AirPods flash different colors, and these colors, of course, signify different things. One of the colors that they do not flash is blue. If you’ve Googled in “Why is my AirPods device glowing blue?”, you’ll have already come across folks claiming their AirPods – or what they believed were AirPods – started doing the same thing. Why would a blue light be so concerning?
Unfortunately, a flashing blue light on your AirPods case means that you were duped into buying a knock-off of the real Apple product. Your AirPods will glow white, amber, or green – but not blue. Blue
What does the blue light mean on AirPods?
Sorry to burst your bubble and rain on your parade, but genuine AirPods do not emit any sort of blue light, flashing or solid. If you see a blue light, you have unwittingly purchased a knock-off device. Unfortunately, this is a common practice among independent sellers and is how you end up with an expensive cheap product that breaks down quickly.
How can you tell if you’ve been tricked into buying fake AirPods? Which colors do genuine AirPods emit, and what do they mean? And how can you go about addressing the purchase of knock-offs? Read on to learn all this and more.
Which colors will the AirPods flash, and what do they mean?
Okay, let’s cut right to the chase. Here are the colors that AirPods will emit and what it means when they come on:
- Flashing White: Your AirPods are currently in pairing mode. This will occur when you press and hold down the Pairing button located on the back of your AirPods case.
- Flashing Amber: If a light is flashing at all, it generally means that something has gone awry. If it is flashing amber, a pairing error has occurred. All this means is that you will have to hit reset on your AirPods.
- Amber While the AirPods Are In the Case: If a solid amber light comes on with the AirPods in the case, it means your AirPods are charging. Amber is the color that indicates charging. This signifies that the AirPods are not yet at full charge.
- Amber With AirPods Outside of the Case: Your AirPods case is not yet completely charged. It also means that there is less than a single full charge to the case. This just you will soon need to charge your AirPods up.
- Amber With Power Source: Your AirPods are being charged.
- Green While the AirPods Are In the Case: Your battery is now at full charge. When your AirPods are in the case and you see a green light, it means both they and the case are charged. Remove, turn on music, and enjoy!
- Green Without AirPods In the Case: Your case is fully charged.
- Green With Power Source: Your case is fully charged; remove it from the charger.
- No Light: Oops! Your AirPods are dead and need to be reconnected to the charger to revive them. Time to let them charge.
Again, you should not see any blue light coming from a genuine AirPods product. At all. Ever.
How do I know if my AirPods are charging?
You will be able to tell if your authentic AirPods are charging via a couple methods. The first involves using the Today View features. This process involves the following steps:
- Go to the Home screen and swipe right in order to find the Today View
- Look to see if you have the Batteries Widget located somewhere on your Today View screen.
- If you don’t see the Batteries Widget, you can tap “Edit” at the very bottom to add it to your Today View.
- Once you’ve found it, tap the “+” icon that’s on the top right corner of the screen.
- Scroll or search until you find “Batteries”, then tap it.
- To see size and info options for this widget, swipe.
- Find the one you like, then tap “Add Widget”.
- Tap “Done”.
- Next time, you can see the statuses for your AirPods and charging case in the Batteries section of Today View.
- Only the battery levels will appear on screen when the AirPods are in use and their case is closed.
You can also open your case near your iPhone to see the battery percentage. Just open the case with the AirPods inside near your unlocked iPhone. Both the case and AirPods battery levels should appear on the screen.
The small black lightning bolt next to the battery icon means your device is actively charging. You can see individual charging statuses and battery life percentages for both earbuds as well as the case.
Of course, you can just hold down the home button and ask Siri “How much battery do my AirPods have?” She will reply with both battery percentages.
Where is my AirPods light status?
This is going to depend on which AirPods model you own. If you own either generation of the standard AirPods, look between the two earbuds areas inside the case to find the status light. Simply open the case and view it.
Now, if you have the AirPods Pro or AirPods the are equipped with a wireless charging case, you will see the status light located on the case’s front side, just underneath the lid. When you put it onto the device’s wireless charger, the light will remain lit up for about eight seconds.
What can I do if I bought a fake Apple product?
Unfortunately, there is nothing Apple can do to refund you or give you a genuine set of AirPods if you bought a fake set. If you want the real deal, you will have to shell out more money. You can try filing a claim with Better Business Bureau to let other shoppers know about your experience.
How to Spot Fake AirPods Before You Buy Them
The best way to check if a set of AirPods are genuine is to match its serial number with Apple’s official records. You will find the code inside of the case, on the lid. It will have a code that you can plug into Apple’s Check Coverage.
You can also look at the diffuser on the earbuds. If it is properly aligned with the smaller hole, you’ve got a real Apple device. If they seem misaligned or if the grille inside looks cheaply made, you likely have a knock-off.
Also, a fake version will have a thinner metal outline around the lightning port than a genuine set of AirPods. There is also going to be a difference in color.
Look at the back of the case. The circle button should sit low to the bottom. On a fake product, it sits higher up. The “Designed by Apple in California / Assembled in China” text is chunkier and printed in a different grey tone on the fake AirPods case. Also, the hinge is going to be situated differently and made from a cheaper-looking material.
Where can I get my AirPods authenticated?
There are apps out there that can help you check your device’s legitimacy. Some companies will even assess pictures of the device if you email them some images.
You can also try taking the AirPods into your local Apple store for verification. They can help you check the serial number against their list of registered numbers.
Independent sellers can easily produce look-alike products and sell them as Apple products. This type of false advertising happens all the time, and even the smartest folks get duped.
If your AirPods light is glowing blue, I’m sorry, but those aren’t genuine AirPods. And there isn’t much you can do about that except go to the Apple store and buy the real thing.