An AirPod not charging? 10 fixes to try

You’re not alone if you’ve had issues charging with your left AirPod or right AirPod by itself. Many AirPods users have reported issues with an AirPod not charging, and it can be frustrating when you can’t use one of your AirPods.

In this article, we’ll look at some common causes of charging problems and provide tips on how to fix them. Note that we used an iOS device for educational screenshots here. If you’re using an Android phone, you may not have access to the full list of troubleshooting options.

Make sure everything is placed correctly

Make sure your Apple AirPods are seated correctly in the charging case and the lid is closed securely. To make sure your AirPods or AirPods Pro are seated properly in their AirPods case and that it’s fully closed, do the following:

  1. Open the charging case by pressing the top and lifting the lid.
  2. Insert each earbud all the way into the case and make sure the contacts on the AirPods and the charging case line up.
  3. Close the charging case by pressing the lid down until you hear a click, indicating that the case is securely closed.

You can also try opening and closing the charging case a few times to make sure it is working properly.

Get an AirPods firmware update

AirPods update automatically as long as your AirPods are charging and within Bluetooth range of your iPhone, Mac or iPad. You will also need to install the latest software update for your Mac, iPhone or iPad. This is a good place to start if you haven’t updated your AirPods.

If you are not sure if your AirPods are updated or not, go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad.

Select the “I” button next to your AirPods list.

You will see the current firmware version in the “About” section.

Google the latest firmware version and if yours is older, leave your AirPod charging next to your device and give them a chance to update.

The charging case is empty

If your AirPods and their charging case have a zero battery level, you’ll need to charge them before you can use them again. To charge your AirPods, simply place them in the charging case and plug the case into a power source using the charging cable that came with your AirPods, or wireless charging if you have a 2nd generation AirPods Pro. Make sure the plug is inserted correctly into the charging port.

The charging case will start charging when connected to a power source. The status light on the front of the case will turn on to indicate that charging is in progress. However, it will take a few hours to fully charge the AirPods and their charging case, so be patient.

Try a different cable or charger

Another potential problem could be with the charging cable. If you’re using a third-party charging cable, it might not provide enough power to charge both AirPods at the same time. Try using the original charging cable with your AirPods to see if that fixes the problem.

Unpair your AirPods

To unpair your AirPods from your device, do the following:

  1. Go to Bluetooth settings on your device and find the AirPods in the list of connected devices.
  1. Select the “I” button next to the AirPods in the list.
  1. To select Forget this device to disconnect your AirPods from your device.

To pair your AirPods with your device again, do the following:

  1. Open the case with your AirPods inside and hold it close to your device.
  2. Go to Bluetooth settings on your device and make sure Bluetooth is enabled.
  3. Your device should automatically detect the AirPods and display a connection request. Just follow the onscreen instructions to complete the pairing process.

Alternatively, you can manually pair your AirPods by pressing and holding the button on the back of the case. This will put the AirPods into pairing mode and you can then select them from the list of available Bluetooth devices on your device.

The AirPods charging case is faulty

If the case is closed properly and you can only charge one AirPod at a time, the charging case itself may be faulty. You may need to contact Apple Support or take the charging case to an Apple store for repair or replacement.

One of your AirPods is faulty

If you do nothing to turn your AirPod back on, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance. In some cases, you may need to have your faulty AirPod replaced by Apple.

Also, if you’re still within the warranty period for your AirPods, you may be able to replace the defective AirPod for free. It’s always a good idea to check the warranty status of your AirPods before contacting Apple Support, as this will give you a better idea of ​​what options are available.

Your AirPod may be water damaged

AirPods are not waterproof and are not designed for wet environments. Apple warns that exposing AirPods to liquid can damage them and that you shouldn’t use them while swimming or showering. If you use them while exercising and sweating a lot or jogging in wet foggy conditions, this increases the chances that the liquid will seep where it shouldn’t.

If your AirPods are exposed to liquid, it’s imperative that you act quickly to minimize the risk of damage. The first thing to do is to gently shake the AirPods to remove excess liquid. Then, use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to clean your AirPods and charging case.

Your AirPods or case need to be cleaned

Another potential fix to try if your AirPod isn’t charging in the case is to clean the charging contacts on the AirPod and the charging case. Over time, these contacts can get dirty or damaged, preventing your AirPods from charging.

To clean the charging contacts, you can use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe away any debris or dirt. Be careful not to use liquids or abrasive materials, as they may damage the charging contacts or cause other problems.

Using isopropyl alcohol and a Q-tip can effectively clean the charging contacts on your AirPods and charging case. However, you should be careful and follow these steps carefully to avoid damaging your AirPods:

  1. Start by turning off the AirPods and removing them from the charging case.
  2. Dip the Q-tip in the isopropyl alcohol, making sure not to saturate it.
  3. Gently swipe the Q-tip over the charging contacts of the AirPods and charging case, being careful not to press too hard. We don’t want to squeeze the liquid out of the Q-Tip.
  4. Let the alcohol evaporate for a few minutes before charging your AirPods again.

It’s important to note that using isopropyl alcohol can damage some materials, so you should be careful not to get it on the plastic or rubber parts of your AirPods. If you are unsure about this method, try using a dry cloth or compressed air.

Replacing the AirPod battery

The user cannot easily replace the battery in an AirPod. AirPods are built to last a long time, with several hours of battery life. However, like all batteries, AirPods batteries will eventually die and need to be replaced.

Given how tiny AirPods are and the complexity of replacing a battery in such a device, replacing the entire Apple device is more likely to be cheaper and faster.

You can replace an individual AirPod if one is faulty or damaged. If you’re having trouble with one of your AirPods and it’s still within the AppleCare warranty period, you may be able to replace it for free by contacting Apple Support.

Can you buy a single AirPod from Apple?

You can purchase a single AirPod from Apple. However, buying a single AirPod can be expensive, and buying new AirPods is more affordable.

To purchase a single AirPod from Apple, contact Apple Support and give them the serial number of your AirPods. Apple will then provide a quote for the individual AirPod and instructions for purchasing it. Don’t buy bulk AirPods from third-party sellers on sites like Amazon as there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to sync that bud to your working AirPod or case (especially if it turns out to be a counterfeit rather than genuine AirPod.)

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