To charge your AirPods, put them in your case. Your case holds multiple, full charges for your AirPods, so you can charge on the go.
To charge your case, plug the Lightning cable that came with your AirPods into the Lightning connector on your case. Then plug the other end of the cable into a USB charger or port. You can charge your case with or without your AirPods inside.
Learn about battery life
- Your AirPods can get up to 5 hours of listening time or 2 hours of talk time on a single charge.
- With multiple charges in your case, you get more than 24 hours of listening time, or up to 11 hours of talk time.
- If you charge your AirPods for 15 minutes in your case, you get up to 3 hours of listening time or over an hour of talk time.
- When the AirPod battery charge is low, you hear a tone in one or both AirPods. You hear the tone one time when the battery charge is low, and a second time right before the AirPods turn off.
Get longer battery life
Your AirPods charge in the case and are ready for you to use as soon as you open the lid.
- To keep your AirPods charged, put them in the case when you're not using them.
- When you charge your AirPods with charging case, you'll get the best, fastest results by using an iPhone or iPad USB charger or plugging into your Mac.
- Repeatedly opening and closing the charging case can reduce the battery charge of the case.
Check the charge status
You can check the charge status of your AirPods with charging case with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
On your iOS device
On your iPhone, open your case lid with your AirPods inside and hold your case close to your device. Wait a few seconds to see the charge status of your AirPods with charging case.
You can also check the charge status of your AirPods with charging case with the Batteries widget on your iOS device. The charge for your case appears only when at least one AirPod is in the case.
On your Mac
- Open the lid or take your AirPods out of the case.
- Click the menu in the menu bar.
- Hover the pointer over your AirPods with charging case in the menu.
Learn about the status light
The status light in your case sits between the spaces for your AirPods:
If your AirPods are in your case, then the light shows the charge status of your AirPods. If not, the light shows the status of your case. Green means charged, and amber means less than one full charge remains. If the light flashes white, your AirPods are ready to set up with one of your devices. If the light flashes amber, you might need to set up your AirPods again.