One AirPod Not Charging: Your One-Stop Solutions Guide

One AirPod Not Charging (From: Pexels)
One AirPod Not Charging (From: Pexels)

If you’re having trouble with one AirPod not charging, read through this guide to get it fixed!

Here’s a scenario:

You wake up on a sunny Saturday to gear up for your morning run. You wear your running shoes, put on your clothes, play music through your AirPods, and head out. Minutes into your jog, your left AirPod stops working, so you check your phone only to find out that the earbud’s battery is fully drained. The thing is, your other AirPod is working perfectly fine.

This is a situation that a lot of AirPod users experience — and a very annoying one for that matter. Finding out that one AirPod is not charging can ruin your listening experience and halt your plans for the day.

To make matters worse, AirPods aren’t exactly the cheapest wireless headphones out there, so experiencing problems with them is more agitating. Imagine spending your savings on these headphones and having them taken away from you so quickly.

Apple AirPods (From: Pexels)
Apple AirPods (From: Pexels)

Fortunately, there are several solutions you can try to get this sorted out, and we’ve compiled them all here. If you want this problem solved, read through this one-stop solutions guide.

Why is One of Your AirPods Not Charging?

Before heading to the solutions, you have to know the problem first. It’s a necessary step if you want to understand the logic behind the solutions.

To give you a brief background, the Apple AirPods has a 93 milliwatt battery. As per Apple, a 15-minute charge will get you up to 3 hours of listening or up to 2 hours of talk time. And with the charging case, the AirPods can last up to 24 hours.

There are two variants of the Apple AirPods (2nd Generation). Both of them come with a charging case. However, one variant’s charging case has wireless charging while the other does not.

Your AirPods are charged by the charging case only and not directly through the power source. So, if an AirPod itself is not charging, then the problem most probably lies in the case.

How to Fix One AirPod Not Charging

As mentioned, the charging case is almost always to blame whenever one AirPod is not charging. That’s why it’s just right to have the solutions focused on this part.

Below are some suggestions on how you can get that other AirPod up and charging again.

Make sure the charging case has more than 10% battery

Basically, if your charging case has less than 10% battery, it won’t have enough power to charge the AirPods.

Based on experience, people forget to charge their cases simply because their battery lasts relatively long. So, for good measure, make sure to allow around 15-20 minutes every day to charge it.

We don’t need to worry about overcharging when it comes to AirPods. This is because they contain high-durability Lithium-Ionalcohol batteries, and the charging case automatically stops/blocks the electrical flow once it reaches 100%.

To check your battery, follow these steps:

  1. Bring your case with the AirPods inside closer to your phone.

    Bring your AirPods closer to your phone
    Bring your AirPods closer to your phone

  2. Open the lid.

    Open the lid of the AirPods Case
    Open the lid of the AirPods Case

  3. Your battery status should automatically pop up on the screen.

    AirPods Batery Pop-up
    AirPods Battery Pop-up

Remove and reinsert the Airpods

Your AirPods may be charging properly because it doesn’t have full contact with the charging port. Luckily, the simple action of reinserting your AirPod may solve this issue.

AirPod accessories can also get in the way of proper charging. If an accessory is not well fitted, it can prevent your AirPod from reaching the charging port fully.
  1. Remove any accessories.

    AirPods Accessories removed
    AirPods Accessories removed

  2. Take off the AirPod that isn’t charging.

    Removing one AirPod
    Removing one AirPod

  3. Reinsert it and check your phone if it’s charging.

    Both AirPods Plugged in to the charging case
    Both AirPods Plugged into the charging case

Clean the Airpods tail and charging case

Dirty AirPods are not just unsanitary; they can also affect charging. Dirt and grime can get in the charging ports and prevent the AirPods from creating and maintaining proper contact with the charging case. Not to mention that if dirt builds up on your Airpods’ mesh screen, it can muffle the audio and cause further damage once grime seeps in.

Cleaning your AirPods should be done every 72 hours of listening time. That means if you use your AirPods around 8 hours a day, you should be cleaning it at least thrice a month. Make sure to clean your ears regularly as well to avoid more dirt getting on your AirPods.

