Why do some AirPods always die faster than others?

Have you ever noticed that the battery in one of your AirPods drains faster than the other? You’re not alone, and there’s probably a simple solution to why.

Let’s fix it.

Why do the batteries in my AirPods drain at different rates?

They are basically identical, so why does one die faster than the other? There are a few reasons why this could be.

1. The most obvious answer is that you use one more AirPod

If you leave the same button on when someone comes to chat with you, it will burn faster than the others. And if you nothing but ever have one in, well, there’s your answer. If you only use one, try swapping which one it is more often.

2. You have not enabled automatic ear detection

AirPods may stop playing as soon as you pluck one or both from your ears, but this is only if Automatic Ear Detection is turned on. When it’s off, your earbuds might still be playing, draining your battery without you even knowing it. Make sure this is enabled by going to Settingsand then tap Bluetooth and select the Info button (the “i” next to your AirPods), there you will see the Automatic ear detection switch.

3. You use the microphone a lot

The earbud that turns on the microphone consumes more battery than the others. By default, your AirPods use the microphone on the button you place first. That means if you always put the right button in first, that’s always the dominant one and where the speaker is. Try alternating which button you put in first oryou can go to your AirPods settings (as described above) and select which microphone is the default (it should be under ‘microphone’).

4. Your balance is skewed

Not yours, but your AirPods. In your AirPods settings, go to the Accessibility choice. Scroll down from here to Balance and make sure the dot is in the middle of the left and right.

5. One earbud is set to use Siri

This feature is only available on the AirPods Pro, but you can set one button to activate Siri when pressed. If only a bud with this functionality, you might find that this is the one that deflates at a different, faster rate than the other AirPod. You can adjust this on the AirPods settings page – it’s under Press and hold AirPods.

6. Turn them off and on again

If all that fails, it’s worth draining your AirPods battery completely and then charging it to see if that fixes the problem. There is also the option to reset your AirPods. You can find this option in Settings.

The Apple AirPods get the iOS 16 treatment

Earlier this week, we published a guide to accessing the iOS 16 public beta, including a few features we thought you should try out first. I want to bring one more to your attention: the cool things you can do with your AirPods in iOS 16 right now.

Instead of simply getting a popup telling you that AirPods are connected and that they have 20 percent battery left, iOS 16 lets you do a lot more.

As we described in the previous section, with iOS 15 you can access some AirPods settings by tapping the AirPods in the Bluetooth screen. With iOS 16, you get a special menu within Settings for your AirPods.

First, just tuck your buds in your ears as you usually do. Open Settingsthen under your Apple ID you see your AirPods. Tap them.

This will bring up the same menu you can access by tapping your connected AirPods, only iOS 16 makes it a bit more user-friendly.

You can go to Apple’s website for help troubleshooting other common AirPods issues.