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Charge AirPods and get battery life information

Here you can find out how to charge your AirPods and the associated charging case, as well as information about the battery life of the AirPods.

Put your AirPods in the charging case to charge them. With the charging case, the AirPods can be fully charged several times when you are on the go. When you are not using the AirPods, put them in the charging case so that the AirPods battery is always charged.

You can charge your wireless charging case with a Qi-certified charging mat. Make sure that you place the charging case on the charger so that the status indicator is facing up and the lid is closed. The status display should show the current charge level for 8 seconds. If you have AirPods Pro, you can tap the charging case when it's on the charging mat to see if your AirPods Pro are charging (yellow light) or fully charged (green light).

To charge the charging case with a wired connection, connect the Lightning cable from the scope of delivery of the AirPods to the Lightning connector of the charging case. You can use a USB-C to Lightning cable or a USB to Lightning cable. Then connect the other end of the cable to a USB charger or port. You can charge the charging case with the AirPods in or without them. The fastest way to charge is to use an iPhone or iPad USB charger, or by connecting it to your Mac.

To view the full charge status and charge level, see the Checking Charge Status section.

Battery life information

When the battery of your AirPods is almost empty, a message will appear on the display of your iPhone or iPad. The message appears when the battery charge is 20, 10 and 5 percent.

You will also hear a signal in one or both AirPods when the battery is low. You'll hear the alert once when the battery is 10 percent and a second time just before the AirPods turn off.

Here's what you can expect from AirPods Pro:

  • With several charges in the charging case, you get more than 24 hours of listening time1 or more than 18 hours of talk time.2
  • A single charge provides up to 4.5 hours of listening time on your AirPods Pro3 or up to 3.5 hours of talk time.4
  • If you charge AirPods Pro for 5 minutes in the charging case, you will get about 1 hour of listening time5 or about 1 hour of talk time.6

Here's what you can expect from AirPods (2nd generation):

  • With several charges in the charging case, you get over 24 hours of listening time7 or up to 18 hours of talk time.8
  • A single charge provides up to 5 hours of listening time on your AirPods9 or up to 3 hours of talk time.10
  • If you charge AirPods for 15 minutes in the charging case, you can get up to 3 hours of listening time11 or up to 2 hours of talk time.12

If you think there is a problem with your battery, learn more about AirPods maintenance and repair.

Optimized charging of the AirPods Pro battery

"Optimized Battery Charging" reduces battery wear and tear and improves battery life by reducing the time AirPods Pro are fully charged. AirPods Pro and your iOS or iPadOS device learn from your daily charging routine. The AirPods Pro only charge over 80% just before you use them.

Optimized battery charging for AirPods Pro requires an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and is enabled by default after you set up or update the device to iOS or iPadOS 14.2 or later. To turn it off, open the AirPods case and go to Settings> Bluetooth on your iOS or iPadOS device. In the device list, tap the Info button next to your AirPods Pro. Turn off optimized battery charging.

Check charge status

You can check the charging status of your AirPods and the charging case with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.

On the iOS device

iPhone: While the AirPods are inside, open the lid of the charging case and hold the charging case close to your device. After a few seconds, the charging status of the AirPods and the charging case will be displayed.

You can also check the charging status of the AirPods and the charging case using the battery widget on your iOS device. The charge status of the charging case is only displayed if there is at least one AirPod in it.

On the Mac

  1. Open the lid or take the AirPods out of the charging case.
  2. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar.
  3. Move the pointer over the AirPods with charging case in the menu.

Information about the status display

Wireless charging case: The status indicator is located on the front of the case.

Charging case: The status indicator in the charging case is located between the slots for the AirPods:

When the AirPods are in the charging case and the lid is open, the display shows the charging status of the AirPods. If the AirPods are not in the charging case, the display shows the status of your charging case. Green means a fully charged condition and yellow means less than a full charge remains.

When you connect your wireless charging case to a charger or place it on a Qi-certified charging mat, the status indicator lights up for 8 seconds. If the indicator is flashing white, the AirPods are ready to be set up with one of your devices. If the light is blinking amber, you may need to set up your AirPods again.