If one AirPod is not charging, you should focus on cleaning the tail and the charging case. Proper cleaning is key here, so here’s how you can do it:

External Cleaning

  1. Dip a cotton swab in 70% isopropyl alcohol and rub the dirty areas of the charging case.

    Cleaning AirPods Case with a cotton swab
    Cleaning AirPods Case with a cotton swab

  2. Use a clean toothpick to pick off any remaining dirt along the case’s lines.

    Using a toothpick to clean AirPods Case
    Using a toothpick to clean AirPods Case

  3. Dry the case with a clean paper towel or tissue paper.

    Wiping AirPods with a paper towel
    Wiping AirPods with a paper towel

Internal Cleaning

  1. Clean the charging port with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

    Cleaning the AirPods charging port with a toothbrush
    Cleaning the AirPods charging port with a toothbrush

  2. Use a dry lint-free fabric and clean the tail of the AirPods.

    Cleaning the tail of an AirPod with cloth
    Cleaning the tail of an AirPod with cloth

  3. Clean the internal contact points by using a periodontal brush.
    If you don’t have a periodontal brush, you may also use a regular straw cleaner.

    Using a straw brush to clean AirPods case
    Using a straw brush to clean AirPods case

Reset the Airpods

When something isn’t right with your AirPods, there is always a possibility of a firmware problem. This includes battery and charging problems. Doing a reset will enable your AirPods to go back to their factory settings and possibly repair any underlying issues.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Head to Settings, tap the “i” button and click Forget This Device.

    iPhone Bluetooth Settings for AirPods
    iPhone Bluetooth Settings for AirPods

  2. Reset your AirPods by holding the pairing button and waiting until the status light becomes an amber color.

    Pressing the Apple AirPods button
    Pressing the Apple AirPods button

  3. Pair your AirPods to your phone again by opening the case’s lid while it’s close to the device.

    Pairing AirPods to iPhone
    Pairing AirPods to iPhone

Understanding AirPods’ Status Light

The status light is your AirPods’ way of communicating with you. The status light shows the state of your AirPods’ or its charging case’s battery.

If your AirPods are inside when you open the lid, the light will reflect your AirPods’ battery. If your AirPods are out, the status light will reflect your charging case’s battery state.

Green means that the Airpods or charging case are either fully charged or have a lot left. If the light turns amber, there are only a couple of hours left, so take it as a sign to charge up.

The wireless charging variant of the AirPods also has another status light color — white. This signifies that AirPods are ready to pair.

The status light is also a good way to distinguish fake AirPods from authentic ones. Authentic wireless charging AirPods only has a status light at the front part of the charging case. If you have the non-wireless charging variant, you’ll find the status light between the spaces for your AirPods. If your AirPods have a status light anywhere else like then it is a knockoff.

When All Else Fails, Consult a Genius

DIY solutions like the ones we mentioned above can only do so much. There are cases where one AirPod still won’t charge even after trying out everything above plus more. This isn’t a sign to give up just yet, though.

When all else fails, the best thing to do is to head on to the nearest Apple Store and consult an ‘Apple Genius’. A Genius would know the next best course of action, and they can determine whether your AirPods should be repaired or replaced.

Of course, we want the latter one. After all, who doesn’t want a brand new pair of AirPods almost for free, right? So if you want that, here are some tricks you need to know:

  • Free Replacement for Subpar Units – AirPods less than a year old that cannot last 5 hours of listening time will automatically be replaced for free.
  • AppleCare+ Warranty – For $29, you’ll get a two-year warranty for your AirPods. This covers a free replacement for any battery issues within the given time frame.
  • “Battery Service” – Saying this term to a Genius will open up three possibilities for a discounted replacement if your AirPods are out of warranty. For $49, they will replace one of the AirPods or the charging case.
Apple Store (From: Pexels)
Apple Store (From: Pexels)

Conclusion

Here’s another scenario:

You wake up on a sunny Saturday to gear up for your morning run. You wear your running shoes, put on your clothes, play music through your AirPods, and you head out. Minutes into your jog, your left Airpod stops working, so you check your phone only to find out that the earphone’s battery is fully drained. The thing is, your other AirPod is working perfectly fine.

You postpone your run for a bit to try the DIY solutions mentioned above. It works! You head out again to continue your jog — uninterrupted and immersed in your music.

Which solution worked for you? Did you do anything different and got one AirPod charging again? Let us know through the comments!

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