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AirPods Battery Drain: Troubleshooting Tips for Longer Life

AirPods Battery Drain: Troubleshooting Tips for Longer Life

AirPods first came out in 2016, resulting in the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone, A quite controversial decision. Although expensive, they gained popularity quickly and were a direct competitor of wired headphones.  

AirPods are the wireless version of Apple’s EarPods. Over time, they have received updates and new models have been introduced, such as the AirPods Max and AirPods Pro.

AirPods provided relief from the incredibly annoying aspects of wired headphones. But they had several different cons of their own. But still, they were widely appreciated and bought by consumers.   

In this article, I’ll discuss the reason behind the fast drainage of AirPods batteries and how you can extend their battery life.

The table below shows an overview of the ways you can extend the battery life of your AirPods:

Reduce the volume.If your AirPods are about to die, try turning down the volume and see if that works.
Keep your AirPods from being too hot or too cold.One less well-known element that kills lithium-ion batteries is temperature. Extreme temperatures may hasten the battery loss of AirPods.
Keep the charging case stocked with charge. Although AirPods have a battery life of up to a full day, this depends on you frequently topping off by putting them in the charging case.
Keep your AirPods from getting fully empty. You can extend the life of your AirPods and stop them from failing so quickly by charging them before they run out of power.
Reset your AirPods.By setting up and pairing your AirPods on your phone a second time, you can check to see if they behave better when you use them frequently.
Don’t let your AirPods get wet. AirPods are absolutely non-waterproof. They won’t hold up to numerous spills or even a washing machine cycle.
When it’s not necessary, turn off the noise cancellation .The AirPods Pro has built-in noise cancellation and includes an active noise cancellation capability that can drastically reduce background noise and quickly deplete the batteries.
Swap out your AirPods.If you try everything on this list and the battery still drains quickly when used frequently, it might be the time to replace the AirPods.
How to make your charge last longer? (Overview)
Apple's AirPods 1st gen
Apple’s AirPods 1st gen

Do AirPods Have An Extended Battery Life? 

Five hours of additional battery life is guaranteed by AirPods, which is advantageous for those with lengthy commutes.

One of the fascinating features of AirPods is that placing them in the charging case for 20 minutes can produce roughly 3 hours of listening time.

AirPods come with a charging case. On a single charge, your AirPods should last three to five hours.  

Other ways can increase the battery life of your AirPods if they run out quickly. 

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    What Cons Do AirPods Have? 

    • Sleek Structure and Poor Design 
    • Very Expensive 
    • Hard to Find in Bags and Pockets 
    • You Can Easily Lose Your AirPods 
    • Not having a Linked App 

    What Distinguishes Air Pods From Earphones? 

    All wired earbuds feature a media controller embedded into the cable that you may use to play, pause, skip tracks, and adjust the volume.  

    AirPods have no wires at all. Instead, each earpiece has its Bluetooth radio. Bluetooth connections are now simple to make with your phone or other devices

    In addition to the basic AirPod case that is charged via wire, the AirPods also include a charging case with an inbuilt battery to increase the battery life of the earpieces when they are not plugged in. 

    On the other hand, the AirPods give a longer conversation time on a single charge, and they also include an optional wireless charging case for an additional cost. 

    Tips to Extend the Battery Life of Your AirPods

    Depending on your model, you can expect your Apple AirPods to last a different amount of time. While the AirPods Pro offers 4.5 hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of speaking time, the AirPods (second generation) should last for roughly five hours of listening and three hours of talking. 

    However, there are a few things you can do to increase the battery life of your AirPods and get more useful time out of them if they run out much more quickly than Apple estimates.

    Here are seven of the most popular methods and advice for extending the battery life of your AirPods. 

    Apple's AirPod Max
    Apple’s AirPod Max

    Reduce the volume.

    As you may have observed, running audio equipment at a high volume consumes more power than doing it at a lower volume.

    The same applies to smaller equipment like the AirPods. Reduce the volume and observe if that helps extend battery life.

    Keep your AirPods from being too hot or too cold. 

    Temperature is one less well-known factor that destroys lithium-ion batteries.

    Extreme temperatures have the potential to speed up AirPod battery loss. 

    Keep the charging case stocked with charge.

    While AirPods can last up to a whole day, it depends on periodically topping off the earphones by putting them in the charging case.

