How Long Does Airpod Battery Last?

Is the low battery warning on your Airpods getting more and more frequent? It might just mean that your Airpods battery has are facing some issues. This article aims to explain more about how long the Airpods battery lasts and how we can improve it for longevity.

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What is the battery life of Airpods?

Apple’s Airpods have a battery life of up to 6 hours of listening time or up to 4 hours of talk time with one single charge. However, the battery life of Airpods is different for different models of Airpods and it also depends on various factors like features used, no. of devices connected, total usage, and many other factors. Also, remember that the battery life of Airpods degrades over time.

According to the Airpods models, their battery life is as follows:

3rd generation Airpods: The latest 3rd generation Airpods will have a battery life of up to 6 hours of listening time with Spatial Audio off,  up to 5 hours with Spatial Audio on, and up to 4 hours of talk time when the Airpods are fully charged. Charging your AirPods for at least 15-20 minutes will result in an almost full charge yet again.

3rd generation airpods

Airpods pro: Airpods Pro offers you battery life for up 5 hours of talk time with ANC off, 4.5 hours of listening time with ANC on, and 3.5 hours of talk time with ANC on.

Airpods pro

2nd generation Airpods: The 2nd generation Airpods will outlast for up to 5 hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talk time. An instant charge of 15 minutes would give you around 3.5 hours of listening time and nearly 2 hours of talk time.

2nd generation airpods

Read More – How Do You Tell If AirPods Are Generation 1 or 2?

How long do your Airpods last?

The first thing that gets easily damaged in wireless earphones is the battery itself. Sadly to say that with every charge, Airpod’s battery loses a small extent of its charging capacity. This is an unfortunate change that can’t be reversed and would happen till the batteries are completely damaged.

The charging case of every Airpods provides up to additional 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time. This however should be considered that the battery life would never be the same again after excessive usage of the Airpods. 

If we were to dissect and calculate how long the Airpods last, you would discover that after some time, your Airpods won’t even outstay for up to 5 hours of listening time, and with normal usage, they would last for up to about 2 years before the battery life and the functions of the Airpods would start declining immensely.

The reason for Airpods having a short lifespan?

It’s no secret that the batteries of Airpods degrade over time and Apple’s Airpods are no different in terms of their battery lifespan, but their small and compact size makes them particularly defenseless or vulnerable to physical damage that occurs during each lithium-ion battery’s natural lifespan.

The way the Airpods battery discharges in a drastic way also creates an impact on the actual battery life as well. For example, if you make or receive a lot of phone calls on your Airpods, you’ll merely notice a variation or imbalance in battery life between the left and the right Airpods. This is because, by default, only one Airpod turns on its mic during an ongoing call.

Does leaving Airpods in the case drain battery?

If your Airpods are still connected to your phone’s Bluetooth then they are likely to drain the battery as compared to when they were being used.

You, unluckily, cannot physically turn off your AirPods but you can try to do something to help save the battery and make the AirPods last longer. To attain that, you can switch off all the battery-draining features of the Airpods. 

What comes under the battery-draining features? It is Automatic Ear Detection (AED) and double-tap Airpods command which is used to perform commands without touching your device.

To turn off automatic ear detection:

Turn off automatic ear detection

You can do this by clicking on the (i) icon next to your connected AirPods under the My Device function on the Bluetooth menu You would need to ensure that the feature has been disabled and then start using your Airpods with this disabled feature. As this feature is disabled, now you have to start and stop your music manually.

Read More – Can You Pause AirPods by Tapping Them?

To turn off the double-tap Airpod command

To turn off the double-tap Airpod command

To do this, you would again need to go to your connected Airpods under the My Device option and click on the off option at the automatic ear detection section. This would need to be done for both sides respectively.

Does overcharging also affect the Airpods battery?

No, overcharging would not affect the Airpods battery system because Apple has a special mode in the Airpods that is made to preserve the battery. This is one such feature that helps your Airpods to recognize when they are completely charged and then further prevents them from being overcharged.

How to increase the Airpod’s battery life

To maximize the battery power of the Apple Airpods, you can try and follow these steps:

Disable noise functions: if you own an Airpods pro, consider disabling Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes as these features significantly reduce the battery life of the Airpods. You can manage these functions through your connected iOS device or by using the default press-and-hold gestures on the Airpods stems.

Disable noise functions

Keep the Airpods cased: The Airpods case has an extra 24 hours of the charge stored, so if you use your Airpods twice daily for long periods, it should keep you going. Just ensure that you keep your Airpods in their case when they’re not in use.

Disable smart features: If you don’t use the smart features on your Airpods, then simply turn them off. Just note that once you’ve disabled the smart features, you’ve to manually play or pause audio tracks on the Airpods. 

By turning down the volume: You can also save up a lot of battery when you turn down volume of your playback audio on your Airpods. Doing this will help you to preserve your battery life and save your hearing for a long time.

Read More – Can You Control Volume with AirPods?

Do not fiddle:  Try and avoid playing with the charging case when you don’t want to use the Airpods. Continuously opening and closing the case’s lid can be oddly enjoyable, but every time you do that you’re activating the W1 Bluetooth Chip which could also drain the Airpods battery.


Ending thoughts

While Airpods themselves do not have a very lasting battery power system, we can try some tricks and tips to help preserve and make our Airpods last longer. This article aimed to provide those tricks to you.

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