AirPods charging case

I get it, you just finished using your AirPods and you decide you want to charge the battery case so that you can charge your AirPods.

Unfortunately, when you went to charge your case, it didn’t charge.

This means that when your case runs out of battery, your AirPods aren’t going to charge as well.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to fix your AirPods case so that it can start to charge again.

I’m going to start off with the most reliable solutions first so that you don’t have to keep scrolling down and trying useless solutions.

Why is my AirPods Case not Charging?

The reason your AirPods case isn’t charging is mainly because of a software issue.

There could be a bug that’s causing a failure in the operating system which is preventing the case from being charged.

Down below are a few ways to fix this problem.

Reset your AirPods Case

The first thing you need to do is to reset your AirPods.

This is a very good troubleshooting step to take when trying to fix your AirPods case because there aren’t that many troubleshooting steps you can complete with it.

Resetting your AirPods case is going to clear the operating system which could fix the charging process.

To reset the AirPods case:

  1. Press and hold the setup button on the back of your case
  2. Let go of the button when the status light flashes amber, then flashes white
  3. The battery case should charge now

If this step didn’t work, go to the next step.

Clean the Cases Charging Port

The next thing that you can do in this situation is to clean your AirPods charging port.

Charging ports are notorious for getting lint and dirt stuck in them, especially if you always keep the case in your Jeans – jeans always have lint at the bottom of the pockets.

Before I show you how to clean the case, make sure you don’t use anything wet or metal because this can cause a short circuit, and this can break your AirPods case for good.

To clean the charging port:

  1. Get a static brush or toothpick
  2. Scrape the dirt out
  3. Connect your lightning cable to the case and it should charge

If this step didn’t work, you can try the next step.

Use a Different Cable

The next step that I implore you to take is to change the cable you’re using to charge the case.

If you’re using a cable that isn’t MFI certified, this may be causing the problem.

Fake cables don’t have good connectivity capabilities compared to MFI certified cables.

Once you’ve switch lightning cables, you should check if you’re able to charge your lightning case with it.

If this step didn’t work, go to the last step.

Don’t use an Extension

If you’re using an extension to try and charge your lightning cable, try switching to a wall socket.

If there’s an issue with the extension, it can stop your case from charging properly.

Once you’ve plugged it into a wall socket, the case should start charging.

Bottom Line

Those are all the steps you need to take in order for your AirPods case to charge.

If none of these steps worked, comment down below.

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  1. Thank you for your help! My airpod case would charge with some cable but not the others. While none of the cables has problem with charging my iphone. Any idea on why this happens? Thank you.

  2. My AirPods charge to 100%, but my AirPod case is always at 0% no matter how long I charge it. How do I fix this?

  3. my airpods always get to 100% and my airpods are always at 0%. i’ve tried charging it for many hours on end and it won’t work. it has the indicator that it’s charging too but it won’t.

  4. my airpods always get to 100% and my airpods are always at 0%. i’ve tried charging it for many hours on end and it won’t work. it has the indicator that it’s charging too but it won’t

  5. My case doesn’t charge but it does when I leave the case open while plugged in for some reason. Try that and see if it works.

  6. My airpod case was in my pocket for whole day yesterday and today when i checked it was dead .i tried to charge it today but no indication light .its still dead , trued other lightning cable still nothing, after one hour it showed amber light for a split second and then again nothing . What should i do

  7. Check the wall charging unit as well. I followed all the steps and used apple chargers. I changed the wall unit and that worked. I guess the other one is dying.

  8. My AirPod is charging if I put it to the case, and my AirPod case is also charging but the problem is that case refuse to charge when Airbuds are inside. Case only charge without AirBuds. If I try to charge the case when airbuds inside case shows no light and acting being dead but after couple of hours later case indicates 61% remaining. And airbuds shows 100%. By the way I have checked all the prescribed solutions.

  9. so here is my problem. I will plug in my case to charge it with the airpods in but only the airpods charge. the case stays at 1 percent but as soon as i unplug it it instantly dies. if anyone knows any solutions please reply

  10. This was great. I cleaned out my charging port with a paper clip and got a few big chunks of lint out of it. Walla! It started charging again. Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Really appreciate you doing this.

  11. Thank you so much whoever posted this article, i was so scared i would need to by a new case, and now they work again so thank you

  12. My AirPods we’re charging but my case wasn’t. I had to go all the way to the final step of plugging it into the wall instead of out junction charging point. Finally, my case is charging. Thank you so much for your help!!

  13. Reset mine and didn’t seem to change anything. But different cables (and using a wall plug, not a power bank) seems to be working.
    Not sure if it’s the reset or cables though ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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