Airpods case charging: Charge your AirPods and learn about battery life

Charge your AirPods and learn about battery life

Learn how to charge your AirPods and their charging case, and how to get longer battery life for your AirPods.

Charge your AirPods

To charge your AirPods, put them in your case. Your case holds multiple, full charges for your AirPods, so you can charge on the go. To keep your AirPods charged, put them in the case when you’re not using them.

 

Charge your case

You can charge your MagSafe Charging Case or Wireless Charging Case with a Qi-certified charging mat. Be sure to place your case on the charger with the status light facing up and with the lid closed. The status light should show the current charge level for 8 seconds. If you have AirPods Pro (1st or 2nd generation) or AirPods (3rd generation), you can tap the case when it’s on the charging mat to see whether your AirPods Pro or AirPods (3rd generation) are charging (amber light) or fully charged (green light).

You can also charge your MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with an Apple Watch charger.  Be sure to place your case on the charger with the status light facing up and with the lid closed. The status light should show the current charge level for 8 seconds. 

To charge your case via wired connection, plug the Lightning cable that came with your AirPods into the Lightning connector on your case. Then plug the other end of the cable into a USB charger or port. You can charge your case with or without your AirPods inside. Charging is fastest when you use an iPhone or iPad USB charger or plug into your Mac.

Turn off charging case sounds

The MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) plays a sound when it begins to charge, or when the battery charge is low. You can turn off this sound:

  1. With your AirPods in your ears and connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings.
  2. Tap the name of your AirPods.
  3. Turn off Enable Charging Case Sounds.

Learn about the status light

                     

MagSafe Charging Case: The status light is on the front of the case.

Wireless Charging Case: The status light is on the front of the case.

Lightning Charging Case for AirPods (1st and 2nd generation): The status light in your charging case sits between the spaces for your AirPods.

Lightning Charging Case for AirPods (3rd generation): The status light is on the front of the case.

If your AirPods are in your case and the lid is open, then the light shows the charge status of your AirPods. When your AirPods aren’t in your case, the light shows the status of your case. Green means fully charged, and amber means less than one full charge remains.

When you connect your case to a charger, or place your MagSafe Charging Case or Wireless Charging Case on a Qi-certified charging mat, the status light will stay on for 8 seconds. If the light flashes white, your AirPods are ready to set up with one of your devices. If the light flashes amber, you might need to set up your AirPods again.

To see the detailed charge status and charge level, see Check the charge status.

You can check the battery percentage of your AirPods with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

 

Open your case lid with your AirPods inside and hold your case close to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Wait a few seconds to see the charge status of your AirPods.

 

You can also check the charge status of your AirPods with the Batteries widget on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The charge for your case appears only when at least one AirPod is in the case. 

 

On your Mac

  1. Open the lid or take your AirPods out of the case.
  2. Click the Bluetooth icon  in the menu bar. If you don’t see the Bluetooth icon  in the menu bar, learn how to add it.
  3. Hover the pointer over your AirPods in the menu.

Learn about battery life

When the battery charge of your AirPods is low, you get a notification on the screen of your iPhone or iPad. You get notifications when the charge is at 20, 10, and 5 percent remaining.

You also hear a tone in one or both AirPods when the battery charge is low. You hear the tone one time when the battery charge is at 10 percent, and a second time right before the AirPods turn off.

If you think that your battery has an issue, learn about AirPods service and repair.

What you can expect with AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

  • With multiple charges in your case, you get up to 30 hours of listening time,1 or up to 24 hours of talk time.2
  • Your AirPods Pro (2nd generation) can get up to 6 hours of listening time (up to 5.5 hours with Spatial Audio and Head Tracking enabled)3 or up to 4.5 hours of talk time on a single charge.4
  • If you charge your AirPods Pro (2nd generation) for 5 minutes in their case, you get around 1 hour of listening time5 or around 1 hour of talk time.6

What you can expect with AirPods (3rd generation)

  • With multiple charges in your case, you get up to 30 hours of listening time,7 or up to 20 hours of talk time. 8
  • Your AirPods (3rd generation) can get up to 6 hours of listening time (up to 5 hours with Spatial Audio enabled)9 or up to 4 hours of talk time on a single charge.10
  • If you charge your AirPods (3rd generation) for 5 minutes in their case, you get around 1 hour of listening time11 or around 1 hour of talk time.12

