AirPods are the golden standard of the industry Apple introduced in late 2016. Like it or hate it, people consider Apple’s wireless earbuds and headphones the go-to variant when shopping for earphones. Moreover, people choose AirPods even if they do not own an iPhone or Mac — Apple’s earbuds work with other devices, albeit not as well. Therefore, people buying AirPods to use with Windows or Android frequently Google how to check AirPods battery on Windows 10, Android, etc. In this article, we will focus on the former and show you how to check AirPods battery on Windows.
When you pair AirPods with an iPhone, earbuds report their battery status (including the case) to iOS, allowing you to see the charge levels without third-party apps or LED indicators. This convenient feature is not available when you pair AirPods with Windows 10, 11, or Android. Also, you cannot customize the earbuds since Windows has no built-in settings section for managing what happens when you put them in and out of your ears or use swipes or gestures.
If you own an iPhone, AirPods, and a Windows PC, you may naturally want to get similar capabilities on your computer without installing macOS. As we already said, you cannot check AirPods battery on Windows 10 and 11 without installing additional software. Luckily, it is relatively easy to check AirPods battery on Windows 11 and 10. After reading this article, you will learn how to check AirPods battery on Windows using a small utility called MagicPods. Besides, it provides extra customization and features for a more personalized experience when using AirPods with Windows 10 and 11.
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.
If you use Windows 11, you can try to check AirPods battery level using the quick settings menu. Press Win + A or click the button with the network, battery, and volume indicator in the notification area. Click the arrow-right button next to Bluetooth and see if your computer can detect AirPods battery level.
If not, keep reading this article.
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. MagicPods 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.
It is worth noting that the MagicPods app is not free: it costs $0.99 (the price might be different depending on your market). Still, we think one dollar is a reasonable price for an app that provides so much convenience and allows checking AirPods battery levels on Windows 10 and 11. Besides, you can try MagicPods for free and decide whether it is worth one dollar.
Before buying or installing the MagicPods app, make sure it supports your AirPods model. As of now, MagicPods works with the following AirPods:
- The original AirPods from 2016
- AirPods with wireless charging case
- AirPods 3 from 2021
- The original 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 the 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.
Note. MagicPods does not support AirPods Pro 2, but you can expect the developer to add support for Apple’s latest Pro earbuds in future updates.
- After connecting AirPods to Windows 10 or 11, 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 Headphones 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, open the lid on a case and wait for the information to refresh.
You should not open the MagicPods app whenever you want to check AirPods battery level on Windows 10 and 11. The program puts a small icon in the notification area where you can check AirPods battery on Windows by hovering the cursor over the icon. It updates every minute, so you get almost real-time AirPods battery tracking. You can also right-click that icon to switch between several connected AirPods and enable the VoiceOver feature.
If you do not like how the icon in the notification area 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 window, turn on VoiceOver, etc. Another feature we like is the ability to set a low battery notification so that the app can let you know when earbuds or the case go below a specific level. It is a great way to check your AirPods battery level on Windows 10 and ensure your earbuds newer turn off without notice.
Finally, for those frequently using AirPods with Windows PCs, we recommend turning on the “Run on startup” option in the MagicPods’ settings. That will allow you to check AirPods battery level on Windows without launching the app every time you turn on your computer.