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How to Fix AirPods Battery Life

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Are you struggling with bad AirPods battery life? This guide will show you how to fix bad AirPods battery life and how to get better AirPods 2 battery life.

We’ve been dealing with very bad AirPods battery life after several years of use, and now that we’ve upgraded to AirPods 2 we found another way to get even better battery life out of the new models.

You cannot replace the AirPods battery, and Apple is just going to sell you a replacement AirPod for an obscene price. Try these tips to get better AirPods battery life and how to fix bad battery life on AirPods and AirPods 2 with the wireless charging case.

You should expect up to five hours of listening or three hours of talk time on a single charge with AirPods 2. You should get 5 hours of listening time and two hours of talk time on the original AirPods. The AirPods case offers up to 24 hours on a single charge.

If your AirPods battery life isn’t any better after trying these steps, you may need to upgrade. It’s a better value to buy new AirPods instead of replacement AirPods and a replacement case if you need to get a whole new setup. You can also use this guide to fix AirPods problems.

Reset Your AirPods

The fastest way to fix bad AirPods battery life is to reset the AirPods. This process takes about 15 seconds and when it is over you will need to re-connect the AirPods to your iPhone. This isn’t going to help if your AirPods battery life is completely out due to use for years, but it will help if you experience AirPods or AirPods 2 battery drain after installing an iOS 12.2 update or after adding something new to the mix.

First, we will remove AirPods from your device. Then we will reset them and reconnect them to your iPhone or iPad to get started.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth.
  3. Tap on the small i icon to the right of AirPods.
  4. Tap on Forget This Device.

Now your AirPods are disconnected from your iPhone and it is time to reset them.

  1. Put both AirPods in the case and close the lid.
  2. Wait 15 seconds and then open the lid.
  3. Press and hold the button on back of the case until the status light flashes orange and then white.

You’ve now reset your AirPods. Move them close to your iPhone or iPad, open the lid and reconnect them. This can solve a lot of AirPods problems and can fix bad AirPods battery life. This is a great thing to try if you are seeing bad AirPods 2 battery life.

Use One AirPod at a Time

Use one AirPod at a time to get better battery life.

Use one AirPod at a time to get better battery life.

The trick that I’ve been using to get around bad AirPods battery life is using one AirPod at a time. This helps when on phone calls, where my AirPods battery life has been the worst.

Instead of putting both AirPods in when you take a call or want to listen to music, put one in and use it until it dies. Then you can switch and charge up the first AirPod while you are using the second.

It’s not a perfect solution for music, but it does help with calls and audio books. In just 15 minutes you get up to 3 hours of listening and up to 2 hours of talk time.

Turn off Hey Siri on AirPods 2

AirPods 2 already include better battery life on calls thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, but you can make it even better by turning off Hey Siri on your iPhone or iPad.

Hey Siri is always listening for you to say, “Hey Siri”, which cuts into battery life. This is only a feature on AirPods 2, and this will only help you with AirPods 2 battery life.

Turn off AirPod 2's always listening feature to get better AirPods 2 battery life.

Turn off AirPod 2’s always listening feature to get better AirPods 2 battery life.

To do this, you need to turn off Hey Siri on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Siri & Search.
  3. Toggle Listen for “Hey Siri” to off.

If you use multiple devices that work with Hey Siri, you will need to turn it off on each of them for this to work. You can still double tap on the AirPods to use the Siri.  If you regularly use your Apple AirPods with the Apple Watch, you may need to turn it off there as well.

For more on AirPods, you should check out our full guide on what AirPods can do, to learn about all the AirPods tips, tricks and hidden features.

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