  1. Testing was conducted by Apple in October 2019 using prototype AirPods Pro with wireless charging case and associated software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max devices and pre-release software. The playlist comprised 358 individual audio tracks that were purchased from the iTunes Store (encoding of 256 kBit / s AAC). The volume was set to 50% and active noise cancellation was activated. The test consisted of completely discharging the AirPods Pro battery while playing audio until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing. The fully discharged AirPods Pro charged 100%, then the audio continued to play until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods Pro and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  2. Testing was conducted by Apple in October 2019 using prototype AirPods Pro with wireless charging case and associated software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max devices and pre-release software. The volume was set to 50% and active noise cancellation was activated. The test consisted of completely discharging the AirPods Pro battery during a cellular call until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing the call audio. The fully discharged AirPod Pro charged 100%, then the cellular call restarted until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing the call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods Pro and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  3. Testing was conducted by Apple in October 2019 using prototype AirPods Pro with wireless charging case and associated software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max devices and pre-release software. The playlist comprised 358 individual audio tracks that were purchased from the iTunes Store (encoding of 256 kBit / s AAC). The volume was set to 50% and active noise cancellation was activated. When active noise cancellation and transparency were disabled, listening time increased to 5 hours. The test consisted of completely discharging the AirPods Pro battery while playing audio until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  4. Testing was conducted by Apple in October 2019 using prototype AirPods Pro with wireless charging case and associated software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max devices and pre-release software. The volume was set to 50% and active noise cancellation was activated. The test consisted of fully discharging the AirPods Pro batteries during a cellular call until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing the call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  5. Testing was conducted by Apple in October 2019 using prototype AirPods Pro with wireless charging case and associated software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max devices and pre-release software. The playlist comprised 358 individual audio tracks that were purchased from the iTunes Store (encoding of 256 kBit / s AAC). The volume was set to 50% and active noise cancellation was activated. The 5-minute charge test was performed with the AirPods Pro fully discharged and charged for 5 minutes. Then the audio would start playing until the first AirPod stopped playing. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using prototype AirPods Pro with wireless charging case and associated software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max devices and pre-release software. The volume was set to 50% and active noise cancellation was activated. The 5-minute charge test was performed with the AirPods Pro fully discharged and charged for 5 minutes. Then a cellular call started until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing the call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  7. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using prototype AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and related software coupled with iPhone XS Max devices and pre-release software. The playlist comprised 358 individual audio tracks that were purchased from the iTunes Store (encoding of 256 kBit / s AAC). The volume was set to 50%. The test consisted of completely discharging the AirPods battery while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playing. The fully discharged AirPods charged 100%, then the audio continued to play until the first AirPod stopped playing. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  8. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using prototype AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and related software coupled with iPhone XS Max devices and pre-release software. The volume was set to 50%. The test consisted of completely discharging the AirPods battery during a cellular call until the first AirPod stopped playing the call audio. The fully discharged AirPods charged 100%, then the cellular call restarted until the first AirPod stopped playing the call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  9. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using prototype AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and related software coupled with iPhone XS Max devices and pre-release software. The playlist comprised 358 individual audio tracks that were purchased from the iTunes Store (encoding of 256 kBit / s AAC). The volume was set to 50%. The test consisted of fully discharging the AirPods battery while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playing. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  10. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using prototype AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and related software coupled with iPhone XS Max devices and pre-release software. The volume was set to 50%. The test consisted of completely discharging the AirPods battery during a cellular call until the first AirPod stopped playing the call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  11. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using prototype AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and related software coupled with iPhone XS Max devices and pre-release software. The playlist comprised 358 individual audio tracks that were purchased from the iTunes Store (encoding of 256 kBit / s AAC). The volume was set to 50%. The 15-minute charge test was performed with the AirPods fully discharged and charged for 15 minutes. Then the audio would start playing until the first AirPod stopped playing. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  12. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using prototype AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and related software coupled with iPhone XS Max devices and pre-release software. The volume was set to 50%. The 15-minute charge test was performed with the AirPods fully discharged and charged for 15 minutes. Then a cellular call was started until the first AirPod stopped playing the call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
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