It is frustrating when watching a movie or having a call, and one of your AirPods goes silent. It might be because it wasn’t charging, and that is why it went off before the other one. You might be forced to pause your movie or stop the call as you try to fix the problem. However, you shouldn’t worry too much as you can fix the issue at home. Read on to learn how to fix one AirPod that is not charging.
Ensure the Charging Case Has More than 10% Battery
Your AirPods won’t charge if your charging case is below 10% battery. The charging case gets to this low percentage when you forget to charge it daily. To check the battery level, you just need to bring the charging case with AirPods close to your iPhone and open the lid. At this time, you should see an AirPods card on the phone’s screen displaying the battery level of the case and both AirPods. If the battery level of the charging case is below 10%, you should recharge it, and probably both AirPods will charge after that.
Remove and Reinsert the AirPods
If the AirPod doesn’t charge despite plenty of charge in the charging case, there must be poor contact or connection inside the case. Probably, the earpiece could be sitting incorrectly, hence doesn’t have proper contact with the charging port in the charging case. You can fix this issue by removing all the accessories and then reinserting them to see if it charges or not.
When removing the accessories and the AirPod that is not charging, you should be careful. If you rush, you will likely damage some of the units. Next, you should insert the AirPod slowly into the charging case and check your iPhone if it is charging. If the issue was related to poor connection, it should charge. However, if there is a deeper problem, it might not charge.
Clean the AirPods Tail and Charging Case
Dirty AirPods are a big no. You should clean the AirPods regularly to ensure you are safe from ear infections and enjoy the best listening experience. You should also note that dirt, wax, grime, and other wastes can prevent one of the AirPods from charging. This dirt and grime can accumulate at the tail and stem of the AirPods. They can also accumulate at the base of the charging case affecting the charging plate. When the contact points are affected by grime and dirt, charging capacity can be interrupted.
You can address this issue by deep cleaning the charging case and the AirPods. Here are some items you may require;
- Cotton swabs
- Periodontal brush
- Dry paper towels
- Old toothbrush
- 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Lint-free microfiber cleaning cloth
For external cleaning, you should dip the cotton swab in 70% isopropyl alcohol and clean the dirty areas of the charging case. Next, you should use a toothpick to pick off the dirt and grime along the case lines and then dry the case with a dry, clean paper towel. For internal cleaning, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the charging port. Next, you should clean the tail of the AirPods with a lint-free cloth and clean the internal contact points using the periodontal brush. The AirPod might charge after the cleaning.
The above tricks can help fix one of the AirPods that is not charging. However, if it doesn’t charge, you should reset the AirPods. Resetting can help fix possible firmware problems causing battery and charging issues. If resetting doesn’t work, you should consult a genius or contact the Apple support team to fix the issue.