The Apple AirPods are easy to use and easy to charge for everyone. The AirPods include two AirPods (earbuds), one charging case and a USB cable for charging purposes. When the AirPods case is not charging with no light, you need to find a solution to fix the issue.
The AirPods case may not charge because of different reasons. It can be the faulty cable, power source issue, dust or dirt in lightning/charging port or other technical issues. I have found some quick solutions for AirPods case not charging, no light issue and I am going share them here.
Why is My AirPods Case Not Charging?
Your AirPods case is not charging because there is a problem with the charging cable, power source or the AirPods case itself. You can charge your left and right AirPods by putting them in the charging case. The charging case also needs to be charged time to time otherwise it cannot charge the AirPods (earbuds).
So, the reason for AirPods case not charging, no light can be different for every AirPods user. You need to check where is the fault and fix it with the help of quick solutions that I am going to recommend here.
How to Fix AirPods Case Not Charging, No Light
The AirPods are designed to provide long battery life with crystal clear sound experience. In present time, millions of people are using AirPods with their iOS, Mac and other devices. The AirPods charge quickly in their charging case and you need to charge the case when the case battery is empty.
The AirPods case should start charging as soon as you put it on the wireless charging pad or connect it to your MacBook with the USB cable. In case your AirPods case is not charging and also not showing status light then there is some problem. Here I provide 7 quick solutions for AirPods case not charging, no light issue as follows:
- Check AirPods Case Charging Status on iPhone
- Update AirPods Firmware
- Change the Charging Cable
- Clean the AirPods Case Lightning/Charging Port
- Change the Power Source
- Reset AirPods Case
- Contact Apple Support or Go to Apple Service Center
Now, I will explain all 7 solutions for AirPods case not charging to help you use them to fix your AirPods case as soon as possible.
#1. Check AirPods Case Charging Status on iPhone
When you put AirPods case in charging, the status light turns on for a few seconds. Thereafter the light turns off but the charging process continues. It may happen that you doubt if the AirPods case is charging or not. You can check that instantly if you have an iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch device.
Here I provide a simple trick to check AirPods case charging status on iPhone as under:
- Put your AirPods in their charging case and close the lid.
- Get the USB cable, connect one end to the charging case and the other end to the Mac or charger-adapter.
- Wait for 2 minutes and then turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone.
- Open the AirPods case lid and bring the case near the iPhone.
- A pop-up will appear on your iPhone screen showing battery level of AirPods case as well as left AirPod and right AirPod.
- There is a charging symbol shown nearby battery icon, it confirms that the AirPods case is charging.
When the AirPods don’t show up its status light (amber), you believe that it’s not charging but it’s good to check it on your iPhone. So, this is the easiest way to check if your AirPods case is charging or not.
#2. Update AirPods Firmware
You can check the AirPods case battery status on your iPhone. You can also check its charging status and if the AirPods case is not charging with no light then you should update its firmware. The AirPods firmware needs to be updated time to time otherwise the AirPods malfunction and cause errors.
In order to update your AirPods firmware, you need to connect them with your iPhone or other iOS device. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to a seamless internet connection so that it can update the AirPods firmware. Here I provide the steps for updating AirPods firmware as follows:
- Get the AirPods out of the charging case and put them back inside.
- Close the case lid and put the AirPods case in charging using its USB cable.
- Bring the AirPods closer to your iPhone with Bluetooth turned on.
- Let your iPhone check for any pending firmware update for AirPods.
- Update the AirPods firmware to the latest version.
So, you can fix the AirPods case not charging issue by updating its firmware. Hope that your AirPods case is charging properly after the firmware update.
#3. Change the Charging Cable
You are using AirPods for one or more years, you charge the AirPods and case with the original USB cable. Recently, your AirPods case is not charging with no light, it can happen because of the faulty charging cable.
If you have recently bought a new charging cable, make sure that it is an original Apple charging cable that is compatible with AirPods. In case you are using the same charging cable for more than a year then check its condition.
If the cable is too old, has several cuts or the connectors are rusted/bent, you must change it. In case the cable seems in good condition still you should try to charge your AirPods case with another cable to know if it succeeds to charge the case.
