Why Isn’t One of My AirPods Charging? [Important Facts 2024]

Written By Steven Arends

Apple’s AirPod is one of the pioneers in the Bluetooth headset market. It continuously adjusts to the geometry of your ear and blocks out the world to increase your focus.

However, It’s very delicate to use. You may face weird problems through time, like your left or right earpiece isn’t charging.


Imagine the feeling while watching your favorite movie, and your left AirPods stop for low battery.

Not just your mood ruins, but your mind becomes restless. You won’t be able to focus for the rest of the day.

Don’t worry; I’m here to solve your problem. In my 4 years of using AirPods, I’ve developed solutions for similar situations through research & experiment. So read this article to know what causes AirPods not charging and its solutions.

Why does one of your AirPods stop charging?

Your airpods charge through small and delicate copper pins in the charging case. A tiny amount of dust can prevent AirPods from charging a battery. Also, bending pins, problems in the charging cases, damaged lightning cables, or some software issues can stop one of your AirPods from charging.

Here are the reasons for one of your AirPods stopped charging:

Bending Pins

Airpods connect through small copper pins in the charging case. When the connection is successful, it starts charging. So when one of your AirPods stops charging, it can be caused by bending pins. 


Damaged lightning cable

AirPods come with one lightning cable in the package for charging purposes. However, tangling in your line can cause unseen damage. Also, you can damage the pin in the connector while inserting, which can cause one of your AirPods to stop charging.



A little amount of dust can tamper with AirPods connectivity. Your airpods bottom has a steel-plated connector that connects with a copper pin in your charging case. If one gets any dust, then your AirPods won’t charge.


Low charge in the case

When your charging case doesn’t have enough juice, it won’t be able to charge your AirPods. You need to have at least 15% charge in the case to charge your AirPods. You can check the battery percentage on your phone screen.

Here’s a complete guide on how to find lost AirPods that are offline.

How to fix AirPods stopped charging

One of your AirPods can stop charging for reasons like dust, lousy cable, or lack of battery in your charging case. You can quickly solve this charging problem by following DIY methods.

Here are the methods to fix AirPods stopped charging:

1. Re-insert AirPods in charging case

When one of your AirPods stops charging, the first thing you need to do is to re-insert that earpiece. Just pull out your AirPods, then pull back in. In 7 out of 10 cases, it starts charging again.

Here are the steps to reinsert AirPods into your charging case:

  • Remove all the accessories in your airpods. all-the-accessories-in-your-airpods
  • Pull out the not charging earpiece. out-the-not-charging-earpiece
  • Wait for some time.
  • Put it back again.

Also, check out our separate post on can you wear AirPods in the shower.

2. Clean AirPods bottom & charging case

AirPods are very delicate to use. The sensors are highly active toward motion, Gravity with a great adaptive EQ. A tiny bit of dust can hamper the charging connectors. So you need to clean the dust from the AirPods bottom & charging case.

Here are the steps to clean AirPods bottom & charging case:

Clean exterior

  • Rub a cotton bar in the dirty areas of your charging case. Rub-a-cotton-bar
  • Clean the case’s line’s dirt using a clean toothpick. Clean-the-cases-line
  • Wipe the box with a clean cloth or tissue paper.

Here’s a complete guide on how to fix AirPods not working on one side.

Caution: the copper pin in the bottom can easily bend by a poke of a cotton bar.

Clean interior

  • Scrub the charging port with a soft brush. Scrub-the-charging-port
  • Clean the tail of your AirPods with a dry cloth. Clean-the-tail
  • Use a periodontal brush to clean the internal connection point. clean-the-interna

Pro tip: You should clean your AirPods after every 3 days.

Quickly check out our epic guide on how to fix Airpods not working on Messenger Calls.

3. Reset AirPods

Your AirPods can stop charging for software reasons. When that happens, resetting your AirPods will solve your problem.

Here are the steps to reset your  AirPods:

  • Plant both of your headsets into the charging case and open the lid. airPods-headsets-into-the-charging-case
  • Find the Setup button on the back of your charging case. setup-button
  • Hold the Setup button for 30 seconds. The status light will start flashing. status-light
  • Shut the case lid down. 

Also, check our exclusive tutorial on how to fix AirPods not working with Logic Pro.

4. Change the lightning cable

There are several delicate wires under the rubber protection of your lightning cable. When your lightning is tangled, it can receive unseen damage. So try changing your lightning cable if one of your AirPods isn’t charging.

5. Check your battery level

If your charging case doesn’t have enough charge, it won’t be able to charge both earpieces. So keep charge above 20% to avoid this situation.

You can see the battery percentage on your mobile phone when connected. battery-percentage.

6. Contact Support

You can only do this much in your house. 90% of cases will be solved by doing those above methods. But when your problem isn’t solved by the DIY techniques mentioned above, you need to consult with apple care.

Luckily, Apple provides parts replacement for your AirPods. You don’t have to pay the total price if a single component is damaged.

However, you can get a new pair of AirPods almost free by applying some tricks. The tricks are described below.

Free Replacement for Subpar Units

Apple provides a free replacement for less than a year old devices not having a 5h battery backup. So you won’t have to pay any money to replace less than a year old devices.

AppleCare+ Warranty

By spending 29$, you will get an Apple+ warranty for 2 years. This warranty includes a free replacement of your AirPods for any battery issue.

Battery Service

You will get a discounted replacement when your AirPods are out of warranty by saying the term Battery Service. For $49, Apple will replace one of the earpieces or the charging case.


In short, when one of your AirPods stops charging, check for any dirt around the steel portion in the bottom. Also, bent copper pins in the charging case, low charge in your case, or a damaged lightning cable can prevent your Airpods from charging.

You can quickly solve this issue by thoroughly cleaning the device, changing the cables, or resetting it.

After reading this article, I’m pretty sure you know all the reasons why your AirPods aren’t charging. Follow my steps to fix this problem without any hassle. Also, feel free to comment for any further assistance. Have a good day.

About The Author
Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.

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