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Why are my AirPods not charging?

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Having trouble charging your Apple AirPods? There are a few workarounds that you can apply to possibly fix the problem and get back to using your favorite wireless headphones.

First, make sure your charging case is charged

One of the reasons why your AirPods won’t charge is that your charging case ran out of battery. This happens when you have used up all the battery juice in the case and you have no more charge left to power your AirPods.

You can check the current battery level of your case by placing your AirPods in it and bringing them closer to your paired iPhone or iPad. Your phone will display the remaining battery charge in the case.

Check the battery level of the AirPods charging case.

If your case really doesn’t have a battery, put your AirPods in it and connect it to a cable or wireless charger. If your case won’t charge, make sure your charging cable isn’t damaged or check your wireless charger for any issues if you use one.

Clean AirPods and the charging case

If your AirPods or the charging case is blocked, probably due to dust, your AirPods won’t charge. This is because dust or other elements are preventing the case from sending power to your AirPods.

In this case, clean your AirPods and their charging case. This will ensure that the AirPods touch the base of the case where the power is drawn from.

Update the firmware of your AirPods

Just like all other Apple devices, your AirPods use firmware to give you various features. Apple releases updates to ensure your AirPods have the latest features and bug fixes.

When your AirPods won’t charge, it’s worth running a firmware update to see if that fixes the problem. You can refer to our guide on how to update AirPods to learn how to do it.

The update process basically consists of placing your AirPods in the charging case, connecting the case to a power source, moving the case closer to your paired iPhone or iPad, and making sure your phone is connected to the Internet. Your phone will automatically search for and install the latest firmware on your AirPods.

Reset your AirPods

You can try unpairing and re-pairing your AirPods connection to your iPhone to see if that resolves the charging issue, as this returns your AirPods to factory settings.

You can do this by first opening the Settings app on your iPhone and then tapping on “Bluetooth”. On the “Bluetooth” screen, next to your AirPods, tap the “i” icon.

Select "Yo" next to the AirPods.

Choose “Forget This Device”.

Select "forget this device".

Select “Forget Device” on the prompt.

choose "forget device" in the notice.

And that is. Your AirPods are now unpaired from your iPhone.

To pair your AirPods with your iPhone again, then on the back of your AirPods case, tap and hold the Set button and bring the case closer to your iPhone. Follow the instructions on the screen and your AirPods will reconnect to your phone.

RELATED: How to pair Apple AirPods Pro with any device

Check AirPods and charging case for physical damage

Your AirPods or the charging case can be physically damaged, which may result in your AirPods not charging. If you’ve dropped any of these items from somewhere, or had another physical impact, that may be why they’re not working.

You can inspect both devices carefully and see if they are broken. You may want to look inside the charging case to make sure everything is in place.

If you find that your AirPods or their case is damaged, check if that is covered under warranty. You can contact Apple for more information about your warranty details and what to do in your situation. Apple support team will do their best to help you.


Think you’ll need a new pair of AirPods? Consider checking out our guide on which AirPods you should buy.

RELATED: Which AirPods should you buy?

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