How to Fix Airpods Battery Drain iOS 16

"I have been using my Airpods for about 2 hours a day close to 2 years now. Recently I have started noticing that the batteries seem to be draining relatively quickly: after about 2.5 hours they are mostly drained. Anyone else seeing this? Should I just buy new ones?"

Apple fans were impressed by the unveiling of Airpods in 2016. Not only did it emphasize Apple's commitment to a future of wirelessly connected devices free of entangled dongles, but it also did so by combining design and functionality. More exciting was that it boasted of delivering 3 hours of battery life after charging them for only 15 minutes. However, users, particularly those who upgraded to iOS 16 have complained that their Airpods are not living up to the 5-hour battery life on a single charge. Some are experiencing ridiculous battery drain leaving them frustrated. Well, fret no more. This article explains how to address Airpods battery draining iOS 16/15/14/13 issue.

  • Method 1: Reset to Fix Airpods Battery Drain iOS 16
  • Method 2: Drain Airpods Battery and Recharge
  • Method 3: Unpair and Reconnect Airpods from our Devices
  • Extra Tip: Fix iOS Problems like Airpods Battery Drain on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
  • Method 1: Reset to Fix Airpods Battery Drain

    As with every other device that has issues, resetting your Airpod is the first cause of action to deal with Airpods battery drain fix. Follow the procedure below.

    Step 1: Press and hold the setup button located at the back of Airpods charging case for 15 seconds. Wait till the status light flashes amber a couple of times then white.

    Step 2: Reconnect them to your iOS devices and Macs and be sure to activate the double-tap to pause feature and any other feature you had manually activated.

    Method 2: Drain Airpods Battery and Recharge

    Is your Airpod battery life short? If the method above doesn't work, draining and recharging your Airpods may yield the desired results. Drain the battery by playing music through them continuously without placing them back to the charging case.

    Method 3: Unpair and Reconnect Airpods from our Devices

    Note: Unpairing your Airpods from your iPhone automatically unpairs them from your iPad, Apple Watch and Mac but doing the same from your iPad only unpairs them form the iPad and not any other device.

    Follow the procedure below.

    Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone by tapping on it

    Step 2: Tap "Bluetooth".

    Step 3: Under "My Devices" tap the "Information" button, an 'I' enclosed in a circle beside your Airpods.

    Step 4: Select "Forget this Device".

    Step 5: Confirm by tapping "Forget Device".

    Step 6: Tap "Forget Device" to confirm disconnect with iCloud on other devices. This unpairs them from your Mac and iPad.

    To unpair Airpods only from your Mac, hold down the Alt key, click Bluetooth located on the menu bar, click your iPods then click "Remove" and confirm by clicking "Remove".

    Reconnect your Airpods by following the procedure below.

    Step 1: Open your Airpods charging case next to your iPhone.

    Step 2: Tap "Connect" on the "Control Center" pop-up that appears.

    This method should help fix Airpods battery drain.

    Extra Tip: Fix iOS Problems like Airpods Battery Drain on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

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    Though highly, unlikely, it is possible that the issue is with the battery itself and not a bug. In such cases, Apple can replace your batteries at $49 per Airpod. Visit an Apple Store to check your Airpod battery life status. The methods above should help you fix bad Airpods battery life, and UltFone iOS System Repair can help you fix iOS problems on iPhone/iPad without data loss.