Do you experience an unusually battery driving of your new AirPods Pro 2 or Pro? The AirPods Pro case is supposed to charge your AirPods pair at least 4-6 cycles, according to Apple. Sometimes, you experience this unusual battery drain of the AirPods pair or AirPods Case.
However, you can improve the battery life of your AirPods Pro by following certain practices which we have explained in this post.
Table of contents
- Turn Off AirPods’ Find My Network
- Turn off Active Noise Cancellation
- Disable Automatic Ear Detection
- Don’t Open-Close Case Lids Too Many Times
- Reduce AirPods Volume Level
- Enable Optimised Battery Charging
- Use One AirPod At A Time
- Hard Reset Your AirPods
- Don’t Charge AirPods & Case Frequently
- Keep AirPods in Case When Not Used
- Avoid Using AirPods in Extreme Temperatures
- Update Firmware on AirPod
- Portable AirPods Battery Charger
Turn Off AirPods’ Find My Network
The new AirPods For 2 comes with the U1 chip, the same one that has in AirTag to find the missing device with high precision like AirTag.
The good thing is that the Find My app lets you find out your missing AirPods case. And the bad thing is the battery. Once you enable this “Find My” that requires the battery to transmit AirPods Case’s current position to your hunting iPhone. This is a trade-in between the battery and the FindMy feature. So choose your decision.
We noticed many reports about the battery drain of the new AirPods Pro who turned on this FindMy phone. Compared to the AirTags battery life (one year), this battery drain is unusual for the AirPods Pro cases. Probably, Apple will bring a fix to solve this issue in future updates.
As of now, to save battery, you can turn off Find My Network. Go to Settings->Bluetooth on your iOS device and tap the Information icon next to your AirPods. Scroll down and toggle the field Find My Network to off.
If you are good with the battery life after this fix, you don’t have to worry about the rest of the fixes below; if not, go and check the point below.
Turn off Active Noise Cancellation
AirPods Pro has many advanced features like Active Noise Cancellation, Personalized Spatial Audio, Transparency, etc., to improve the listening experience. The ANC uses an external microphone on AirPods and detects the ambient noise to cancel it. This feature is going to take some additional battery power.
If you turn this off, you can get some additional battery juice. Go to iPhone Settings->Bluetooth on your iOS device, and tap the Information icon next to your AirPods.
Here, you will see the fields for all the smart features like Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and more. Go ahead and select “Off” for a while until you get access to the AirPods Battery Charger back.
Disable Automatic Ear Detection
No doubt, Automatic Ear Detection is a cool feature that plays music when you are wearing AirPods Pro and pauses playback if you remove the AirPods. However, it consumes a battery as the sensor in your AirPods will be continuously scanning your ears.
If you want to improve the battery life of your AirPods, you can turn off the Automatic Ear Detection feature. It is a simple process to disable the AutoMatic Ear Detection to turn off, and we have explained the steps in this article Turn off Automatic Ear Detection on AirPods for you.
Don’t Open-Close Case Lids Too Many Times
Whenever you open the lid of your AirPods Pro charging case, it will try to find and connect to nearby Apple devices. Also, this will transmit the battery level to the connected iPhones. It is good to see the battery levels of your AirPods, but it does not work to attempt that too many times a day.
Since this will consume a battery, it is wise to open the charging case only when it is required. Don’t keep the case in a place accessible to your kids as they might fiddle with that by opening and closing it multiple times.
Reduce AirPods Volume Level
Keeping the volume level at 100% will not only affect your ears in the long run but also drains the battery fast, even if the AirPods are fully charged. Apple does not just measure the audio levels by the volume level you keep during music listening. It will monitor the sound levels of every single audio output through the headphones.
The Headphone Audio Levels on your iPhone can show you the audio levels of your music listening and can predict if you are going to damage your ear. Try to keep the volume level between 50 to 75% to improve the battery life of your AirPods Pro.
Enable Optimised Battery Charging
Do you know? You can use Optimised Battery Charging for AirPods as well. It will improve the battery life of AirPods by reducing the time your AirPods spend fully charged. This feature will learn from your daily charging routine and wait to charge your AirPods Pro past 80% until just before you need to use them.
