Over the last few years, there really hasn’t been an Apple product released that caused excitement. That was, until the release of the AirPods back in December 2016.
Then, we were forced to continue waiting due to the extremely short supply that Apple had for its latest product. AirPods were practically impossible to get, with issues lasting until mid-2017.
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Since then, these have become my favorite Apple product ever, ranking only behind the iPhone 3G and iPhone 5S. These headphones are my go-to option whenever I want to listen to some music or watch a movie in peace.
There is a slight problem with these, and other Bluetooth headphones, as there is no easy way to tell how much juice is left. Well, thanks to the included Apple W1 chip, the seamless pairing with other Apple products makes life easier.
Today, we’re going to take a look at how you can keep an eye on your battery life throughout the day. These methods will show you how to track AirPods battery life on your iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and even Android.
Apple really nailed the integration with iOS and AirPods on the head. Connecting the two products together is the easiest process for any Bluetooth headset that I have ever used.
Once these products are synced together, you’ll want to know how to keep an eye on the battery level. Apple has included a few different methods on the iPhone
Open the Lid
After your AirPods have been synced for the first time, then you will see a pop-up every time the lid is opened. When the case is opened, the dialog box will show the battery life of your AirPods, along with the charging case.
If one AirPod is at a different battery percentage than the other, then that will be reflected upon accordingly. Of course, closing the lid or taking the AirPods out will make this screen go away, or you can tap outside of the box.
Another method for you to keep track of the battery life of your AirPods is the “Batteries” widget. This lives in your widgets page whenever you swipe to the left-most screen.
However, the widget is not there by default, so here are the steps you need to take:
- Unlock your iPhone
- Swipe to the left-most screen
- Scroll down and tap Edit
- Find Battery and toggle it on
The final way to check the battery life of AirPods on your iPhone is with the help of Siri. Simply activate Siri and ask how much battery is left.
Siri will respond with the amount of battery remaining in your AirPods so you can keep the music bumping.
For the unaware, Apple also made it possible for you to pair your AirPods with the Apple Watch. This is convenient for those with the LTE-enabled AW3 for phone calls, but you can also listen to music.
If you left your phone at home or in a locker at the gym, you’ll need to know how much juice is left. Luckily, there is a quick and easy way for to check the AirPods battery life on your Apple Watch.
All you need to do is swipe up from the bottom of your Apple Watch. This will show off Control Center and you can tap the battery widget in the top left-hand corner.
From there, you will see the battery life of your Apple Watch, with the connected AirPods listed below.
On the Apple front, the last product you may need to check the battery life of your AirPods is the Mac. After these have been paired, there is a pretty easy way to tell.
All you will need to do is click the Bluetooth symbol in the menu bar of your Mac. Take your cursor, highlight the AirPods, and then there will be a sub-menu which shows you all of this information.
This menu will give you the ability to disconnect, along with showing the left and right AirPods battery. You can even see the remaining battery of the AirPods case if you need to know whether it’s time for a charge.
The funny thing about AirPods is that everyone wants a set, or wants something similar. However, these headphones are so great that even Android users are wanting to get some.
Since these are from Apple, you can’t check the battery level of your AirPods on your Android device out of the box. So this means that you will need to make use of a third-party app from the Play Store.
There are quite a few different options to choose from, but our pick would be AirBattery. Part of the reason for this selection is for compatibility with Beats headphones that sport the same W1 chip.
The app is free to download, although it does include a few ads. However, there are in-app purchases if you want to get rid of those ads.
AirBattery works pretty seamlessly, as you can see the battery level for both Airpods and the accompanying case. However, seeing the case battery life is only possible when one of the AirPods is inserted.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of AirBattery is the In-Ear detection for a myriad of streaming services. These include Netflix, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify.
If AirBattery doesn’t work for you, here are some of our other choices:
Be sure to let us know if you run into any issues and we’ll be sure to help you out!