    Each earbud only lasts a few hours on its own. When you’re not using AirPods, don’t forget to recharge them and put them back in their case. 

    Apple's AirPods on a Wireless charging pad
    Apple’s AirPods on a Wireless charging pad

    Avoid Completely Drained AirPods

    AirPods have notoriously small batteries, ergo a relatively smaller life. This increases the frequency of charging them and decreases the battery’s capacity to store a charge. 

    By charging your AirPods before they run out of juice, you can reduce the chances of battery drain and prolong their shelf life.

    The same holds for cutting off the charging before the AirPods are fully charged. Even at 90%, cutting the charge short can have a significant impact. 

    Factory Reset Your AirPods. 

    Sometimes, you just need to reset your gadgets to ensure they work smoothly. Open the Settings app on your iPhone, then select Bluetooth. Tap the I on the right after locating the AirPods.  

    The AirPods will then unpair when you tap ‘Forget This Device.’ See if your AirPods work better after pairing them on your phone a second time. 

    Don’t let your AirPods get wet.

    AirPods aren’t exactly the world’s most resilient item. However, modern cell phones are stretching the limits of water resistance, making it simple to use technology carelessly.

    Since AirPods aren’t water resistant, they’re undoubtedly not waterproof. Don’t count on them to withstand repeated splashes or even a washing machine cycle. 

    When it’s not necessary, turn off the noise cancellation. 

    The active noise cancellation feature on AirPods with built-in noise cancellation, such as the AirPods Pro, can significantly reduce background noise and quickly drain the batteries. 

    Open the Control Center on the iPhone by swiping down from the top right of the screen, tapping and holding the volume meter, and then tapping the Noise Control option at the bottom to turn off noise cancellation and extend battery life. Set the control to Transparency or Off.

    Swap out your AirPods. 

    Another possibility is that your AirPods are just getting old. You shouldn’t anticipate getting much more than two years of consistent use out of your Apple headphones if you regularly use AirPods. 

    It could be time to replace your AirPods if you have tried everything on this list, but the battery still drains quickly when used regularly. 

    What Causes Battery Drain in AirPods? 

    The lithium-ion batteries deteriorate over time, reducing the amount of time between charges. Simply put, they will run out of power more quickly as time passes. 

    They aren’t consuming more power, so that’s not the reason. The earphones’ batteries’ maximum capacity will gradually start to drop over time.  

    Dendrite growth is one of several causes that contribute to battery degradation. If left unchecked, dendrite growth inside a battery can, in rare instances, result in the battery catching fire and exploding. 

    In the end, there’s no way to stop AirPods battery deterioration. To get the most use out of your AirPods before they need to be replaced, you can only proceed slowly. 

    Apple's AirPod Pro
    Apple’s AirPods Pro
    How to fix AirPods’ battery life?


    Can I sleep with AirPods on?

    Answer: AirPods can be safe to wear while sleeping if they’re utilized properly. No matter what you’re listening to, music, white noise, rain, or even a very dull podcast—they can aid in your ability to fall asleep.

    Can I wear AirPods in the rain?

    Answer: AirPods aren’t water-resistant. You should refrain from wearing them in the shower, in the pool, or even when it is raining.

    Can you replace the AirPods battery?

    You can get your AirPods battery replaced in Apple service centers.

    You can have a free replacement if you have an Apple Care+ subscription for your headphones and your battery holds less than 80% of its original charging capacity. However, the regular warranty does not cover battery wear down from normal use.


    • If you put them in the charging case for 15 minutes, you can get around 3 hours of listening time.
    • Your AirPods should last for three to five hours on a single charge. According to Apple, they can provide up to five hours of listening and three hours of talking time.  
    • To improve the battery life of your Apple earbuds, there are some helpful tips you can follow. One is to lower the volume, and another is to ensure that the charging case is always fully charged. By doing so, you can extend the longevity of your earbuds’ battery.
    • To prolong the lifespan of electronic devices, it’s advisable to charge them before the battery completely dies out. Even when the battery is at 90%, it’s important not to cut the charge short as it can have a significant impact on the device’s lifespan.
    • To ensure that your AirPods function consistently, try pairing them with your phone and using them on a regular basis.
    • To access the Control Center on your iPhone, swipe down from the top right of the screen. Then, tap on the “Noise Control” option located at the bottom to disable noise cancellation and conserve battery life.

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