The new Apple AirPods Pro 2 are the first AirPods to be equipped with a MagSafe Charging case and an extended battery life that allows you to talk longer between charges. AirPods Pro 2 users are able to use widgets on their iPhones to review the battery performance and states of their new AirPods. Many users are complaining that their AirPods Pro 2 seem to be continuously charging.
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In this short article, we look at the battery widget features associated with AirPods Pro Gen 2 and highlight some of the differences between this new model and prior-gen AirPods.
AirPods Pro 2 Battery Widget always shows charging
AirPods Pro 2 are the only AirPods that currently feature a silicon chip that is not associated with audio processing. The ultra-wideband or “UWB” U1 is a specialized piece of Apple proprietary silicon that allows recent iPhone models (iPhone 11 onwards) to precisely locate and communicate with other U1-equipped devices. This makes for some interesting and new statuses that you see on your iPhone when it comes to understanding the battery states of your new AirPods Pro 2.
Even when your earbuds are in the case all charged up, the battery widget on your iPhone shows that your AirPods Pro 2 are at 100% with a charging indicator.
If you are a new AirPods Pro 2 user, please note that the above indicator does not mean that your Airpods Pro 2 are continuously charging. In fact, the green flash actually means that your earbuds are fully charged and are kept that way. When you see a white flash instead of the green flashing sign, it denotes that your AirPods Pro 2 is charging.
In every model of AirPods the case constantly charges them to keep them at 100%. They (AirPods Pro 2nd gen) always show their charge on your battery widget because they have the new U1 chip as opposed to the older gen AirPods
Missing Battery Percentage for AirPods Case or case charge showing up as 0%
This is another issue with some history. Many users find that the battery percentage information is missing for their AirPods. There is a difference in behavior here between AirPods Pro 2 and older AirPods.
You cannot see the case battery on AirPods (except AirPods Pro Gen2) without an AirPod in the case (or both) and the case open.
There is a known bug in the current iOS system which shows the AirPods case battery as 0% when you have the AirPods in your ears.
If you are having issues seeing the battery percentage of your AirPods or the AirPods case due to software bugs, be sure to reset your AirPods and AirPods Pro. Many users report that a quick reset fixes this issue.
The other issue following the iOS 16.2 rollout shows you two different battery percentages for your AirPods case. The charging case battery on the widget shows a different number than the number on your iPhone screen when you pop up the AirPods case.
This is a known bug. One workaround for this is to put the AirPods back in the case and close it. Next, Unlock your phone and then just open the case again. This syncs up the battery percentage specs on the widget with what you see on the bottom of your iPhone screen.
AirPods Pro Charging Case battery draining at a faster rate
Some AirPods Pro Gen 2 users have noticed that their charging case seems to lose battery charge at a faster rate than their older AirPods. This is again a known software bug from what we have read from other reports.
Apparently, the FindMy module seems to be the contributing factor to this. One Workaround if you are having this issue with your AirPods Pro 2 charging case is to remove the AirPods Pro from your Find my app device list temporarily.
- Open the Find My app on your iPhone
- Tap on the AirPods Pro and scroll down to the bottom of the screen
- Remove AirPods Pro from the Find my App devices list (this causes them to also unpair from your phone)
- Next, open the case of your AirPods Pro as you normally would
- Pair the AirPods Pro again
This should stop the battery drainage issue on the case, but the risk is that if you misplace the case, you will have a hard time locating it.
We hope this short article was helpful in understanding some of the charging indicator information associated with your new Airpods Pro. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to share a tip or your observation using the comments below.