If you just bought a new pair of AirPods Pro or AirPods, you’ve probably noticed that they are complex devices. They are quite limited in their ability to communicate with the user when there is an error.
There are no indicators on the AirPods earbuds. But there are LED colors on the charging case. The LED colors help you to quickly know the pairing, charging, and overall status of your device.
In this article, you’ll learn what each of these colors means. Let’s get started.
Where are the AirPods LED Colors?
Depending on the model you have, the status light can be outside or inside of your AirPods case. If you have the first or second-generation model you’ll find the LED status colors within the case, in the middle of the AirPods pair. So to view the status you have to flick open the case.
However, if you have AirPods without a wired charging case and you use the AirPods Pro, you will find the LED status colors on the front of your case, under the lid.
The light will be on for 8 seconds after placing it on a wireless charger.
What do the LED Colors mean on AirPods?
AirPods Pro and AirPods cases have one LED capable of changing to several colors (up to 4). And each color conveys a specific message. So here’s what the different colors mean:
This is also called Orange by most users. Your AirPods LED would change to this color when the AirPods are charging or the case is charging.
If the LED changes to Green this means your AirPods are done charging or the case is completely charged.
This happens when your AirPods Pro or AirPods encounter an error that won’t go away unless there’s an intervention.
If the LED color is flashing white it means your device is ready to be paired through Bluetooth.
No LED color on your AirPods indicates that they are dead (not charged) and need to be restored. To do so, simply charge your AirPods.
Why do AirPods Flash Orange?
If everything is normal the amber or orange light on your AirPods case means that charging is ongoing. When charging is complete the light will stay steady and then change to green.
However, if the AirPods LED indicator keeps flashing orange this means your device has encountered an unrecoverable error.
Typically, you can fix the issue by running a factory reset on your AirPods and then reconnecting them to your device.
Use the below steps to factory reset AirPods:
Go to your device’s (the one you use with the AirPods) Bluetooth settings, and instruct it to forget the AirPods.
To do this on an iPhone, for example, you have to go to Settings >> Bluetooth >> Hit the “I” within the blue circle >> then tap Forget This Device.
That said, if you connected your AirPods to more than one device, do the same for all of them.
Next, put the AirPods inside their case and open the lid.
Push and hold the button at the back of the Airpods case till the light begins flashing amber/orange.
You have to keep pressing on the button till the light flashes thrice.
Finally, shut the lid and reconnect your AirPods to the device. This should fix the problem.
However, if your AirPods still flash orange, then you have to reach out to Apple support for specific repairs or get it replaced.
Why is the Left AirPod Flashing Red?
If just one AirPod flashes red, this means that the earbud isn’t connected properly to the other one or the device you’re pairing them to.
You will have to reset the AirPods to ensure that the earbuds sync together before pairing them again to your device.
My AirPods Won’t Flash White?
The implication of your AirPods not flashing white is that you will be unable to pair them using Bluetooth to your device.
The good news though is that there are a couple of things you can do when your AirPods won’t flash white.
First, ensure that your AirPods are charged fully. Then place your AirPods in the case and set it on a wireless charger or plug it in till they’re charged fully (this is indicated by the green LED color).
Second, shut the lid of your AirPods case. Then wait for 25 seconds and open the lid.
If the LED doesn’t flash white after you open the lid, push and hold the setup button on the AirPod case till there’s a white flash.
But if the light still doesn’t give the white flash, press the setup button till it flashes amber thrice and then white.
However, if the light does not flash white after the above, you’ll have to contact Apple support for assistance.
What Does the Green Light on AirPods Mean?
When you charge an empty wireless AirPods case the green light will come on quickly after it is completely charged and then turn off. Also, if you open a fully charged wireless case the green light will show and remain on. That said, if your AirPods are inside the case and there’s a green light, it means that both the AirPods and case are fully charged.
What Does the Blue Light Indicate On My AirPods?
If your new AirPods flash or glow blue, it means your money just went down the drain. You have been scammed into purchasing a fake AirPods pair. Real AirPods do not emit blue light.
Take comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone in this. Year after year hundreds to thousands of consumers are cheated by con men selling knock-off products.
The usual practice is to defraud novice buyers by offering fake versions for the price of an original. And Apple products have become a target due to their popularity and market appeal.
The only colors Apple AirPods emit are those listed in this article.
Now you know what each LED color means on your AirPods case. The amber color flashes to indicate a problem, white flashes tell you that pairing is possible, and green means that your AirPods are fully charged.
If the LED color indicates a problem that isn’t solved by any of the tips listed in this guide, reach out to Apple support. The problem may be specific to your device and will not respond to general troubleshooting.