Can You Charge Airpods With An iPhone Wirelessly?


Apple AirPods are popular on the market right now. They’re wireless, look cool, and have decent sound quality. But can you charge them wirelessly with your iPhone? Let’s find out.

You cannot use your iPhone to charge your Airpods, but this might change. However, your wireless iPhone charger will charge your AirPods as well. The MagSafe Charger supports Qi charging capabilities, meaning it can be used to wirelessly charge your iPhone 8 or later. Even better, it can charge AirPod models with a wireless charging case.

Read on to understand how to charge your AirPods wirelessly using QI charging technology, how to ensure your Airpods are on charging mode, and how to get rid of battery anxiety while using your Airpods. Finally, you’ll get to know what the future holds for wireless charging.

How To Charge AirPods With iPhone Charger

The following types of AirPods can be charged wirelessly:

  • AirPods (2nd generation) with Wireless Charging Case
  • AirPods (3rd generation)
  • AirPods Pro

To charge your AirPods using the MagSafe Duo Charger, connect the charger to the power source using a USB power adapter. You may use the  Apple 20W USB-C power adapter or another compatible adapter. 

Once the charging unit is ready, put your AirPods in the charging case and shut the lid.

Then place the case in the center of the MagSafe Charger with the status light facing up. When the case is correctly aligned with the charger, the status light illuminates for a few seconds to indicate charging mode. It will then turn off after a short while. Be sure to observe this to ensure your Airpods are charging.

Alternative To Wireless Charging

Most people know about wired charging. But, in case you don’t, here is how to charge your Airpods using a cap[le:

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Plug the Lightning cable that comes with your AirPods into the Lightning socket on your case to charge it through a wired connection. You may use a USB-C to Lightning Cable or a USB to Lightning Cable may in this case. Then connect the cable’s opposite end to a USB charger or port. When using this method, you also have the option to charge your case with or without your AirPods inside. 

How To Check if AirPods Are Charging

You can check whether your device is charging by looking at the battery icon. 

If you have your AirPods in your case and the lid is open, the light indicates the charge status of your AirPods. When you don’t have your AirPods in your case, the light shows the state of your case. Green means that the battery is fully charged, while yellow indicates less charge.

The status light will illuminate for 8 seconds when connecting your wireless charging case to a Qi-certified charging mat. If the indicator turns white, your AirPods are ready to connect to one of your devices. However, if the indicator flashes amber, you may need to re-set your AirPods.

When your Apple Airpods are fully charged, take them off the charger to avoid overcharging. This can affect the battery life.

Remember, wireless charging is not as fast as cable charging. However, the good thing is that you can charge the case even without the Airpods in. This allows you to use your Airpods while charging the case, so it’s ready when you need it. 

How To Get Rid of AirPods Battery Anxiety?

There are plenty of options available if you want to ensure your Apple Airpod battery lasts. Apple says their Airpods have a battery life of over five hours, but reviews from real customers indicate that you can expect around four or so before they die. That being said, the charging case has enough power to recharge them several times for peace of mind.

When not using your AirPods, make sure they are placed inside the case so that they can charge and be ready for their next use. Also, frequently check the charge status of the Airpod case to avoid getting disappointed when you need it the most.

You’ll Soon Charge Your AirPods Using Your iPhone

It was great anticipation when the rumor of charging your Airpods wirelessly using the iPhone 12 came about. Although this did not come to pass, you cannot underestimate Apple’s capabilities in exploring reverse charging technology.

Apple Airpods are great when traveling because they automatically connect to your Apple devices. You won’t need to pair them manually or worry about whether the wireless frequency is compatible with specific modes of transportation like airplanes and trains. Can you imagine if you could charge the Airpods on the go using your iPhone?

According to filings by The Federal Communications Commission(FCC), it’s possible to apply wireless charging in a portable condition.

Usually, charging occurs only when the phone is connected to AC power, but Apple is clearly planning for increased mobility in charging settings.

Wrap Up

From the above, you can note that Apple AirPods are good for phone calls, and they come with a special case. The charging case also acts as a charger when on the go. If you’re using your Airpods frequently, it’s worth looking into Apple’s wireless charging case. It can fully charge the earbuds about once per week on average, which is roughly how often most people are willing to put them back in their case for charging. Alternatively, you can plug the charging case into a wall outlet and charge it that way. You’ll need to use your Lightning cable. Apple doesn’t include one in the box with their wireless earbuds.

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