Why Do My AirPods Die So Fast?

9 Common Issues and How to Fix Them

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Have your AirPods ever stopped working suddenly between an important work presentation and left you embarrassed? Are you regularly charging your AirPods Pro but frustrated with rapid battery drainage? Well, then you also probably want to ask – why do my AirPods die so fast?

Despite their excellent sound quality, sleek design, and innovative technology, your AirPods can act up sometimes, especially when it comes to their battery. Nevertheless, you don’t need to worry because we are here to help.

In this post, we’ll discuss why your AirPods’ battery is draining so rapidly. We’ll describe the factors that can affect the battery life of your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, tell you how you can check your AirPods’ battery life, and more. Keep reading to get your answers!

Why Do My AirPods Keep Dying So Fast?

Whether you are using AirPods (1st generation), AirPods Pro (2nd generation) or AirPods Max, here are nine common reasons why your AirPods’ battery is draining so quickly:

1. Battery Age and Health

All batteries come with a specific lifespan, post which their performance starts to deteriorate. And, your AirPods’ lithium-ion battery is no different. In fact, each time you charge your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, the battery capacity slightly decreases. 

Therefore, if your AirPods are old and you have subjected them to infinite charging cycles, their battery life may have reduced. 

2. Usage on High Volume

All AirPods, irrespective of their make or model, deliver fantastic sound performance. However, they require significant energy to deliver high-quality audio at maximum volume. This can reduce their battery life.

Therefore, if you prefer using your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max at maximum volume (especially for longer periods), their battery life may be diminishing.

3. Active Noise Cancelation and Transparency Mode

AirPods Pro and AirPods Max come with advanced features such as Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) and Transparency Mode. 

The ANC features utilizes advanced technology to cancel out external noise and provide you with a focused, distraction-free listening experience. On the other hand, the Transparency Mode allows you to remain aware of your surroundings by blending background noise with the audio. 

These features require significant power to function. Therefore, they can reduce your AirPods’ battery life. 

So if your AirPods’ battery is draining rapidly but it’s not old or you are not using your AirPods on maximum volume, consider checking if the ANC or Transparency Mode features is enabled. 

Use Advanced Features
Advanced Features in AirPods

4. Bluetooth Connectivity

The AirPod, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max come with seamless wireless connectivity; thanks to the Bluetooth technology! However, constant transfer of data between your AirPods and other Bluetooth devices can drain your AirPods’ battery life. 

Moreover, if your AirPods are connected to multiple devices or a device that is considerably far in terms of your AirPods’ Bluetooth range, the battery drainage may be more rapid.

Please note that your AirPods automatically switch on and connect to your Bluetooth device as soon as you take them out of their charging case. This can also lead to battery drainage, even when you are not actively using your AirPods. 

5. Firmware Problems

All AirPods models use firmware, a specialized software that controls the AirPods’ hardware. 

In simpler words, your AirPods’ firmware enables you to use them with your iPhone, iPad, or other Bluetooth devices. The firmware also controls key functions, such as battery usage, connectivity, spatial audio, ANC and so on. 

Apple regularly releases firmware upgrades to fix errors or upgrade the AirPods’ performance. These upgrades are automatically applied to your AirPods when they are connected to an Apple device and charging. 

But sometimes, these upgrades or updates come with technical glitches that can reduce your AirPods’ battery life. 

Outdated firmware error
Outdated Firmware Error

6. Environmental Factors

Certain environmental factors such as extreme weather conditions (too hot or too cold) can also lead to battery drainage issues in your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. Yes, that’s unbelievable but true! 

Per a research conducted by the University of Michigan, using your AirPods in extremely hot or cold weather for extended periods can accelerate the degradation of their lithium-ion batteries. 

7. Faulty Charging Case

Sometimes, the AirPods’ charging case is responsible for their quick death. A faulty charging case may not fully charge your AirPods, causing their battery to drain quickly. 

8. Unoptimized Settings

Certain settings on your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max can lead to fast battery drainage. For example, settings like Automatic Ear Detection, which pauses audio when you take off your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max and resumes it when you wear them back, could use significant battery power. 

Similarly, using “Hey Siri” now and then can quickly drain your AirPods’ battery as they remain on standby to receive voice commands.

9. Water Damage

The AirPods’ battery can be adversely affected by exposure to moisture and steam. Gradually, this can cause the battery to diminish in its capacity to retain power efficiently.

Consequently, you might observe a marked decline in the battery life of your AirPods. If you find yourself questioning why your AirPods are running out of juice at a rapid pace, it’s prudent to consider the possibility of water-related damage.

How to Maximize Your AirPods’ Battery Life?

Now that you have identified eight reasons that are affecting your AirPods’ battery health, here are some quick tips to maximize your AirPods’ battery life!

1. Monitor the Battery’s Health

As you already know by now, the health of your AirPods’ battery can deteriorate with time. Therefore, ensure you monitor the battery health regularly. 

Avoid exposing your AirPods to extreme weather conditions for extended periods. 

We also recommend allowing the battery to drain completely before charging it. A full discharge can calibrate the AirPods’ battery and enhance its longevity. 

How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using iPhone/iPad?

