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Why Does Your Right AirPods Die Faster Than the Left?

Why Does Your Right AirPods Die Faster Than the Left?

The Apple AirPods brought with it a new age of audio listening devices. The wireless and sleek design of the new products made them an instant hit amongst Apple users. However, some users reported issues with their AirPods – namely, that one would die faster than the other. How can this happen?

If you use it more, one of your AirPods may die faster than the other. You will also see issues when the mic on one is engaged more often. This problem can also happen due to battery or charging case damageFinally, one of your AirPods might die faster than the other due to syncing issues or a system defect.

Understanding what causes problems with one of your AirPods dying before the other is just the start. Keep reading through this article to learn more about the fixes for each issue and what you can do to prevent one AirPod from running out of battery faster than the other. 

Why Is One Of My AirPods Dying Faster Than The Other?

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One of your AirPods, usually the right AirPods, could have an issue with dying out faster than the other one. There are plenty of reasons why this can happen, so let’s go over each one. 

You Are Using One AirPods More

Most people on this planet are right-handed and tend to gravitate toward things that facilitate dominant right-hand movement. If you are also right-handed, you might find yourself using the right AirPods more than the other. This subtle difference between the two may not be evident at first, but it might cause your battery issue. 

As a test, you can try using the other one more to see if it is affected in the same way. If that is the case, you have good reason to use both equally in the future. You may not be aware that you are using one more than the other, but this is one of the primary reasons one AirPod dies faster. To fix this, try using them both equally and see if that fixes the issue.

The Right AirPods Mic Is Used More

In the Apple AirPods, the mic switches on in the AirPods that come out of the case first. As mentioned above, if you are right-handed, you may be prone to taking out the right-handed AirPods more often, causing its mic to switch on, which means its battery will drain faster than the other side. 

In order to fix this issue, all you need to do is alternate and mix up what AirPods you take out from the case first. That way, you can shift the role around, so your right-handed AirPods don’t take all of the burden.

Battery Health Is Compromised

Battery issues affect almost all Apple products and are a constant source of trouble for users. If the case is that you are using your AirPods often and charging them frequently, battery health could have become compromised. 

It also matters what kind of conditions you used the AirPods in, especially as you are out and about. For example, if you were out and listening to music on a walk and it started raining, some water may enter the battery and damage it.

While there is no at-home fix for a damaged battery, sometimes the issue is not that there is damage. Dirt may even fill your battery, and a course of action is to clean it as gently as possible. You can consider trying out the option to clean your AirPods very gently with isopropyl alcohol using some cotton swabs or buds. 

Damaged Charging Case

Another site where you can see the damage to AirPods is their charging case. Because it has a lot of nooks and crannies that you can’t reach, cleaning it often can be a hassle. There is also a possibility it may have become damaged by other methods. 

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If the lights on the case aren’t switching on or simply not charging the case, it may have become damaged. You can either go to an Apple Service Center or purchase a new charging case that will equally charge both of your AirPods. 

There Are Syncing Issues

In some cases, you won’t be able to hear out of one of your AirPods. This conflict can happen if your AirPods have improper syncing. Incorrect syncing results from Bluetooth connection with your device not being stable or too many devices connected at one time.

You can fix this issue by either:

  1. Resetting your AirPods.
  2. Reconnecting them via Bluetooth
  3. Regularly checking for firmware updates. 

We have explained all three of these processes in the following headings. 

RelatedHow to Sync AirPods (and Connect Your AirPods to Your PC)

An AirPods Reset Is Needed

An AirPods reset helps your devices forget the AirPods to be connected again as a new accessory. Here are the steps to make that happen:

  1. Put your AirPods in the case, and close the lid for 30 seconds.
  2. Open the AirPods case but keep them inside.
  3. In your Bluetooth settings, find your AirPods by their name.
  4. View information about your AirPods and select ‘Forget This Device.’
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  6. In your case, hold down the Setup button for 15 seconds.
  7. Keep holding down until the LED blinks from amber to white.
  8. Back to your case, keep the case lid completely open. 
  9. Connect and set up your AirPods again.

Try Disconnecting the AirPods

A relatively simple method to resolve this issue, if it is just a software glitch, is to disconnect and reconnect your AirPods. Sometimes, prolonged connection to a device can cause issues, so a simple disconnection from your Bluetooth settings and then reconnection can solve your problem. 

Update And Check Firmware

Keeping your phone, laptop, and AirPods up-to-date with the latest software versions effectively prevents glitches. Continually update your iOS system as soon as you get the notification. It would help if you also regularly connect your phone to the Internet, establish a Bluetooth connection with the AirPods and give it some time to install new firmware.


Multiple reasons can account for one of your AirPods draining its battery faster than the other. However, attentive care and protection of your AirPods can help reduce the risk of any severe issues that the Apple Service Center can only tackle.