AirPods case not charging – Quick fix instructions

I know that feeling. You end up a busy day and your AirPods have no battery left. You put them back in your charger and lave them alone. The next day you take out your headphones just to realize the battery is at 0%.

Why? How could this happen if your charger was plugged in?

Well, if your AirPods case is not charging anymore let us help you do a quick series of fixes before you take them back to Apple’s store.

AidPods or Case? where’s the problem?

While many people report problems with their AirPods not charging even if the charger has battery left, your case is different. Your AirPods still charge without problems, but the problem is your case isn’t charging up and it can’t pass that battery juice to your headphones after that.

While the case being faulty isn’t as common as one (or both) AirPods having problems, it still happens sometimes, and it’s easy to identify because the moment you plug it you see a light, and your AirPods might even charge if you put them back in the case, but once the case is unplugged they stop charging and the case remains at 0%.

This is mainly a software issue, which is good because it means it can be solved. In some cases, it could be a faulty case as well, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves and follow these quick fixes to see if your charger works again.

Quick Fix 1 – Change your USB cable

Unless you have a wireless case, and even then, try plugging it to your computer or wall charger with another USB-to-lightning cable and see if that works. Sometimes we think a device is damaged but a faulty USB cable could be behind the problem.

After all, we use USB cables all the time and they tend to break or lose strength after a while. Sometimes the pins in the lightning connector get rusty or dusty or both, so make sure you clean it if possible, but testing it with a second cable is the best way to discard this accessory and move to the next step.

Quick Fix 2 – Try another charger

If you’re charging your AirPods case with a USB wall adapter, try plugging it to another one before anything else. If you have a Mac or PC also plug it in 2 different ports at least to see if the charger is the problem or not. If both the cable and charger are OK and they work with other devices (i.e. iPhone or other USB devices), then it’s probably a case’s problem.

At least now you know you won’t look like a fool when you arrive to the Apple store and everything works fine with their chargers/cables.

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Quick Fix 3 – Reset your AirPods case

Remember we said it could be a software issue? Well, if the problem isn’t the cable or the charger you can still try to reset your case and see if that works.

To reset the AirPods case locate the setup button in the back of it. Press and hold it for 15 seconds or until the light flashes amber and then white. The case should be restored now to default and you could try again and see if it charges.

However, since your case might be completely out of battery you can also try connecting it to the charger for a minute or two, open the lid with both headphones inside and reset it again to see if that works.

Most of the time this completely fixes your problem, however, if this didn’t work read below.

Quick Fix 4 – Clean the AirPod’s case charging port

Whether you have a wireless or wired case, try cleaning the lightning charging port and see if that helps. Charging ports are commonly transported in our jeans or backpacks and it can grab dust and other small particles from the bottom of our pockets.

Don’t use any liquid or cleaning substances to clean it. If you see something inside, try blowing it away. Otherwise, you can also try cleaning it with a toothbrush just to make sure a pin isn’t being blocked by dust or dirt.

Connect your charging cable and try again.

Slow Fix – Take it to the Apple store

Finally, if none of the 4 fixes before worked out, and your AirPod’s case stopped working suddenly, it might be time to visit the Apple store and see what a genius tells you. These problems are more common than people think, so most probably they’ll know how to fix it, or if not, you might get a new replacement as long as you’re under warranty.

That’s it. Hopefully, this article will help you fix your Airpod’s case before running to your closest Apple store and leave any comments or suggestions if you have anything else to add!

4 thoughts on “AirPods case not charging – Quick fix instructions”

  1. I have had constant problems with my AirPod 2 right pod not holding a charge. I would charge the case, see that both pods and case were at 100% on the IPhone battery widget in the evening. The next morning, after just sitting on my desk, the right pod was down to nothing, maybe 0%. It was replaced “under warranty”, but the replacement started exhibiting the same symptom.

    It appears that if I “wiggle” the right pod in the case, the IPhone battery widget will show the lightening bolt on the right pod as charging. But again, the next morning, it doesn’t registered on the battery widget, or shows 0%.

    Something definitely wrong here


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