The short answer to your question is yes, it is possible to charge AirPods with another case. The best way to do this is to use an Apple original case. For example, if you borrow it from a friend or buy a spare. Just put the AirPods in it, and they will start charging.
You can also use third-party cases. However, this is a lottery game because they are not Apple-certified, and there is no guarantee that they will not harm your AirPods. So, I would recommend that you use only official cases.
Can you use another Apple charging case with your AirPods?
You can charge your AirPods with other people’s cases. If you lose your case, you can buy one on eBay. And this new case will work with your AirPods model. You can even pair your AirPods with another case. To do this, you need to:
- Put the AirPods in the case.
- Close the lid and wait about 30 seconds.
- Then, press and hold the button on the case for 10-15 seconds until the LED on the case starts flashing.
Done, your AirPods are paired with the new case. Please note that in this case, you will need to reconnect them to your iPhone (or any other device), as the connection is made through the charging case.
Can you use a non-Apple charging case with your AirPods?
Yes, in the market today, you can find many third-party cases that are capable of charging AirPods. Such non-Apple cases attract users who are looking for cheaper options to replace the original case. In addition, such cases are often advertised as a faster way to charge AirPods.
It’s worth noting that Apple does not endorse the use of such third-party cases. While they can charge AirPods, their safety and effectiveness are not guaranteed. If you decide to purchase a third-party case, be sure to make sure they are compatible with your model of AirPods and pay special attention to comments from users of the case.
Are all Apple cases compatible with different AirPods models?
Not all AirPods cases support all models. Since the shape of the AirPods factor changes over time, their charging case also adjusts to the model for which it is made. Here’s how the AirPods cases differ.
- AirPods 1 and 2: These two models are compatible with each other’s cases. So if you have first- or second-generation AirPods, you can use their cases interchangeably without any issues.
- AirPods 3: The third-generation AirPods come with a notably smaller case design. This means that they won’t fit into the cases designed for the first or second-generation AirPods. Similarly, if you try to place AirPods 1 or 2 into the third-generation case, they won’t fit either.
- AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2: These models differ from the regular AirPods. Specifically, AirPods Pro 2 will not fit in the AirPods Pro first-generation case and vice versa.
This also applies to third-party cases. Since all AirPods (except 1st and 2nd generation) have different shapes, you cannot buy a universal charging case that will fit different models.
Is it safe to charge AirPods using external charging cases?
Using third-party charging cases for AirPods might harm your device. Even though they can charge your AirPods, they aren’t certified by Apple, leading to potential issues like slower charging or physical damage. The original Apple AirPods cases offer extra features like reset and “Find My” tracking, which might not be available in third-party cases. These external cases may also cause overheating or other serious incidents. It’s best to use official Apple accessories for optimal safety and performance.
Are there other ways to charge your AirPods?
There are many myths about alternative ways to charge AirPods. Some claim they can be charged directly from a MacBook, while others believe in a “magic” iPhone app that charges AirPods wirelessly. However, these claims are false and have not been verified by Apple or any real-life examples from users.
As of today, the only reliable and approved way to charge AirPods is to use Apple’s charging case. While third-party charging cases are available on the market, they should be approached with caution. Their compatibility, performance, and safety may not meet the standards set for official Apple accessories.