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You firmly believe you left your Airpods case on your desk, but now it's nowhere to be found. You’ve looked everywhere, you’ve searched tirelessly. Perhaps, you probably dropped the case somewhere else by mistake and you can’t find it.

You hear a beep alert on your Airpods. It's running low on juice, time to charge it up. How do you go about using your Airpods without the case?

In this blog post, we will attempt to answer this question. Stay with me and I will explain how Airpods work with  and without their case, in the event that yours goes missing.

Can I use my Airpods without the case?

Yes, you can use your Airpods without the case, but it is only temporary because when the Airpods battery runs down, the Airpods case will be needed to charge your Airpods.

Also, to pair your Airpods to an iPhone for the first time, you will also need the case. The case is only required for initial pairing. For subsequent times, you can connect to the Airpods without the case.

In addition, the Airpods case charges the Airpods as well as safeguarding and protecting it. The case aids in preventing damage during accidental drops of your Airpods.

Despite the case’s attractive appearance, it can get incredibly slippery when wet, making it all easy for it to slip out of your hand. Rough Airpod cases can help to maintain a tight grasp hold of the pods.

These are the main functions of the Airpods case.

Is it Possible to track lost Airpods?

Yes, it is possible to track your lost Airpods and the ‘Find My’ app on your iPhone or iPad can help you reunite with the Airpods.

Open the ‘Find My’ app and in the Devices tab, tap on your Airpods, if you have 1st or 2nd generation Airpods, there will be a DIRECTION button. You can tap it to open Maps, and the last known location of your Airpods will appear on the map.

If you are using 3rd generation Airpods, Airpods Pro, or Airpods Max and they are outside of your Bluetooth range, there will also be a DIRECTION button. If they are nearby and within your Bluetooth range, there will be a FIND button. Tap on it to get help finding their location, whether they’re in or out of their case.

Where can I sell my Airpods? (Detailed Explanation)
In this blog post, we explained where to sell your Airpods like Amazon, 9to5Mac, BuyBackElectronics, resale sites, and to family and friends.

Steps to finding your Airpods

Step 1 - Start by moving your iPhone around your space a bit.

Step 2 - Once your iPhone connects to the lost Airpods, ‘Find My’ app will let you know if you’re getting closer or further away from them. If they are out of their case and you think each one might be somewhere different, you can tap left or right in the upper-left corner to search for their location individually.

Step 3 - Whether they are in their case or not, you can also tap the Play Sound button in the bottom right corner and follow a chime to their location. A notification will appear to let you know that a loud sound will play which might be uncomfortable if someone is wearing them.

Step 4 - Tap play sound to continue, tap the X to go back once you’ve found them. With Airpods Pro and 3rd generation Airpods, you can turn on Lost Mode to get help recovering them if you still can’t find them, just swipe up on the handle and tap Activate under "Mark As Lost".

Step 5 - With Lost Mode turned on, you’ll receive a notification, the next time their location becomes available. They will also stay linked to your Apple ID. Then if someone tries to use the Airpods, the location will be displayed. To activate Lost Mode, tap Continue and follow the onscreen steps. If you need to remove your Airpods from ‘Find My’ app, tap "Remove This Device".

How to reconnect previously connected Airpods without a case

If you’re interested in knowing how to connect a previously connected Airpods without a case, there’s a straightforward way you can employ to do the trick.

To do that, you must confirm that your Airpods have been connected to your iPhone previously. You can now use the same iPhone without a case to connect the Airpod if it no longer connects. Follow these steps below:

Step 1 - On your iPhone, open the Control Center. If you have an older iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to do this. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen for the newer iPhone models and other Apple devices.

Step 2 - Press and hold the Audio tab after that, it is located in the top-right corner of the Control Center.

Step 3 - The Audio tab will then be opened in full view mode. Tap on the AirPlay button.

Step 4 - You’ll see a list of devices that are AirPlay connected to your iPhone here. On the list of the Bluetooth devices discovered, select your Airpods.

These are the easy steps you can use to connect the Airpods without a case using your iPhone or iPad. It is quite easy and straightforward.

Airpods in an Airpods case being charged by a lightning cable

How far can you go without the Airpods case?

The distance from the charging case to your Airpods is unimportant when using your Airpods. Bringing it close to the case is not necessary at all unless you want to charge the Airpods or pair them with a new device.

When not worn, the Airpods are stored and charged in the case. Between the Airpods and iPhone, a Bluetooth connection is used. Therefore, you are not required to keep the charging case close to the Airpods.

However, you must have the phone close by. According to documentation, the Bluetooth on the Airpods has a range of about 30 to 45 feet depending on the model and other intervening obstacles.

The iPhone (or other music sources being used) and the Airpods must, however, be close enough for Bluetooth to sustain and maintain the connection.

How to connect Airpods with a different case?

The majority of Airpods’ features, which include; pairing with your device and charging the Airpods, depend on the case.

Many Airpod users worry about losing their case. This raises the question "Can Airpods be connected to a different case other than their own?" in the event, they lose their case.

To connect Airpods with a different case is not much of a hassle. First, you have to go and forget the Airpods on your iPhone or other Apple device.

Next, you just place the Airpods in the different case and press and hold the case button at the back for some seconds until the LED light turns white which indicates that the case has reset the Airpods and is now compatible with it.

While the LED is white, open the case and take it close to your iPhone or Apple device, this will cause a connection animation to appear on your screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect the Airpods with the different case.

However, if the Airpods connect, but only plays sound in one ear, another problem may be present. It could be due to a  variety of other software issues.  These situations rarely happen. If they occur, it can be easily resolved by factory resetting the Airpods.

Now, let’s dive into frequently asked questions about the Airpods case.

Can you connect Airpods to Dell or HP Laptops? (Answered)
Yes, you can connect your Airpods to your dell or HP laptop. Although Airpods are made for Apple products, you can still connect them to devices from other brands.

Frequently Asked Questions about using Airpods without the case

Q. Is charging Airpods with a different case possible?

A. Yes, it is possible to charge your Airpods with a different case, as the Apple Airpods case is primarily built or designed for charging the Airpods. Still, you must make sure that the new case must be the same model or generation as the unavailable case.

Q. Is charging Airpods possible without a case or charger

A. Unfortunately, you cannot charge your Airpods without the case. There is a lot of false information on the subject matter. Avoid falling for “hacks”, such as using a pin charger or downloading an app-they are invalid. The only permanent solution is to purchase a new Airpods charging case.  

Q. Can I charge the Airpods case without placing Airpods in it?

A. Yes, you can. Each Airpod and the Airpods charging case has its own internal battery. Connecting a lightning cord to the Airpods will charge the battery within the case. The LED will become orange when the Airpods case begins charging. The LED will turn green once the battery has been fully charged.

Q. Is It Possible to connect Airpods if the case is dead?

A. No, until your case is charged, you cannot connect the Airpods to any new device. Although, you can connect the Airpods to an already paired device, even if the case is dead.

LED light on an Airpods case indicating full charge

Wrap up

In conclusion, you can use your Airpods without the case. You need to get rid of the idea that the lack of a case is the reason why your Airpods aren’t working. The case is only required for an initial pairing and charging of the Airpods.

Also, if your charging case has been damaged or misplaced, you can purchase an aftermarket replacement, which can be purchased straight from Apple or from other recognized vendors like Amazon and Walmart.

We sincerely hope that this blog post has answered all your questions about the usefulness of Airpods cases and how you can use Airpods without one. Thank you for reading.

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