Embracing wireless AirPods means keeping track of the remaining battery level and making sure they’re charged and ready to go whenever you want.
Over time, the batteries in your AirPods don’t last as long as they used to, and you may struggle to listen to everything before it dies.
To combat this, let’s take a look at everything you can do to prevent your AirPods’ batteries from draining so quickly.
1. Store your AirPods in the case
If you’ve been using wired earbuds for a long time, you may find it harmless to take your AirPods out of your ear and leave them on the side until your next use.
One problem with this habit, of course, is that you may lose your AirPods. However, another problem is that if you don’t store your AirPods in the case, they will continue to lose battery power. The earbuds are still connected to the bluetooth of your device.
Even if you turn off Bluetooth, your AirPods will remain in an active, always ready state to instantly connect for your convenience. Therefore, remember to put your AirPods back in their case when not in use to prevent your AirPods from losing their charge.
2. Do not open and close the lid of your AirPods case repeatedly
Much like clicking a pen cap or pushing the slider on retractable USB drives, every AirPods owner has probably been guilty of repeatedly opening and closing the case lid.
But every time you open and close the charging case, you activate your AirPods’ Bluetooth and suddenly turn it off again. Sending endless instructions like this drains your AirPods’ battery life.
This happens regardless of whether the AirPods are in the case or not. After successfully pairing and connecting your AirPods, place the case somewhere your hands can’t reach!
3. Turn off automatic ear detection
Notice how your AirPods perfectly pause a song or video when you take an earbud out of your ear and resume playing as soon as you put it back in?
Automatic ear detection is the handy feature that makes this feature possible. But needless to say, it also consumes your AirPods’ batteries.
If automatic ear detection isn’t a must-have feature for you, you can turn it off:
- Go to the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
- Make sure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone.
- Press More information (i) button next to your AirPods.
- Now use the switch to turn off Automatic ear detection.
4. Turn off noise cancellation
Noise cancellation provides a better listening experience by blocking out sounds in your environment. However, the feature also consumes the battery of your AirPods.
Only the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max have this feature; the standard AirPods do not. So find out which AirPods you have, and if you’re using the first two models, you can turn off noise cancellation to save battery.
When your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max is connected to your device, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Press More information (i) button next to your AirPods. below noise controlselect Out.
5. Use only one AirPod at a time
Let’s say you’re about to watch a live stream that lasts more than two hours, but you see that your AirPods have only 40% battery left.
In this case, you can make sure the battery lasts as long as possible by using only one AirPod at a time. Meanwhile, let your other AirPod charge in the case.
This method is not always ideal as it affects the user experience. However, it’s the most practical way to keep your AirPods from dying when you need them, as only half of the battery capacity is used at a time.
6. Turn down the volume on your AirPods
Turning up the volume to enjoy a song in its full glory is a satisfying experience. But if you’re using a 3-hour playlist and listening to it at near maximum volume, you’ll probably find your AirPods dying even though you’ve just fully charged them.
Therefore, in addition to using only one AirPod at a time, lowering the volume can extend battery life and prevent your AirPods from running out of battery too quickly. This exercise also protects your ears; Constantly inflating the volume is harmful in the long run.
7. Practice Good Charging Habits for AirPods
Many of us are probably guilty of using up our AirPods’ battery until it’s completely drained. But if this happens regularly, your battery will drain quickly. So this may be the reason why your AirPods are not charging as well as before.
Place your AirPods back in the case to charge when it drops below 40 or 50 percent. The same goes for your AirPods case itself. Do not wait for the battery to run out before charging it.
Also, don’t overload your AirPods too much. While it’s safe to keep your AirPods in the case when you’re not using them, it’s easy to forget that you’re charging your AirPods case after plugging it in. It’s best to set a reminder to unplug, and don’t let both your AirPods and the case charge overnight.
8. Enable optimized battery charging
The AirPods (3rd generation) and AirPods Pro have an optimized battery charging feature that learns from your charging routine. This feature ensures that the battery stays healthy, as your AirPods will only be charged to 80 percent when you start using them soon.
Taking good care of the battery will reduce further wear and tear that would otherwise weaken the capacity of your AirPods. You can go to Settings > Bluetoothtap More information (i) on your AirPods and turn on Optimized battery charging to enable the function.
9. Reset your AirPods
If you are experiencing excessive battery drain on your iPhone, a go-to solution is to reset your device. The same goes for your AirPods.
Here’s how to reset your AirPods if they’re draining more than they should:
- Place your AirPods in the case and close the lid.
- Wait 30 seconds and then open the housing cover.
- On your device, go to the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
- Press More information (i) button next to your AirPods.
- Select Forget this device.
- Tap Forgot device to confirm.
- With the lid still on the round Setup button on your AirPods case for 15 seconds. The status light should blink orange first and then white.
- Finally, reconnect your AirPods to your device to use them again.
10. Repair or replace your AirPods battery
If nothing works, it could mean that your AirPods need to be repaired. In this case, you can go to an Apple Authorized Service Provider to repair or replace the batteries. This service usually doesn’t replace the actual batteries, instead you get replacement AirPods. It’s not usually free, but it’s cheaper than buying brand new AirPods.
If you like your current AirPods, you don’t need to upgrade your AirPods every year. Paying for a battery replacement is a good way to solve the problem. It’s also more environmentally friendly as it ensures that your old AirPods are recycled anyway.
Preserve the battery life of your AirPods
Like all technical devices, AirPods occasionally have hiccups here and there, but these are often easy to fix yourself. By using the methods explained here, you should find that it helps to conserve your AirPods’ battery better while watching videos, listening to music, or making phone calls.
If you regularly find your AirPods battery draining quickly, it might also be time to take a look at how you take care of your device to make sure you don’t accidentally speed up the battery degradation process.