How to Turn off AirPods and Conserve Battery

AirPods are one of the best audio listening devices you can use to enjoy your favorite media files. 

You can use this device to listen to music, answer calls, and even control your device’s virtual assistant. 

However, most users have complained that their AirPods don’t last as long as they should.

If you’re experiencing a similar problem, you can use some tricks to conserve your AirPod’s battery and get more playing time.

One of the things you can do to conserve your Airpods’ battery is to place them in the charging case when not in use or use one AirPod at a time. 

Keep reading for more detailed hacks to make your AirPods last longer. 

​​How long do Airpods stay charged?

When fully charged, your AirPods can last for one to two hours. Most AirPods require only 15 minutes of charging, and you can even get enough listening time after just five minutes of charging the device. 

More so, a fully charged AirPod case can provide the AirPods with additional time and charge the device up to three times.

Apple claims that its first and second-generation AirPods can provide over three hours of talk time and up to four hours of listening when fully charged. 

They also say that a fully charged AirPod case can provide the AirPods with over 18 hours of additional talk and listening time.

How to turn off Airpods and conserve battery

AirPods are an excellent option for anyone hoping to enjoy some music alone. 

But this device may not be a favorite for some because of its battery life. If your AirPods aren’t lasting for as long as they should, here are a few tricks to try:

Place the AirPods in their charging case

If the AirPods are not used, place them in their charging case to conserve battery. 

If you’re chatting with a friend or don’t feel like listening to music at the moment, lock the device in its charging case instead of pausing your music.

Once your AirPods are comfortably sitting in the charging case, the device will automatically shut down and won’t use up any battery power. 

Another advantage of placing your AirPods in the charging case when not in use is that the device will have time to recharge while sitting there.

More so, if you’re worried about needing to re-connect the AirPods to your smartphone, know that you are not alone. 

Your AirPods will start searching for available Bluetooth devices once you pop open their charging case.

This feature is especially true for Apple-designed AirPods, as all you have to do is put the device in your ears and let them do their job. 

The device will connect automatically without having to double-tap or touch any buttons.

Don’t forget to close the charging case

Most users forget to close the charging case and think that just placing the device in its case is enough to turn off battery-draining activities. 

The Apple AirPod charging case button is not designed to work as a power button, though it can help you reset or set up the device if needed. 

So, if you place the AirPod back in its charging case, the device may still be on and actively searching for other Bluetooth devices.

The best way to ensure that your AirPods aren’t using up any battery is to close the charging case. 

Closing the lid will help shut down every listening or playing activity and recharge the device.

Use one Airpod at a time

If your AirPods aren’t lasting for as long as you expected, you can get additional playing time by using one earbud at a time. 

This will give you more than enough time to listen to music for as long as you want. 

But first, make sure the casing is fully charged, and then pull out either the left or right AirPod.

Also, ensure that the other AirPod is correctly fixed to the casing, then close the lid. 

Your other AirPod will stay fully powered in its case while your connected AirPod keeps you busy. 

Once the connected AirPod gives a low battery alert, you can switch to the fully charged AirPod and recharge the low one.

Enable automatic ear detection

AirPods come with an Automatic Ear-Detection feature that allows the AirPods to know when they aren’t fixed to your ears. 

It’s important to note that removing the device from your ears pauses them and does not entirely turn them off.

You can head to your iPhone settings and enable the Automatic Ear-Detection feature to help your AirPods conserve more battery. 

This feature will help alert and turn off the AirPod whenever the device isn’t in your ears. 

Here’s how to turn on the ear detection feature:  

  • Go to your iPhone’s settings and tap on Bluetooth. Make sure the Bluetooth feature is turned on.
  • Next, click on the ‘My Devices’ option and tap on the info icon (i) next to your AirPods.
  • You can enable ‘Automatic Ear Detection’ from the next screen by turning on the slider next to the feature.
  • Note that if the ‘Forget Device’ option appears on your iPhone screen, it means that the AirPod isn’t connected to your smartphone.
  • Once this feature is enabled, your AirPods will automatically turn off when they are not used or out of the charging case.

Use the double-tap feature to turn off Airpods

People turn off their AirPods whenever they aren’t listening to music. If you like to leave your AirPods sitting on your ears for a very long time, then this feature will come in handy for you. 

Your AirPods will use less battery whenever they are inactive or not in use.

You can use the double-tap feature to turn off your AirPods and save battery whenever you aren’t listening to music. Here’s how to get it done:

  • Head to your Phone settings app and go to the Bluetooth option.
  • Next, tap the info button (i) next to your AirPods and select your left or right AirPod on the next screen.
  • Scroll down and tap on the “Off” option to activate the double-tap feature. That’s it!


AirPods are an ideal solution for anyone looking to listen to music or consume media content. But it can be frustrating if the battery drains pretty quickly. 

To make your Airpods last longer, always place the device in its charging case when not in use, or use one AirPod at a time.

You can also enable the Automatic Ear Detection feature, automatically turning off the AirPods whenever they are not plugged into your ears.

Also, consider the other options discussed in this post. 

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.