What you can expect with AirPods Pro (1st generation)

  • With multiple charges in your case, you get more than 24 hours of listening time,13 or more than 18 hours of talk time.14
  • Your AirPods Pro can get up to 4.5 hours of listening time15 or up to 3.5 hours of talk time on a single charge.16
  • If you charge your AirPods Pro for 5 minutes in their case, you get around 1 hour of listening time17 or around 1 hour of talk time.18

What you can expect with AirPods (2nd generation)

  • With multiple charges in your case, you get more than 24 hours of listening time,19 or up to 18 hours of talk time. 20
  • Your AirPods can get up to 5 hours of listening time21 or 3 hours of talk time on a single charge.22
  • If you charge your AirPods for 15 minutes in their case, you get up to 3 hours of listening time23 or up to 2 hours of talk time.24

 

Learn about Optimized Battery Charging on AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation)

Optimized Battery Charging is designed to reduce the wear on your battery and improve its lifespan by reducing the time that your AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) spend fully charged. AirPods Pro, AirPods (3rd generation), and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch learn from your daily charging routine and will wait to charge your AirPods Pro or AirPods (3rd generation) past 80% until just before you need to use them.

Optimized Battery Charging for AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) requires an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and is on by default when you set up your device, or after you update it to iOS or iPadOS 15 or later.  To turn off the feature, open the AirPods case, then go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Tap the More Info button  next to your AirPods Pro or AirPods (3rd generation) in the list of devices. Turn off Optimized Battery Charging.

  1. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with preproduction iPhone 14 Pro Max units and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. The drained AirPods Pro were charged to 100 percent, then audio playback was resumed until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods Pro and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with preproduction iPhone 14 Pro Max units and software. Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. The drained AirPods Pro were charged to 100 percent, then the cellular phone call was restarted until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods Pro and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  3. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with preproduction iPhone 14 Pro Max units and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. With Spatial Audio and Head Tracking enabled, listening time was up to 5.5 hours. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with preproduction iPhone 14 Pro Max units and software. Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  5. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with preproduction iPhone 14 Pro Max units and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with preproduction iPhone 14 Pro Max units and software. Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then a cellular phone call was started until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  7. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playback. The drained AirPods were charged to 100 percent, then audio playback was resumed until the first AirPod stopped playback. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  8. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. The drained AirPods were charged to 100 percent, then the cellular phone call was restarted until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  9. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. With Spatial Audio with Head Tracking enabled, listening time was up to 5 hours. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  10. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  11. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first AirPod stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  12. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using preproduction AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 13 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods that were charged for 5 minutes, then a cellular phone call was started until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  13. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. The drained AirPods Pro were charged to 100 percent, then audio playback was resumed until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods Pro and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.  
  14. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. The drained AirPods Pro were charged to 100 percent, then the cellular phone call was restarted until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods Pro and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors. 
  15. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. With Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency turned off, listening time was up to 5 hours. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  16. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max units and prerelease software.  Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. Testing consisted of full AirPods Pro battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  17. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first AirPod Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  18. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using preproduction AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case and software paired with iPhone 11 Pro Max units and prerelease software.  Volume was set to 50% and Active Noise Cancellation was enabled. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then a cellular phone call was started until the first AirPod Pro stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  19. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using preproduction AirPods (2nd generation), Charging Case, and Wireless Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playback. The drained AirPods were charged to 100 percent, then audio playback was resumed until the first AirPod stopped playback. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  20. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using preproduction AirPods (2nd generation), Charging Case, and Wireless Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. The drained AirPods were charged to 100 percent, then the cellular phone call was restarted until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and charging case were fully discharged. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  21. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using preproduction AirPods (2nd generation), Charging Case, and Wireless Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge while playing audio until the first AirPod stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  22. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using preproduction AirPods (2nd generation), Charging Case, and Wireless Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS Max units and prerelease software.  Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  23. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using preproduction AirPods (2nd generation), Charging Case, and Wireless Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%. 15-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods that were charged for 15 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first AirPod stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  24. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using preproduction AirPods (2nd generation), Charging Case, and Wireless Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS Max units and prerelease software.  Volume was set to 50%. 15-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods that were charged for 15 minutes, then a cellular phone call was started until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.

