How to tell if the Bluetooth headphones are charged: Here we go again: you were listening to some good music and, at best, your Bluetooth headphones ran out without warning. In fact, you don’t remember when you last recharged them and, for this reason, you can’t really guess how much the battery could be charged at the beginning of listening. In order to prevent this from happening again, you should learn how to tell if the Bluetooth headphones are charged using the smartphone, tablet or computer with which you usually use them or, alternatively, get used to taking a look at the status LEDs of the speakers.
How do you say? Have you already thought about it? Would you really like to follow this path but you just don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry then: I’m here to give you a hand! In the course of this tutorial, in fact, I will show you how to view the battery status of headphones, earphones, speakers and other categories of Bluetooth devices by acting from the settings of the device to which they are connected.
Before going further, however, I believe it is my duty to make a fundamental clarification: in order for the charge level to be successfully controlled from the phone, tablet or computer, the Bluetooth modules of the devices involved must have support for some specific profiles, including L’HFP (or hands-free-profilesufficient to view the information on smartphones and tablets) and the BLE (or Bluetooth Low-Energy), essential for things to go as expected on PC too. For this reason, the steps I am about to show you may not always be conclusive: in any case, it is always worth a try!
How to understand if the Bluetooth headphones are charged from smartphones and tablets
The latest versions of Android And iOS / iPadOS allow you to view, in an extremely simple way, the remaining charge of headphones, speakers, earphones and other Bluetooth devices.
For the detection to be successful, it is essential that the headphones are turned on and already connected to the device: if you have not yet proceeded to carry out the pairing, follow the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on how to connect the wireless headphones to the phone , also valid for tablets.
If you have a device with Android 8 or later, you can easily charge the remaining charge of the Bluetooth headphones connected to the system simply by going to the section dedicated to Bluetooth.
To start, then, tap the button of Settings (the icon ofgear) which resides on the Home screen or in the drawer of the device, then go to the section Connected devices and locate the first name of the Bluetooth headphones you are interested in: you should see the wording in the relevant box Active and the remaining battery charge.
If you own one older version of Android or if, for some reason, the steps I showed you just now don’t work for you, you can easily solve the problem by relying on a third-party app, called BatONwhich can be downloaded for free from Play Store.
After downloading and installing the app, launch it and, if prompted, press the button Allow attached to the warning screen that appears, in order to grant the app access permissions to the Bluetooth location and management functions. This operation is necessary on the most recent versions of Android, as the part relating to GPS services and that connected to Bluetooth services have been incorporated into a single set of “functions”: the application, however, promises not to collect or send data related to the location of the device.
In any case, once the necessary permissions have been agreed, you should see the list of Bluetooth devices paired with the phone / tablet, together with the charge status of those actually connected.
Note: BatON may behave abnormally with Bluetooth headsets consisting of two separate headsets – please be aware of this if you own such a product.
iOS / iPadOS
After establishing the connection between the iPhone / iPad and the headphones, if the headphones support the protocol HFPyou should see a second icon appear next to the phone’s battery indicator, indicating the charge level of the Bluetooth headphones: to be precise, it is a small icon in the shape of a headset with a vertical status bar next to it.
When needed, you can view the exact percentage of the remaining charge of the Bluetooth headphones using the Battery widget iOS / iPadOS, compatible not only with speakers, headphones and earphones, but also with any other Bluetooth device connected to the device.
To activate it, go to the Home screen iOS / iPadOS, make a few swipes to the right to call up the section relating to widgets, scroll the latter down and tap the small button Editwhich is at the bottom of the last widget.
Almost there: locate the widget Batteries in the list that appears on the screen, press the button (+) which is next to it, in order to enable it; to position the widget in the position you most want (eg at the top), “grab it” by making a long tap on the ☰ icon located to the right of his name and drag it where you think it is appropriate. To confirm the changes made, tap on the item end resident in the upper right.
Done! From this moment on, you can find out if the Bluetooth headphones are charged simply by going to the iOS / iPadOS widget screen and taking a look at the box added just now. It was very simple, wasn’t it?
If you have AirPodsFurthermore, you can view the charge status of the latter and their case simply by bringing the case close to the iPhone, while the phone screen is on, and opening it for a few seconds: you will see a box appear with the information of your interest at the bottom to the smartphone display.
How to tell if the Bluetooth headphones are charged from a PC
The latest versions of Windows And macOS have introduced support for the Bluetooth HFP profile: for this reason, if you have a pair of headphones compatible with the same, you can easily view the remaining charge of the latter without installing any additional software.
For everything to go smoothly, the headphones must be turned on and correctly paired with the computer: if you haven’t done this yet, you can fix it by following my guide on how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your PC.
Note: as I explained to you in the opening bars of this guide, in order for the detection of the battery status of the headphones to be successful on Windows and macOS, they must also be compatible with profiles other than HFP, including the BLE profile. For this reason, the set of headphones compatible with this feature may be less extensive than that seen for smartphones and tablets.
To display the remaining charge level of the headphones on Windows 10proceed like this: click the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), then on the button in the shape of agear located on the left sidebar and then go to the section Devices of the window that opened.
Now, click on the entry Bluetooth and other devices located on the left sidebar, locate the first name of the Bluetooth headphones you are interested in and click on it: if everything went well, an indicator placed in the box that appears on the screen should provide you with the information you are interested in. That’s all!
On macOS you can easily view the battery status of Bluetooth devices from System Preferences: access, therefore, to the latter by clicking on the icon in the shape of agear placed on the Dockgo to the section Bluetooth and that’s it: you should see, under the name of the connected headphones, a small indicator containing the remaining charge level of the same.
If you wish, you can get this information even more quickly: put the check mark next to the item Show Bluetooth in the menu barwhich resides at the bottom of the screen seen above, then click the Stylized “B” which should appear in the Mac menu bar and select the first name Bluetooth headphones connected to the computer. The information you are looking for resides in the sub-menu that appears immediately after.
Alternatively, you could view the charge status of the Bluetooth headphones connected to the Mac by clicking on thespeaker present in the menu bar, top right, next to the system clock. If you don’t see the icon in question, go to System Preferences> Sound and check the box Show volume in the menu bar.
How to tell if the Bluetooth headphones are charged via LED
If you failed to find out if the Bluetooth headphones are charged with none of the above methods, you can attempt to obtain this information by looking at the headphones themselves, the case or the charging base (if you have a pair of Bluetooth headsets, for example).
For example, if your speakers have LED indicators, you can view their status by taking a look at them: the fewer lights on, the lower the battery level. Usually, headphones equipped with only one LED are able to signal only when the battery is about to run down: in this case, the intermittent light will illuminate Red.