How to check battery on AirPods

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Key takeaways: 
  • Here's how to check AirPod battery status on iPhone/iPad: Put AirPods in a case and hold it close to the device. Open the case. A battery status popup will appear on your screen.
  • On your Mac: Click on the Bluetooth icon in your menu bar. There, you'll see your AirPods if they're connected to your Mac. Here, you can check the battery levels of your AirPods and their charging case.
  • Use Batteries and AirBuddy to monitor and manage the battery levels of your AirPods and other Bluetooth devices. The apps provide real-time updates and send low-battery notifications. Both apps are absolutely free for seven days via Setapp, a platform with more than 240 top Mac, iPhone, iPad, and web apps to tackle almost any task.

You’re in the middle of a great playlist, lost in the music when suddenly your AirPods die. Oops, you’re left with nothing but silence and the realization that you should have checked the battery level before starting your jam session.

Don’t worry, though, because, in this article, we’ll show you how to avoid this unfortunate situation, how to check AirPod battery, and keep it fully charged. Keep reading for tips and tricks you need to have your AirPods ready for whatever tunes you want to listen to next.

How to know if AirPods are charging

The first step in checking the battery in your earbuds is to see if they’re charging. Let’s see how to know if AirPods are charging.

You can tell when your AirPods are being charged by looking for the status light and its color. The status light is a tiny dot of light on your charging case that can glow green, white, or amber. These colors indicate whether your AirPods are charged, connected, or charging, so it’s important to know what they mean.

The location of the status light may vary from model to model. Just look inside the case (between the earbuds) and on the front of the case.

airpods case

Once you know where the status light is located, the next challenge is to interpret what each of the colors means. When the battery is charging, the status light can be green or amber, and it can either be blinking or not blinking. Each of these lights conveys a different piece of information from the other. While this may seem confusing at first, don’t worry.

Here’s a quick guide to what each status light means.

With Airpods inside the case and lid open:

  • An amber light means that your earphones are charging in the case.
  • A green light indicates that the case and AirPods are fully charged.
  • A flashing green light signals about a problem detecting one of your earbuds.
  • A flashing orange or yellow light means something is wrong. It usually indicates a pairing or connection error that can be resolved by resetting your AirPods. Here’s how to resolve AirPods connection issues.

When AirPods are not in the case

  • An amber light means that your case is currently charging.
  • A green light indicates that your case is fully charged.

How to check AirPods battery

Now, let’s see how to check the battery of AirPods.

Checking the battery levels of your AirPods on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad is a quick and easy process.

On your iPhone or iPad, simply open the lid of your AirPods case and hold it near your device. A battery status popup will appear on your screen, showing you the battery levels of your AirPods as well as the battery level of your charging case.

check Airpods level on iPhone


On your Mac, click on the Bluetooth icon in your menu bar. There you’ll see your AirPods if they’re connected to your Mac. Here you can check the battery levels of your AirPods and their charging case.

macOS's Bluetooth option to see AirPods battery charge level

If you’re someone who wants to keep an even closer eye on your AirPods’ battery levels, there are a number of great apps you can try. For example, Batteries is your one-stop control center for easily managing the battery status of your AirPods, iPhone, iPad, and any other Bluetooth device. This lightweight utility replaces your regular Mac battery meter and augments it with real-time battery levels for all your devices. Plus, Batteries automatically notifies you when a battery is low, so you’ll never forget to charge anything again.

Send low battery notification at 20% of AirPods' charge

Now that you know how to check AirPods battery, you might be wondering if there’s a more effective way to pair your AirPods with your Mac than going through the Bluetooth menu. Actually, there is!

ToothFairy is a magical utility that lets you introduce a one-click shortcut to your menu bar to connect your favorite Bluetooth devices, whether it’s AirPods, external speakers, keyboards, etc.

To pair a device with the help of ToothFairy:

  1. Open the app and choose your Bluetooth device
  2. Change the menu bar icon to something representative
  3. Record a shortcut if you want to activate the device even faster
  4. Click OK.

    Show battery status in the menu bar with ToothFairy

Alternatively, you can use OneSwitch to quickly connect your AirPods.

This app also lets you perform a variety of actions that are typically controlled by individual apps. Some of these actions include hiding desktop icons, toggling dark mode, activating a screen saver, and more.

turn on AirPods and control connection


How to add AirPods to the battery widget

One more way to check AirPod battery is the battery widget. This method is for you if you want to see the battery life of your AirPods while you’re wearing them. To display the Battery Widget on your device’s interface, follow these steps:

  1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad and go to the first home page
  2. Then swipe right to get to the widgets page
  3. Next, scroll down and tap Edit
  4. In the upper left corner of the screen, you’ll see a “+” icon. Click on it
  5. Next, when the page loads, scroll to the bottom of the widget list and tap Batteries
  6. When the popup window appears, choose a widget size
  7. Next, choose where you want to place the new widget on the page. Tap Done in the upper right corner
  8. When you finish, you’ll see your AirPods battery life on the widget page, as well as the battery life of your iPhone/iPad and any other connected devices, such as Apple Watch.

AirPods battery widjet

Add widget to iPhone

Adding widgets on a Mac is also a simple process. Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Click the date and time in the upper-right corner of your screen
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the Notification Center to find the Edit Widgets button. Click it
  3. You’ll see a list of widgets that are currently available. Some widgets come in different sizes; click on a size to preview the information it displays.
  4. To add a widget, simply click the “+” icon next to it.

add AirPods widget on your Mac desktop

AirBuddy, on the other hand, offers a number of features designed specifically for AirPods users. For example, it can display the battery levels of your AirPods in a customizable drop-down menu bar, making it easy to see your AirPods’ battery levels at a glance. It also provides more detailed information about your AirPods’ battery, including the battery levels of the left and right AirPods separately and the battery levels of the charging case. In addition, AirBuddy can show your AirPods’ charging status in real-time, and it can even notify you when your AirPods are low on power or when they’re fully charged.

view battery level of all apple devices

The best AirPods battery check method

Checking the battery life of your AirPods is an important step in ensuring uninterrupted listening sessions. By interpreting the color codes of the light, you can tell if your AirPods are charging, fully charged, or if there is a connection error.

Also, there are several ways to check the battery life of your earbuds, including using the built-in battery widget on your iPhone/iPad, Mac, or apps, such as AirBuddy and Batteries. With these little helpers, you can easily manage the battery status of your AirPods and other Bluetooth devices and receive low-battery notifications. If you want to pair AirPods with your Apple devices with a single click, try ToothFairy and OneSwitch.

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