AirPods Case Not Charging? Working Fixes

By John Adebimitan

You’ve had a long day where you had to drain your AirPodss’ battery because they were the only thing adding some fun to your day. Finally, the day has ended, and you plug the AirPods into the charger case to leave it to charge.

Fast forward to the next day, you take out the AirPods only to discover that they still have low batteries. So why was the AirPods case not charging?

While we give reasons why your AirPods case may not be charging, we will also look at a series of fixes you can try for the issue.

Why Is Your AirPods Case Not Charging?

The most likely reason why your AirPods case may not be charging can be a result of a software issue. A software bug can cause failure in your AirPods’s operating system and thus prevent it from charging.

Aside from software issues, your AirPods case can also stop charging because:

Your case data port is dirty or damaged.

After a while, dirt can get stuck in your case’s charging port. The accumulated dirt can prevent your AirPods case from charging when you connect your charger cable.

Lightning cable problem

If the lightning cable you are charging your AirPods case with is faulty, it may not be able to charge your case. Likewise, if your power source and charger adapter also have issues, your AirPods case may not be able to charge.

Battery issue

If you’ve been using your AirPods for a long time, its battery may be beginning to wear out and need replacement.

How to Fix an AirPods Case Not Charging

Below are some ways to fix an AirPods case that’s not charging:

Fix 1: Try a different charging pad

If you are trying to charge your AirPods case with a wireless charging case, you may need to check your wireless pad. First, swap your current wireless pad with a new one to ensure it is not the problem.

If the new wireless pad charges the case, then you know that the problem was with the previous wireless pad.

Fix 2: Change your lightning cable

If you use the regular lightning cable to charge your AirPods, it is a good idea to get a new one. The one you’re currently using may be faulty. A good way to be sure changing the lightning cable will work is to try using another lightning cable, maybe that of a friend. If the change seems to work, you’re sure it’s your old cable, and getting a new one becomes quite reasonable.

Fix 3: Try another power adapter

Sometimes, the problem may come from the power adapter you use. Try to use a different one to see if it charges your AirPods case. If the new power adapter charges your AirPods, you know the problem was with the previous power adapter.

Fix 4: Confirm if your power outlet or socket is functional

You should ensure the power outlet is working correctly. Try connecting another device to the power outlet to confirm it is working.

Fix 5: Clean your case’s lightning port

If you’ve used your AirPods case for some time, the lightning port may have accumulated dirt and dust. The accumulated dirt and dust can be the reason for your AirPods case not charging issue.

You should try to clean your AirPods’ charging port occasionally. You can use a soft brush, a dry toothbrush, or non-metal material to clean the Lightning port on your AirPods case.

Fix 6: Reset the AirPods to factory settings

If you’ve been unable to resolve the issue with all the tips above, it is most likely a software issue. So, the next best move is for you to reset the AirPods to their factory settings.

Resetting your AirPods will help clear the operating system and return it to the state it was when you started using it. However, you should note that while this can help fix any charging-related issues like the AirPods case not charging, you will also lose your saved settings.

Here is how to reset your AirPods to factory settings and fix the AirPods case not charging issue:

  • STEP 1: Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  • STEP 2: Tap on “Bluetooth
  • STEP 3: Tap the “I” icon beside the AirPods you want to reset.
  • STEP 4: Tap on “Forget This Device
  • STEP 5: Then tap “Forget Device” to confirm.
  • STEP 6: Now, put your AirPodss back into the case.
  • STEP 7: Close the lid.
  • STEP 8: Open the lid after 30 seconds.
  • STEP 9: Hold the setup button at the back of the case for 15 seconds.
  • STEP 10: Wait until you see a flashing amber(orange) light. You can stop pressing the button when the Amber light turns white.
  • STEP 11: Once the light turns white, you have successfully reset your AirPods to the default settings.

Fix 7: Take the AirPods case to an Apple Store

If none of the fixes we’ve highlighted works, take it to the nearest Apple Store or an authorized service center.

Apple’s technical team will be able to figure reasons for your AirPods case not charging and help you find a solution to it. In some cases, you might need to completely swap the AirPods for a new one if you’re still under warranty coverage.

How to Charge AirPods Case – The Right Way

Follow the process below to charge your AirPods case properly:

  • STEP 1: If you are wondering, you can charge your AirPods case with or without the AirPods inside the case. You only need to make sure that you close the case before you start charging.
  • STEP 2: Connect the Lightning cable to the connector port on your case.
  • STEP 3: Plug the lightning cable into a power adapter you’ve plugged into a power source. You can also connect the lightning cable to a USB port on your computer.
  • STEP 4: Leave your AirPods case to charge.

What If the AirPods Case Is Not Charging, But AirPodss Are? What Can You Do?

If your AirPodss are charging but your AirPods case itself is not, the issue is likely a battery problem. In that case, the best course of action would be for you to take the AirPods to the nearest Apple Store or an authorized service center to help replace the battery.

Why Is Your AirPods Case Not Charging but Showing Orange Light?

When your AirPodss show a flashing or blinking orange light, it means that your AirPodss and charging case have connectivity issues. In addition, it indicates that your AirPodss are not pairing correctly with your iPhone.


If after you’ve tried all the fixes we highlighted, and your AirPods case not charging issue still isn’t fixed, you may need to take it to an Apple Store as we suggested. If the issue is something Apple’s technical team can fix, they will fix it for you as long as your AirPods are still under warranty.

In fact, if your AirPods case not charging issue is caused by a manufacturer’s fault, Apple will replace the part that is not working. However, if your AirPods case not charging issue is caused by an unrepairable fault, you may have to get new AirPods or a new charging case.

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