How to check your AirPods’ battery percentage on an iPhone

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If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you already have a pair of AirPods. Yes, everything’s okay, no one here is going to judge you for spending a sizeable chunk of money on those sexy little earbuds.

While the joy of the AirPods is their simplicity, there’s one element of them that isn’t immediately clear: how much charge these things have left. This can be a bit annoying if you want to know if they’re going to last you a journey without dying.

So, how do you find out your AirPods‘ battery percentage? Well, if you’re using your iPhone, there are two main ways.

The first is to fling open the AirPods case and hold it next to your phone. Like this: