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This article will answer the above question and provide some additional information about AirPods and their cases.

We will also answer some related questions so that you can better understand how Airpods work when you are trying to connect them with any device.

Can you connect to Airpods if the case is closed?

No, you cannot connect to Airpods in a closed case. This is because the Airpods need to be in the case to charge, and once they are charging, they are designed not to be able to connect.

If you try to connect to your Airpods while they are in the case and the lid is closed, it will not work. The only way to connect to them is by opening the lid of the case and then placing them close to your device.

Also, you only need to connect to the Airpod once. After that, they will automatically connect to your device when you open the case lid.

Can you connect to AirPods if the case is dead?

No, you cannot connect to Airpods if the case is dead. This is because the software that powers the AirPods to connect to devices also works with the Airpod's case. So, the case needs to be charged and working for the Airpods to connect, especially for the first time.

If your Airpod case is dead, simply connect the case to a power source using the Lightning cable that came with your Airpods for it to get some charge. You may or may not place the Airpods in the case while it is charging, as the case has its own battery.

Once the case is charged and you place your Airpods in it, you should be able to connect to your Airpods as normal. If the case is damaged and won't power back on, you can connect the Airpods to a different case.

How do Airpods know they are in your ear? (Answered)
Airpods Pro and earlier use optical sensors to detect when it is in your ear while Airpods 3 uses skin detection technology to detect when it is worn.

Can you use Airpods if the case dies?

Yes, you can use your AirPods for various audio and call purposes even if the case is dead. Although, this is possible only if the AirPods themselves are adequately charged and have power.

Also, this will only work if the device has been previously connected with the Airpods. You do not necessarily need the case to reconnect to the device to use the Airpods.

New devices connecting for the first time to AirPods will not be able to do so if their case is dead.

Open Airpods case

How to connect Airpods when the case is dead

To connect to Airpods when the case is dead is similar to connecting to the Airpods when the case has a charge. Airpods will still work with their case to connect to a phone that was previously connected to in a dead case. To connect:

  • Place the AirPods in the case.
  • Take the open case close to your device.
  • From the menu that pops up, click on connect.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions until you get a "DONE" message to show that you have successfully connected.

How to connect your Airpods without the case

To connect the Airpods to your iPhone or other devices without the case, you must ensure that the AirPod must have been paired to the device previously. Then, carry out the following steps:

  • Swipe down from the top right of your screen to access the Control Center.
  • Select the audio tab at the top right corner.
  • The audio tab will become large and come into full view.
  • Tap on the Airplay button on the right.
  • Select your Airpods from the list of devices that come up.

This will allow your Airpods to pair with your iPhone without any issues. If you do not see your Airpods in the list that comes up, it means the Airpods have no charge, or you haven't paired it for the first time to the phone.

Are Airpods good for conference calls? (Answered)
Yes, AirPods are good for conference calls. They are designed to provide clear audio quality and they also have a built-in microphone that can be used for this purpose.

Can you pair or activate AirPods without a case?

No, You cannot pair or activate Airpods on any device without its case. The case is required to activate or connect to the Airpods for the first time. This is how Apple designed it to be done.

To pair or activate AirPods for the first time, the AirPods must be placed in their case and then forced into pairing mode by pressing and holding the back button on the Airpod until the light starts flashing white. Then it is connected to as explained in paragraph 4.

Can you charge Airpods wirelessly?

Yes, the AirPods can be charged wirelessly. The case that comes with the AirPods has a wireless charging feature. You can charge your Airpods by placing them on top of a Qi-certified Wireless charger or any other wireless charger that is compatible with the iPhone.

When your AirPods are placed correctly on the wireless charger and fully charged, the LED light on the front of the case will turn green. If you see an amber light, it indicates that your AirPods are still charging.

Airpods placed on a wireless charging mat

How to know if your case supports wireless charging

Wireless charging is built into all Apple-built AirPods Pro cases, while first- and second-generation AirPods have compatible wireless charging cases offered by Apple online.

Wireless charging cases can be charged by placing them on a Qi-certified charging mat. Although, wireless charging is quite slow when compared to normal charging with a lightning cable. Usually, Qi-compatible chargers have the Qi logo placed somewhere on them to make it easy for users to identify such chargers.

Why are my Airpods still connecting when the case is closed?

In normal operation, Airpods are not supposed to be able to connect to your phone when they are in the case and the case is closed, but there are situations where this may happen. Some of the reasons why this may happen include:

  • Software issues may cause a malfunction.
  • The case may be damaged or dead and cause the AirPods to behave as though it is not in the case.
  • They may be a malfunction with the Airpods Bluetooth, causing it to always seek out devices to connect to even when it is in the case.
  • Charging malfunction will cause the AirPods not to recognize that it is being charged and therefore remain available to connect to devices even when the case is closed.

How to fix Airpods connecting while in case

Some of the problems highlighted can be remedied by carrying out the following actions:

  • Update the AirPods firmware to the latest update.
  • Disconnect and reconnect the Airpods to your device.
  • Reset the AirPods and its case.
  • Replace the battery of the Airpods.
  • Take the AirPods and their case to an Apple-approved technician for repairs.
  • Replace the AirPods.

Frequently asked questions about Airpods and their cases

Q. Can I use my AirPods while they are charging in the case?

A. No, you cannot use your AirPods while they are charging. This is because the Airpods have to be placed in the cases to charge them.

Q. Can I use my case to connect my AirPods to more than one device?

A. Yes, you can connect your Airpods to multiple devices, but only one at a time. To do so, open the lid of the case near the device you want to connect to, and then press and hold the button on the back of the case until the white light starts flashing. Then follow the instructions on how to connect wirelessly from that particular device.

Q.  Can I charge my AirPods in any case?

A. Yes, you can charge your Airpods with any case that is of the same model and generation. You simply need to pair them together.

Q. Can I use my iPhone to find my AirPods if they are lost?

A. Yes, you can use your iPhone to find your lost Airpods provided the Airpods are within Bluetooth range and they have adequate charge.

Q. Can I connect my AirPods to an Android phone?

A: Yes, you can connect your Airpods to an Android phone but some features may not work as expected due to differences in operating systems.

Q. Are Airpods cases waterproof?

A. No, Airpods cases are not waterproof but they are sweat and water-resistant. This means that you can withstand water and sweat to a certain extent before they get into sensitive areas and cause possible damage to the device.

Q. Can I use my AirPods case as a stand-alone charger?

A: Yes, you can use your AirPods case as a stand-alone charger by connecting it to a power source via the lightning connector. Once connected, the LED light of the case will turn amber to indicate that charging is taking place. You can then place your AirPods in the case and close the lid to begin charging the Airpods. Airpod cases act as a power bank for the Airpods when they have charges.

Q. Can I charge my case with a wireless compatible charger?

A: Yes, you can charge your case wirelessly with a Qi-certified charger. To do this, simply place the case on the charger on the wireless charging mat and wait for the LED light to turn amber to indicate that charging is taking place.

Wrap up

In conclusion,  you cannot connect to your AirPods if the case is closed or dead. However, you should be able to use them even if your case is dead, provided you have connected to them before.

Do you have any other questions about AirPods? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll do our best to answer them.

Thanks for reading.

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