Last weekend, I was planning to watch a movie on my iPad. When I logged in to Netflix, I realized that one of my AirPods was not working. When I inspected it, I found that my left AirPod was fully discharged.
I placed both AirPods in the case, but my left AirPod was not charging. Luckily, I tried a few solutions mentioned on Apple’s forum and Reddit, and the problem was resolved.
If your left AirPod isn’t charging in the case, this guide will help you to fix it. I have mentioned six easy solutions to fix if one or both AirPods are not charging.
Why Is My Left AirPod Not Charging?
The charging issue mostly occurs because the metal contacts on AirPods are not properly contacting the charging plates inside the AirPods case. It happens due to corrosion inside the case or a layer of wax buildup around the metal contacts of your AirPods.
The problem is resolved by cleaning the AirPods metal contacts with isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth. And a deep cleaning is required for the charging case also. You may also need to buy an AirPods case replacement if metal plates are corroded or damaged.
Sometimes minor software glitches can also create problems in charging or connecting. You can update your firmware or reset your AirPods to fix the issues.
How To Fix One AirPod Not Charging?
Can you imagine the frustration when you’re ready to watch a movie but suddenly realize your left or right AirPods won’t turn on?
Your comfortable couch and Netflix account are waiting for you, but the AirPods are forcing you to visit the nearest Apple store for replacement or repair.
Don’t worry; the charging issue will probably be resolved at home within a few minutes. You don’t need to drive to the Apple service center for replacement.
Here I’ll provide your six easy solutions to fix if your right or left AirPod isn’t charging-
1- Remove and Re-insert
Did you carefully place your AirPods in the case? Nobody does because magnetic force automatically adjusts and aligns the AirPods in the charging case.
But, the magnetic is not very strong, and sometimes it fails to align the charging points, and your AirPods don’t charge. So, if you haven’t carefully inserted AirPods in the case, open the lid, remove AirPods, and place them back.
Your AirPods will probably start charging, and the connectivity problem will be resolved after this step.
2- Charge Your Case
The 2nd generation AirPods Pro case has a 523mAh battery that recharges both AirPods 5 to 6 times. According to Apple, 15 minutes of charge gives approximately 3 hours of music listening time and 2 hours of backup for phone calls.
If your AirPods case is discharged, it won’t charge your AirPods too. So, place your AirPods MagSafe case on a wireless charger or insert a lightning cable into the charging port.
You can leave your AirPods inside when your case is connected to a charger, and your AirPods will be fully charged.
3- Clean Your AirPods + Case
AirPods are my daily driver, and I carry them everywhere for listening to music and taking calls. Because of regular use, AirPods and charging case attracts dust and debris.
Over time, a thin layer of wax is formed around the metal contact, which prevents current flow. It mostly happens because sweat and oil attract dust from the environment creating an insulative layer.
To fix this, you need to clean your AirPods and charging case with isopropyl alcohol and microfiber cloth. Scratch the metal contacts with a toothbrush to break the wax built into the case.
After a thorough cleaning, leave your AirPods and charging case to dry. Once all alcohol vaporizes, place them back in the case and see whether your AirPods are charging.
4- Reset Your AirPods
If you have cleaned everything, but your one AirPods is still not charging, or there is no sound in the left or right AirPods, it’s time to reset.
Resetting will fix all the minor software glitches and restore your AirPods to factory settings.
Here is how to reset AirPods-
- Put AirPods back into the case and close the lid for at least 30 seconds.
- Go to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings.
- Tap on the More Info (i) icon next to AirPods.
- Tap on Forget This Device.
- Tap again on Forget Device.
- Turn Off, then On your Bluetooth.
- Open the case lid but don’t remove AirPods.
- Now press and hold the setup button on the back of the AirPods case for 15 seconds until the status light on the front starts flashing amber, then white.
- Bring your AirPods case (with the lid open) close to your iPhone.
- Pair it again by following the on-screen instructions.
5- Update Firmware
Outdated firmware can also prevent your AirPods from charging. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and check the firmware version of your AirPods.
If any firmware update is available, install it and restart your iPhone. This will fix the battery backup and improve the sound experience.
6- Try a New Case
If your family member has another AirPods, try charging your AirPods inside that case. If they charge in another case, it means your case is faulty, and you need to replace it. You can buy an AirPods replacement case from Amazon.
7- Contact Apple
If your AirPods are under warranty, the last option is to contact Apple support and ask for a replacement. They will replace your AirPods.
Why my left AirPod is not working?
You left AirPod may not connect when it’s fully discharged. Clean the metal contacts with rubbing alcohol and a microfibre cloth to fix the issue.
Why is only one of my AirPods not charging?
One of your AirPods isn’t charging because something in the case is blocking the metal contacts. Thoroughly clean the metal contacts with isopropyl alcohol with Q-tip to solve the problem.
Why is one AirPod battery lower than the other?
If something is blocking the charging pins, your one AirPod will not charge fully. When you use both, one with less charge will die faster. It can be fixed by cleaning and resetting the AirPods.
I hope these solutions work for you. My left AirPods Pro charging issue was resolved after cleaning the AirPods and case with isopropyl alcohol. If none of the solutions works for you, don’t hesitate to contact Apple for a warranty claim.