The new AirPods Pro comes with impressive features like active noise canceling, transparency mode, force sensor buttons, wireless charging, and 24-hour battery life except for charging. Instead of waiting for the Case light to turn green, there are better ways to check the battery level of the AirPods Pro. Let’s check those out.
1. When charging with a Lightning Cable
To check if the Airpods are charging while it’s plugged in the lightning cable, you had to open the case to see the red LED glowing. Even though the LED is on the outside of the Wireless case, you still have to open the case to see if the AirPods are charging when charging via lightning cable.
2. When charging wirelessly
It would be pointless to pick up your AirPods from a Wireless charging pad and opening the case just to check if the AirPods are charging or not. That’s why, when you put the AirPods on a wireless charging mat, you can gently tap the AirPods Case and it would light up the LED indicating the Charging status of the Case.
3. Ask Siri
If you’re too lazy to reach any of your devices, you can always ask Siri (nicely) to get the battery level for you. Simply ask “Hey Siri, What’s the battery level on my AirPods” and it should respond with the current battery level. It works on both iOS and macOS but my experience on macOS wasn’t great.
Running on macOS Mojave, Siri struggled to get the correct battery percentage of one of my AirPods but Siri on iOS 13 gave an accurate answer every time.
4. On the iPhone
You can stay updated on the battery status of AirPods at all times with the help of the Battery Widget. Simply, activate the Batteries Widget and swipe left on the lock screen to check the status of the battery.
The only caveat with this method is that it would only tell you the Case Battery level if the AirPods are in the case.
5. On a Mac
The easiest way to check the battery level of your AirPods on a Mac is by going to the Bluetooth Settings. Simply click the Bluetooth icon on the menu bar and hover the cursor on the AirPods and it should show you the battery percentage. Just like the iOS, it only shows the Case battery level if the AirPods are in the case.
On another note, you can use AirBuddy to get an iOS-style notification on your computer.
6. On an Apple Watch
The Apple Watch goes really well with all the devices in the ecosystem and you can check the AirPods Battery on it as well. It works just like the iPhone. Open the Control Center on the Watch, tap the Battery Percentage icon, and see the battery levels of all the connected devices.
7. On an Android Smartphone
AirPods are clearly an Apple device meant to run within the Apple ecosystem but also work just as fine with Android smartphones. There are plenty of apps that would show a similar popup when you bring the AirPods near the phone and open the case.
To check the battery level of your AirPods Pro on an Android, install AirBattery and give it all the permission it wants. Simply open the case next to the phone and it should show you the current battery percentage. AirBattery is free on the Play Store and has ads.
8. Windows and Linux
Sadly there are no apps for Windows and Linux OS at the moment. Although Windows 10 does detect battery levels next to the connected devices, it just doesn’t recognize the AirPods Battery level. However, If any new methods or apps come up in the future, I’ll mention those here.
These were all the ways you can check the battery and charging status of the AirPods Pro. While the first two methods don’t tell the exact battery level, those are still good if you want a quick glance. Apart from Siri on macOS, all the methods work pretty much the same regardless of the platform. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below.