Why is my AirPods case not charging? – SOLVED

Here we go! Another problem! Somebody would say, the life is too boring without problems… What do you think? Somehow, Apple products can make our life a bit more “excited”… especially when something doesn’t work as it supposed to. In this post we will try to find a solution and understand why your AirPods case not charging.

Today I want to share with you my personal experience on the subject mentioned in title. In this article I compiled a list of possible steps which may help to fix the issues with charging your AirPods case. There are not that many steps (just three)… And we’ll cover each of them in details below.

I came across that problem when I was on the bus to the airport. There was a USB socket on the wall near my seat, so I decided to charge the AirPods to be sure they have enough juice through all the flight to Thailand. I plugged the cable and left it aside for at least 40 minutes.

Imagine my frustration when I found completely discharged AirPods case, and not even fully charged earbuds. What’s going on? That’s something not expected…

Why the hell is my AirPods case not charging?

AirPods case not charging

Numerous trials to get AirPods charging from the bus USB socket failed. Later I tried to charge it at the airport, using a wall charger. And also nothing!

Eventually, I figured out where the problem was… and also tried few more steps, which may be helpful if your also have problems charging AirPods case.

Use another cable to charge AirPods case

Sounds really stupid, but that’s where my problem was. The cable I used was 100% original with no signs of damage – BUT NOT WORKING. Where the hell I got it from?

To be honest, it doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s well known, that Apple cables are very fragile. Looks like all of them have a limited life span with a self-destruction timer.

Best Lightning cableBased on my experience, I would suggest to buy MFI Lightning cables from UGREEN (AliExpress link). The top quality, official chip and affordable price makes it a perfect substitution for the shitty Apple cables. Chinese companies have already learned that quality is the king over the quantity.

Reset AirPods to factory settings

Despite visual simplicity, AirPods is a technology masterpiece. Apple packed it’s earbuds with a W1 processor chip, which “runs the show” when you want to enjoy the music. Obviously, all that setup works under the software, which may glitch or even freeze from time to time.

In order to eliminate possible software issues, it’s a good practice to reset AirPods to factory settings. To do so, just follow these steps:

1 Insert earphones into charging case

2 Find a round SETUP button on the back side of the case
How to setup AirPods

3 Open AirPods case

4 Press and hold SETUP button for at least 15 seconds. You should see the LED indicator blinking with white color, after some time it will blink three times with amber color..

Reset AirPods to factory settings

That’s all… Your AirPods have been reset to factory settings. Now you have to pair it with your device once again. To do that just open the lid of AirPods case close to your device. Then follow guide on the screen. Let me know in comments if that was the reason for you AirPods case not charging.

It’s also possible that LED status light will blink with amber color only. It’s an indication of hardware failure. Read more about this in a separate article.

Charging AirPods case via computer USB port

This step may seem to you as completely “not logical”. For sure, not many of you ever thought about this. But it definitely works! Especially when the device battery is deeply discharged. I don’t know how to explain this, but charging AirPods case from a computer USB port may do the trick. Just try different USB ports if it didn’t work with the first one… And also leave the case charging for some time before proceeding further.

As I said, this solution is effective when your device is deeply discharged. I managed to resurrect few other gadgets this way, and I believe this solution is applicable to any electronic device with a battery.

At last I want to say that AirPods is a very durable product. Many YouTube bloggers had put it under various “destruction methods”… and in most scenarios they survived. Most likely your AirPods case not charging due to external reason (charger, cable, etc), not the internal problem. So I would just try different charging sources first.

If you also experienced problems with AirPods charging, let us know in comments. Which one of the mentioned methods worked for you?

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