What to Do If One AirPod Drains Faster

Lately, there was a debate going on the Reddit that if the left AirPod drains quicker than the right one. Technically, one would be sure enough to say that it can’t be true. However, some AirPods users are now complaining that one of their AirPods is draining quicker than the other one. That doesn’t suggest that the debate on Reddit has its concrete conclusion. It could be the right AirPod draining quicker than the left and vice versa. This article will instead focus on explaining the solutions if one of your AirPods start draining quicker than the other one.

Why Does One AirPod Drain Faster Than The Other?

It’s likely because of the physical battery in the device. One reason why one of your AirPods drains faster than the other is that you’ve been using that AirPod more. Sometimes you might leave an AirPod in for a phone call or listen to music with one. Doing this causes one AirPod to lose battery faster than the other.

Using one a lot more than the other will cause it to have more cycles and cause the battery to deteriorate faster. Unfortunately, the batteries on AirPods tend to die after 1 and 1/2 years, and the batteries are essentially unreplaceable. It might also be that you keep one plugged in far too much, causing the battery to deteriorate from always being connected to power.

Drain that AirPod Fully and then Charge:

If one of your AirPods is draining quicker than the other then you can try draining the battery of weaker AirPod until it is completely dead. Once it is dead, put it on charge and let it be fully charged prior to using it. You can also drain both the AirPods fully and then charge them together to calibrate. Doing this will also address the issue in the weak AirPod.

Reset the AirPods:

Again, this solution is not specific to a single AirPod, but it will likely get the job done for the weaker AirPod. All you need to do 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. Now you would have to reconnect the AirPods with your iPhone.

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, see if both the AirPods are functioning properly.

Get the AirPods Battery Replaced:

This method will be really helpful if one of your AirPods is draining faster than the other. If your AirPods are still under warranty then you can get their battery replaced for $49 each. However, if they aren’t under warranty then it would cost you $69 each for battery replacement. You can consider replacing the battery only for the AirPod that is draining faster.

Make sure you get it done from an authentic store to avoid any damages. This troubleshooting is costly, but it guarantees that the AirPod won’t drain quickly. If both AirPods are having battery issues then do not consider replacing the battery, instead, replace the AirPods as they would cost you a little more than the battery replacement.