Can You Charge AirPods Without The Case? (Quick Answer)

You can’t charge your AirPods or AirPods Pro without the charging case. If you lost your charging case, your best bet is to get a replacement case from Apple to continue using your AirPods.

Is It Possible to Charge AirPods Without the Charging Case?

The short answer is, no matter what anyone tells you or which DIY YouTube videos say it’s possible, you can’t charge your AirPods without its charging case. 

Many resources on the web claim that you can charge your AirPods with a case via a questionable download or a narrow pin charger. Attempting any of these “tricks” will not only make you risk hurting yourself or your computer’s data but also damage your AirPods.

Narrow Pin Chargers

Narrow pin chargers and AirPods have different contact points. When you take a closer look at your AirPods, you’ll notice that there are 2 small contact points at the bottom that look quite different from those on a narrow pin charger. 

Even if you manage to get electricity flowing through your AirPods’ batteries, you may damage them beyond repair. AirPods batteries are very small, meaning that improper current flow can be catastrophic for them. 

Downloadable Apps

A quick Google search can convince you there’s some sort of “charging app” that can help you charge your AirPods without a charging case. Unfortunately, these are 100% scams that are just trying to steal your data or bombard you with useless ads.

Can You Charge Your  AirPods With a Non-Genuine Case?

There are many knock-off AirPods cases on the market, but whether or not they would charge your AirPods properly is a hit or miss.

Some replacement charging cases will actually function like the original one, while others may not charge your AirPods or even damage them.

If you do decide to get a knock-off charging case for your AirPods, make sure that you check some user reviews first. Otherwise, you’ll just have to give it a shot yourself.

Can You Connect Your AirPods to your iPhone Without a Charging Case?

If you lose your charging case, you won’t be able to connect your AirPods to your iPhone, even if there’s a little bit of battery juice left.

However, if the AirPods are already paired, you won’t need the case for a couple of hours at least. But once your AirPods lose connection or run out of charge, you’ll need a charging case to get them back online. 


To sum it all up, you can only charge your AirPods if you have a charging case, be it a genuine Apple charging case or a high-quality knock-off. There’s no app or charger that can properly charge your AirPods without a charging case.

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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