If the AirPods case does not charge with another cable then it should have some other problem.
#4. Clean the AirPods Case Lightning/Charging Port
The AirPods case has its lid on top and setup button on its back. The status light is either on top between the left and right AirPods with the lid open or on front of the case. The lightning/charging port is given at bottom of the AirPods case and there is no cover/lid for that port.
Being an AirPods user, you need to clean your AirPods and the case including its port once in a month or as per your usage. You can use a soft, dry cloth to clean the charging port of the AirPods case and then try to charge it again. After cleaning the port, the AirPods case should be charging properly.
#5. Change the Power Source or Go for Wireless Charging
Most AirPods users charge their AirPods case by connecting it to their MacBook. It is the safest and fastest way to charge any AirPods case but it is recommended to check the USB port of MacBook if the AirPods case isn’t charging and showing no light.
You should use the other USB port of your MacBook or charge the AirPods case with a different Mac/other PC. You can also connect the charging cable to a charger-adapter that you use for your iPhone.
All models/generations of Apple AirPods support wireless charging. So, you can get a wireless charger to charge your AirPods without any cable. It is very easy, you just need to connect the wireless charger to a power outlet and then place the AirPods case on its mat.
Your AirPods case should charge at other power source. If not then it must charge with the wireless charger otherwise your AirPods case definitely has some issue.
#6. Reset AirPods Case
I have explained 5 quick solutions to fix AirPods case not charging problem. One of the solutions must have worked for you and if not then you have to reset AirPods case to fix it. Kindly note that resetting your AirPods case will remove all paired devices from their memory, so you will have to pair them again with all your devices.
Here I provide steps for resetting AirPods case to fix not charging, no light issue.
- Get the AirPods out of the charging case and close the lid.
- Bring the case near your iPhone.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings and select Bluetooth.
- Find your AirPods name and tap on (i) button.
- Tap on Forget This Device and tap on Forget Device to confirm.
- Now, put the AirPods back in the charging case and close the lid.
- Don’t do anything for 30 seconds.
- Open the case lid, press and hold the setup button given on back of the AirPods case.
- Keep holding the setup button until you see the AirPods case status light blinking amber and then white.
- You have successfully reset your AirPods case, now it should show amber light.
In this way, you can reset your AirPods case to fix not charging, no light issue. I hope that your AirPods case is working properly now and it shows amber light when charging.
#7. Contact Apple Support or Go to Apple Service Center
You have tried all 6 solutions to fix AirPods case not charging, no light problem. But your AirPods case is still not charging, so the ultimate solution is to contact Apple Support or you can go to a nearby Apple Service Center.
You can seek online support at @getsupport.apple.com and chat or talk to an Apple technician about your issue. The technician may suggest some steps to fix the issue or s/he may ask you to visit your nearby Apple Service Center.
You should go to your nearest Apple Service Center with your AirPods, its case, cable, charger and invoice if under warranty. The technician at Apple Service Center will check your AirPods case and repair/replace as it to fix the problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can’t charge your AirPods when the AirPods case is not charging and showing no light. You want to know why this is happening and therefore I have decided to answer your question. Here I provide some common questions regarding AirPods case not charging so that you can understand the issue and fix it soon.
Q.1 Why is my AirPod charging case not lighting up?
Your AirPod charging case is not lighting up because it has an issue with the charging cable, power source, firmware version or something else.
Q.2 How do you fix an AirPod case that won’t turn on?
You can fix an AirPod case that won’t turn on by cleaning its lightning/charging port, try charging with a different cable and power source, reset it or get it repaired at the Apple Service Center.
Q.3 Can I get my AirPods charging case repaired or replaced?
Yes, you can get your AirPods charging case repaired or replaced at the Apple Service Center. The repairing or replacement will be free if the AirPods are under warranty and chargeable if they are out of warranty.
In this post, I have explained 7 easiest ways to fix AirPods case not charging, no light issue. I hope that you have successfully fixed your AirPods case charging problem and now you are able to use them properly.
In case your AirPods or their case still has an issue, you should contact Apple Support. If you have more queries regarding AirPods case not charging with light/no light then ask me in the comment section, I will be happy to answer them.