AirPods Status Lights: An Easy Guide to What the Different Colors Mean

Green status light on AirPods case: What does it mean?
Green status light on AirPods case: What does it mean?

Here’s a quick run-through of what it means when your AirPods’ status light blinks green, white, orange, or even blue.

Have you ever seen your AirPods showing different status lights and wondered what that indicates? The green, orange, white, and blue lights can be a tad confusing.

Some of the lights and flashing patterns can also indicate trouble that need immediate attention or else it may prevent them from functioning properly.

Fortunately, it’s quite easy to learn what AirPods status light colors and flashing patterns mean. We’ve compiled a simple guide that has all the information you’ll need on this topic. Let’s dive in!

What Do Different AirPods Status Lights Mean?

AirPods convey a variety of information using the status light. The status light can glow in three distinct colors (green, amber, and white) and can also flash or blink. This can mean different things depending on whether the AirPods are inside or out of the case, and if the case is connected to a charger.

All the information below also applies to both the 1st and 2nd-gen AirPods, AirPods Pro, and the new AirPods Pro 2.

Here’s the complete explanation for each AirPods’ status light color and what it means:

Green light

AirPods showing green light
AirPods showing green light

The green light means either your AirPods or the case is fully charged. When AirPods are inside the case, the green light indicates that both the earbuds and the case are fully charged. Whereas, if your earbuds are outside the case, the green light means the case is fully charged.

While a solid green light generally means that the battery is full, AirPods flashing green might indicate that one of the AirPods is not working properly.

Static amber or orange light

AirPods showing Static amber or orange light
AirPods showing Static amber or orange light

The amber light on AirPods indicates that either your AirPods or the case is charging. If the earbuds are inside, it means the case is charging the earbuds. If your AirPods are outside the case, it means the case’s battery is not full and you should connect it to a power source soon.

Amber light flashing when your case (with the earbuds inside) is plugged means the AirPods and the case are charging simultaneously.

Flashing amber or orange light

AirPods flashing amber or orange light
AirPods flashing amber or orange light

The flashing amber light is a sign of an issue with your AirPods. Sometimes, resetting your AirPods can solve this problem. If not, you can check out our detailed article on AirPods flashing orange to learn more.

Flashing white light

AirPods Flashing white light
AirPods Flashing white light

The flashing white light indicates that your AirPods are in pairing mode. You can turn on pairing mode by holding the button at the back of the case for about 10 seconds.

This method usually works when you’re trying to connect AirPods or AirPods Pro. But occasionally, no matter what you do, your earbuds won’t connect. If that’s your situation, check out this detailed guide on what to do when AirPods won’t connect.

Hold down on the noise control button to check the status light on AirPods Max. When connected to power, the green light indicates that the battery level is at or above 95 percent, and amber light means it is below 95 percent.

What Does Blue Light on AirPods Mean?

Seeing a blue light on AirPods or the charging case is not a good sign as it indicates that your AirPods are likely counterfeit.

Real AirPods do not emit blue light – the LED inside can only produce white, green, or amber colors.

This is quite a common occurrence, with some “AirPods” users have reportedly seeing a blue light on their earbuds.

Similarly, a green light on the earbuds is also an indication of fake AirPods. That’s because AirPods and AirPods Pro earbuds themselves do not emit any light. The status light for genuine AirPods is located on their charging cases.

Plenty of users earlier have cited this issue. To ensure you’re not getting scammed, read our article on how to check if your AirPods are fake.

Where to Find the AirPods Status Light

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

The location of the status light varies based on the model of your AirPods. For the original AirPods and 2nd-gen AirPods, you can find the status light inside the charging case between the earbuds’ slots. If you use 3rd-gen AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Pro 2, you’ll find the status light on the front of the charging case.

AirPods Max users can find the status light below the right ear cup, next to the Lightning port.

The easiest way to turn on the status light is by simply opening the charging case. The light stays on while the case is open and goes off about 3 seconds after you close the case. AirPods Max users can turn on the status light by holding down the noise control button.

The status light also turns on when you place the case on a Qi-certified charging mat or charge it using a Lightning cable. The light shows the current charge level and stays on for 8 seconds.

For AirPods Pro and 3rd-gen AirPods, simply tapping the case while it is charging will turn on the status light for a few seconds. This allows you to quickly check the battery level without opening the case.

The status light on your AirPods won’t light up if your device is out of charge. In that case, you should charge it using either the Lightning connector or wireless charger.

If the light still does not come on even after charging the AirPods’ case, it could mean that the earbuds are the ones not holding a charge. Resetting your device by holding down the button on the AirPods case might solve the problem.

If the status light still does not turn on, your AirPods or their case may be damaged. Non-functional AirPods can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are unsure why they are acting up. It may be worth checking out AppleCare+ for AirPods for extra protection.

Conclusion

We hope this information has taken all the mystery out of the AirPods status light and what its different flashing patterns mean. You can now be comfortable using your AirPods, and flaunt them around without worrying about what your device is trying to tell you.

If you found this article helpful, you can check out our guide to cleaning your AirPods. AirPods Pro users can take a look at our ultimate cheat sheet on AirPods Pro controls.

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