AirPods, one of the most successful Apple products, is undoubtedly the most popular wireless headphones. One of the reasons these headphones are such a smashing hit is that they are universal, work with all devices, and fit all ears (mostly). AirPods work with iPhones, iPads, Macs, Android smartphones, and Windows PCs. Still, some of the best AirPods’ features are only available on Apple devices. For example, you should choose iPhone if you want to check the AirPods battery level using a neat system widget that includes each AirPod and a charging case.
If you own an iPhone, AirPods, and a Windows PC, you may naturally want to get similar capabilities on your computer without installing macOS, which is not always possible or preferable. By default, AirPods do not display their battery status on Windows 10 (and Windows 11, for that matter). Without additional tools, you cannot check AirPods battery on Windows 10 and 11.
Luckily, it is relatively easy to check AirPods battery on Windows. After reading this article, you will know how to check AirPods battery on Windows using a small utility. You will get the same experience as the one on iPhone, iPad, and macOS.
Check AirPods Battery Level on Windows
The first thing you need to do is connect AirPods to Windows. Many Bluetooth devices can report their battery status, allowing Windows 10 and 11 to display convenient battery indicators in the Windows Settings app. Unfortunately, this does not work with AirPods. Even if AirPods could do that, opening Bluetooth settings to check AirPods battery on Windows is not the most convenient or quick process. To find AirPods Windows 10 battery status, you need to download third-party software.
Important. You cannot connect AirPods to Windows 10 or 11 if your computer does not support Bluetooth 4.0 LE and newer. An attempt to connect AirPods to a Windows PC with Bluetooth 3 and older will end with the “Bluetooth Low Energy not supported” message. With that, you will not be able to check AirPods battery on Windows 10.
To check AirPods battery level on Windows, download an app called MagicPods. You can get it on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer from the Microsoft Store. The app can display your AirPods battery level on Windows (including a charging case) and even display a neat popup whenever you open the lid on the charging case. Note that MagicPods is not free: it costs $0.99 (the price might be different depending on your market). If you do not want to pay right away, try the app using a free trial in the Microsoft Store. It lets you check all the app’s capabilities before purchasing it.
Before buying or installing the MagicPods app, make sure it supports your AirPods model. As of now, MagicPods works with the following models:
- The original AirPods, released in 2016.
- AirPods with wireless charging case.
- AirPods 3, released in October 2021.
- AirPods Pro (including the refreshed model with the MagSafe case).
- AirPods Max.
- PowerBeats Pro.
- Beats Fit Pro.
- Beats Solo 3 (only battery).
- Beats Solo Pro (only battery).
- Beats Studio 3 (only battery).
- Beats X (only battery).
- Beats Flex (only battery).
- Power Beats 3 (only battery)
If you own other modern Beats headphones or earbuds, you can contact the developer and ask him to support your specific model. Follow instructions on the project’s GitHub page. Perhaps, in addition to allowing users to check AirPods battery on Windows, MagicPods will soon let you work with other models.
- After connecting AirPods to Windows 10, install the MagicPods app and open it.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to get the app working and learn its capabilities.
- Now, go to the Battery Info tab. There you will find AirPods battery level and a charging case battery level. If the app does not show you a charging case battery level, just open the lid on a case and wait for the information to refresh.
Do note that there is no need to launch the app every time you want to check AirPods battery level on Windows. The MagicPods app puts a small icon in the notification area where you can check the AirPods battery on Windows. The icon updates every minute, which means you get almost real-time AirPods battery tracking. If you do not like how it looks, go to settings in the MagicPods app, and change the system tray icon from digital to analog in the System tray icon section. Alternatively, you can disable the icon altogether.
If you have issues with checking AirPods battery on laptops or other computers, visit the official FAQ section on the MagicPods website.
Besides monitoring your AirPods battery level on Windows, the MagicPods app offers many additional features. You can control what AirPods do when you put out one earbud, change latency mode, customize the popup windows, etc. It is an excellent app we use daily and can’t recommend enough.
Final Tip. If you frequently use AirPods with a Windows PC, make sure to turn on the “Run on startup” option in the app’s settings. That will allow you to check AirPods battery level on Windows without the need to launch the MagicPods app every time you turn on your computer.