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How to use AirPods and AirPods Max: Tips, tricks and general instructions

Checking Your AirPods' Battery Life

There's nothing worse than getting stuck in the middle of a loud, noisy commute with dead AirPods. If the buds are connected to an iPhone or iPad, checking the battery life is a literal snap.

1. Open the AirPods case.

2. Look at your phone or iPad.

After 2 or 3 seconds, you should see a prompt at the bottom of the device displaying the status of the AirPods and the charging case.

If you're using a MacBook.

1. Open the AirPods case.

2. Mouse over the Bluetooth symbol in the top-right navigation bar.

3. Position the mouse over the AirPods with charging case listing in the menu.

4. Check the battery life status.

You can also check how much life your AirPods and case have left with the Batteries widget on your iOS device. Unfortunately for Android users, there's currently no native way to check the AirPods' battery life. Savvy users have found a workaround with the third-party BatOn app.

Checking the AirPods Max battery life

Apple AirPods Max Smart Case

(Image credit: Apple)

If the AirPods Max are connected to an iPhone or iPad, you can check the battery either through the Batteries widget or by holding the two devices together; this will produce an on-screen prompt showing you how much charge is left.

You can also get an approximation of remaining charge when the AirPods Max aren't connected to anything, though this is only really useful when it's running low. Press the noise power while the headphones aren't recharging or inside the Smart Case, and the status LED will turn green if there's at least 15% battery left or amber if there isn't.