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Charge AirPods (all generations) or AirPods Pro (all generations)

Charge AirPods or AirPods Pro

  1. Put your AirPods in their case.

  2. Close the lid.

    AirPods shut down and charge whenever they’re in the case with the lid closed.

    AirPods (1st and 2nd generation)

    AirPods (3rd generation)

    AirPods Pro (1st generation)

    AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Charge the AirPods or AirPods Pro case

To charge the AirPods or AirPods Pro case, do one of the following:

  • Charge with a cable: Connect the case to a power outlet using a Lightning to USB Cable and a compatible power adapter.

  • Wireless charging case: For AirPods (2nd generation) or AirPods (3rd generation) with a wireless charging case, or AirPods Pro (all generations), place the case with the status light facing up on the center of a MagSafe wireless charger or a Qi-certified charger.

    If you have AirPods Pro (2nd generation), you can also place the case with the status light facing up on the center of an Apple Watch wireless charger.

When the case is aligned properly with the charger, the status light turns on for several seconds, then turns off while the case continues to charge. By default, the charging case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) also plays a sound, but you can turn it off. See Turn off charging case sounds on AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

Check the charge status

If your AirPods are in the case and the lid is open, the light on the case shows the charge status of your AirPods. When your AirPods aren’t in the case, the light shows the status of your case.

Green means fully charged and amber means less than one full charge remains. If no light appears, you may need to charge your AirPods before you can use them again.

You can also check the battery percentage of your AirPods on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Open the case lid with your AirPods inside and hold the case close to your device. Wait a few seconds to see the charge status of your AirPods.

    When your AirPods are connected to your device, you can also go to Settings , then tap the name of your AirPods near the top of the screen to see the charge status.

  • Mac: Open the case lid or take your AirPods out of the case, and make sure they’re connected to your Mac. On your Mac, click in the menu bar, then choose your AirPods. See Pair AirPods with Mac.

See the Apple Support article Charge your AirPods and learn about battery life.

Tip: On your iPhone or iPad, you can also add a widget to your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Today View to quickly check the battery level of your devices, including your AirPods. To learn more, see the iPhone User Guide or the iPad User Guide.

This guide is for iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, watchOS 9. 1, tvOS 16.1, macOS Ventura, or later.

See alsoCharge AirPods Max

Charging AirPods and battery life information

Learn how to charge your AirPods and their charging case and how to extend their battery life.

Charging your AirPods

To charge your AirPods, place them in the case. The charging case lasts for several full charge cycles of your AirPods, allowing you to charge them on the go. To keep your AirPods from running out of power, keep them in their case when not in use.

Charge your case

The MagSafe Charging Case or Wireless Charging Case can be charged using a Qi-compatible charger. Position the case on the charger so that its status indicator is on top and the lid is closed. The status indicator should display the current charge level for 8 seconds. If you have AirPods Pro (1st or 2nd generation) or AirPods (3rd generation), you can tap the case located on the charger to see if the earbuds are charging (the indicator light is orange) or fully charged (the indicator light is on). green).

The MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) can also be charged using the Apple Watch Charger. Position the case on the charger so that its status indicator is on top and the lid is closed. The status indicator should display the current charge level for 8 seconds.

To wired charge the case, connect the Lightning cable that came with your AirPods to the Lightning connector on the case. Then connect the other end of the cable to the charger or USB port. The case can be charged whether or not it contains AirPods. The quickest way to do this is by using a USB charger for your iPhone or iPad, or by connecting it to your Mac.

Mute charging case sounds

The MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) plays a sound when it starts charging or when the battery is low. You can disable this sound.

  1. With AirPods in your ears and connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings.
  2. Click on the name of your AirPods.
  3. Turn off “Enable Charging Case Sounds”.

About the status indicator

MagSafe Charging Case: The status indicator is located on the front of the case.

Wireless Charging Case: The status indicator is located on the front of the case.

Lightning Charging Case for AirPods (1st and 2nd generation): The status light in the case is located between the AirPods headphone compartments.

