6 Fixes One AirPod Not Charging

You’re back from a run, your favorite podcast echoing in your ears. Life is good. But then, as you return one of your trusty AirPods to its case, you notice it: the dreaded blinking amber light. One AirPod isn’t charging. Your heart sinks; your day is ruined. But fear not! I’ve faced this issue head-on and emerged victorious, and now I’ll share the secrets of my success with you. Ready to bring your AirPod back to life? Let’s get started!

1. A Proper Cleaning

The first and most straightforward fix is cleaning your AirPods. Yes, it sounds mundane, but I’ve found that the root of many problems lies in the simplest places. A lint-filled charging port or earwax-stuffed mesh could be the culprits. Carefully clean the AirPod and the charging case with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Please, don’t use any liquid or sharp objects; we want to fix our AirPods, not send them to an early grave.

A Proper Cleaning


2. Check the Charging Source

First, ensure that the wall outlet you’re using is functional. You can do this by plugging in another device, like a lamp or phone charger. If that checks out, try using a different cable or adapter. Don’t forget to check the connection points for any visible damage or debris.

3. Firmware Update

Apple regularly releases firmware updates to squash bugs and improve performance. To check if you’re up-to-date, connect your AirPods to your iPhone, go to Settings > General > About > AirPods, and check your firmware version. If an update is available, your AirPods should automatically update when they’re connected to your iPhone and charging. More details on how to update can be found here.

Firmware Update

4. Reset Your AirPods

Start by opening the lid of your AirPods case. Then go to the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone and tap the ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods. Select “Forget This Device” and confirm. Next, with your AirPods still in their case, hold the button on the back of the case until the LED light starts flashing amber, then white. This resets your AirPods. To reconnect, keep the case next to your iPhone and follow the on-screen instructions.

5. Check the Case’s Battery

Simply place both AirPods in the case and close the lid. Wait 15 seconds, then open the lid. The status light should show the charge status of the case. If it’s flashing amber, connect the case to power using a Lightning to USB cable.

Check the Case's Battery

6. Test the AirPods Separately

Remove both AirPods from the case and then place only one back in. If the status light doesn’t show a charge, remove that AirPod and place the other one in the case. This can help you determine if one AirPod is the problem.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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