If you’re having trouble with one AirPod not charging, read through this guide to get it fixed!
Here’s a scenario:
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 easily.
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.
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- One AirPod Not Charging: The Problem
- One AirPod Not Charging: The Solutions
- Understanding Airpods’ Status Light
- When All Else Fails, Consult a Genius
One AirPod Not Charging: The Problem
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.
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.
One AirPod Not Charging: The Solutions
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 fairly long. So, for good measure, make sure to allow around 15-20 minutes every day to charge it.
To check your battery, follow these steps:
- Bring your case with the AirPods inside closer to your phone.
- Open the lid.
- Your battery status should automatically pop up on the screen.
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.
- Remove any accessories.
- Take off the AirPod that isn’t charging.
- Reinsert it and check your phone if it’s charging.
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.
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:
- Dip a cotton swab in 70% isopropyl alcohol and rub the dirty areas of the charging case.
- Use a clean toothpick to pick off any remaining dirt along the case’s lines.
- Dry the case with a clean paper towel or tissue paper.
- Clean the charging port with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Use a dry lint-free fabric and clean the tail of the AirPods.
- 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.
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:
- Head to Settings, tap the “i” button and click Forget This Device.
- Reset your AirPods by holding the pairing button and waiting until the status light becomes an amber color.
- Pair your AirPods to your phone again by opening the case’s lid while it’s close to the device.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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!