AirPods Pro: Optimized charging to extend battery life

The AirPods have an excellent battery life from which you can listen to music to your heart’s content, in most cases, for 4.5 to 5 hours. To keep the battery as good as possible, Apple has introduced optimized charging.

The life of the AirPods battery can be extended in a smart way. As a result, the battery retains its maximum capacity many times longer, so that you can enjoy the wireless headset for longer without having to constantly recharge it. The option has been available on the AirPods Pro since iOS 14.2.

Turn on optimized charging for AirPods

  1. Open the Settings app on an iPhone or iPad
  2. Navigate to Bluetooth
  3. Connect to your AirPods and tap the I button
  4. Turn on ‘Optimized charging’

optimized charging airpodsThe option is only available on the AirPod Pro. The other AirPods models, including the AirPods 2nd generation, unfortunately, do not have this function.

Operation optimized charging

Once optimized charging for AirPods is enabled, Apple’s software will now analyze the times when you typically charge your AirPods. Over time, the software will know when this will take place and a schedule will be compiled based on this information.

Once the battery has reached 80%, further charging will be postponed. Because the system has calculated how long it takes to fully charge, the AirPods know exactly when it needs to continue charging in order to reach 100% when you need the wireless earphones again.

What are the pros and cons?

The advantage of this is that the AirPods do not continuously recharge as was the case with the old system. Then it was the case that the charging continued to 100% and then stopped, but as soon as the percentage dropped, the Pods charged again. It is unnecessary for this to continue over time, by taking a break and charging to 100% just before use, this has a positive effect on the capacity in the longer term.

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