  • Ensure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad.
  • Open the lid of your AirPods’ charging case without removing the AirPods. 
  • Hold the charging case near your iPhone or iPad.
  • You will see a pop-up window on the screen with your AirPods’ battery status and health details.
How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using iPhone/iPad?
How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using iPhone/iPad?

How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using the “Batteries” Widget?

  • Add the “Batteries” widget to your iPhone or iPad’s home screen or today’s view .
  • Check the widget to determine the battery life of all the devices that are connected to your iPhone or iPad, including your AirPods.
Please note that the option to add the “Batteries” widget to your iPhone or iPad’s home screen or today’s view is only available with iOS 14 and above. 
Batteries widget
The Batteries Widget

How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using Mac?

  • Ensure your AirPods are connected to your Mac.
  • Click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and hover the cursor over your AirPods in the dropdown list to check their battery status.
How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using Mac?
How to Check the Battery Health of Your AirPods Using Mac?

2. Adjust the Volume

Consider using lower or medium volumes when listening to music or podcasts, or watching movies, to conserve your AirPods’ battery life.

Lower volume = Lower battery consumption = Lesser battery drainage

3. Use Advanced Features Judiciously

Be mindful when using the ANC feature and Transparency Mode with your AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. Even though these features enhance the overall audio experience, they require more power and result is rapid battery drainage.

4. Check Bluetooth Connectivity

To ensure your AirPods’ battery doesn’t die quickly when using Bluetooth connectivity, ensure the source device is within the Bluetooth range. 

We also recommend placing your AirPods in their case when you are not using them or switching off Bluetooth on your source device, to prevent rapid battery drainage. 

5. Ensure Firmware Is Updated

As already highlighted in the earlier section, Apple releases regular firmware updates to ensure your AirPods function smoothly, without any hiccups. Therefore, ensure the firmware of your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max is up to date. However, please note that you cannot update the firmware manually. 

How to Check Your AirPods’ Firmware Version?

  • Ensure you have the latest iOS or iPadOS version. 
  • Open “Settings,” followed by “Bluetooth.”
  • Find your AirPods’ name and click the “i” next to them.
  • Scroll down to the “About” section to find your AirPods’ firmware version.
How to Check Your AirPods’ Firmware Version?
How to Check Your AirPods’ Firmware Version?

How to Update Your AirPods’ Firmware Version?

If your AirPods’ firmware version is not up to date, follow these quick steps to update it real quick:

  • Place your AirPods inside their charging case.
  • Connect the AirPods case to the power socket using the lightning to USB cable or wireless charger.
  • Ensure your iPhone has a stable internet connection.
  • Move your iPhone close to the AirPods case.
  • If there are any pending updates, your AirPods will automatically install and apply them.

Latest Firmware for Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max

Per Apple’s official website, here are the latest firmware details for different AirPods versions:

AirPods ModelFirmware
AirPods (1st generation)6.8.8
AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation),5E135
AirPods Pro (1st generation)
AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
5E135
AirPods Max5E135

6. Inspect the Charging Case

If your AirPods are not charging properly, check if the charging case is working properly. 

If the charging case is damaged or unable to fit your AirPods, or the charging case’s battery is also draining quickly, we recommend getting a replacement charging case

7. Optimize Settings

Turn off features such as Automatic Ear Detection and Hey Siri to save your AirPods’ battery. 

Read this detailed guide to learn how to switch off Automatic Ear Detection in your AirPods. 

To switch off Hey Siri support on your AirPods, you need to switch off the Hey Siri functionality of the device they are connected to. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Open “Settings” on your iOS device. 
  • Scroll down and tap on “Siri & Search.”
  • Toggle off the “Listen for “Hey Siri”” button. 
FACT CHECK!

There’s no way to switch off Hey Siri on your AirPods and keep it functional on your device!

No Luck With Any of the Fixes Mentioned Above? Contact Apple Support!

If you have tried all the fixes above but nothing seems to work, as a last resort, we recommend contacting Apple Support or visiting your nearest Apple store to repair or replace your AirPods. 

ATTENTION!

Please note that the fixes discussed in this section are not exclusive. You may need to use a combination of them to improve your AirPods’ battery life.

How to Determine If My AirPods Battery Needs Repair or Replacement?

Look out for these signs to determine if the battery of your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max requires repair or replacement:

Can Damaged AirPods Battery be Repaired or Replaced?

Yes, you can contact the Apple support or visit your nearest Apple store to enquire about the repair or replacement of your AirPods’ battery. 

Can Damaged AirPods Battery be Repaired or Replaced?
Damaged AirPods Battery

Apple’s Battery Service

Apple offers a battery service for all AirPods models. 

Per Apple’s official website:

We can replace your AirPods battery for a service fee. Our warranty doesn’t cover batteries that wear down from normal use.

Your product is eligible for a battery replacement at no additional cost if you have AppleCare+ for Headphones and your product’s battery holds less than 80% of its original capacity.

Apple

Final Thoughts

The battery life and health of your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max plays a vital role in delivering an excellent auditory experience. Therefore, if you feel your AirPods are dying faster than they should, act quickly and don’t wait.

First things first, try to find out why your AirPods’ battery is draining quickly. Once you have identified the issue, try the fixes discussed in our post to resolve the issue. If nothing works, avoid hit and trial and immediately contact Apple support. 

Based on your AirPods’ battery life and health (and warranty status), you may require a battery service or full replacement!

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