How to Check Battery Levels of AirPods Charging Case

As an experienced tech writer and AirPods user for over 3 years, I can provide useful tips on monitoring the battery level of your AirPods charging case.

Why Checking Case Battery Levels is Important

The charging case is crucial for keeping your AirPods powered up when you’re on the go. Here are some key reasons to check its battery level:

  • Avoid having the case run out of juice when you need to recharge your AirPods
  • Ensure you charge the case in time before it drains completely
  • Track if there are issues with the case battery getting charged properly

Ways to Check Case Battery Levels

There are a few easy ways to check the battery level of your AirPods case. The options vary slightly depending on whether you own regular AirPods or the AirPods Pro.

For Regular AirPods

Use iPhone/iPad notification:

  • Keep AirPods in case and hold it close to your iPhone/iPad
  • Open the lid
  • Wait a few seconds for the popup to appear
  • It will display case and AirPods battery percentage

Check Batteries widget:

  • Available on iPhone/iPad with iOS 14 or later
  • Go to Widgets screen
  • Case battery level shows in Batteries widget
  • Also shows AirPods battery percentage

View Bluetooth menu on Mac:

  • With AirPods in case, click Bluetooth icon in menu bar
  • Hover over the AirPods name
  • The case and AirPods battery is displayed

For AirPods Pro

The methods to check battery levels on AirPods Pro are mostly similar as above, with a small change:

  • To see case battery, at least one AirPod must be in the case
  • Percentage will disappear after a few seconds
  • Put one AirPod back to make it reappear

Apart from that, the notification popup, Batteries widget and Bluetooth menu work the same way.

What the Status Lights on Case Mean

The charging case has LED status lights that provide a quick visual cue about the battery level:

  • Green – Case is fully charged
  • Orange/Amber – Case has less than one full charge
  • No light – Case is completely drained

So if you don’t have your phone around, check the status light first.

Battery Level When Not Charging Case

You can also view the approximate charge left even when the case isn’t plugged in. Here’s how:

For AirPods:

  • Take both AirPods out
  • Open the lid
  • Check status light

For AirPods Pro:

  • Remove one AirPod from case
  • Look at the status light
  • Repeat with second AirPod

Options If Case Isn’t Charging

In case you find your AirPods case isn’t charging at all, don’t worry. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Clean the charging contacts gently
  • Try different charging cable and adapter
  • Inspect if cable/adapter is damaged
  • Reset the case by long-pressing the setup button
  • Contact Apple support if issue persists

Resetting the case often resolves charging problems, so do keep that in mind.

How Battery Life Differs by Case Type

The battery capacity and lifespan varies based on your AirPods case model. Here’s a brief comparison:

| Case Type | Listening Time | Talk Time | Wireless Charging |
| AirPods 2 Charging Case | Over 24 hours | Over 18 hours | No |
| AirPods 2 Wireless Charging Case | Over 24 hours | Over 18 hours | Yes |
| AirPods 3 Charging Case | 30 hours | Up to 20 hours | No |
| AirPods Pro Wireless Charging Case | Over 24 hours | Over 18 hours | Yes |

So if you have the standard AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro case, expect to get 4-5 full charges. And the AirPods 3 case with Lightning port provides even longer battery backup.

Maximizing Case and AirPods Battery Life

To optimize the battery performance of your AirPods and charging case, follow these tips:

  • Avoid exposing case to extreme heat or cold
  • Prevent case and AirPods from getting wet
  • Charge case regularly instead of fully draining
  • Turn on Optimized Battery Charging
  • Keep tabs on battery via notification or widget
  • Disable unnecessary features like Spatial Audio

And remember to replace case battery if it no longer holds charge. Apple offers battery service to replace worn-out AirPods batteries.


  • It’s vital to monitor the charging case battery to avoid running out of charge for your AirPods.
  • Popup notification, Batteries widget, and Bluetooth menu show battery percentage.
  • Status lights visually indicate battery level – green (full), orange (low), no light (empty).
  • Reset case and clean contacts if it’s not charging.
  • Battery life varies based on AirPods model – up to 30 hours on AirPods 3 case.
  • Check battery levels periodically and avoid fully draining case.

I hope these comprehensive tips on checking battery percentage and maintaining your AirPods charging case prove helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions.