How to check the battery on Apple AirPods

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There are few things more annoying than your headphones dying when you start your journey home, but it’s a fate that can easily be avoided by keeping an eye on how much battery life remains in them.

If you have a pair of AirPods, there are a few different ways to go about it. Here’s how to avoid falling short.

What we used

For this guide we used an iPhone 12 Pro and a pair of AirPods Pro, but the process is identical if you’re using a standard pair of AirPods.

The short version

  • Open the case and hold it next to your phone
  • Use the iOS widget
  • Use the menu bar on your Mac
  • Use the status light on the chassis
  1. The proximity method

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    The easiest way to check how much battery is left in your AirPods is to open the case and hold it close to your iPhone. Wait a second or two and a box will appear showing the charge status of both the buds and the case.How to Check Battery on Apple AirPods Step 1

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    If you already have the AirPods in your ears, swipe from left to right on your iOS device and the battery widget will show you how much power is left in them.How to Check Battery on Apple AirPods Step 2

  3. The Mac method

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    If you’ve connected your earbuds to a Mac, an AirPods-shaped icon will appear in the menu bar. Click on this or the Bluetooth icon and it will show you how much battery is left in each headphone. You can also check the battery life of the case by putting one of the AirPods inside.How to Check Battery on AirPods Step-3-new

  4. The fall method

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    It’s a lot vaguer, but if you open the lid of your AirPods case, the status indicator on the front or inside will also show you how much battery is left: green indicates there’s a decent amount of juice left, while amber less than a full charge means leftovers. Do this with the buds inside and it will show the AirPods’ battery life, while it will when it’s empty.How to Check Battery on Apple AirPods Step 4

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