How to Check Your AirPods’ Battery: Quick Guide

AirPods battery on iOS automatic pop-up feature
AirPods battery on iOS automatic pop-up feature

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Learn how to check your AirPod battery levels on various devices with this comprehensive guide.

Apple’s AirPods provide users with up to 5 hours of continuous music and talk time on a single charge.

However, if you don’t know how to track their battery level, they may unexpectedly die out, disrupting important calls or your precious me-time.

To avoid this, we’ll detail how to check your AirPods’ battery on different devices in this quick guide. So keep calm and read on!

For good measure, give your AirPods and their case a quick five-minute charge before continuing.

How to Check AirPod Battery on iPhone or iPad

For iOS users, there are three different methods to check your AirPods’ battery:

Using the automatic pop-up feature

AirPods battery level on Automatic pop-up feature.
AirPods’ battery level on the automatic pop-up feature.

To make this work, simply:

  1. Find a paired iPhone/iPad and activate its Bluetooth.
  2. Place your AirPods in the charging case, then open the case’s lid near your iOS device.
  3. Wait for the connection pop-up, which will display the name and battery levels of AirPods and their case.

Using the battery widget

Since the automatic pop-up feature only works when you have the AirPods inside the case, it’s best to do it when connecting your AirPods with your iOS device. If you’re already using them, we recommend setting up the battery widget instead.

Here’s how to set up the iOS battery widget:

  1. Tap and hold your finger against an empty part of your home screen until your app icons begin to shake. Then, tap ‘+’ in the upper-left corner of your screen.

    Adding widget on iOS
    Adding a widget on iOS
  2. Scroll through the available widgets until you find Batteries, and tap it.

    Selecting Batteries widget
    Selecting the Batteries widget
  3. Swipe right to choose which widget design you like best, then tap ‘+ Add Widget.’

    Selecting the widget format
    Selecting the widget format
  4. Drag the widget to your preferred location and tap Done.

In the future, you’ll be able to come back to where you placed the widget to check on your AirPods’ battery life percentage instantly.

Using Siri

AirPods battery level.
AirPods’ battery level on Siri.

To check your AirPods’ battery using Siri, say “Hey Siri” or press and hold the power button on your device. Then, ask “What is my AirPods’ battery level?” and wait for Siri to respond.

How to Check AirPod Battery on Mac

Checking the AirPods’ battery level on your Mac is as simple as checking the Bluetooth info. Here are the full instructions:

  1. Connect your AirPods to your Mac.
    If you’re struggling to establish a connection, here’s a quick guide on connecting your AirPods to Mac and other devices.
  2. Open the Control Center at the top-right corner of your screen.

    Opening Mac's Control Center
    Opening Mac’s Control Center
  3. Click Bluetooth and find your AirPods in the drop-down list to see the charge percentage for the left and right AirPods and their case.

    AirPods battery displayed on Mac
    AirPods’ battery displayed on Mac

How to Check AirPod Battery on Android

Since all the previously mentioned methods are only available on Apple devices, you’ll need third-party apps to check your AirPods’ battery when using them with Android.

A sample of that is AirBattery, which could:

  • Show a small pop-up with your AirPod’s current battery status.
  • Automatically start while your AirPods are connected to your phone.
  • Filter out distant AirPods to display stats only for the nearest ones.

To use this, simply download the app and follow the in-app tutorial to complete the setup. From then on, you can enjoy an automatic pop-up window whenever you pair your AirPods with your Android device and check your AirPods’ battery anytime by tapping the app.

AirPods battery level on AirBattery app.
AirPods’ battery level on AirBattery app.
Unfortunately, AirBattery doesn’t support newer AirPods models like AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2. For these models, check out our complete list of battery-checking apps for AirPods on Android devices.

How to Check AirPod Battery Without Connecting to Any Device

Checking your AirPods’ battery without using any other device won’t give accurate results but can still give you an idea of the remaining battery life. For this, you have two options to rely on:

Via the AirPods’ Status Light

Different locations for the AirPods status lights.
Different locations for the AirPods status lights.

The status light shows AirPod’s battery when inside, and when they’re not, it displays the case’s battery level. Here’s what each color means:

  • Solid Green: A green light indicates that the AirPods or their case are fully charged and ready to use.
    A solid green light usually means the battery is full, but a flashing green light may indicate that an AirPod is undetected.
  • If you see solid amber/orange: The AirPods’ batteries are within 0-99% and are currently charging.
    If you see a flashing orange light, this signifies status problems with your AirPods, which could include battery issues.
  • If you see no light: Your AirPods and case have no battery power.

Via the Tone Feature

Your AirPods have a feature where they produce a sound when the battery is low. This is played twice. The first is when your AirPods only have 10% of the battery left, and the second is if they’re about to die.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should the AirPods’ battery last?

According to the official Apple Support guidelines, here’s how long you can expect your AirPods’ battery to last:

VariantSingle ChargeFully Charged CasePer 5 Minutes Charging
AirPods (1st Gen)5 hrs. Listening
2 hrs. Talking
24 hrs. Listening
11 hrs. Talking
60 mins. Listening
20 mins. Talking
AirPods (2nd Gen)5 hrs. Listening
3 hrs. Talking
24 hrs. Listening
18 hrs. Talking
60 mins. Listening
40 mins. Talking
AirPods (3rd Gen)6 hrs. Listening
4 hrs. Talking
30 hrs. Listening
20 hrs. Talking
60 mins. Listening
60 mins. Talking
AirPods Pro4.5 hrs. Listening
3.5 hrs. Talking
24 hrs. Listening
18 hrs. Talking
60 mins. Listening
60 mins. Talking
AirPods Pro 25 hrs. Listening
3 hrs. Talking
24 hrs. Listening
18 hrs. Talking
60 mins. Listening
40 mins. Talking

How long do AirPods take to charge?

Normally, all AirPods and AirPods Pro models take about 50 to 60 minutes to fully charge and provide up to six hours of music playback.

AirPods Pro and 3rd Gen AirPods feature Optimized Battery Charging, which may lengthen their charging time. To preserve battery life, your AirPods will only fully charge when they anticipate you will be using them for a long period of time, based on their analysis of your usage patterns.

How do I know if my AirPod battery is bad?

You can test your AirPods’ battery health by manually timing how long they last or visit an Apple Service Center for a more definitive result. Their skilled technicians have the tools and know-how to diagnose and resolve battery issues.

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