How Long Do AirPods and AirPods Pro Last?

Are you getting the low battery alert in your AirPods more often than you did before? There’s a good chance that you have wireless Apple headphones are reaching the expiration date. This article will explain why and how you can take action to do about it.

What is the Battery Life of AirPods and AirPods Pro?

According to the official press release, Apple says its first-generation AirPods come with 5 hours of listen time, and the ability to talk for upto two hours per charge. The second-generation AirPods can provide an additional one hour worth of talking time. AirPods Pro have the same battery time like AirPods which can provide up to five hours of listen time however, when in the Active Noise Cancellation mode, the listening time is reduced to just four and a half minutes and talk time is restricted to maximum three and three and a half hours. The Charging cases for all models provide an additional 24 hours listening, or an additional 18 hours of talk time. The term „up to“ is of course the primary qualifier Apple chooses to use in this case as it’s not only to reflect specific usage situations that may drain battery life more quickly ( see below). This is also due to the fact that the fact that if you’ve had AirPods for a while , and you’re using them almost every day, you could be unable to reach the battery life stated without charging them more frequently than you do.

So How Long Do AirPods Actually Last?

The main limitation to the longevity that comes with AirPods and AirPods Pro Earbuds lies in the capability for their battery to keep the change. With time, you’ll discover that the AirPods aren’t able to last more than five hours. The battery life per charge could drop significantly over the course of a few months of usage. The time it takes to reach this point will depend on the amount of time you spend using your AirPods However, based on the posts posted on the forums on our site, it appears that the original AirPods will last around 2 years before you notice a signs of a decline in battery functionality and the AirPods Pro are not likely to last for a longer time.

Why Do AirPods Have Such a Short Lifespan?

It’s not a secret that batteries wear down with time and Apple’s AirPods aren’t exception, however their tiny size makes them susceptible to physical damages that occur throughout the course of each lithium-ion battery’s normal lifespan. Take into consideration that a tiny speck of damage inside the iPhone battery could be insignificant however, the exact tiny speck of damage within an AirPod battery is likely to be more significant due to its small size when compared.   The tiny battery in every AirPod (Image from IFixit) The method by which how the AirPods battery is charged also influences the life of the battery. If, for instance, you take or receive lots of calls using your AirPods in the future, you’ll probably notice an imbalance in the battery’s life between the both AirPods. It’s because, by default, only one AirPod has its microphone on when you call.

How to Maximize AirPods Battery Life

Keep them in their case: The AirPods case is able to store the battery for 24 hours which will last a long time even if you’re using your AirPods every day on an extended commute, for example. Be sure to keep your AirPods in their case even when they’re not being used, and be sure to connect your case to a power source every couple of days. Do not fiddle with it: Try and avoid playing around with the case when you’re not planning to make use of the AirPods. Sure, repeatedly turning the lid between closed and open is a bit satisfying However, every time you do it, activates the W1 Bluetooth chip, and draining the battery. Avoid extreme conditions:In general, extreme temperatures or cold can end up damaging batteries for a long time Therefore, you should do not use them in hostile environments whenever possible. Make sure you keep your AirPods away from direct sunlight when not making use of them. disable Smart Features If you do not use the features that are smart on your AirPods switch them off. For instance, Automatic Ear Detection allows the audio that comes from an connected device to effortlessly switch to AirPods when you place them into your ears. This feature is activated by default, however If you’d like to, disable it, you could disable it manually after you’ve connected your AirPods with an iPhone or iPad. Be aware that once you’ve done this it, you’ll have to manually control the play/pause of audio routing through the AirPods. Remove Noise Functions If you have AirPods Pro, consider disabling the Transparency and Noise Cancellation modes since these functions decrease battery life considerably. You can manage these features by connecting your iOS device or via the default gesture of press-and-hold on the AirPod stems. Reduce it: Lastly, consider decreasing the volume at which plays back the audio from your AirPods. This should result in some savings on battery usage. However, it can also protect your hearing in the future.

How to Extend the Battery Life of Depleted AirPods

If you’re AirPods are already suffering from an insufficient battery and you’d like to increase AirPods talking or listening time temporary solution: Instead of using both AirPods simultaneously, think about wearing one AirPod and the second recharges inside the charging case. You can switch between them whenever the device you’re wearing starts to get depleted of battery. AirPods will detect when just one is in use and converts stereo audio channels to mono meaning you’ll still be able to listen to the entire recording on the same ear. AirPods will also stop when you remove them reconnecting, and then restart playback after you plug them back in to ensure the best listening experience.

How to Use AirPods Quick Charge Effectively

It’s true that both AirPods are very efficient. AirPods 2 models charge very fast — you could have up to two hours of audio when you put them in their cases for only 15 minutes. If they’re always being unable to charge it can be irritating. As we’ve mentioned before the use of AirPods to make and take many calls could cause an imbalance over time in the capacity of the batteries in both earpieces. To avoid this, you can attempt regularly changing the active AirPod microphone’s the settings. If you can, try using just the one AirPod rather than two switching between right and left each time.

Should I Upgrade if my AirPods are Dying?

Before doing anything think about this in case the battery lifespan on your AirPods is much less than the advertised one, they could be in fact defective. Call Apple customer support and set up an Genius appointment to have them examined. If you suspect that your AirPods are getting old and need to be replaced, you can have them cleaned ( see below) or buy a new pair especially if you own the first-generation AirPods. In March of 2019, Apple launched second-generation AirPods ($199) which provide a number of improvements over the previous models, such as the ability to charge wirelessly by using charging pads from third party suppliers. But, it’s unlikely the battery’s lifespan included in AirPods 2 are any better than the previous generation therefore, you should consider this when making the switch. In March, Apple also launched a standalone Wireless Charging Case ($79) which can be purchased separately to use with AirPods of the first generation. If you have a charging case that’s not capable of sustaining a decent charge and you already have an charging mat or two for charging your iPhone It’s definitely worth purchasing the Wireless Charging Case to replace it (don’t be concerned – it’s also charged via a cable). In October, Apple launched AirPods Pro ($249), offering a brand new design with AirPods-style shapes and ear tips that are made of silicone that support the active technology for noise cancelling. Also, it’s unlikely the life span of the batteries in the AirPods Pro are any more durable than the first or second generation AirPods and you should consider this when making the upgrade.

How to Get Your AirPods or AirPods Pro Serviced

If you’ve not had any luck getting a little more life out of your drained AirPods and you’re not getting enough use out of them, it could be time to look into having them checked with Apple. Apple provides the cost of $29 AppleCare+ plan specifically for headphones such as AirPods. AppleCare+ gives the manufacturer’s warranty for AirPods for two years after the purchase date and provides replacement coverage for any AirPod or charging Case battery is lower than 70% of the initial capacity. If you did not purchase AppleCare+ within the first 60 days of purchasing your AirPods They may be covered by the standard one-year warranty offered on every Apple products. If your AirPods require repair during the one-year time frame the entire work will be protected for no cost. When the warranty of one year expires, Apple charges a $49 cost per AirPod for battery service as stated on its AirPods Pricing Page. If the AirPods charging Case has a battery problem Battery service is provided for free during the one-year warranty or $49 after the expiration of warranty. The prices in the Apple support document will be U.S. pricing, and may differ depending on the country of origin.