How to Turn off Optimized Battery Charging on AirPods

Apple’s AirPods are undoubtedly one of the most popular wireless earbuds on the market, offering a seamless listening experience and impressive battery life. To further enhance the longevity of the AirPods’ battery, Apple introduced a feature called “Optimized Battery Charging.” This intelligent feature helps slow down the aging process of the AirPods’ battery by reducing the time spent at 100% charge. While this feature is beneficial in the long run, some users might prefer to disable it to have more control over their AirPods’ battery usage. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to turn off Optimized Battery Charging on AirPods.

Ensure AirPods and Device Compatibility

Step 1: Ensure AirPods and Device Compatibility

Before diving into the process, it’s important to note that Optimized Battery Charging is a feature available on devices running iOS 14 or later, iPadOS 14 or later, or macOS Big Sur or later. Ensure that your AirPods are connected to a compatible device before proceeding to the next steps.

Step 2: Connect your AirPods to your Device

To access the settings necessary to disable Optimized Battery Charging, you need to have your AirPods connected to your iOS or macOS device. Make sure your AirPods are paired and connected via Bluetooth to your device.

Step 3: Access the Settings Menu

On an iOS or iPadOS device, navigate to the home screen and tap on the “Settings” app. On a Mac running macOS, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.” This will open the respective settings menu.

Step 4: Find the Bluetooth Settings

In the settings menu, locate the “Bluetooth” option. On iOS and iPadOS, it will usually be found near the top of the list. On a Mac, it will be located in the “Hardware” section of the System Preferences window. Click on the Bluetooth option to access the Bluetooth settings.

Step 5: Locate Your AirPods

Under the Bluetooth settings, you should see a list of all the devices paired with your iOS or macOS device. Look for your AirPods in the list and click on the “i” icon or the information button next to your AirPods’ name. This will open the settings page specific to your AirPods.

Step 6: Disable Optimized Battery Charging

On the AirPods settings page, you will find various options and settings related to your AirPods. Scroll down until you see the “Optimized Battery Charging” option. It will be located under the “Battery” section. By default, this option is enabled. Tap the toggle switch next to “Optimized Battery Charging” to disable the feature.

Step 7: Confirm the Change

After disabling Optimized Battery Charging, you may receive a confirmation prompt asking if you want to disable the feature. Confirm your decision by tapping “Disable” or “Turn Off” to complete the process.


Optimized Battery Charging is a useful feature designed to extend the overall lifespan of your AirPods’ battery. However, if you prefer to have more control over your AirPods’ battery usage and want to disable this feature, the steps outlined in this article will guide you through the process. Remember that by disabling Optimized Battery Charging, you may experience slightly faster battery depletion over time. Be sure to keep an eye on your AirPods’ battery health and charge them according to your usage patterns.