What Do AirPods Lights Mean?

Jul 3, 2020 - 2 Comments

What do AirPods Lights Mean

Do you have a pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro and you’re wondering what the lights mean? If you aren’t highly familiar with Apple’s hugely successful truly wireless headphones, you might not necessarily be aware of what the lights on the charging case indicate. But not to worry, we will explain what the AirPods lights mean, and why you may see white, amber, and green color lights, and sometimes they flash too.

Both the AirPods and AirPods Pro come in a minimalistic carrying case that’s capable of charging the earbuds roughly four times, providing a combined battery life of up to 24 hours. The LED light on the AirPods case displays three different lights that help to indicate the status of the AirPods you’re using.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at all the possible indicators on AirPods and AirPods Pro when the LED on the case lights up in Amber, Green, or White colors.

What Do AirPods Status Lights Indicate?

Depending on whether the AirPods are in the case or if the lid is open / closed, the LED lights on the case can indicate a variety of different things. So, without further ado, let’s a look at the following indicators.

  • Flashing white light: This occurs right after you press the pairing button on the back of your AirPods or AirPods Pro charging case. It indicates that your AirPods have entered pairing mode and is ready to initiate Bluetooth connection with a new device.
  • Green light when AirPods are in the case: If you’ve placed your AirPods in the charging case and the LED displays green light, it means both your AirPods and the charging case are at full battery.
  • Green light when case is empty: If you haven’t inserted your AirPods and you still see the green LED light up, it means your charging case is at full battery and doesn’t require any additional charging.
  • Amber light when AirPods are inserted: If the LED light on the case switches from green to amber as soon as you insert your AirPods, it indicates that your AirPods aren’t at full battery and the case has started charging it.
  • Amber light when case is empty: This indicates that your charging case isn’t at full battery and needs to be charged.
  • Amber light when connected to power source: This shows that your AirPods case is being actively charged.
  • Green light when connected to power source: This means that your AirPods case is fully charged and you can disconnect it from the power source.
  • Flashing amber light: If you’re one of those unlucky people to come across this status light on your case, don’t freak out. It simply means you’ve encountered a pairing error and you’ll have to reset your AirPods by holding the pairing button on the back and redo the pairing process.

That’s pretty much all you need to know regarding the LED indicators on your AirPods or AirPods Pro charging case.

Although some of the AirPods and AirPods Pro users have a rough idea about the LED status lights that are displayed on the case, other people who’re just switching from a different pair of truly wireless earbuds will take a bit before getting used to all the indicators that we discussed here.

That being said, it’d have been nice if Apple allowed users to check the battery life directly from the case. Regardless, if you have an iPhone in your pocket, it’s still fairly simple to check the battery percent of your AirPods via iPhone.

AirPods Lights with Wireless Charging

Are you using a wireless charging case with your AirPods? If so, when you place the case on a wireless charging pad, the LED light on the case will light up for eight seconds to indicate that charging has started, after which the LED remains turned off as long as it’s placed on the charging pad, regardless of whether the case is fully charged or not. You’ll need to either tap on the case or take it off the pad for the LED to light up again.

Don’t forget that if you’re having issues with AirPods, you can always reset AirPods and set them up again too.

Did you manage to learn about all the indicators that are displayed by the LED lights on the AirPods or AirPods Pro? Do you think Apple could’ve implemented this in a more obvious or user friendly way, or do you think it’s easy enough as is? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Tips & Tricks


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  1. Cara Williams says:

    It means they aren’t paired to your device correctly – and you need to pair them again

  2. Nabil shaikh says:

    If amber light still on flashing while doing charge what does it mean…?

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