How do I know if my AirPod batteries are healthy?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

To determine if your AirPod batteries are healthy, there are a few methods you can use. The first method is to check the charge status of your AirPods using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Simply open the lid of your AirPods case while the AirPods are inside and hold the case close to your device. After a few seconds, the charge status should appear on your device’s screen.

Alternatively, you can also check the charge status of your AirPods using the Batteries widget on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To do this, swipe right on your home screen or lock screen to access the Today View. Scroll down to find the Batteries widget, which displays the battery levels of your connected devices, including your AirPods. If the Batteries widget is not visible, you can add it by tapping the “Edit” button at the bottom of the Today View and selecting the “+” icon next to the Batteries widget.

When checking the charge status of your AirPods, you should see a percentage indicating their current battery level. Ideally, both the left and right AirPods should have similar battery percentages. If there is a significant difference between the two, it may indicate an issue with one of the AirPods or its battery.

In addition to checking the charge status, there are a few signs that can indicate the overall health of your AirPod batteries. If you notice that your AirPods are not holding a charge for as long as they used to, or if they frequently die quickly after being fully charged, it could be a sign that the batteries are deteriorating. Similarly, if you experience frequent disconnections or connectivity issues, it could be related to the battery health. It’s worth noting that the battery life of AirPods generally decreases over time as the batteries naturally degrade, so these signs may be normal after extended use.

If you suspect that your AirPod batteries are not performing as they should, you might consider contacting Apple Support for further assistance. They can help diagnose any potential issues and provide recommendations for troubleshooting or potential battery replacements if necessary.

In my personal experience, I have had AirPods for several years and have noticed a gradual decrease in battery life over time. Initially, I could use them for hours on end without needing to recharge, but now I find myself needing to charge them more frequently. While this is expected due to the natural degradation of the batteries, it is still important to monitor their health and consider potential replacement options if needed.

To summarize, you can check the charge status of your AirPods by opening the case lid and holding it close to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also use the Batteries widget on your device to view the battery levels. Signs of deteriorating battery health include shorter battery life, frequent disconnections, and connectivity issues. If you have concerns about your AirPod batteries, it’s best to contact Apple Support for further assistance.