How do I know my Apple AirPods are charging? What if they won’t charge?

Apple’s Airpods are some of the best true wireless earbuds on the shelves, but they sometimes could go wrong. For example, you may find your Airpods in a low battery percentage even after being in a fully charged case. That can be ascribed to the immaturity of wireless technology, but there are some other reasons why the earbuds just charge not the right way. 

How do I know my Apple AirPods are charging?

The LED light of the charging case will tell you the battery status of your AirPods when they are in the case and the lid is open. If your AirPods aren’t in your case, the light just shows the status of your case. Green means fully charged, and amber means less than one full charge remains.

However, this method can’t tell you exactly how low or how full the battery is being charged. You need to open the case lid with AirPods inside and bring it close to your paired iPhone or iPad. After a few seconds, the charge status of AirPods and charging case will display on your screen. To learn more specifically, you can also take out any one of the AirPod, and the screen will show the battery percentage of your left and right AirPods separately. Other convenient methods include checking the Batteries widget on your iOS device, or simply asking Siri, “How is the battery life of my AirPods”, then the virtual assistance will ablige.

What to do if my AirPods won’t charge?

If you suddenly find your AirPods won’t charge, it’s more likely that something happened to your charging accessories rather than the AirPod itself. First things first, you need to check whether your charger cord connection is working properly. Plug the charging cable to the case, and make sure the connection on both ends is tight. If nothing happens, unplug the Lightning end of the cable, flip it over, and plug it back in. If all these don’t work, it may be because you are using a faulty or short-circuited outlet. Test the outlet with another device functioning well — if it still charging, the outlet is working.


When you are charging your case with a charging pad, be sure to place the case with the status light facing up. It should illuminate for several seconds, then shut off while charging. If the light never appears, you may need to fidget with the case’s location on the pad. If your case still won’t charge, check whether the cable and outlet are working properly.

Another culprit that may cause malfunctioning is the charging pin of the case. There may be debris and dirt coming into the crevice, or it’s just the distorted charging pin which affects the normal power transmission. The crevice is small, so you’ll need something thin and pointy. Work out any debris that has snuck into the charging port, and slightly bent the charging pin in the case outward for a more robust contact. Of course, if all the methods listed above don’t work, just turn for Apple Support for help.

Recommendation for AirPods:

1.Catalyst’s AirPods Case

Catalyst’s AirPods case can not only act as a cover to protect your AirPods’ own case but it makes it fully waterproof. What’s more, the bundled carabiner lets you strap the case onto a belt loop or backpack to help keep your wireless earbuds from getting lost.

2.EarBuddyz 2.0 Ear Hooks

Airpods fit perfectly in some people’s ears, but others may find them not that matching. And that’s what silicon earbud hooks for. EarBuddyz 2.0 ear hooks work with both EarPods and AirPods, and you will have two or three sets of hooks for just around $10.


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