By default, Optimised Battery Charging is turned on and you need an iPhone/iPad running iOS 15/iPadOS 15 to use this feature.
If you go to Settings->Bluetooth on your iOS device and tap the Information Icon next to your AirPods Pro, you can see the field Optimized Battery Charging. Make sure it is toggled on or green.
Use One AirPod At A Time
You will definitely not going to get a good listening experience by wearing a single AirPod. But in some cases, when your AirPods are almost going to die, the best choice is to use one AirPods at a time. If you are comfortable with that, then you can save battery as the other AirPod will be idle. You can try out this if your AirPods have a low battery and you don’t have the charging case with you.
Hard Reset Your AirPods
Is your AirPods Pro battery draining fast, and it happens repeatedly? Then, you can try resetting the AirPods and check if the issue resolves. If you reset your AirPod Pro, it will be unpaired with all the devices. You can check out our detailed guide on How to Hard Reset Apple AirPods.
After resetting the AirPods Pro, you can pair that again with an Android phone/tablet or Windows computer, or an iOS device.
Don’t Charge AirPods & Case Frequently
Both of your AirPods case and AirPods, there is no need to charge them frequently. The rechargeable batteries are not supposed to charge all the time. It is advised to charge the battery when it reaches below 20% and stop charging the AirPods and Case, once reaches 80-90% battery level.
Be careful to keep them in the case and charge your AirPods once they fall below 20%. It is not recommended to charge the AirPods frequently unless the battery drops to a significant level.
Keep AirPods in Case When Not Used
When you are not wearing AirPods, always keep them in the charging case to preserve the battery life. Because if they are not stored in the case, the battery will drain quickly as AirPods will still be connected to Bluetooth.
Also, if you keep AirPods safely in the charging case when it is not used, you can find them easily whenever you need them. Otherwise, you must use the Find My feature on your iPhone to track your misplaced AirPods.
Avoid Using AirPods in Extreme Temperatures
If you expose your AirPods Pro to direct sunlight or cold temperatures, it can cause damage to the AirPod batteries. Make sure you don’t use AirPods during extreme weather conditions. Also, avoid keeping the charging case in your house where the temperature is very hot or cold.
Update Firmware on AirPod
Like iOS/iPadOS for iPhones/iPads, firmware updates are also available for AirPods. You don’t need to do anything as firmware updates will happen automatically. However, you need to charge your AirPods and keep them near an iPad, iPhone, or Mac.
Apple will push the firmware automatically. However, if you want to make sure you have the latest firmware in your AirPods pro, you can check the settings screen of AirPods Pro from your iPhone.
Portable AirPods Battery Charger
Maybe you are using the AirPods pro more than normal, or the battery has already passed its good days. Appel doesn’t support replacing AirPods battery. Your best bet is to depend on a Portable Battery Charger. There is a lot of travel-safe portable battery charger available for AirPods Pro. Alternatively, you can use any power banks that can be used to charge your AirPods and iPhones from the same device.
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In addition to that, we have listed a good list of AirPods chargers. If the problem with the AirPods case battery, you can replace the one with a new one from Apple. The latest AirPods Pro 2 will work with Apple Watch’s mag-safe charger, and you can carry one with your AirPods Pro 2.
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If not, there are a lot of third-party cases available that come pretty cheap to buy. You can use these after-market AirPods charger cases for your AirPods and AirPods Pro models; pick the best one for your use.
What is Normal Battery Life of AirPods
The battery life of AirPods varies with the model. There is an expected battery life of both AirPods and AirPods Pro case. According to Apple, the battery life of various AirPod models on a single charge is given below:
- AirPods Pro (3rd Generation): 6 hours of listening time or up to 4 hours of talk time.
- AirPods Pro (2nd Generation): 6 hours of listening time or up to 4.5 hours of talk time.
- AirPods Pro (1st Generation): 4.5 hours of listening time or up to 3.5 hours of talk time.
- AirPods (2nd Generation): 5 hours of listening time or up to 3 hours of talk time.
There are many reasons to drain your AirPods battery in the usual way. You can try out the above workarounds to improve its battery life or your AirPods, whether it is brand new or old.