The main disadvantage of a pair of wireless AirPods is that they offer limited listening time on a single charge. AirPods play a tone to notify you when the battery level is low. But you can also check the AirPods battery level from a connected iPhone, Apple Watch or Mac.
When your AirPods are empty of juice, you can charge them in the charging kit to charge them. Five minutes in the AirPods Pro charging case gives you another hour of listening time, while fifteen minutes for the standard AirPods network gives you another three hours. But your charging case can also run out of power.
To check the battery level of your AirPods and charging box on a connected device.
How to check AirPods battery on an iPhone or iPad
If you do not use AirPods, the easiest way to see the battery level is to open the charging case near the iPhone or iPad. An alert appears at the bottom of the screen on your device showing the battery level of the AirPods and the charging floor.
If nothing happens, make sure your iPhone or iPad is unlocked and on the home screen next to the AirPods charging case.
Unfortunately, this only works when at least one of your AirPods is the case. When AirPods are separate ̵
If you are wearing both your AirPods, you can check the battery life with the battery widget instead.
To check AirPods battery with the battery widget
Swiping directly from the home screen, lock screen, or notification center on an iPhone or iPad brings you to today’s view. There are a number of widgets available in Today View
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, including a battery widget that lets you check the AirPods battery level.
If you do not have the battery widget, scroll to the bottom and tap Edit. Then press add next to batteries widget and drag it wherever you want in the list.
After adding it, the batteries widget displays the battery level of your iPhone or iPad along with the battery level of the AirPods. You can also see the battery level on your charging kit if the AirPods are charging.
When both AirPods are charging, open the case to see the battery level in the battery widget.
How to check AirPods battery on an Apple Watch
You can use the Apple Watch to check the AirPods battery level from the Control Center. All you have to do is swipe up to open the Apple Watch Control Center, then press Battery icon, which looks like a large percentage.
In the following screen, the Apple Watch will show you the battery levels of the Apple Watch and your connected AirPods. If your AirPods are in an open case, you can also see the battery level of the charging kit from this screen.
To check the AirPods battery on a Mac
AirPods use Bluetooth to pair with a Mac
To turn on Bluetooth on your Mac and pair new devices
, which means you need to open the Bluetooth menu to check the battery level. To do so, click on bluetooth icon in the menu bar, and hold the mouse pointer over AirPods to reveal the battery percentages. If you do not see this icon, you can go to System Preferences> Bluetooth instead.
A Mac always displays individual battery levels for each AirPod. However, you must return at least one AirPod to the case and leave it open to see the battery level on the charging floor as well.
Sometimes the Bluetooth menu takes some time to update the battery readings. To force a refresh, Disconnect your AirPods, da connect them again.
Ask Siri to check the AirPods battery on all devices
No matter which Apple device you use, you can also ask Siri to check the AirPods battery for you. This is especially useful if you are not looking at the device screen, but you can access Siri using AirPods yourself.
On an iPhone or iPad, say “Hey Siri” or press and hold Page button (or Home if iPhone has one). On the “Apple Watch”, use “Hey Siri” or Raise to Speak. And on a Mac, press and hold Cmd + Plass.
Then Siri asks “Check my AirPods battery level” and the personal assistant will read out the battery level for the AirPods. If one or more of your AirPods is in an open case, Siri will tell you the battery level of your charging case as well.
If you use AirPods with an Apple TV, the only way to check the battery level is by asking Siri. Press and hold microphone button on the Siri Remote to do so.
How to check AirPods battery on Android or Windows
AirPods work best with Apple devices, but you can use them with any device by connecting via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, when connecting AirPods to an Android smartphone, you need to use third-party apps to check the battery level. And when you connect to a Windows PC, there is no way to check the battery level.
For Android users, several third-party apps for checking battery levels are available, but the most popular option is AirBattery. This free app shows your AirPods battery level when you open the app. Or you can upgrade to the Pro version to receive a battery alert when you open the AirPods charging case.
download: AirBattery for Android (free, premium version available)
To check the AirPods battery without a paired device
When grabbing your AirPods on the way out of the house, it makes sense to check the battery level before you leave. But without a paired device on hand, you need to use the status light on the charging case to get a rough idea of the battery life instead.
Open the AirPods charging case to illuminate the status light. This light illuminates on the front of the AirPods case (or under the lid of older cases). If AirPods are the case, the light reflects the battery level of AirPods. Conversely, if the charging box is empty, the light reflects the battery level on the case itself.
Green light means that the AirPods are fully charged, or that the charging floor has enough battery to fully charge them. An amber light means that less than a full charge remains. Other colors may indicate a problem with your AirPods
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Of course, if your AirPods are not fully charged, but your charging case appears green, you need to hold the AirPods in the case to charge them.
Learn more AirPods tips and tricks
AirPods and AirPods Pro quickly became some of Apple’s most popular products, and now you know how to keep an eye on your battery. It’s incredibly easy to use them with an iPhone, but they offer a few advanced tricks you may not be aware of.
These allow you to customize the name, find lost AirPods, change the double-tap feature and more. Take a look at the review of all the best AirPods tips
8 Apple AirPods Tips for Maximum Enjoyment
to learn all there is to know about using Apple’s wireless earbuds.
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