Reasons Why Your AirPods Are Dying So Fast? (9 Fixes)

Some of the most common reasons why your AirPods are dying so fast include enabling unnecessary features, high volume, exposure to extreme temperatures, and keeping the AirPods outside the charging case when not in use.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through how to extend the battery life of your AirPods.

1. Only Open/Close the Charging Case Lid When Needed

Every time you open or close your charging case’s lid, it draws extra juice from the batteries. So, make sure that you only open and close the lid when you really need to. And naturally, try to not leave them open in any case.

2. Use One AirPod at a Time Whenever Possible

Using only one AirPod at a time means keeping your other AirPod fully charged. 

I understand that using one AirPod for listening to music slightly affects the experience, but in many scenarios, such as making calls and listening to voice notes and podcasts, one AirPod should get the job done. 

3. Turn Off Noise Cancelation when It’s Not Needed

Noise cancellation is a nice feature that lets you make calls and listen to music without worrying about environmental noise. Apple integrated this feature into the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

However, when you’re in a calm place, using noise cancelation may seem pointless, especially since it consumes more battery.

To toggle noise cancellation off, you need to turn on transparency mode. Here’s how to do it:

  • Navigate to “Settings” and choose “Accessibility”
  • Under “Audio/Visual”, select “Headphone Accommodations” and turn it on
  • Toggle “Custom Transparency Mode” on

4. Reset Your AirPods

If a software issue is causing your AirPods’ battery to drain quickly, resetting your AirPods may solve the problem.

To reset your AirPods, follow these steps:

  • Open “Settings” and choose “Bluetooth”
  • Tap on the ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods’ name
  • Click on “Forget this device”
  • Tap and long-press the pairing button on your AirPods case
  • A prompt will appear on your device; tap on “Pair”

5. Turn the Volume Down

The higher the volume on your AirPods, the faster their batteries drain. Set the volume at an acceptable percentage; not too high, not too low.

This way, you’ll preserve your AirPods’ battery life and protect yourself from hearing damage.

6. Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection

Automatic Ear Detection is a feature that lets you use your AirPods as soon as you plug them in your ears. And while this is a convenient function, it may lead to a fast battery drain or it might even cause your audio to skip/cut.

To turn off Automatic Ear Detection, follow these steps:

  • Go to “Settings” and select “Bluetooth”
  • Click on the ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods name
  • Deactivate “Automatic Ear Detection”

7. Don’t Use Your AirPods in Extreme Temperatures

Lithium-ion batteries are affected by extreme temperatures. So, if the weather is too hot or cold, try to reduce the use of your AirPods to prevent battery drain. 

8. Keep Your AirPods inside the Charging Case When Not in Use

Many people don’t realize this, but keeping your AirPods outside the charging case will cause them to consume more juice, regardless of whether you are wearing them.

So, to get the most out of your AirPods’ batteries, make sure that you put your AirPods inside the case as soon as you’re done using them. This way, you’ll also reduce the chances of losing one or both of your AirPods. 

9. Replace Your AirPods If They’re Too Old

Batteries are consumables, and your AirPods will naturally perform less efficiently the older they get. 

You may not notice any significant effects on your AirPods’ batteries in the first one or two years, but after that, their battery life won’t be the same. Of course, this also depends on your usage patterns. The more often you use your AirPods, the more charge cycles they go through. 

Unfortunately, you can’t replace your AirPods’ batteries. So, if you think that your AirPods don’t last long enough in day-to-day use, you can replace them with a new pair from Apple at a reduced cost.


Alright, so these were all the possible scenarios that could be causing your AirPods to die faster than they should and how to tackle each of them. 

Turning off unused features and keeping the AirPods inside the charging case when not in use can drastically improve your AirPods’ battery life. If you can, use only one AirPod at a time to preserve your AirPods’ battery health.

It’s also important that you keep your AirPods away from extreme temperatures.

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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