What Do The Lights on Airpods Mean?


Wireless earbuds are an amazing branch of technology. 

They enhance our ability to take our entertainment, conversations, recordings, and just about any audio process you perform on your phone. 

AirPods in particular lead the way with their clean and elegant design. 

They have an incredible battery life, audio quality, and microphone clarity for being tiny pieces of hardware.

After wearing them nearly all day every day, I finally ran into my first problem when switching them from my iPhone to my iPad. 

The left earbud started to flash an amber light. No audio was coming through even though my iPad said they were connected. 

I decided it was time to do some digging to find out ‘what does the red light on AirPods mean?’.

What Do The Lights on Airpods Mean?

White means the device is pairing. Red means the battery needs to be charged. Green means the battery is full and ready to go. The LED is capable of transitioning between these three colors, which will remain either solid or blink to indicate their status.

It gets a little more complicated than that so I’ve created a list of each of the combinations your AirPods may show when trying to keep you informed of their status.

AirPod Charging Case Lights

White flashing light

This white flashing light signals that your AirPods are in pairing mode. 

If you did not mean to enter pairing mode, you may have enabled it by accidentally pressing and holding the ‘Pairing’ button on the back of the charging case.

Amber light with Airpods in case

Amber or red light coming from your AIrPod case signifies that the AirPods are not fully charged and are being supplied with power now.

Amber light while Airpods are not in the case

If you see amber, or red, light from the led on your case while the AirPods themselves are removed, it means the charging case battery is not fully charged and that there’s less than one full charge remaining. 

This is the sign that it’s time to plug your case in.

Amber light when the case is plugged in

If an amber or red light is coming from your AIrPod case’s LED while it is plugged into a power source, it means that the case is charging.

Green light with Airpods in case

A green light, while the AirPods are mounted in the charger, means that both the case and the AirPods are at full charge.

Green light while Airpods are not in the case

If you see a green light emit from your AirPod LED while the AirPods are removed from the case, it means the charging case battery is fully charged.

Green light when the case is plugged in

If you see a green light when the case is plugged into a power source, it means the case is fully charged and ready to unplug.

Amber flashing light

A flashing amber or red light means something has gone wrong with your AirPods. It usually means there has been a pairing error. 

You will most likely need to reset your AirPods to correct the problem.

No light

If your AirPods case is showing no light at all, then it has completely run out of battery power. 

If for some reason you haven’t been paying attention to the color of AirPods’ LED lights when you handle them, the earbuds themselves have a few sounds to help you keep track of your AirPods battery status. 

What Do The AirPod Chimes Mean?

There are three distinct chimes that AirPods will play to keep you informed:

Connected Chime

When you first connect your AirPods to a device, they will make a chime sound to denote a successful connection.

Battery Low Chime

When one or both of your AirPods his 10% battery level, they sound off a chime to let you know it’s time to charge.

Power Down Chime

If you ignored the battery low chime, you’ll likely hear the last sound soon. It signals that the AirPods are out of battery and powering down.

In Case of Amber Blinking Lights

There aren’t many functional problems that come along with AirPods. 

So, it’s nice to know that the one issue that can happen is easily solvable without going anywhere to get them fixed. 

All you need to know is the quick process to reset your AirPods. 

Don’t worry, it’s not overly technical. 

Just follow along with these steps and you’ll be listening to your podcasts again in no time.

Unpair Your AirPods

Amber blinking usually denotes a problem with pairing the earbuds to the device. 

You’ll want to make sure that your iPhone or iPad completely disconnects so you can get a clean, fresh start. 

Just go to your device’s Bluetooth settings, click on your AirPods, and select the “Forget This Device” option.

Reset Your AirPods

Now that the signal is clear, it’s time to make your AirPods clean up their memory. 

Locate the setup button on the back of the case. 

Press and hold the button until the LED light flashes amber and turns into a continuous white blink. 

After about 20 seconds, your AirPods will be reset and ready to reconnect.

Pair Your AirPods to Your Device

Now that the memory of the device and the AirPods are clear, it’s time to reconnect and enjoy your audio experience. 

Just turn the AirPods back on. 

The LED light should begin to blink white. 

This means they are in pairing mode. Go back to your iPhone or iPad Bluetooth settings and find your AirPods on the discoverable devices list. 

Tap them to reconnect.

And that’s it!

Now What

Your AirPods should be back in working order.

 If for some reason, this does not solve your problem you can try again. 

However, the blinking amber light does not only denote a problem pairing. 

It denotes a functional problem in general. 

If you were unlucky enough to get ahold of a rare malfunctioning pair of AirPods, just get a hold of an Apple retail store and get them replaced. 

Apple usually does well in replacing lemons, but you may want to be prepared for a service fee just in case.

FAQ

What color means the Airpods are charging?

Whether you have the AirPods in the case or not, the light on the AirPod case will have a solid amber or red hue when it is charging. 

If you have the AirPods in the case, the light will not change back to green until both the case and each of the earbuds are fully charged. 

If your AirPods are showing no LED color and won’t turn on, they are most likely out of battery power. 

If you plug them into a power source, the LED should light up amber.

If it does not, you’ll need to use your warranty to get them replaced.

Why does my Airpod light keep blinking?

There are two reasons the LED light will flash on and off. If the light is white and blinking, then the AirPods are letting you know that they are on “pairing” mode. 

All you have to do is go to your iPhone or iPad and connect to them through the Bluetooth device settings.

If your AirPods are flashing an amber or red light, then an operational error has occurred. More often than not, this is because of a pairing error. 

It can usually be fixed quickly by resetting the AirPods. 

You can reset your AirPods by holding the setup button on the back of the AirPod charging case. 

You’ll have to hold the button until the LED light blinks amber then flashes white continuously. 

Let the AirPods complete their reset.

This can take up to twenty seconds.

After it’s complete, repair your AirPods to your iPhone or iPad.

What does the red light on AirPods mean?

A red, or amber, light means one of three things. 

If it is a solid light, the AirPod case is trying to let you know that the battery is not fully charged. 

If it keeps a solid amber light while plugged into a power source, it’s telling you that the battery is still charging. 

However, if your AirPods are blinking red, it means that an error has occurred. 

It’s usually just a problem with pairing to your device. 

You may need to reset your AirPods to get them working again. 

However, if resetting the AirPods does not remove the blinking red light, there may be a software error that happened while the AirPods were updating. 

You’ll need to get in contact with Apple to solve software problems. 

(Don’t worry, software problems are incredibly rare. 

It is most likely an easily solvable pairing issue.)

Why is my left Airpod flashing red?

If only one AirPod is flashing red, it means that the earbud is not properly paired with the other earbud or the device you are connecting them to. 

You may need to reset your AirPods to get the earbuds to sync back together before repairing them to your device.

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