An iOS 14 feature that was announced ever since the WWDC 2020 keynote, but did not make it in the public release of iOS 14 is the Optimized Battery Charging option for AirPods. The release is included in the iOS 14.2 change log, published, yesterday on our website after the roll out of the iOS 14.2 Golden Master version.
Optimized Battery Charing for AirPods will be enabled by default, after you update your iPhone to iOS 14. This new feature has its own turn On/Off toggle in the iOS 14 Settings app.
How To Disable AirPods Optimized Battery Charging
- 1. Open the Settings app on your device running iOS 14.2 (or later).
- 2. Tap on Bluetooth.
- 3. In the My Devices section, tap the blue ‘i’ icon, found next to the ‘Connected’ label, displayed of your AirPods.
- 4. Use the toggle, to disable Optimized Battery Charging. The setting is found right above the About section.
Fact: Not finding your AirPods in the list? In iOS 14 you can rename Bluetooth devices. Your AirPods might not be labeled as AirPods anymore, if changed their name in the past.
Optimized Battery Charging On AirPods Connection Screen
In iOS 14.2 the AirPods connection screen for iPhone has been redesigned. When enabled, the Optimized Battery Charging feature is displayed, below the remaining battery percentage.
There’s also a ‘Turn off until tomorrow’ option available at the bottom of the AirPods panel. Tap it and you will temporary disable the feature.
Why No Optimized Battery Charging for AirPods?
This new feature allows your iPhone and AirPods to understand your daily charging routine and the AirPods will complete the charging cycle from 80% – 100% right before you need them. The aim is to reduce the strain on the battery and reduces battery aging.
However, what if you don’t have a predictable charging routine? Can you end up picking up your AirPods only with 80% battery strength? Yes, this is very likely. Unlike the iPhone or the Apple Watch, many users charge their AirPods randomly. That’s why the optimized charging feature might do more harm than good. What’s your feedback about it?
Apple promotes the Optimized Battery Charging feature across most of its devices including iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac. Do you plan to use the feature for your AirPods? Let us know, using the comments section available below.
Related: Apple aknowledged the AirPods Pro crackling sound and Active Noise Cancellation problems and has issued a free service program for all units manufactured until October 2020!