How Long Does AirPods Pro Last?

Apple’s AirPods Pro is a wireless Bluetooth headphone, an upgrade to the older generation of Apple Airpods.

It has many features that enhance the music listening experience. These features include Active Noise cancellation, Transparency mode, and Vent system for pressure equalization.

Arguably, it is one of the best wireless earbuds, but how long does the battery last? Continue reading to learn all about this. 

What is the battery life of AirPods Pro?

An AirPods Pro will last for about 5 hours on a single charge if you only listen to audio. But if you listen to audio and make calls with it, you should get up to 4 hours on a single charge. 

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Why – What is the difference?

When you make calls or communicate with your AirPods Pro, it will consume more power, and the battery will last for a shorter period. But it will last longer if you only listen to audio with it.

However, it is crucial to know that the battery life also depends on other factors like volume. Therefore, an average volume level is advisable for maximum usage.

You should also know that the strength of your AirPods Pro battery will diminish over time, as is the case with every other rechargeable device.

If your AirPods Pro battery is low, charging it in its case for 5 minutes will give it an additional one hour listening time, but it is advisable to recharge it for up to 15 minutes when it gets low.

If your AirPods Pro case is fully-charged, your AirPods Pro can give you up to 24 hours of music time, and you can talk with them for about 18 hours.

How many years does AirPods Pro Last?

Although Apple AirPods Pro has the latest technology, it will deteriorate over time. Your AirPods Pro will work for about two years, and a decline in performance will begin to set in.

Your AirPods Pro will not go bad totally after those two years, but there will be noticeable changes in performance.

Some of the factors that may contribute to your AirPods Pro breaking down are:

  • Listening to music at the highest volume level for too long
  • Always talking over your AirPods
  • Having noise-cancellation feature on most time

The effect of these heavy tasks may not be glaring at first, but it will reflect on your AirPods over time.

Note that your AirPods Pro damage can also come from an external cause.

However, if your AirPods Pro starts wearing out too soon, you can take it to an Apple support center for repair or replacement. You can do this because AirPods Pro comes with a 1-year warranty.

Why Your Airpods Pro Will Damage Soon

Some things can damage your AirPods Pro, and you would not even know it is happening.

Some of these are listed below.

  • Every time your AirPods battery drains out completely, it will fail to charge up to its previous level when you charge it again. You will not notice this because the difference is not glaring at first.
  • Opening and closing the AirPods case when you are not using it activates its Bluetooth capability and drains the battery gradually.
  • Constantly exposing your AirPods Pro to humidity can damage it.
  • High volume can damage the AirPods.
  • Using features like Ear Detection, Noise Cancellation, and the Transparency modes unnecessarily.

How to Make Your AirPods Pro Last Longer

You can protect your AirPods from early damage by paying attention to little details that can help in the long run.

You cannot stop your AirPods from damaging. But you can prevent early damage and make it last longer.

Tips to make your AirPods Pro last longer:

Tip 1: Do Not Allow The Battery Drain Completely

Ensuring that your AirPods Pro battery does not drain completely will prolong the battery life.

Whenever you receive notifications on your phone that the battery is getting low, recharge the battery before it runs out.

Tip 2: Open the Airpods Case Only When You Need to

Refrain from opening and closing your AirPods case if it is not necessary.

Do this only when you need to. It will help to prolong your battery lifespan.

Tip 3: Keep them From Too Hot or Too Cold Temperatures

AirPods Pro can sense weather changes. Too hot or too cold weather can cause damage.

Keep them from rain and direct sunlight.

Tip 4: Turn Off Unnecessary Features

You can give your AirPods Pro a longer life by turning off unnecessary features.

Some of these features include:

  • Automatic Ear Detection
  • Noise Cancellation
  • Transparency Modes

It is advisable to turn these off when you do not need them.

Tip 5: Maintain an Average Volume Level

Maintaining an average volume level will make your battery last longer and increase your AirPods life.

In addition, a very high volume level can damage the ear. 

Tip 6: Do Not Drop Them Carelessly

Your AirPods case is the perfect housing for the buds. Carelessly dropping them around is a bad idea.

Always keep the AirPods in the carrying case when not in use. 

What To Do If Your AirPods Pro Goes Bad

If your AirPods Pro goes bad within a year, here is what to do. Use any of the following options to get Apple to do something about it:

  • Take the AirPods Pro to a local Apple store close to you.
  • Mail them in for repairs
  • Contact Apple Support via their website.

If your AirPods Pro breaks within your first year of purchase, the one-year warranty should cover it.

You may get a free fix because of the 1-year warranty. Or a replacement.

But, again, the problem should not be from improper handling. So, be sure to follow the best practices discussed above.


Now you know how long your AirPods Pro will last on average. Remember that they will wear out eventually, but you can make them last longer.

The tips in this post will help you if you follow them judiciously.

However, if your AirPods Pro breaks, here are a couple of things you will need to fix at a local Apple Store close to you.

  • AirPods’ serial number
  • AirPods case
  • Receipt from purchase

Do well to keep these handy after making a purchase. You never know if you might need them someday.

Jude is a music and headphone lover. He has tested and reviewed several audio listening devices and enjoys writing helpful tips and information for readers like you.