Lightning Charging Case for AirPods (3rd Generation): The status indicator is located on the front of the case.

When the AirPods are in the case with the lid open, the light indicates the charging status of the AirPods. If your AirPods are not in a case, the indicator light shows the status of the case. Green indicates that the battery is fully charged, while orange indicates that there is less than one full charge left.

When you connect the charging case to the charger, or place the MagSafe charging case or wireless charging case on the Qi standard charger, the status light will be on for 8 seconds. If the light is blinking white, your AirPods are ready to be set up with one of your devices. If the light is flashing amber, your AirPods may need to be set up again.

For detailed status and charge information, see Checking the charge status.

You can check the battery percentage of your AirPods using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

For iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Open the cover of the case containing the AirPods and place the case in close proximity to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Wait a few seconds for the screen to show the charging status of your AirPods.

You can also check the charging status of your AirPods using the Batteries widget on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The charge level of the case is only displayed if there is at least one AirPods in the case.

On a Mac

  1. Open the lid or remove the AirPods from the case.
  2. Click the Bluetooth icon () in the menu bar. If you don’t see the Bluetooth icon () in the menu bar, learn how to add it.
  3. Hover over AirPods in the menu.

Battery life information

When the battery in your AirPods is low, a notification appears on your iPhone or iPad. Notifications come when there are 20, 10 and 5 percent battery remaining.

Also, when the battery is low, one or both AirPods will play a sound. At 10 percent battery charge, the signal will be single, and immediately before turning off the AirPods, it will be double.

If you suspect a battery problem, see AirPods Service and Repair.

AirPods Pro (2nd generation) features

  • The case allows you to charge your headphones multiple times and listen to music up to 30 hours, 1 and talk on the phone up to 24 hours. 2 .
  • AirPods Pro (2nd generation) can play up to 6 hours (up to 5.5 hours with Spatial Audio) 3 or up to 4.5 hours of talk time on a single charge. 4 .
  • When AirPods Pro (2nd generation) are charged in their case for 5 minutes, they can be used for approximately 1 hour of playback 5 or approximately 1 hour of talk time. 6 .

AirPods (3rd generation) features

  • The case allows you to charge your headphones several times and listen to music up to 30 hours, 7 and talk on the phone up to 20 hours. 8
  • AirPods (3rd generation) have up to 6 hours of playtime (up to 5 hours with Spatial Audio) 9 or up to 4 hours of talk time on a single charge. 10 .
  • When AirPods (3rd generation) are charged in their case for 5 minutes, they can be used for approximately 1 hour of playback 11 or approximately 1 hour of talk time. 12 .

AirPods Pro (1st generation) features

  • The case allows you to charge the headphones several times and listen to music for up to 24 hours, 13 and talk on the phone for more than 18 hours. 14
  • AirPods can last up to 4.5 hours of play time 15 or up to 3.5 hours of talk time on a single charge. 16
  • When AirPods Pro are charged in their case for 5 minutes, they can be used for approximately 1 hour of playback 17 or approximately 1 hour of talk time. 18

AirPods (2nd generation) features

  • The case allows you to charge your headphones several times and listen to music up to 24 hours, 19 and talk on the phone up to 18 hours. 20
  • AirPods can last up to 5 hours of play time 21 or up to 3 hours of talk time on a single charge. 22
  • If AirPods are charged in their case for 15 minutes, they can play for up to 3 hours 23 or up to 2 hours talk time. 24

Smart Charging on AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation)

Smart Charging reduces battery wear and tear and extends battery life by reducing the amount of time your AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) generations) are in a fully charged state. AirPods Pro, AirPods (3rd generation), and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, based on an analysis of your daily schedule, suspend charging so that the charge level is above 80% just before using the headphones.

AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) Smart Charge feature requires an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; this feature is turned on by default when you set up your device, or when you update iOS or iPadOS to version 15 or later. To disable this feature, open your AirPods case and go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Click the “More Info” button next to your AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) in the list of devices. Disable the Optimized Charging feature.

