AirPods Flashing Green: Why and How to Fix It?

Ali Abdaal

So, you've bought yourself the sleek and stylish new AirPods, but there is a problem, the AirPod case is flashing green. What does that mean, and how can you fix it? Don't worry; this article will explain exactly what to do to get your AirPods working in no time.

Welcome to the world of AirPods — Apple's wireless earbuds that have changed how we listen to music and access audio. Like many other electronic devices, AirPods employs LED lights to convey important information. If it is your first time using AirPods, you need to understand the different LED colors to understand the status of your AirPods.

The colors can vary, ranging from white and green to various other hues. Most colors often indicate a minor problem (even red), but green seems to be causing a lot of confusion. What does the green flashing mean? And how can you fix it? In this article, we will discuss the possible causes behind the green flashing lights on AirPods and offer straightforward solutions to resolve the problem.

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Why The AirPod Case Flashes Green?

Several factors can lead to the AirPod case flashing green. They include:

1. AirPod case not recognizing the AirPods: If after placing the AirPods inside the case, the case does not recognize the AirPods, the case will flash green to indicate this to the user. This can be caused by:

2. Outdated Firmware: Outdated software on the AirPods could potentially be the cause of specific issues. To address and resolve any identified problems, updates to the AirPods' firmware are regularly released. We recommend checking the firmware version of your AirPods and confirming that it is the latest version.

3. Damaged AirPods: Damage to one or both of your AirPods can give rise to various issues, including difficulties with charging and pairing. In either case, the  AirPod case will flash green to indicate potential damage or an underlying problem.


AirPods are designed to be moisture-resistant, capable of withstanding perspiration and light exposure to water. However, it's important to note that they are not waterproof. Submerging your AirPods in water can result in issues and potential damage.

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Possible Solutions to Fix the Green Flashing Light

Depending on the underlying issue, some solutions exist to fix the green flashing light. Let's go through some of the common solutions.

Upgrade Your Firmware

Your AirPods receive firmware updates automatically when charging and within Bluetooth range of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, which should be connected to Wi-Fi. Follow these steps to check the firmware version of your AirPods (You can use any Apple device to check the firmware version of your AirPods). If you are using your iPhone or iPad, follow the steps below (Make sure the device you are using is running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS):

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Apple device.

Step 2: Tap on "Bluetooth" to access the Bluetooth settings.

Step 3: Locate the name of your AirPods in the list of available devices and tap the "Info" button next to it.

Step 4: Scroll down to the "About" section. Step 5: Find the firmware version of your AirPods in the "About" section.

If you are using your Macbook or iMac, follow the steps below (Make sure you are running the latest version of macOS)

Step 1: Press and hold the Option key on your Mac while selecting the Apple menu. Click on "System Information."

Step 2: In the System Information window, click on "Bluetooth" to access Bluetooth settings.

Step 3: Look for your AirPods in the list of devices and locate the firmware version information.

Step 4: If you are using macOS Ventura, you can alternatively select the Apple menu and choose "System Settings." Then, click on "Bluetooth" and find the Info button next to the name of your AirPods. Click on it to view the firmware version.


If you cannot access an Apple device nearby, you can schedule an appointment at an Apple Store or with an Apple Authorized Service Provider to update your firmware.

Recharge both your case and your AirPods.

The AirPod case will only detect the AirPod case if they have some charge. The case will not detect the AirPods if they are undercharged or dead. So if you have any detection issues with your AirPods, the easiest solution is to recharge both your case and your AirPods. You have the option to check the battery level of your AirPods using any Apple device. If you are using an iPhone or an iPad, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Navigate to the Home Screen of your iPhone.

Step 2: Place your AirPods inside the charging case, then open the lid and hold it close to your iPhone.

Step 3: An animated setup prompt will appear on your iPhone screen

Step 4: Tap on the "Connect" option to establish a connection between your iPhone and AirPods

Step 5: Once connected, you can view the battery percentage of your AirPods and the charging case.

If you are using a Macbook or an iMac, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open the Apple menu on your Mac and select "System Settings."

Step 2: Click on "" Verify that Bluetooth is turned on.

Step 3: Place both AirPods inside the charging case and ensure the lid is open.

Step 4: Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes white.

Step 5: In the list of devices, locate and select your AirPods, then click on ""

Step 6: Once connected, you will be able to view the battery percentage of both your AirPods and the AirPod case.

Contact Apple Support

If the above solutions don't work, you should contact Apple Support for further assistance. You can contact Apple Support online by logging in to your Apple account and submitting your query.

For technical support within the United States, you can reach out to the Apple customer care hotline at (800) APL–CARE (800–275–2273). International customers can visit the official Apple website and access the worldwide customer support numbers to connect with the respective regional customer care service.

Bottom Line

Now you know why your AirPods are flashing green: either there’s a battery-level issue, or the firmware needs to be updated. If you have an Apple device, you can use it to look at the battery level of your AirPods and AirPod case. You can also use it to look at and update the firmware version. It is advisable to avoid excessive tinkering with your AirPods in an attempt to fix them, as this may potentially cause additional damage. If our recommended solutions do not resolve the issue, we recommend reaching out to Apple Support for further assistance.

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