Does Leaving My AirPods in The Case Drain The Battery?

Recently, AirPods battery life has been a hot topic. Many users are concerned about how to maintain their AirPods battery health for maximum performance? or leaving the AirPods in its case all day, will it drain the battery or not?

To answer all these questions I did some research and Here’s what I learned:

Does Leaving My AirPods in The Case Drain The Battery? 

AirPods are designed to be placed in the case when not in use.  If they are still connected to your Mobile Phones, Smartwatches, Tablets, or Laptop via Bluetooth, they will drain their battery even if they are in their case. 

It does not take as long for them to drain as they are actively in use, but their battery will slowly drain in Case if they are in connection with your Device. 

To save the battery life of your Airpods you can turn off some features. Let’s discuss them in detail.

Turn Off Battery-Draining Features

In order to save battery life on your AirPods, you can turn off the automatic ear detection feature and the double-tap AirPod command. 

The proximity sensor in your AirPods will always be on if the automatic ear detection option is activated. So you can disable the proximity sensor to save even more battery you have to switch off the automatic ear detection. For that:

  1. On your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
Automatic Ear Detection of Airpods
  1. Under the My Devices list, tap the circled “i” icon next to your connected AirPods.
  2. Toggle off the switch next to Automatic Ear Detection.

With this option turned off, you will still be able to use your AirPods, but you’ll have to manually start and stop your music with your iPhone or iPod.

Another way to help save battery life you have to turn off the double-tap AirPods command. In the double-tap AirPod command,  AirPods use smart sensors. If this feature is turned off then Your Airpod even in the Charging case would not use the smart sensor. To switch off you have to 

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device
  2. Tap the Bluetooth menu and look for your AirPods
  3. Tap the “i” next to your AirPods name
Open airpods settings
  1. Under Press and Hold AirPods, tap Left or Right, choose which option you’d like to switch between “Play/Pause” and “Off”.

How Long Do Airpod Batteries Last?

Airpod batteries will last about five hours if they are not in the charging case. If the AirPods are in the charging case, then their batteries will last up to 24 hours.

The Airpods case provides a feature that slows the rate of battery loss from your AirPods. 

That means as long as your Airpods case has some charge left in it, you will not see the AirPods batteries drain quickly and instead will slow down the process of them draining over time which is why it is suggested to keep your AirPods case charged.

Does Overcharging AirPods hurt the battery?

You may have noticed that when you charge your AirPods, the charging case displays a lightning bolt. That’s because it’s in sync mode and your AirPods are automatically syncing with the case when it is plugged in. When they finish syncing, the light turns off.

In addition to automatic synchronization, Apple also implemented a feature that helps prevent overcharging AirPods by only allowing them to be charged for a certain amount of time before shutting off power from the Lightning connector inside of the charging case. This means that if you charge your Airpods overnight then you don’t need to worry about them being overcharged as long as they stay connected with their included cable or wireless option.

The third thing is that AirPods will stop charging if the battery gets too hot. Apple has designed AirPods to prevent overcharging and overheating, so you don’t have to worry about your battery life.

Charging your AirPods overnight is a great way to make sure they are fully charged for the next day. So, the next time you’re at home and your AirPods run out of battery, don’t forget to put them in the charging case and give them some time to juice up!

What is the average battery life of AirPods?

The AirPods come in a charging case that also functions as a wireless charger for your phone–just plug it into the wall and you’ll get up to 24 hours of total listening time or 18 hours of full talk time with multiple charges in your case.  

The average battery life is 5 hours of listening time or 3 hours of talk time on a single charge, but this can vary depending on usage.

How many full charges does the case provide on a full charge? 

There is no definitive answer to this question since it depends on how often the case is used and how much power is drained from the case’s battery.

However, most users report that the case can provide 3-4 hours of full charges before needing to be recharged. This means that AirPods can be used for extended periods of time without having to worry about running out of power.

As Apple says that after putting the Airpods inside the case will take 20 minutes to be fully charged. 

Additionally, the case can be charged using a standard USB cable and take only one hour to recharge, making it easy to top up the battery when needed. 

So overall, the AirPods case is a very convenient and versatile way to keep your earbuds powered up.

How can I tell the battery life of my AirPods and the case? 

You can check the battery life for your AirPods and the case in the following ways.

On iOS devices, swipe up from the bottom to open the Control Center, then tap on the battery icon. You’ll find it at the top of the display after swiping through several icons. This will bring you to another screen that displays both the current charge level for your AirPods and the case and how much time they have before being fully charged.

battery life of my AirPods and the case

On The Mac:

  • Open the lid or take your AirPods out of the case.
  • Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar.
  • Hover the pointer over your AirPods in the menu.

With your AirPods in their charging case, double-tap either side of it. The status light will glow different colors for 8 seconds: amber light means on the charging and green light means it is fully charged.

Place your AirPods in the case and hold the case close to your phone with the lid open for a few seconds to see a pop-up on your home screen indicating the pair’s current battery life.

How can I tell if my AirPods and case are charging? 

You can charge your AirPods by placing them in the case, which features a status light on the front to indicate charging progress. To show the color of the status light while charging, touch the front of the case. If the status light shows an amber glow, they are still charging and if it is green then it means the Airpods are fully charged.

airpods green light
airpods red light

If you don’t have your AirPods in their case and check the status light, it will tell you how much charge is left in the case right now. The case should still have at least one full charge if the status light is green. If the status light is an orange color that flashes, it means there isn’t enough charge remaining in the case to wirelessly charge your AirPods.


The article went into detail to help readers maximize the battery life of their AirPods. The article did not go into a lot of depth but does provide some helpful suggestions for keeping your AirPods charged. 

One main suggestion is to turn off your AirPods when you’re not using them. If you want more information, such as how to add an Apple ID so that your device can receive push notifications, then you should reach out to Apple support for more advanced details.

If you’re not an Apple person and want to purchase some other Bluetooth earbuds, such as invisible Bluetooth earbuds or earbuds under $150, check out the two articles dedicated to those topics.