  1. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using pre-production AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case and software paired with pre-production iPhone 14 Pro Max and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earbud. A discharged AirPods Pro was charged to 100%, and then the music played again until the first earbud stopped playing. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods Pro headphones and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using pre-production AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case and software paired with pre-production iPhone 14 Pro Max and software. The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. A discharged AirPods Pro was charged to 100% and then called again on a cell phone until playback stopped on the first earbud. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods Pro headphones and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  3. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using pre-production AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case and software paired with pre-production iPhone 14 Pro Max and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Listening time with Spatial Audio and Head Tracking was up to 5.5 hours. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using pre-production AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case and software paired with pre-production iPhone 14 Pro Max and software. The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  5. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using pre-production AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case and software paired with pre-production iPhone 14 Pro Max and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. The 5-minute charge test involved charging a depleted AirPods Pro for 5 minutes and then playing music again until the first ear stopped playing. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using pre-production AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case and software paired with pre-production iPhone 14 Pro Max and software. The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. The 5-minute charge test involved charging a depleted AirPods Pro for 5 minutes and then making a cell phone call again until playback stopped on the first ear. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  7. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using pre-production AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with an iPhone 13 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earpiece. AirPods were discharged to 100% charge, and then music played again until the first earbud stopped playing. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods and charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  8. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using pre-production AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with an iPhone 13 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. AirPods were charged to 100% when they were depleted and then called again on the cell phone until playback stopped on the first earbud. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods and charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  9. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using pre-production AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with an iPhone 13 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50%. Listening time with Spatial Audio and Head Tracking was up to 5 hours. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earpiece. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  10. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using pre-production AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with an iPhone 13 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  11. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using pre-production AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with an iPhone 13 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50%. The 5-minute charge test was to charge the empty AirPods for 5 minutes and then play the music again until the first earbud stopped playing. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  12. Testing conducted by Apple in September 2021 using pre-production AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and software paired with an iPhone 13 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50%. The 5-minute charge test involved charging a depleted AirPods for 5 minutes and then making a cell phone call again until playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  13. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using pre-production AirPods Pro headphones, wireless charging case, and software paired with an iPhone 11 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earbud. A discharged AirPods Pro was charged to 100%, and then the music played again until the first earbud stopped playing. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods Pro headphones and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  14. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using pre-production AirPods Pro headphones, wireless charging case, and software paired with an iPhone 11 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. A discharged AirPods Pro was charged to 100% and then called again on a cell phone until playback stopped on the first earbud. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods Pro headphones and the charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  15. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using pre-production AirPods Pro headphones, wireless charging case, and software paired with an iPhone 11 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. With Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode turned off, listening time was up to 5 hours. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  16. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using pre-production AirPods Pro headphones, wireless charging case, and software paired with an iPhone 11 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods Pro battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  17. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using pre-production AirPods Pro headphones, wireless charging case, and software paired with an iPhone 11 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. The 5-minute charge test involved charging a depleted AirPods Pro for 5 minutes and then playing music again until the first ear stopped playing. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  18. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2019 using pre-production AirPods Pro headphones, wireless charging case, and software paired with an iPhone 11 Pro Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50% and active noise canceling was turned on. The 5-minute charge test involved charging a depleted AirPods Pro for 5 minutes and then making a cell phone call again until playback stopped on the first ear. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  19. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using pre-production AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and software paired with an iPhone XS Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earpiece. AirPods were discharged to 100% charge, and then music played again until the first earbud stopped playing. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods and charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  20. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using pre-production AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and software paired with an iPhone XS Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. AirPods were charged to 100% when they were depleted and then called again on the cell phone until playback stopped on the first earbud. The cycle was repeated until both AirPods and charging case were completely discharged. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  21. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using pre-production AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and software paired with an iPhone XS Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: music was played until playback stopped on the first earpiece. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  22. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using pre-production AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and software paired with an iPhone XS Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50%. Testing consisted of completely draining the AirPods battery: the earbuds were in cell phone call mode until audio playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  23. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using pre-production AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and software paired with an iPhone XS Max (pre-release software used). The playlist consisted of 358 unique audios purchased from the iTunes Store (recorded using the AAC codec at 256 kbps). The volume level was set to 50%. The 15-minute charge test had AirPods charged for 15 minutes after they were depleted, and then music played again until the first earbud stopped playing. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.
  24. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2019 using pre-production AirPods (2nd generation), charging case, wireless charging case and software paired with an iPhone XS Max (pre-release software used). The volume level was set to 50%. The 15-minute charge test involved charging a depleted AirPods for 15 minutes and then making a cell phone call again until playback stopped on the first earbud. Battery life may vary depending on device settings and usage patterns, environmental conditions, and many other factors.

