AirPods not charging or charging slow after 4E71 update? You're not alone

Like other Apple products, AirPods often receive updates with tweaks and improvements to enhance the user experience.

Apple started the rollout of the 4E71 update for its AirPods and AirPods Pro over a week ago. However, it seems that it brought some problems.

We recently covered the multiple reports related to connectivity issues on AirPods Pro after the 4E71 update.

Now, in the last few days there have been many reports about charging issues on both AirPods and AirPods Pro after the update (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

AirPods and AirPods Pro charging issues after 4E71 update

There are a couple of charging issues at play here. Let’s take a look at each of them separately.

AirPods not charging

While there have been reports of AirPods charging issues before, these have intensified after the update.

According to multiple reports, one or both AirPods stopped charging in the past few days (1, 2, 3).


Right AirPods isn’t charging

I have AirPods Pro’s and sometimes my right AirPods wont charge, it has sat in the case all day and my iPad still says that is dead, any ideas? My left one works perfectly fine. Also no damage that i know of has been done to cause such an issue.

Airpods won’t charge

so basically my airpods won’t charge, now i’ve used compressed air, and tried to look into the port to see debris but there is none i can see. When i plug it in the light changes from green to orange but on phone says not charging so anyone know what that’s about 😀

AirPods slow charging or stuck while charging

In some cases, the issue causes AirPods to charge at a very slow rate. It can also pause the charging at a certain percentage and never reach 100%.

My AirPods Pro are showing that they are charging, but have been plugged in for 5 hours and have only gone up 10%. I tried resetting them and nothing happened. Any possible solutions would be greatly appreciated.

AirPods pro not charging past 80%

It’s happened twice now I think, I throw my AirPods Pro on my wireless charger and the next day the case is at 100% with both AirPods showing 80%. What’s going on! This has never been an issue before, and they weren’t even completely drained (not the case nor the AirPods themselves).

Air pods pro

My air pod pro case is being weird, it doesn’t blink when I press the button on the back and no lights come on. I then connect to a charger and it says it’s fully charged but the actual AirPods aren’t charged.

Some users even experience charging issues along with connectivity issues

The first problems related to the new AirPods 4E71 update were related to connectivity. However, some users are experiencing both charging and connectivity issues at the same time.


There is still no official acknowledgment of the issue from Apple. We will update this story as events unfold.

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