How to check the battery life of your AirPods

  • You can check the battery of your AirPods on any paired Apple device.
  • On an iPhone or iPad, you can check the battery life of your AirPods by opening the case or adding a special widget.
  • If your AirPods are connected to a Mac, you can see their battery life in the Bluetooth menu.
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Oh, AirPods – perhaps Apple’s best product since the iPhone. They are cordless, practical and cool. But while they definitely enhance your style, the sleek design can make it difficult to determine how much battery they have left.

Fortunately, you can check the battery of your AirPods at any time using a paired iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here’s how.

How to check the battery of your AirPods on an iPhone or iPad

You can use any of these methods after you’ve paired your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad at least once.

Open the case

1. Be sure that


Bluetooth

is activated on your iPhone or iPad. You can do this through the Control Center or the Settings menu.

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Make sure bluetooth is turned on.

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2. Hold your AirPods case, with the AirPods inside, near the iPhone / iPad and open the case.

3. A pop-up window should appear at the bottom of the screen. It will display the battery life of AirPods and their case.

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The battery life of AirPods and their case will appear at the bottom of the screen.

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Use the battery widget

If you want to see the battery life of your AirPods while you are wearing them, you can use the battery widget on your widget page.

1. On the first home page of your iPhone or iPad, swipe right to access your widgets.

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and press Edit, then tap plus icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

The Widgets page on an iPhone, with the Edit and Add Widgets icons highlighted.

Open your Widgets page and go add a new one.

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3. Go to the bottom of the widgets list and tap Battery, and then choose the size you want for the widget.

Show how to add a Batteries widget and choose its size.

Find the “Batteries” widget and add it.

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4. Place your widget, then tap Ended in the upper right corner.

Place the Batteries widget on an iPhone.

The battery life of your iPhone and everything connected to it will be displayed.

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You will now see the battery life of your AirPods on the widgets page, as well as the battery percentage of your iPhone and any other connected device (like an Apple Watch).

How to check the battery of your AirPods on a Mac

If your AirPods are paired with your Mac, you can view their battery life from the desktop. If they are in their holster when you do this, be sure to open the holster.

1. In the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen, click the Bluetooth icon or the speaker icon.

2. Select AirPods and you will see the battery life for each earbud and case.

Checking the battery life of a pair of AirPods on a Mac.

On a Mac, you can see the battery life of your AirPods in the Bluetooth menu.

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