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AirPods User Manual

  • Welcome!

    • Identifying your AirPods model

    • How to keep your AirPods (3rd generation) or AirPods Pro (all generations) comfortable

    • AirPods controls

    • Pairing AirPods with an Apple Device

    • Pairing your AirPods with a non-Apple device

    • Charging your AirPods or AirPods Pro

    • Charging your AirPods Max

  • Rename AirPods

    • Audio playback on AirPods (1st or 2nd generation)

    • Audio playback on AirPods (3rd generation)

    • Audio playback on AirPods Pro (all generations)

    • Playing audio on AirPods Max

  • Spatial audio control and head tracking

    • Share audio from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

    • Share Audio with Apple TV 4K

  • Switching AirPods between Apple devices

    • Setting up Siri

    • Using Siri with AirPods (1st or 2nd generation)

    • Using Siri with AirPods (3rd generation)

    • Using Siri with AirPods Pro (all generations)

    • Using Siri with AirPods Max

    • Make and receive calls with AirPods (1st or 2nd generation)

    • Make and receive calls with AirPods (3rd generation)

    • Make and receive calls with AirPods Pro (all generations)

    • Make and receive calls with AirPods Max

  • Listening to and replying to messages

    • Setting up your AirPods (1st and 2nd generation)

    • Change audio settings for AirPods (3rd generation)

    • Audio settings for AirPods Pro (all generations)

    • Change audio settings for AirPods Max headphones

  • Switch between noise reduction mode and transparency mode

    • Headphone adaptation setting

    • Playing the same sound in both AirPods

    • Playing background sounds

    • Live listening

    • Setting the transparency mode

    • Change pressure sensor, touch controls, or buttons settings

    • Adjusting the volume of sound effects

    • Search for AirPods

    • Missing AirPods report

    • Turn on Latitude Network for supported AirPods

    • Get distance alerts in case you forget your AirPods somewhere

  • Unpair, reset, or reset AirPods

    • Important safety and operating information

    • Learn more about AirPods

    • Federal Communications Agency (FCC) Compliance Statement

    • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Compliance Statement

    • Information about ultra-wideband

    • Class 1 Laser Information

    • Apple and the Environment

    • Disposal and recycling

  • Copyright

Charging your AirPods or AirPods Pro

  1. Place your AirPods in the case that came with them.

  2. Close the cover.

    When AirPods are in their case with the lid closed, they turn off to charge.

    AirPods (1st and 2nd generation)

    AirPods (3rd generation)

    AirPods Pro (1st generation)

    AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

904 34 Charging the headphone case AirPods or AirPods Pro

The AirPods or AirPods Pro case can be charged in the following ways.

  • Charging with cable. Connect the case to a power outlet using a Lightning to USB cable and a compatible USB power adapter.

  • Wireless charging case. If you have AirPods (2nd generation) or AirPods (3rd generation) with Wireless Charging Case or AirPods Pro (any generation), place the case with the status indicator facing up in the center of the MagSafe Wireless Charger or Qi Standard Wireless Charger.

    If you have AirPods Pro (2nd generation), you can also place the case with the status light up in the center of the Apple Watch Wireless Charger.

If the case is aligned with the charger, the light will turn on for a few seconds and then turn off while the case continues to charge. By default, the charging case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) also plays sound, but you can turn it off. See Turn off charging case sounds on AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

Checking the battery level

You can check the battery level of your AirPods on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Without taking your AirPods out of the case, open the lid and hold the case close to your device. Wait a few seconds until the screen shows the battery level of your AirPods.

    When your AirPods are connected to your device, you can also open Settings, then tap your AirPods name at the top of the screen to view the charge level.

  • Mac. Open the case cover or remove your AirPods from the case and make sure they are connected to your Mac.