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Apple has taken wireless earphones to a whole new level with the Airpods. These little earbuds have quickly become a favorite among Apple users, and for good reason. They are sleek and stylish, and most importantly, they work really well.

One question that lingers is whether or not you can use a different case with Airpods. This blog post will answer this question and much more on how to get the most out of pairing your Airpods with a different charging case.

Can you pair Airpods with a different case?

Yes, you can pair your Airpods with any case other than the case purchased with it. Although, you must ensure that the replacement case is of the same model or generation as the missing or unavailable case.

Apple ensured that this is possible due to several advantages:

  • It ensures that missing or damaged Airpods charging cases can be easily replaced.
  • If you are ever visiting a family or friend, you can use their Airpod charging case to charge your Airpods.
  • There are some Apple users who would like to have several Airpod charging cases spread around strategically to ensure they always have optimum charge. This feature allows them to use their different cases wherever they are.

How to pair Airpods to a different case

To pair your Airpods with a different case, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Bluetooth menu of your device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) and tap the information button on the side of your Airpod name.
  • Tap "Forget this device" and confirm the selection.
  • Place the Airpods into the replacement charging case.
  • Open the lid of the charging case and look at the status light. It should flash amber.
  • Press the setup button behind the case for a few secs. The status light should flash white.
  • If it still flashes amber instead of white, try charging the case for 30 mins. Then, try again.
  • After it flashes white, ensure you are on your device's home screen (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch).
  • With the Airpods in the case, open the lid of the case and take it close to your device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch).
  • A setup animation will appear on the screen of your device.
  • Select "Connect" and tap on "Done."

Now, you are done, and your Airpods are now connected and charging in a different case.

Can you connect two different AirPods to one case?

Yes, Apple has made it possible for replacement Airpods of the same generation to be connected or paired together. Also, the replacement Airpods must be complementary to each other. i.e they must be left and right pods for them to pair without any issues.

Can you control volume on Airpods? (Answered)
Yes, you can control the volume on your Airpods and this article explains different ways to do it.

How to connect two different Airpods to one case

The steps required to pair two different Airpods to one case are similar to the steps outlined in Paragraph two. You simply have to ensure that both Airpods are of the same generation and complementary, as earlier stated.

What to consider when pairing replacement Airpods or replacement cases together

When pairing replacement Airpods or replacement cases together, there are a few things you need to take into consideration:

  • The replacement Airpods or cases must be of the same generation as the missing or former ones to avoid issues arising from the compatibility of different generations.
  • Replacement AirPods must also be complementary to each other. i.e, both Airpods must be left and right pods.
  • To begin pairing a replacement case with your Airpods, you must ensure that the case has enough charge for the setup process. You wouldn't want the case to go off while you are trying to configure it with your Airpods.
  • When placing the Airpods in the charging case, the appropriate pod should be placed in the correct space in a way it slots in perfectly to prevent damaging the charging contact points. If the Airpods are struggling to sit in nicely, confirm that you are using the right charging case for the AirPods before continuing.

Can you use an iPhone charger to charge your Airpod case?

Yes, you can use your iPhone charger to charge your Airpod case. The standard iPhone charger is powerful enough to charge the case fully in a few hours.

However, you can also use a Qi-certified wireless charger if your Airpod case supports wireless charging. Using a wireless charger may take slightly longer to charge the case as wireless chargers generally have lower power output than wired chargers.

Charging an Airpods Pro using a wireless charger

To charge your Airpods case wirelessly, simply place the case on the charging pad and wait for the LED indicator light to turn green, indicating that the case is fully charged.

A fully-charged case will support one full charge of your Airpods before needing to be charged again.

Do Airpods block out background noise? (Answered)
Yes, most AirPods block out background noise to some extent. But the AirPods Pro and Max have better noise-canceling capabilities than earlier models

What does the indicator light mean when you open your Airpods case?

The indicator light on your Airpods case will tell you whether or not the Airpods are charged. If the light is green, then your Airpods are fully charged. If the light is amber, then it means your Airpods are partially charged.

Once you place the Airpods inside the charging case, it begins to charge the Airpods whether or not the case is connected to a charging source. This is because the Airpods case can hold charges that can be used to charge AirPods.

What does the indicator light mean when you open your Airpods case without the Airpods in it?

The indicator light on your Airpods case (without the Airpods) tells you the state of charge of the Airpods case itself. If the light is green, then your case is fully charged and can provide a round of full charge for your Airpods. If the light is amber, then it means your Airpods case is partially charged and requires a charge.

To charge your Airpods case, simply connect it to a power source or place it on a charging pad and wait for the indicator light to turn green when you open the lid. It should only take a few hours for the case to be fully charged.

You can charge your Airpods case whether the Airpods are in them or not. The indicator light displays the charge status of your AirPods if they are in your case and the lid is open. When your AirPods aren't in their case, the light shows the status of your case.

Can Airpods charge overnight?

Yes, Airpods can charge overnight provided that they are placed in the charging case, and the case is connected to a power source. The Airpods will charge first and then the case will begin to charge once the Airpods are fully charged.

The indicator light on the front of the case will turn green when both the Airpods and the case are fully charged.

You don't have to worry about the Airpods case being overcharged since Apple uses lithium-ion batteries with superb engineering design to prevent the batteries from charging after they reach 100%.

As a result, leaving them in their case for as long as you want is completely safe. There will be no negative effects on the battery life as a result of doing so.

Although, lithium-ion batteries charge in cycles. A cycle is a complete usage from 100% to less than 20% before being charged again. The manufacturer usually indicates the total number of charge cycles that a battery is designed for. Once the total charge cycle is exceeded, the battery begins to degrade and will require replacement.

How to check the battery percentage of your Airpods

There is an easy way to check the battery percentage of both your Airpods case and Airpods on your devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch):

  • Place your AirPods in the Airpods case.
  • Open the lid of your Airpods case.
  • Take the opened lid close to your device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch).
  • Wait for a few seconds.
  • The charge status of your Airpods will be displayed.

Also, you can check the status of the charge of your Airpod case using the Batteries widget on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The case's battery charge only appears when at least one AirPod is inside.

Does Apple Watch drain iPhone battery? (Answered)
Yes, especially If you use your watch heavily. Heavy usage on your Apple Watch will drain the battery on your iPhone faster.

Frequently Asked Questions about pairing Airpods to a case

Q: Can you pair AirPods with a different case

A: Yes, you can pair AirPods with a different case.

Q: How long does it take for AirPods to charge in the case?

It usually takes around 2-3 hours for the AirPods to fully charge from 0% using the Qi-certified wireless charger or Lightning connector that comes with the device. If you're using a third-party charger, it might take longer to charge.

Q: What is an LED light on my AirPods case?

The LED light on your AirPods charging case shows its charging status. Green means the case is fully charged and can provide one full charge to your AirPods. Amber means the case is partially charged.

Q: Can I use my AirPods while it's charging?

A: No, because you have to place them back in their case for it to charge.

Airpods and its charging case

Wrap up

Pairing your Airpods with a different case is easy and can be done in a few simple steps. Keep in mind that you can only pair them with cases that are compatible with your specific model of Airpods.

Also, ensure that the case you're pairing them with is charged so that it can provide a round of full charge for your Airpods. To charge your Airpods case, simply connect it to a power source or place it on a Qi-certified wireless charger.

We hope this article has helped answer any questions you may have had about pairing Airpods with a different case.

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