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You’re using your Apple AirPods totally wrong – essential hack for iPhone fans

BESIDES their well-documented ‘lose-ability’, the battery life of Apple Airpods is the main drain on their use.  

But there are a few tricks to prolong the battery on the earphones – which can ultimately extend their life – experts at tech recycling company MusicMagpie say.  


Turning down the volume on your AirPods can help their battery life to last a little longerCredit: Getty

AirPod buds without the case can usually play music for between five and six hours before they need to be charged, depending on which model you’re using.

Turn smart features off

Apple AirPods come with several smart features, but not all of them are necessary and they tend to weigh on battery life.

Features such as Automatic Ear Detection, Noise Cancellation, Spatial Audio, Transparency and charging case sounds all use up extra power.

You can turn off any or all of these features by going into your iPhone Settings.

“Remember, if you turn off certain features, you’ll have to alter how you use your AirPods,” MusicMagpie’s tech experts said.

“For example, if you turn off Automatic Ear Detection, you’ll have to remember to turn your music off manually.”

Constantly touching your AirPods controls can also drain power, so users have been advised not to tap the controls unless they really need to.

Leave the case alone

This trick targets the chronic fidgeter.

Playing around with your AirPods case may be a fun time killer and procrastination tool – but it could be why your earphones are losing their charge quickly.

Repeatedly opening and closing the case will reduce its battery charge, even if your AirPods aren’t inside.

“If you tend to do this a lot with your case, it could be why your AirPods charging case runs out of charge quickly,” experts explained.

Stopping this habit won’t affect how long your AirPods hold a charge, but it will affect how fast your case loses charge.

Try a lower volume

This trick is kind on the battery – and on the ears.

While you don’t want the music to stop, you may need the tunes dialled down a notch or two.

Turning down the volume on your AirPods to a medium-low level can help their battery life to last a little longer.

“If you’re often blasting your music at top volume when using your AirPods, that kind of usage will likely run through your battery faster than usual,” the experts added.

“A high volume means a high level of battery is needed to keep up with the demand in volume, so a low volume will last longer.”

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