One AirPod Not Charging? Here’s What to Do

AirPods are an incredible addition to our smartphones as they help us enjoy music and other media content in style. 

But the story could change quickly if one AirPod isn’t charging. What causes it? Any solutions? 

One of the most common reasons an AirPod stops charging is that the device has accumulated a lot of dirt and debris. Also, chances are your AirPod’s contact points are damaged.

I have put together seven ways to fix the AirPod charging problem to get them working properly again. Find out in this article.

How to fix AirPod charging issues

These troubleshooting tips will help get your AirPods charging and working again:

1. Charge the AirPods

If you haven’t placed your AirPods in the charging case for a while, go ahead and do that.

First, make sure the case is fully charged and then put the AirPods in the charging case and see if the lights will come up. If the charging light comes up, the device is in good condition.

If you can’t see the charging light, there may be something wrong with the device’s charging port. 

Check your smartphone to see the battery level and whether the AirPod’s battery is charging or increasing at all. To do that;

  • Pop open the charging case and hold it close to your smartphone. Make sure the lid stays open.
  • Next, move the charging case close to your phone and wait for a few seconds.

If you can see the charging icon on your screen, it means you don’t have much to worry about. 

However, if the AirPod’s charging icon isn’t on your screen, it implies that the units are not receiving power at all.

2. Remove AirPod accessories

AirPod accessories can prevent the device from charging correctly; check and ensure the accessory fits properly. 

You can also remove the accessory and try charging the AirPods without it.

3. Check the cable

If your AirPod isn’t charging the way it should, try checking the charging cables. 

If the charging cord is damaged in any way, get a new cable and see if it’ll solve the issue.

4. Check the charging ports and contact points

AirPods have a silver tip where they receive charging power.

If one of your AirPods isn’t properly contacting the charging case, there’s no way it’ll receive charging power. 

When you place your AirPod back in its charging case, you should feel the silver tips snap as they click to the case. 

If you can’t feel the magnetic snap, something may be wrong with the contact points. 

The best way to solve this issue is to clean the device or get a replacement.

5. Clean your AirPods

One of the best ways to prolong the life of your AirPods is to clean them regularly. 

Dirt can find its way to the charging case and interfere with the device’s charging capability. 

If you notice that your AirPods aren’t seating correctly or the charging case won’t close, check to see if there’s any blockage.

If the AirPods gather too much dirt, the silver tips on the AirPods won’t receive enough charging power from the casing.

How to clean your AirPods

You can clean your AirPods regularly to free them of any dirt or debris that may impair charging. Here are the items you need to clean your AirPods:

  • Soft bristle toothbrush
  • Clean microfiber cloth
  • Soft interdental brush
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol


  • Start by accessing the insides of the charging case to see if there’s any blockage.
  • Use your soft bristle brush to clean the external charging port of your case.
  • After cleaning the charging port, grab your interdental brush and clean the internal contacts.
  • Wet the microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol and use the material to clean the insides of the charging case and the silver ends of the AirPods. 

Ensure you dampen the cloth a little and don’t get any liquid into the casing’s charging port.

  • Next, clean the entire body of the AirPods with the microfiber cloth and clean the silver ends of the AirPods with a soft brush.
  • Now, put the AirPods back in the charging case and charge the device for 15 minutes.

In most cases, removing dirt from the AirPods helps resolve charging issues immediately.

6. Reset the AirPods

If your AirPods still won’t charge after cleaning it, it’s best to reset the device and see if that will solve the problem. 

Here’s how to reset your AirPods:

  • Head to settings, go to the Bluetooth option, tap the info icon (i) next to your AirPod and click on the “Forget this device” option.
  • Next, hold down the pairing button until the status light displays an amber color.
  • Pair the AirPods to your smartphone again and check if the issue is resolved.

7. Update your AirPods firmware

Your AirPods may malfunction if you haven’t updated the software for a while. AirPod updates happen automatically. However, you can also force a software update. 

Here’s how to get it done:

  • Head to your Phone setting app, go to Bluetooth, tap on the info icon (i), and click on the “About” option. Here, you’ll see which software version you currently have.
  • Place the AirPods in the charging case and connect the case to a power source.
  • Move the case close to your smartphone and then wait for an update. That’s it!


AirPods sometimes fail to charge, and it is a common problem among AirPod users. If one of your AirPods isn’t charging, it’s best to check the charging cable for damage. 

Additionally, you can try removing and re-inserting the AirPods.

Also, the build-up of dirt may impair proper charging, so we recommend that you clean the device regularly. You can also try resetting and updating the device.

If you’ve tried all of the methods above and still can’t get the AirPod to charge, it may be best to get a replacement or contact the device’s support team.

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.