Why are my AirPods plugged in but not charging?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

There could be several reasons why your AirPods are plugged in but not charging. I will provide a detailed explanation of each possible cause:

1. Faulty charging cable: The first thing you should check is the charging cable itself. Ensure that it is not damaged or frayed. A damaged cable may not be able to deliver power to your AirPods properly. If you suspect the cable is faulty, try using a different cable to see if the issue persists.

2. Faulty power adapter: The power adapter that you plug the charging cable into may also be the culprit. Check if the adapter is working by connecting another device, such as your iPhone, to the same adapter and outlet. If the other device charges without any issues, then the power adapter is likely not the problem.

3. Faulty or short-circuited outlet: Sometimes, the issue may lie with the outlet itself. Plug another device, like your iPhone, into the same outlet and see if it charges properly. If the other device charges without any problems, then the outlet is likely working fine. However, if the outlet is faulty or short-circuited, it may not provide sufficient power to charge your AirPods.

4. Dirty charging port: Over time, the charging port on your AirPods may accumulate dirt, lint, or debris, which can prevent proper charging. Inspect the charging port and clean it carefully using a soft, dry cloth or a small brush. Be gentle to avoid damaging the port. After cleaning, try charging your AirPods again.

5. Software issue: Occasionally, a software glitch can prevent your AirPods from charging. Try resetting your AirPods by placing them in the charging case, then press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the LED indicator flashes amber. Release the button and reconnect your AirPods to your device. This may resolve any software-related issues.

6. Battery issue: If none of the above solutions work, it is possible that the battery in your AirPods is faulty or nearing the end of its lifespan. If your AirPods are still under warranty, contact Apple Support for assistance. They may be able to diagnose the problem and provide a solution or replace your AirPods if necessary.

If your AirPods are plugged in but not charging, check the charging cable, power adapter, outlet, and charging port for any issues. Try using different cables, adapters, and outlets to narrow down the problem. Also, consider cleaning the charging port and resetting your AirPods. If all else fails, contact Apple Support for further assistance.