Use a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean the dirty spots on the charging case.
- Use a clean toothpick to remove any dirt that is still on the lines of the case.
- Use a clean paper towel or tissue paper to dry the case.
- Using a paper towel to wipe down the AirPods
Cleaning the inside
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the port for charging the phone.
- Clean the AirPods’ tail with a dry, lint-free cloth.
- Use a periodontal brush to clean the inside contact points. You can also use a straw cleaner if you don’t have a periodontal brush.
Every 72 hours that you use your AirPods, you should clean them. So, if you use your AirPods for about 8 hours a day, you should clean them at least three times a month. Also, keep your ears clean so that you don’t get more dirt on your AirPods..
Reset the Airpods
There is always a chance that your AirPods have a firmware problem when something is wrong with them. This includes problems with the battery and how it charges. By doing a reset, your AirPods will go back to their factory settings and may fix any problems they may have.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to Settings, tap I and then click “Forget This Device.”
- Setting up your iPhone’s Bluetooth for AirPods
- Hold down the pairing button and wait until the status light turns amber to reset your AirPods.
- By pressing the button on the Apple AirPods
- You can reconnect your AirPods to your phone by opening the lid of the case while it’s close to the phone.
Consult Apple Store
Nothing more can be done with DIY methods like the ones shown above. Even after trying everything above and more, there are times when one AirPod still won’t charge. This isn’t yet a sign that you should give up, though.
If nothing else works, it’s best to go to the nearest Apple Store and talk to a “Apple Guy.” They can tell you what to do next and whether or not your AirPods should be fixed or replaced.
We want the second to happen, of course. Who wouldn’t want a brand-new pair of AirPods for almost nothing? So here are some tips you need to know if you want that:
- Free Replacement for Bad Units: AirPods that are less than one year old and can’t last for 5 hours of listening will be replaced for free.
- Warranty for AppleCare+ – For $29, you can get a warranty that covers your AirPods for two years. This means that if the battery stops working within the given time frame, it will be replaced for free.
- “Service for Batteries” – If your AirPods are no longer covered by Apple’s warranty and you tell the employee this term, they will offer you three ways to get a discount on a new pair. They will replace either one of your AirPods or the case that charges them for $49.
Everyone who spends money on high-end products like AirPods or AirPods Pro should be able to listen in peace and happiness. But if one AirPod doesn’t charge right, it can be a big deal.
This guide should have taught you everything you need to know to fix this problem for free. You can now use your AirPods or AirPods Pro the way they were meant to be used—they are sleek, easy to use, always fully charged, and give you a smooth audio experience.
Did our tips help you get both your AirPods and your AirPods Pro to charge again? Or did we miss a better way to do it?
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