How to Fix the AirPods Charging Case Battery Drain Issue
Apple, in its decision to remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack from its newest iPhone, released the AirPods as an alternative. The AirPods are wireless headphones that sense when they are in your ears and pause when you take them out. They can be used with your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computer.
Some users are reporting battery drain issues with the AirPods. It follows reports of people complaining with battery drain issues with the new MacBook Pro.
The charging case has its own battery. It charges up the AirPods when you put them in the case. Apple promotes the case as having 24 hours worth of charge, but there are reports of drains of up to 40 percent even when your AirPods are fully charged and you aren’t using them much. In some of these instances the cases reportedly lose 15 to 20 percent of their charge overnight.
It’s not sure yet how widespread the problem is.
How to Fix the AirPods Charging Case Battery Drain Issue:
Reset Your AirPods
Resetting your AirPods may clear the issue and cause your AirPods to start working better again.
Step 1: Press and hold the setup button for about 15 seconds until you see the status light flash amber a few times then white.
Step 2: Reconnect the AirPods with your devices. Start by pressing the home button of your iPhone.
Step 3: Open the AirPods case and hold it next to your iPhone.
Step 4: A startup animation will appear on your iPhone.
Step 5: Tap on Connect.
Step 6: Tap on done.
Fully drain and recharge AirPods and charging case and recharge
Another reported solution is to completely drain the battery of your AirPods and case. Once you do so, recharge them and see if that solves your battery drain issue.
Wait it out and see what happens
Some users are deciding that this is an issue with the initial charge of the AirPods that will clear up as you continue to use them. If that’s what you believe, do nothing and wait to see if it improves.
Seek a replacement
At the other end of the spectrum is asking for a replacement of your AirPods. Apple has reportedly given replacement AirPods to users who have complained of these issues. It will take time to see if those same users have problems after trying out the replacement AirPods.
Some users have also sought a refund instead of a replacement.
Another possible hurdle is if you request a replacement, is there one available or will it have to be backordered? At least one customer complained that it would take weeks.
It’s not known yet if Apple is working on a solution. Part of the question will be whether it can be fixed via a software upgrade or whether there’s some other defect that hadn’t been spotted until now.
Either way hopefully these solutions have helped you solve your Apple AirPods problem. Enjoy your tunes and your Apple device.
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