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What do the lights on AirPods mean?

airpods lights mean

Apple loves to make products that are extremely minimalist, and that extends to both AirPods and the charging case. That means that any time the AirPods want to get your attention, they have to do so via a single light, either hidden away under the lid, or on the outside of the case, depending on which version you have (first-generation, second-generation or wireless).

But what do the lights on AirPods mean? It’s pretty simple, actually, so let’s run through it quickly.

What do the lights on AirPods mean?

The first thing to understand is that the light generally relates to charging status. The second thing is that, confusingly, depending on where your earbuds are, the light refers to different things.

If your AirPods are in their charging chase, the light shows the charge status of the earbuds. If the AirPods are out and about, the light tells you the charging status of the case itself. That explains why the colour will change when you pop your earbuds in.

With that in mind, a green colour means the device is fully charged, while an amber one means that less than a single full charge remains. Note that the wireless charging case will also flash for a few seconds when you place it on a charging mat – that’s just to let you know that it’s connected and beginning to charge up.

There are a couple of other statuses not related to charge:

  • A flashing white status indicates the AirPods are in pairing mode ready to connect to a device. If you’re seeing this unexpectedly, it means you must have pressed the pairing button on the back by mistake.
  • A flashing amber light means that you’ll probably need to set up your AirPods again before use.

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