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How to Check if Airpods are Charged

Posted by Arch on October 18, 2019
How to Check if Airpods are Charged

Airpods are amazing wireless earphones, but they have their downsides. Unfortunately, these sleek earbuds have limited battery life. This is to be expected, I suppose, as most wireless headphones or earphones have even shorter battery times.

You were probably aware of this fact when you bought your Airpods. And if you’re having trouble determining when your Airpods need charging, or when they’re fully charged, you’re in the right place.

This article will cover the topic in full detail, giving you some valuable tips you probably didn’t know before. Read on to find out more.

Airpods Battery Life

Before we get into details, here are some basic things you should know about your Airpods. You have a total of five hours of listening time on all Airpods. Regular Airpods have two hours of talk time, but the 2nd gen have three hours instead.

With just fifteen minutes of charging, you get almost three hours of listening time or an hour of talk time. This is thanks to the efficiency of the Airpods charging cases.

While using your Airpods, you’ll receive a warning when the battery is getting low, and another warning when they’re about to shut down. These sound queues are great but they’re not the best way of checking your Airpod’s battery life.

Check If Airpods Are Charged on iPhone

There are various ways you can check the battery life of your Airpods, but you’ll most likely use your iPhone to do it. Many people already know this method, but let’s cover it for those who don’t.

You need to place your Airpods inside the charging case and keep it near your iPhone. Soon you’ll be able to see the charging percentage on your iPhone screen. If you take one Airpod out of the charging case, you’ll see the individual charging percentage of the remaining AIrpod.

Alternatively, you can use the Batteries widget on your iPhone (or another iOS device). To access this widget, swipe right on your locked screen, or your home screen when your device is unlocked. If you don’t have the Batteries widget installed, or you’ve deleted it for some reason, you can add it manually.

Swipe right on home screen and scroll all the way down in the widgets tab, and tap on Edit. Then find the Batteries widget and tap on the green plus icon to add it. Confirm the save with Done in the top-right corner of your screen.

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Check If Airpods Are Charged on Apple Watch

Most people don’t know about this, but you can also use your Apple watch to check your Airpods battery life. Your Airpods can be connected directly to your watch, or only to your iPhone, it doesn’t matter.

Access the Control center on the Apple watch. You can press the bottom corner of the screen while browsing an app and drag the Control Center up. Alternatively, you can swipe up on the watch home screen.

On the Control Center screen, select the Apple watch battery option (percentage icon %). You’ll see the individual charging percentages of your individual Airpods as well as the charging case battery life. This method is very handy for those who sport the Apple watch.

It means that you can always check the battery of your Airpods, by simply looking at your wrist.

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Check If Airpods Are Charged on a Mac Computer

Finally, Mac users can also check the Airpods battery life. If you have a Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Airpods charging case lid is open.
  2. Click on the Bluetooth symbol in the top-right corner of the menu bar.
  3. On this menu, move your mouse over the Airpods inside the charging case and you’ll see the Airpods charging progression.

Check If Airpods Charging Case Is Fully Charged

Of course, having a fully charged case is always a good idea. The light at the front of the Airpods case (2nd gen) or inside the case (1st gen) will show you if the Airpods case is charged. The green light means that it’s fully charged, while amber means that it has less than one full charge remaining.

Remember to keep the lid of the case open if you want to see the battery status light.

Battery Full

Now you know every possible way of checking the battery life of your Airpods. By using these neat tricks, you need never run out of battery ever again. Airpods are amazing, but they’re useless without any juice!

There’s nothing worse than going jogging and your Airpods battery running out. Then you have to resort to your wired earbuds if you have them with you. Have you ever been in a situation like this?

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