I recently purchased a new pair of AirPods, and I was excited to experience the convenience of wireless earbuds. But after a few days of use, I quickly realized that my AirPods were dying very quickly. I was frustrated and wanted to figure out why my AirPods were losing charge so fast. So, I did some research and testing to try and troubleshoot the issue. Now, I’m here to share with you what I discovered and how I solved the problem.
Likely reasons why your AirPods lose charge fast are a broken battery, broken charger, debris in the charger, battery degradation due to lots of use, water damage, or because you are using them to talk a lot.
|Reset the AirPods
|Follow the reset process for AirPods
|Check the case has any charge
|Charge the case if it’s low on battery
|Put the AirPods back in the case when not in use
|Keep the AirPods in the charging case when not in use
|Check extreme temperatures
|Avoid using AirPods in extreme temperatures
|Charge them when not in use
|Keep the AirPods charged when not in use
|Turn off the mic
|Turn off the microphone when not needed
|Lower the volume
|Decrease the volume when listening
|Ensure the case is clear of debris
|Clean the charging case regularly
|Check if they are actually charging fully
|Monitor the charging status of the AirPods
|Take them to Apple if needed
|Contact Apple Support if none of the above solutions work
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Why do my AirPods lose charge so fast?
Below are likely reasons why your AirPods have been losing charge so quickly.
It could be the case that the battery is broken. This would be more likely if only one of the AirPods have been losing charge quickly or if it has started after they both got wet.
In this case, the best option would be to take them to an Apple store to see if you can get them fixed or replaced.
It might also be the case that the charging case is broken. This would be more likely if your AirPods are not actually charging to 100%.
You can check the charge status of your AirPods by putting them in the case and opening the lid next to an iPhone or iPad. A popup should appear that shows you how much charge is in the AirPods.
However, it might also be due to debris in the charger, so it would help to check to see if there is debris in the charger.
Read more: Can you use a 30W charger for AirPods?
You need to reset the AirPods
It is possible that an issue with the connection between your AirPods and their connected devices is what is causing the AirPods to drain quickly. To fix this, try resetting your AirPods.
To reset your AirPods, do the following:
- Put your AirPods in the case
- Open the lid
- Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
- Reconnect your AirPods to your devices. You will need to forget your AirPods from your devices before reconnecting them.
Read more: Are AirPods easy to lose?
The case does not have any charge in it
Another possible issue is that the case does not have any charge in it. If the case does not have any charge in it, the case will not be able to charge your AirPods when you put them in the case. This will result in your AirPods not having a long battery life.
Not putting the AirPods back in the case
When you are not using AirPods, they will stay connected and use up power unless you put them in the case. To maximize the battery life of AirPods, it is important to keep them in the case when you are not using them.
Over time, the capacity of lithium-ion batteries will degrade.
If you have had your AirPods for a number of years and they have gone through 100s of charging cycles, and your AirPods have gradually reduced in battery life, the most likely cause would be that the battery has degraded as a result.
In this case, the best option would be to keep your AirPod’s charging case with you so that you can quickly charge them when you need to charge them.
If you recently dropped both of your AirPods, it might have caused the battery to die faster.
However, this would be more likely if only one of your AirPods have started to have less battery life or if they were dropped from a very high height.
Being charged or used in extreme temperatures can also cause batteries to die faster. If you have been using them in extreme temperatures, it would be likely that the temperature has a lot to do with it.
If your AirPods recently got wet, it could also be the reason why they have been dying quickly. None of the AirPods are waterproof. Only the 3rd gen AirPods and the AirPods Pro are water resistant.
How you are using them
The mic will cause the battery to drain a lot faster.
If you have been using the mic a lot, it would be likely to be the reason why your AirPods have been dying quickly. This would also be more likely if only one of the AirPods have been dying faster.
The reason for this is that only one AirPod actually gets used as a mic. In this case, you could try changing the active microphone by going to the Bluetooth settings for your AirPods on your iPhone.
In addition, if you have been playing the AirPods at a high volume a lot, it would also cause the AirPods to drain quickly.
Other factors to remember are the age of the AirPods. Old AirPods will drain more quickly because each use cycle reduces the battery capacity. Also, you can extend the battery life of the AirPods slightly by turning off smart features such as the noise-canceling or transparency modes.
Why do my AirPods pro lose charge so fast?
Your AirPod Pros might be losing charge quickly for any of the reasons that regular AirPod pros might be losing charge fast. It is also the case that transparency mode and noise-canceling mode drains the battery a bit faster.
In order to extend your AirPod Pro’s battery life, you could try turning the transparency mode or noise-canceling mode off if you are using an Apple device.
Why is my AirPods case losing charge so fast?
(broken, it is not being charged fully, temperature, old, wrong charger)
If your AirPods case is losing charge quickly it could be due to the following reasons:
It could be the case that your AirPods case is broken.
This would be more likely if your AirPods case is not charging the AirPods fully and if it has started happening suddenly.
In this case, your only option is going to be to replace the case. You can buy just the case online.
Not being charged fully
It could also be the case that your case is not being charged fully. When you start charging the case, it will either light up orange or green.
A green light means that it is fully charged. When you finish charging the case, take the charger out and put it back in again to see what color light appears. If it is not green, the case is not fully charged.
You can also see how much charge the AirPods case has by opening it near an iPad or iPhone.
Again, it could be the case that you have been using it in extreme temperatures. In this case, it is likely that the temperature is causing the damage.
Lots of use
As mentioned above, batteries only have a certain number of charge cycles.
If you have owned your AirPods for longer than a year and you have used them a lot, it would likely that the battery in the case has degraded slightly due to being used a lot.
How to get my AirPods to stay charged for longer?
Below are options you have when getting your AirPods to stay charged for longer.
Charge them when not in use
If your AirPod’s battery is getting old or has been used a lot, it would be likely that it has degraded as a result, like all batteries do when they are used a lot.
In this case, the best option would be to make sure that you always have the charger with you so that you can quickly charge them when needed.
It only takes 20 minutes for them to be charged fully and a 5 minute charge gives 1 hour use when they are new.
Turn off the mic
As mentioned above, if you are using the mic a lot, it will cause the battery to run out faster.
It would help to try to mute the mic when possible and it would also help to change the mic that is being used by going to the AirPods settings on your iPhone.
Lower the volume
If you are using the AirPods with the volume high, it would also help to lower the volume.
It is actually strongly recommended that you do not put the volume too high anyway because it can damage your hearing.
Ensure the case is clear of debris
It would help to check that there are no debris inside the case since it might be causing your AirPods not to be charged properly.
Make sure you are actually charging them fully
It would also help to make sure that the AirPods are actually being charged fully.
When you open the case, while the AirPods are inside the case, it should light up green to show you that they are fully charged. If it lights up orange, it means that they are still charging.
Take them to Apple
Finally, if the battery life is really bad, the only option you have really is to take them to Apple. They might be able to fix them, but more likely they will offer a replacement.
Why is one AirPod losing charge so fast?
If only one AirPod is losing charge quicky, it could be because it is damaged, it is the AirPod that is used as a mic or there is debris in that side of the case.
It would help to check if that AirPod is the one that is being used as a mic and to switch it to the other AirPod if it is. You can do this by going to the AirPods settings in the Bluetooth screen on your iPhone.
Why do my AirPods die so fast on facetime?
If your AirPods die fast on Facetime specifically, it would be more likely to be because the mic is being used a lot.
In this case, it would help to try to switch the mic that is being used in the AirPods section on your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings.
It would also help to try resetting and reconnecting your AirPods to the phone since it might be the case that there is a connection issue.