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5 Ways To Check AirPod Battery Life

Last Updated Dec 17, 2022
AirPods with an iPhone and Macbook

AirPods are a great addition to any smart home kit. They are great for work, the gym, or simply listening to music. But how do you check the battery life of AirPods?

Users who own AirPods can check their Airpod battery life in five ways. Each method involves a quick voice command, swipe, or tap to get started.

Keep reading below to learn how to utilize the five different ways to check AirPod battery life to keep your music and phone calls going confidently.

Here’s our video on how we check an AirPod’s battery life:

How to Check AirPod Battery Life

There are five different ways you can check the battery life of AirPods. Below are the five best ways to do so:

  • Ask Siri
  • Use Utility Menu
  • Battery Widget
  • Auto Pop-Up Feature
  • Use a Mac

These methods are quick ways to ensure you have enough battery in both the case and the pods themselves. Below each method is outlined for your convenience.

Ask Siri

One of the easiest methods you can do to check the status of your AirPod battery is to ask Siri to tell you. If you are not used to using Siri, follow these quick steps:

  1. Ensure Siri is activated in your iPhone settings. Select ‘Listen For’ to activate Siri by voice and turn on the side buttons if you want to click to activate Siri.
  2. Say, “Hey, Siri, AirPod battery” if you have activated ‘Listen For.’ Siri will follow up by providing you with a screen that states the battery percentage left for your AirPods.
  3. Quickly double-click the side buttons and iterate the same prompt if you have chosen to turn off ‘Listen For.’
A screenshot of how Siri will tell you your AirPods battery percentage.
A screenshot of how Siri will tell you your AirPods battery percentage.

As long as your AirPods are connected to your iPhone via Bluetooth, you can use Siri to determine their battery life status.

If the battery is low, don’t forget to take some time to charge your AirPods.

Use Utility Menu

Another great way to check the battery life of your AirPods or their case is to use the utility menu built into the iPhone. It will provide an accurate report on the battery life.

To view the battery life status in the utility menu, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe down at the top right-hand corner of the screen
  2. Locate the box that outlines information for your AirPods
  3. Read the information, including the battery life indicator for the AirPods and case

If you are looking for a quick way to check your AirPods quietly, this is one of the better options. The Utility menu will tell a user the battery life of AirPods if connected via Bluetooth.

Battery Widget

The iPhone has a widget menu that can be customized for user experience. Many people who own AirPods often install the Battery Widget to track the battery life of their AirPods.

A screenshot of how the battery widget looks on an iPhone to display the battery life of paired devices
A screenshot of how the battery widget looks on an iPhone to display the battery life of paired devices

To enable and configure the battery widget, you must follow these steps:

  1. Tap and hold the screen until the icons begin to shake or wiggle
  2. Tap the top of the screen
  3. Scroll down until you find Batteries
  4. Tap Batteries
  5. Swipe to the right and left and select the widget size and style you want to use
  6. Select Add Widget
  7. Tap Done
A screenshot of what the home menu on an iPhone looks like when the tiles are shaking and wiggling
A screenshot of what the home menu on an iPhone looks like when the tiles are shaking and wiggling

Once you select done, the widget will be enabled on your iPhone. You can use the widget to check the battery level of your AirPods and AirPod cases at any time. 

If you notice only one AirPod is charging, don’t worry, we’ve got some fixes for you.

Auto Pop-Up Feature

The AirPod case comes with another feature besides charging capabilities. When the case is close to the iPhone, it can preview the AirPod and case status on the screen.

A screenshot of the auto popup feature to show and AirPods' battery life
A screenshot of the auto popup feature to show and AirPods’ battery life

To see these previews while AirPods are in use, follow these easy steps:

  1. Grab your AirPod case
  2. Bring it close to your iPhone
  3. Open the lid of the AirPod case
  4. Close the lid of the AirPod case
  5. Wait a few moments

The auto pop-up screen will provide an overview of the battery life. It comes in a white box and enters the phone from the bottom up.

Use a Mac

The last way you can check on the status of your AirPod batteries is to use a Mac computer. This is done via the Bluetooth connection option that both AirPods and Macs have.

If this is your first time connecting your AirPods to your Mac to see the total remaining battery life, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your AirPods to the Mac
  2. Open up the Control Center
  3. Select Bluetooth

A small dropdown screen will appear and provide you with an overview of all Bluetooth-connected items. 

Those with batteries will show how much charge is left.

If you’re having trouble connecting your AirPods to your Macbook, don’t worry, we’ve got some great fixes for you.

Take Charge of Your AirPod Battery

AirPods are convenient and high-quality earbuds that allow you to listen to calls, music, and messages. The iPhone makes it easy to view your battery while living your busy lifestyle.