How Long Do AirPods Take to Charge? (2023)

What to Know

  • Depending on your AirPods model, they can take anywhere between a half hour to a full hour to reach full charge from dead.
  • With just 5 minutes of charging, you can get an hour of listening or talk time on newer AirPods models.
  • Older AirPods models need about 15 minutes of charging to get 3 hours of listening time or 2 hours of talk time.

One of the best features of AirPods is their long-lasting battery life. Thanks to the charging case, you can get up to 30 hours of listening time on the latest AirPods models. But how long do AirPods take to charge? In this article, we’ll go over the answer to that question, and others.

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How Long Does It Take for AirPods to Charge?

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According to Apple, if you charge your completely dead AirPods Pro or your third-generation AirPods in the case for 5 minutes, you can get an hour of listening or talk time. Older AirPods models will need about 15 minutes of charging to get 3 hours of listening time and 2 hours of talk time.

So how long does it take to charge AirPods to full? That all depends on which AirPods model you have. Older AirPods can reach full charge in under a half hour, for up to 5 hours of listening time or 3 hours of talk time. The third-generation AirPods and second-generation AirPods Pro take up to an hour to reach a full charge but give you up to 6 hours of listening time or 4 to 4.5 hours of talk time, respectively. The first-generation AirPods Pro also take around an hour to charge and give 4.5 hours of listening time or up to 3.5 hours of talk time.

On the other hand, the AirPods Max can get around 1.5 hours of listening time after being charged for 5 minutes. They can take up to 2 hours to fully charge and give you around 20 hours of listening and talk time. Next, find out how to skip songs with your AirPods' controls.


How to check battery on AirPods? Checking your battery on AirPods is pretty simple. There are two ways to go about this. The first way is to just open up your AirPods case, wait a few seconds for it to connect to your phone, and you’ll see a pop-up with both the AirPods’ and the case’s battery level.

Another way to check your AirPods battery is to add the Batteries widget to either your Home Screen or your Today View widgets.

How do I know if my AirPods are charging? The simplest way to know if your AirPods are charging is to check the LED on your AirPods case. To find out about what the different color LEDs mean, head over to our AirPods charging FAQ to learn more.

How long do AirPods last? Depending on which AirPods model you have, you can get anywhere between 4 and 6 hours of listening time, or between 3 and 4.5 hours of talk time. Be sure to check out our guide on how to improve their battery life to find out more!

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.