AirPods Pro 2 show continuously charging on the battery widget?

AirPods Pro Gen 2 Battery constantly charging

Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 are the first AirPods equipped with a MagSafe charging case and an extended battery life that allows you to talk longer between charges.

AirPods Pro 2 users can use widgets on their iPhones to review the battery performance and states of their new AirPods. Many users complain that their AirPods Pro 2 is continuously charging. 

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.

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AirPods Pro 2 battery widget always shows charging Apple AirPods Pro 2

AirPods Pro 2 are the only AirPods that currently feature a silicon chip 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 an 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. AirPods Pro always charging in battery widget on iPhone

If you are a new AirPods Pro 2 user, please note that the above indicator does not mean that your Airpods Pro 2 is 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.

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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.AirPods Case Charging showing 0%

You cannot see the case battery on AirPods (except AirPods Pro Gen2) without an AirPod in the case (or both) and the case open.

A known bug in the current iOS system 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 is to put the AirPods back in the case and close it. Next, Unlock your phone and then 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 faster 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 temporarily removing the AirPods Pro from your Find my app device list.

  • Open the Find My app on your iPhone.Open Device List on 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.)AirPods Case Loosing Charge
  • 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.

AirPods not consistently connecting to your iPhone

A final issue that many folks have when using the battery widget is that their AirPods inconsistently connect to their iPhones. Most people find that while one Airpod connects and plays audio, the other doesn’t!

For this issue, we recommend removing the battery widget from your iPhone. Most people find that their AirPods connect successfully after removing the battery widget from their home screen.

  1. On your Home Screen, swipe right to open your Today View.
  2. Tap the Edit button at the bottom.
    1. You can also long-press anywhere in Today View to edit it. edit Today View on iPhone
  3. When the widgets jiggle, tap the minus sign (-) to remove the battery widget. Remove battery widget on iPhone
  4. Confirm by tapping Remove. iPhone remove widget confirmation
  5. Tap Done to save your new widget configuration. If you want to add more widgets, press the plus sign (+) and tap Done.Add and save iPhone widget list for Today View

Final thoughts

We hope this short article helped you understand some of the charging indicator information associated with your new AirPods Pro.

Please let us know if you have any questions or want to share a tip or your observation using the comments below.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.

1 COMMENT

  1. My airpods are having trouble connecting to my iPhone 11 when I use the battery widget.
    One earbud works, the other doesn’t.
    Battery status flipping etc…
    I’m using pro 2 and latest iOS as of Jan 29. 2023.
    When I remove the battery widget from my main screen everything works great again.

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