It’s been nearly 4 years since Apple introduced the AirPods. Since then, everything is pretty much the same; people love them, marvel about their greatness, and hope they remain as good as new. In all fairness, it won’t be wrong to say that the AirPods haven’t lived up to the expectation.
However, that is how it should be as users spend a hefty price in order to get them. Apple’ AirPods guarantee durability, but recently some users are facing this issue where the AirPods drain much quicker than they are supposed to. A little dip in battery life is expected over the course of time but if it is draining faster than usual then you may have to address this issue.
Why does this happen?
Understandably, batteries deteriorate with age but it shouldn’t be as bad as some people are experiencing. Many people believe that the AirPods’ batteries are too small and hence they are less eternal. First, Apple should look into this matter as the amount they are charging for these AirPods makes them too expensive to be considered disposable. Next, if Apple has gone with a small battery in the first place then they should bring down the price for replacing batteries of AirPods which stands at staggering $69 each.
Now for the users’ part, handle with care is the first thing they need to do. If you are often leaving your AirPods on your table instead of putting them in the case then you are asking for trouble. Secondly, make sure that you do not overcharge your AirPods. Some users have this weird habit of putting the AirPods on charge even when they have ample battery left in them. Unnecessary charging of any battery is dangerous for any battery’ health and AirPods’ battery isn’t any exception. Users also need to watch out for any physical damage and make sure they do their best to maintain these earphones.
What to do about it?
Now you may have developed an understanding of why this battery draining issue occurs, and how to avoid it. Honestly, avoiding this to happen is often not under users’ control. You would give your best in maintenance, but will still end up with this problem. So, what you can do is to learn the techniques that can help address this problem. Luckily, there are a few ways to get rid of this issue. Some of them are credible while others depend on your luck. Have a look at some of the troubleshooting techniques that you can apply to address the battery drainage issue in AirPods.
Reset the AirPods:
You may have already seen it coming, didn’t you? Well, the matter of fact is that resetting the AirPods is a technique widely used by so many users regardless of the problem they are facing. Surprisingly, this technique has an amazing success rate when it comes to troubleshooting. One of the main advantages of starting your troubleshooting with this trick is that it involves no technicality and anyone can perform a reset. If you know the drill already then great, if you don’t, here are the steps that you need to follow.
The first step you need to take is to put your AirPods back in the charging case.
Now, locate the Round Button at the backside of the case.
Press-hold this button for 10 to 15 seconds until you see a white flashing light inside the case. This white flashing light is an indication that the AirPods have been successfully reset.
Fully Drain the AirPods’ Battery:
As said earlier, some lucky people have got this issue addressed by merely resetting the AirPods. However, if that didn’t work for you then do not worry, there is still a lot you can do about it. The next step you need to take is to fully drain your AirPods battery. Keep using both the AirPods until they go 0 in battery percentage. Another thing you need to do is to make sure that you also fully drain the battery of charging case.
Once you have emptied the tank for AirPods and charging case, put the AirPods in the Charging case and charge both the devices to 100%. This combination of reset/drain/recharge re-calibrates the battery life measurement system, and they no longer die quicker than the usual. Again, it is all about getting lucky as some people have tried this trick to no avail while others have benefitted from it.
Un-pair and Reconnect:
If resetting AirPods didn’t help the cause then you should consider un-pairing the AirPods from your device and reconnect them from scratch. Remember, un-pairing the AirPods from your iPhone automatically un-pairs them from your iPad, Apple Watch and Mac but doing the same from your iPad only un-pairs them form the iPad and not any other device. Here is what you need to do.
1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.
2. Tap on the option Bluetooth.
3. Under My Devices tap the Information button, an ‘I’ enclosed in a circle beside your AirPods.
4. Now choose the option Forget this Device.
5. Confirm your action by hitting Forget Device.
6. Doing this will un-pair the AirPods from the device.
7. Now the first part of un-pairing is done. Next, you need to put the AirPods in the charging case and make sure they are fully charged. Reconnect your AirPods by following the given steps.
8. Open your AirPods charging case next to your iPhone.
9. Tap Connect on the Control Centre pop-up that appears.
10. Once connected, keep using the AirPods to see if there are any improvement with the battery life.
Get the AirPods Battery Replaced:
As discussed earlier, Apple needs to make the battery replacement cheaper. People spend a hefty amount of money on AirPods and the least Apple can do to repay them is to make AirPods. Battery replacement cheaper. If your AirPods are under warranty then you can get them replaced at $49 each. If the warranty has expired then it will cost you $69 each. This method will be really helpful if one of your AirPods is draining faster than the other. If your both AirPods are draining quicker, then you are better off replacing the pods instead of the battery.
Use one AirPod at a time:
This is far from perfect, but if you are unable to get this issue addressed then you need to play smart. What you can do is to use one of your AirPod while the other is charging. When the first AirPod is about to give out, put in your other AirPod and put the first AirPod back in the case for charging. Sure, it won’t be ideal, but at least it will help you with a bit of longevity.
So, these are some techniques that you can use to counter the issue with the AirPods. There is no guarantee that these techniques will work for every user, but this is the best they can do by themselves. Apple, on the other hand, needs to take some action regarding this matter. It is either that they make batteries more powerful or they should offer battery replacement for cheaper.