What Do the Lights on AirPods Mean?

The lights on your AirPods could indicate that they’re fully charged, need to be charged, charging, out of charge, or connecting. This primarily depends on the color of the light and whether it’s blinking or appearing when your AirPods are connected to a power source or inside or outside the case.

Amber Light

Here’s what amber light in your AirPods charging case means in different scenarios:


Blinking amber light possibly indicates a pairing problem with your AirPods. In that case, resetting your AirPods would be your best solution.

You may also see a blinking amber light when you connect your MagSafe Charging Case or Wireless Charging Case to a charger. This also indicates that you need to reset your AirPods. 

Resetting your AirPods can be done by following these steps:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings and choose “Bluetooth.” Click on the ‘i’ icon and choose “Forget this Device”. This will unpair your AirPods
  • Put your AirPods back in the charging case and keep the lid open
  • Long-press the circular button on the back of the case until you see the flashing amber light again
  • Keep holding until the light flashes at least a few times, then close the lid
  • A prompt will appear on your iPhone’s screen. Tap on “Pair,” and now you’ve successfully reset your AirPods

With Case Connected to a Power Source

When your AirPods charging case is connected to a power source, you may notice that there’s a blinking amber light when you open the case. It indicates that the AirPods are charging. 

With AirPods in the Case

When you see an amber light while your AirPods are in the case, it means that the case is recharging your AirPods. 

Without AirPods in the Case

Seeing amber light when your AirPods aren’t in the charging case indicates that your AirPods aren’t fully charged, and you have less than one full-charge worth of power in the charging case. This would be a good time to charge your AirPods and case to prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly. 

Red Light

The red light indicates that your AirPods are almost out of charge and need to be charged as soon as possible.

Green Light

This is what the green light on your AirPods charging case indicates:

With AirPods in the Case

Seeing a green light with your AirPods in the case signals that both of your AirPods and charging case are 100% charged. You’ll usually see it right after you unplug the charging case from the power source. 

Without AirPods in the Case

When your AirPods aren’t in the charging case, and you see a green light, this means that the case is fully charged. In other words, there’s more than one full charge available in your charging case. 

With Case Connected to a Power Source

When you notice a green light while your case is connected to a power source, you can tell that your case is fully charged and it’s time to unplug the cable. 

White Light (Blinking)

White light starts flashing when you press the circular button at the back of your charging case. It’s used when you attempt to connect your AirPods to a new device for the first time. It means that your AirPods are visible to other Bluetooth devices and ready to be paired.

You’ll also see the status light flashing white when you connect your Wireless Charging Case or MagSafe Charging Case to a charger.

No Light

If there’s no light coming out of your AirPods charging case, it means that they’re out of charge, and you must connect them to a power source for a while to be able to use them again. 

Where Is the Status Light Located on AirPods?

The status light could either be inside or outside the charging case, depending on which AirPods model you own.

If you have the original first or second-generation AirPods, the status light will be right in front of you when you open the case’s lid. On the other hand, if you have AirPods Pro or your AirPods come with a wireless charging case, the status light will be on the front of the case below the lid.

Why Won’t My AirPods Flash White?

If your AirPods don’t flash white, you won’t be able to pair them with your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s what to do in this scenario:

  • Charge your AirPods until they’re fully charged (check the green status light)
  • Close the case’s lid
  • Wait for 15-20 seconds and open the lid again
  • If you don’t see a flashing white light, press and hold the circular setup button at the back of the case
  • Wait for the status light to flash an amber light a few times. The light should eventually turn white


So these were all the different colors that you may say on your AirPods and what they indicate. 

Amber light is related to pairing problems or charging, while white light means that your AirPods are ready to be paired. The green light indicates that you have enough power in your AirPods to last you a while, while the red light is a sign that you need to charge your AirPods whenever possible.

They might be confusing at first, but you’ll get used to them after a while. 

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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