The battery life of an AirPod is precious and needs to be looked after. There are many reasons why they die so quickly, from higher volume, overusing them, to unnecessary features and many more, and there are ways to prevent this from happening.
This article will talk through ten of the most common things you can do to extend your AirPods battery life so you can listen to music flawlessly all day long.
1. Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection
This feature is designed to let your pods know when your ears are away from the device, so it will automatically pause whatever you are listening to so you don’t miss anything. While this is an excellent feature, it does drain a significant percentage of battery from your pods, leading to audio skipping or cutting out.
The best solution is to turn this feature off, which you can do by going to your Bluetooth settings, clicking on the “i” icon next to your Airpods name and then pressing ‘Deactivate’. It means your podcast won’t pause if your pods fall out, but it will save your battery life a ton!
2. Turn the Volume Down
As said in the intro, one of the common reasons for your battery life dying so quickly can be due to loud volume. The higher the volume, the quicker it will drain, so ensuring that your settings are on the acceptable listening percentage will help keep your battery nice and full.
Not only that but listening to music too loud through your AirPods can lead to permanent hearing issues and damage, so making sure it is at a suitable level is extremely important.
3. Use One AirPod at a Time
When you have AirPods, they come in a charging case that when pods are placed inside, they will automatically charge up, so if you are taking both pods out at the same time, you will run out of battery life faster and then you have no headphones to listen to your videos through.
But if you just take one out and leave the other one to charge, once that pod in your ear has died, you can place that dead one in the case and then take the fully charged one out to carry on listening to your videos. You can listen just as easily with just one Airpod in as you can with two.
4. Keep Out of Extreme Temperatures
AirPods have Lithium-ion batteries in them, which means they are easily affected by extreme temperatures.
Whether it is too hot outside or too cold, these temperatures can affect the battery life of your AirPods and the overall effectiveness of the pods themselves. Extreme temperatures can cause permanent damage to the AirPods, so make sure always to keep them protected within their case if the temperature is too low or high.
5. Keep Inside Charging Case
It may seem harmless to just take your AirPods out and leave them on a table when not using them, but this can cause your pods to consume a lot more battery life than if you were to just place them back inside their case.
Putting them back in the charging case will keep them nice and fully charged, but also, it will make sure they are kept safe and protected, so you don’t lose any of them or any of the pods get damaged.
6. Only Open Charging Case Lid When Needed
You may not have known this, but if you are fiddling with the charging case lid by opening and closing it, you can actually cause your AirPods to consume much more battery life. So making sure to keep it closed when not using them and only to open the case when retrieving or putting back your pods is vital to keeping your pods at total battery capacity.
7. Turn Off Noise Cancellation If Not Needed
Noise Cancellation was integrated into the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max. This allows you to take calls and listen to audio without the disruption of the outside world. Although this is a very handy feature to have, it can consume quite a substantial amount of battery.
If you are in a quiet place and there isn’t much need for the noise cancellation feature, it can become pointless in that setting and drain and consume your battery, leaving you headphone-less and sad. So the best thing to do is to turn it off.
To turn off your noise cancellation, you can:
- Go to Settings and Clicking on “Accessibility”,
- Then find “Audio/Visual”, select “Headphone Accommodations”, and turn it on,
- Finally, toggle “Custom Transparency Mode” on.
8. Reset Your AirPods
Sometimes when your battery is draining unexpectedly and constantly, it may be due to a software issue which can be resolved by resetting your AirPods.
How to Reset Your AirPods
- Put the AirPods into the charging case.
- Flip the case lid open and proceed to move your device close to the case.
- Click the Airpod Option and then select “Forget this Device.”
- Once disconnected, hold down the device’s setup button, which is on the back of the charging case.
- Hold it for 15 seconds, and then this will reset your AirPods.
- Finally, reconnect your AirPods to a new device and keep the case lid open throughout.
9. Turn Off Unused Apps or Devices
If you have any apps or devices connected to your AirPods that you are not using at that moment, it can affect the battery capacity of your AirPods.
So turning off or swiping away any unused apps on your devices will help keep your pod’s battery healthy and fully charged.
10. Replacing Old AirPods
After the first two years, your AirPods will slowly decline as batteries are consumable, so they are not designed to last forever. So if your AirPods batteries are being used up quickly, it could be the old software and batteries giving out.
So to resolve this, you are better off just replacing them with a new pair or getting the batteries replaced; either option is effective.
These are just the ten most common things you can try to help your AirPods battery life and stop it from dying so quickly.
Please keep them in the charging case when not using them, and keep the volume down because these are the two most common ways for your battery to drain.
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