Can AirPods Be Charged in Another Case? (Quick Answer)

You can charge your AirPods in a different case, be it your friend’s case or a completely new one. All you have to do is put your AirPods in the case, open the lid, and long-press the setup button on the charging case until it flashes white.

Can You Charge AirPods Without a Case?

You can’t charge your AirPods without a charging case; there’s no way to get around this. Some claim that a narrow-pin charger might do the trick, but we wouldn’t recommend trying any of these sketchy techniques since you might damage your AirPods beyond repair.

If you lose your charging case, you can either order a replacement from Apple or buy a used or third-party case at a lower price. However, not all third-party charging cases will give you the same results, so it’s better to check other users’ reviews on each charging case before buying one. The wrong charging case can damage the delicate batteries inside your AirPods.

Potential Risks of Putting Your AirPods in Someone’s Charging Case

While putting your AirPods in someone else’s charging case will charge them, it’s not exactly the best thing to do in terms of hygiene. Disease-causing germs in the charging case might transmit to you and cause ear infections. Even if the other person’s AirPods case looks clean, you can’t tell for sure since germs aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Can You Charge Original AirPods 1 or 2 in an AirPods Pro Charging Case?

The original AirPods 1 and 2 have a different design than the AirPods Pro, so they won’t fit in an AirPods Pro charging case. Similarly, you can’t charge AirPods Pro in a regular AirPods charging case.

Connecting Your AirPods to Your iPhone When Charging It in Another Case

When you put your AirPods in a different charging case, your iPhone won’t recognize them when you try to use them unless you put them back in the old case first. In fact, they’ll be connected to the other person’s iPhone.

To get around that, follow these steps:

  • Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone
  • Click on the “i” next to your AirPods in Bluetooth settings
  • Click on “Forget this device”
  • Open the charging case’s lid
  • Press and hold the setup button on the AirPods case until it flashes white
  • A prompt will appear; tap on “pair”

Can You Connect Your AirPods to Your iPhone if the Case Is Out of Charge?

You can’t use your AirPods if the case is dead. You need to open the case’s lid for your iPhone to detect your AirPods. However, if the AirPods were already connected to your iPhone before the case died, you might be able to continue using them until the AirPods themselves are out of charge or the connection is lost.


To recap, you can definitely charge your AirPods in a different charging case. However, make sure that you go through the pairing process all over again if you want to be able to use your AirPods with the new case.

If you still have the original case and just need a quick charge, simply put the AirPods in your charging case before using them to connect them to your iPhone.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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