Can I use someone else's AirPod case? We've all thought about it at some point.
We all wondered what would happen if we used a different case for our AirPods. Really, what's the worst that can happen?
Maybe you've even tried it before. A little experimentation can't hurt, right?
We're not all that brave, especially our AirPods. If you're curious but too cautious to try, we've got you covered.
In this article, we'll answer your question about whether you can use someone else's AirPod case. We'll tell you which cases work and which don't.
These answers may help if you end up without an AirPod case.
Can I charge my AirPods without someone else?
If you don't have an AirPods case, you might be wondering if AirPod cases are interchangeable.
The answer depends on the AirPods model and case. In some cases, yes, you can charge your AirPods in different situations.
The battery in the AirPod case isn't meant to last forever. If the case stops working, you will need a long-term solution.
Of course, you may not have the funds to get a brand new case right away.
Do you need an AirPod case to connect to your device? Not if AirPods are already paired with said device.
If they are not already paired, then yes you need a case for the initial connection. Otherwise, just find your AirPods in your device's Bluetooth menu.
What happens when AirPods run out of battery? AirPods can only be charged with the charging case.
So, do AirPods need a case? If the case fails, you'll have a hard time charging your AirPods.
If that happens, you might wonder how long you can go on without it.
AirPods last 4 to 6 hours on a single charge. If you use it sparingly and can get new cases quickly, this isn't a big deal.
If you're considering using a friend's phone case or buying a used phone, there are a few things to keep in mind. Compatibility will be the main factor.
Which cases are compatible (or not) with each other?
To charge AirPods in different situations, they need to be compatible with each other.
For example, let's say a friend has an AirPods Pro and you do too. If your case breaks, you can use a friend's case to charge your AirPods Pro.
This is because their AirPods and case are the same as your model. But are their different models also compatible?
1st and 2nd Generation AirPod Cases
Let's consider the first generation AirPods. Can Gen 1 AirPods charge in a Gen 2 case? Yes, they can and vice versa. The boxes are the same size.
How to tell the difference between AirPods 1 and 2 cases? The Gen 2 wired case is almost identical to the Gen 1 case. The only visible difference is the serial number.
So what makes Gen 2 even better? Second-generation AirPods have better sound and faster connections.
There are other benefits as well. When the Gen 2 was released, the wireless charging case was its companion. Gen 2 AirPods can be purchased with a wired case or a wireless case.
Now, the wireless case also looks very similar to the original wired case. However, it has a status light on the outside.
This is the only noticeable difference between Gen 2 wireless and Gen 1 wired chassis.
The wireless case even has a Lightning charging port for wired charging. This is the perfect upgrade to your AirPod 1 case.
This is why the 1st generation and 2nd generation cases are interchangeable. Unfortunately, other AirPod cases are not.
AirPod Sleeves vs AirPod Pro Sleeves
If we compare AirPod pro case with AirPod case, they are not interchangeable. AirPods Pro are only compatible with another case of the same model.
These cases are different sizes because AirPods are different. AirPods Pro have shorter stems and thicker earpieces.
The AirPods Pro case is wider and thicker. Because the case needs to be closed to charge, AirPods cannot be used in the AirPods Pro case.
The AirPods Pro are also too short to reach the connection points inside the AirPods case.
The connection points on the AirPods need to touch the points inside the case. If they don't, the AirPods won't charge because there's no connection.
How to charge your AirPods without someone else
As we said, there are different situations to charge your AirPods. As long as the case is compatible with your AirPods, you should be fine.
Yes, AirPods can only be charged through the charging case. But there is no problem with multiple cases. Of course, most of us can't even afford two cases, but we can dream.
When using different cases, you need to connect to it first. Fortunately, connecting the case is quick and easy.
After connecting the case and AirPods, you can charge your AirPods.
Steps to connect AirPods to different cases
Make sure the case is compatible with your AirPods. Remember that Gen 1 and Gen 2 cases are interchangeable, but not for AirPod Pro.
Put your AirPods in a compatible case. There should be a magnetic click when you insert the AirPods.
Close the lid and wait 30 seconds.
Open the lid and wait for the light to flash amber (orange).
Find the settings button on the back of the case. Press and hold it until the light flashes white.
Unlock the phone and a pop-up animation will appear on the screen.
Click "Connect" and that's it! The case is now connected to your AirPods and you can charge them.
Steps to disconnect your AirPods from the temporary case
If you borrow a friend's case, you'll need to disconnect your AirPods again.
Put the AirPods in the case and close the lid.
Wait 30 seconds, then open the lid, leaving the AirPods inside.
Find AirPods in your device's Bluetooth settings.
Click the info icon and a menu should appear. Click "Forget this device".
Press and hold the button on the back of the case.
Release the button when the light flashes amber.
The reset is complete and you can now remove your AirPods.
Use a fake AirPods case
If you're considering a fake AirPods case, don't do it.
Yes, AirPods can be charged in a fake case, but it can damage the AirPods. Wondering what's the difference between a real AirPod case and a fake?
The real case has built-in charge fault protection. This means that charging will be slower when the AirPods are nearly full. Once the AirPods reach 100%, the current stops completely.
This prevents overcharging and damaging the AirPods' battery. A fake case does not have this failsafe.
What's more, the fake case doesn't allow you to connect to your device.
The biggest indicator of a fake AirPods case is the color. All AirPods and their casings are white. with no exceptions.
Yes, some users do have other color cases. But these are most likely AirPod cases. These are cases that fit the original AirPod case.
These covers are suitable for wired and wireless charging. They're a fun way to accessory that you can match with your custom phone case.
Another less obvious difference is size. Fake cases are usually larger than real AirPod cases. Like the fake AirPods, their shell materials are cheaper.
Can I use someone else's AirPod case?
Yes, you can use different cases for your AirPods, where appropriate. If the case is the same model as your AirPods, you should be fine.
This means that if you have an AirPod Pro, you can use someone else's AirPod Pro case. However, you can't use your AirPods in the AirPods Pro case. Just the size is different.
Gen 1 and Gen 2 cases are interchangeable under the same rules. Gen 1 AirPods will work in Gen 2 cases and vice versa.
Gen 1 AirPods can even be used in Gen 2 wireless cases.
Be careful when using fake cases for your AirPods. The fake case has no failsafe and could overcharge your AirPods.
If you're tired of white AirPod cases, don't buy a fake case just because of the color change.
AirPod cases are available in a variety of designs and colors. They also make a great fashion statement!