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How To Check Battery On AirPods Max In 6 Ways

Last Updated Jun 27, 2022
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Apple’s full-size headphones, the AirPods Max, were designed to be a competitor in the full-size headphones market, a job they perform quite well. The AirPods Max can be charged via the USB-C to Lightning Cable (Apple’s proprietary charging form factor) or a standard USB to Lightning Cable. However, what if you want to use your AirPods Max wirelessly?

The beauty of most modern headphones, especially those made by the standard headphone jack hating Apple, is that they are Bluetooth-capable. They will charge through the use of the cables mentioned above. However, most will probably use the included Smart Case to charge on the go. But how will you know your battery life and how much time it takes to charge?

How to Check The Battery On AirPods Max

There are a few methods to check the battery levels on AirPods Max. Apple has made it so no matter your preference, there is probably a way you will find more favorable than the others.

  1. They will send you a notification when the battery reaches 20, 10, and 5 percent.
  2. The AirPods Max will chime through the headphones when they reach 10 percent.
  3. Status Light on the AirPods Max earcup
  4. Tap the Noise Control button close by your iOS device
  5. Install a battery widget on your iOS device

Keep reading to learn how to check the battery life on your AirPods Max. The last thing you’d want is for them to die while listening to something important.

The AirPods Max Will let you Know When They Need a Charge

One handy addition to many Bluetooth headphones is an audible method to check the charge of your headphones. The AirPods Max manage this through notifications and a system of in-ear tones through the headphones themselves to give the listener a better idea of the battery charge level.

Getting a Notification About Battery Level From Your AirPods Max

The AirPods Max will notify the iOS device they are connected to when the battery charge falls to 20, 10, and 5 percent charge remaining.

The AirPods Max Will Play a Tone When the Battery is Low

Another method the AirPods Max will let you know they need to be charged is through a tone or chime played through the headphones themselves. The tone plays when the charge falls to 10 percent. Then, the chime will also play as the headphones power themselves off.

Checking the Battery Charge While Connected to Power

On the right speaker cup of your AirPods Max, there is an LED status light that acts as an indicator to show the charge status of the battery of your AirPods Max headphones. It is located near the bottom of the headphones, where you would plug in the Lighting charging cable. You can easily access this if you’re using a charging stand.

While your AirPods Max are connected to power and charging: 

All you have to do is press the Noise Control Button

If the AirPods Max have 95 percent or more remaining charge, the status light on the bottom of the right speaker cup will turn green.

If the AirPods Max have 94 percent or fewer remaining charge, the status light on the bottom of the right speaker cup will turn amber.

Checking the Battery Charge While not Connected to Power

If your AirPods Max are not connected to power or currently charging, the process is the same, but the lights will indicate a different charging level.

While your AirPods Max are NOT connected to power or charging:

You still have to press the Noise Control Button as if they were connected to power.

The status light will turn green if the AirPods Max have 15 percent or more remaining charge.

If the AirPods Max have 14 percent or fewer remaining charge, the status light will turn amber.

Checking the Battery Charge With Your iOS device

It’s also possible in a couple of ways to check the battery charge of your AirPods Max headphones within the Apple iOS device. The method is the same whether you are using an iPhone or an iPad. There are two ways to check the battery through your iOS device. You’ll have to make sure that they’re connected to the device.

It will give a more accurate battery level percentage than between 95 and 15 percent. For some people, that might not be quite accurate enough.

These two methods will show an exact percentage like a cell phone’s battery indicator. You will see if you are sitting at 92%, 64%, or 23%.

Checking the Battery Charge Level Through iOS Using Proximity 

It is possible to check the battery charge level of your AirPods Max solely with proximity to the Apple iOS device they are connected to. Finding out if your charge is somewhere between 95 and 15 percent isn’t exactly helpful to you. 

To check the charge status through proximity:

  • Hold your AirPods Max close to your iOS device.
  • Wait a few seconds 
  • If nothing happens or you don’t want to wait, you can press the Noise Control Button, and there should be a popup screen of your AirPods Max that shows your battery level in detail.

Checking the Battery Charge Level Through iOS Widgets

You can also check the battery status of your AirPods Max and any other Bluetooth devices connected to your iOS device through the widgets section of your iOS device’s swipe down menus. You can add the Batteries Widget to your home screen or the Today View and see the battery levels of all the connected devices.

To Add the Batteries Widget to your Today View Screen in iOS 13 and earlier:

  • Swipe right from your Home Screen to access the Today View
  • Press the Edit button
  • Scroll until you see the widget named Batteries and press it.
  • Tap Done.

You can now view your battery percentages on your Today View screen.

To Add the Batteries Widget to your Today View Screen in iOS 14 and later: 

  • Tap and hold anywhere on your Home Screen
  • The apps should start shaking – This is how you would normally move and reorganize your apps
  • Tap the Plus button
  • Scroll until you see the widget named Batteries and press it.

Conclusion 

Luckily, Apple gave the AirPods Max many ways to check the battery charge level. Whether you are working out, on a loud train, or want to check the battery discreetly, there is a method to make it possible to see how long left you have to listen before another inevitable charge is due for your Bluetooth headset.