Fix AirPods Charging Case Battery Drain Issues by Resetting


Last week, it was reported that a number of early owners of the AirPods are experiencing poor battery life on their charging cases. While Apple has not officially addressed the issue, a bunch of potential fixes for the troublesome AirPods charging case battery drain issue have surfaced in the past few days. One fix that seems to resolve the issue for most people is resetting the AirPods completely and syncing them back up to each iOS device (via MacRumors).

Charging case

As reported by the source, while resetting the AirPods helped return the charging cases to normal battery life for majority of users, it isn’t a universal fix and still a significant number of affected users are seeing large percentage drops in the charging case on an hourly basis, even after performing the reset. Since Apple is yet to confirm whether a software fix is possible or not, some users have already gone the route of exchanging the AirPods at an Apple retail store for a new pair.

“The fact that a software reset works for some users has lead to hope that Apple may address the battery drainage issue in the form of a firmware update for the AirPods sometime in the future, but the company hasn’t commented on the problem or mentioned whether or not AirPods will be updated through iOS at all. Apple has quietly updated some of its iOS-connected accessories in the past, including the Apple Pencil through iOS 10.1, which users noted as bringing more fluid and responsive drawing tools to the Pencil”.

Unfortunately for some users, their second pair of AirPods is also exhibiting the battery drain issues with the charging case.


  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    Long thread here with a lot of discussion and testing to see detailed behaviour of the AirPods, charging and the charging case:

    It really doesn’t seem as simple as resetting the AirPods will help the battery life issue.

    The true issue seems to be not the AirPods battery life, but rather the standby battery life. I think people are using them often so they aren’t noticing the problem. But if you charge them, and then just keep them aside for 2-3 days they could drain while not in use.

    It doesn’t sound like it’s the charging case with the issue (the case just provides power, doesn’t actually do much else), but the AirPods while in the case are staying active in some form, and enough so to deplete their charge and continuously top up from the charging case, which slowly depletes it as well.

  • Ben

    Anyone at iPhone in Canada experiencing this? I wasn’t at first, but now I am. Granted, I don’t know what would be considered ‘normal’ for these… it seems that it refreshes the charge in them periodically to make sure it remains at 100%.

    Battery could be normal, but just not clear on how stand-by works. I need to charge my case roughly every 2 days. I last charged them Sunday night and took off charger at 1AM, now at 11AM on Tuesday the case is at 41%. I used them light-to-moderate use.

    Important to note, my airpods are currently at 94-95% even though I havent used them since last night. They should be at 100%… this is why I think they refresh the charge in the case. Case stops charging them, they slowly drop in charge, case fills them back up. I think that is the ‘case drain’ perhaps…