AirPods Not Charging? See Why & How You Can Fix It

Steve Gorleku
Steve Gorleku - Technical Writer
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Your AirPods will work as long as they have power in them. Once they have run out of power, you can recharge them to restore their power.

The only approved charger for charging your AirPods is the Lightning cable.

What do you do when your AirPods simply do not charge even after you turn and twist the charger? Well, it gets damaged.

In this article, you will learn why your AirPods are not charging and how you can fix it.

Why Is My AirPods Not Charging?

There are different reasons why your AirPods are not charging. This can be from a fake charger to the AirPods itself having some issues.

Damaged charger

Your AirPods may not be charging because of the charging cable being used.

The cable might either be damaged within or without, fake or it is simply not the right type of charger to be used for charging your AirPods.

Dust and debris

The Lightning port (slot at the bottom of the charging case) which houses the charging system might be filled with lint, dust, and debris which prevents the charger from properly connecting with the charging board.

Charging port damaged

The charging system might be damaged so it makes charging the AirPods difficult. Either the charging pins are broken or the charging board is faulty.

Physical damaged

Physical damage to the AirPods, like it coming into contact with a solid object at a great impact, is more than enough to cause damage to the AirPods.

It is impossible to tell what internal part was affected by the damage.

Using Fake AirPods

Using fake AirPods is bound to give you many problems that you don’t even account for. Some of these problems include your AirPods being unable to charge.

How To Fix “AirPods Not Charging”

If your AirPods are not charging, see what you need to do to fix the problem.

Fix 1: Clean Charging Port

The lint, dirt, and dust obstructing your AirPods charging slot can be cleared using a toothpick, cotton, alcohol, and with the help of a flashlight.

Shine the light through the charging slot to see what you’re doing. Then cover the tip of the toothpick with cotton and dip it in alcohol.

Use it to gently clean out the area, making sure not to destroy any of the charging pins. Continue with this process till the area is completely clean.

Fix 2: Check cables

Take your cables out and carefully examine them for any signs of wear and tear.

Primary areas to check include the place where the ports connect with the cord. Have them repaired or replace them by buying a new one.

Fix 3: Use an approved charger

The lightning cable is the only charger Apple recommends for its products, and since the AirPods are made by Apple, it is only supposed to be charged with the lightning cable.

We recommend that your purchase the original lightning Apple cable chargers directly from Apple stores or any of their affiliates.

To know if it’s genuine or not, examine the packaging for an MFi (Made For iPhone) logo or see this article.

Fix 4: Clean Charging Case

The base of the charging case has pins that connect with the bottom of the AirPods to charge them. Dust can block the connection and obstruct charging.

Use a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush to remove any debris from the insides of the charging case.

Fix 5: Upgrade Firmware

A firmware upgrade of your AirPods will get rid of the bugs and technical glitches that may be preventing it from charging.

Updating the software version of your AirPods requires the assistance of an iPhone or iPad device.

Make sure both the AirPods and iPhone are fully charged > Connect the iPhone to a Wi-Fi network > Pair the AirPods with the iPhone and leave them for about an hour. This will automatically upgrade the AirPods’ firmware.

Fix 6: Buy Original AirPods

Buy the original and authentic version of the AirPods from Apple to avoid issues such as this.

Replicas or fake versions of the AirPods do not guarantee effective functionality, and you may see issues every time.

Fix 7: Certified technician

Take your AirPods to a certified Apple device repairer to check the problem with it, especially if you believe it to be a hardware issue and also if all the fixes in this article fail to work.


Your AirPods refusing to charge is a cause for alarm as there is no other way to power them should they run out of battery.

In this article, we have explained the reasons why your AirPods might not be charging and how to fix them.

FAQs on How To Fix “AirPods Not Charging”

Use a cotton bud, a moist cleaning wipe, or a q-tip to clean your AirPods by gently wiping them.

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By Steve Gorleku Technical Writer
Steve, a content writer at Techvocast, brings nearly 1 year of experience in crafting how-to guides. Specializing in consumer tech, Kendall focuses on addressing Android, iOS, and Windows-related issues to provide effective solutions.
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