You probably never looked back when you got a pair of Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds and thought, “What the heck do I care about those old Airpods?” and threw ’em out.
Truth be told, Powerbeats Pro is known for producing way better sound while providing a snug, secure fit around your ears.
You get much more flexibility with Apple’s H1 chip than with Airpods.
They’re not infallible, though.
You can see complaints on Apple’s user forums about the Powerbeats Pro earbuds dying faster than others.
There are a lot of people complaining about this, so you’re not alone.
Why does one of my Powerbeats Pro die so quickly?
There have been reports that the right earbud drains faster than the left one, but others say the left one drains faster. Until you find out what’s wrong, try resetting your earbuds, updating your firmware, turning off automatic ear detection, and cleaning the buds and case.
My Powerbeats Pros have the same issue, so I came up with a few troubleshooting methods that may be helpful.
Because you just spent $199 on a set of wireless earbuds, I know how frustrating this can be.
You made a smart buy, truth be told. I usually love Powerbeats wireless earbuds.
There’s IPX4 protection so sweat and rain won’t damage them, and the bass, midrange, and highs are all pretty good.
For those living an active, on-the-go lifestyle, these earbuds are perfect.
That lifestyle isn’t as fun when they stop working.
What makes Powerbeats Pro so special?
Powerbeats earbuds are known for their tight bass and uplifting highs, creating an energizing sound.
Since the earbuds fit snugly around even smaller ears like mine, you can easily wear them while working out. The earbuds remain comfortable and secure even during a vigorous workout.
Why does my Powerbeats Pro keep losing charge?
What could be causing the fast draining of your Beats battery? “How about that?” “How about that?” Powerbeats earbuds are great little gadgets, but they may lose their charge at times.
You could experience interference from any connected devices you have paired with your phone.
How long will Powerbeats Pro last? If you have the charging case, Apple claims you can go without recharging for more than 24 hours on a single charge.
A pair of buds should last about nine hours without a case.
When you charge your Beats for about 5 minutes, Fast Fuel lets you listen to music for up to 1.5 hours.
If you don’t use your Beats while they’re in the case, they’ll last longer.
How to Fix a Draining or Non-Working Beat
The question “Why isn’t my left Powerbeat working?” is something I see a lot in Apple forums.
You might want to try a few of my workarounds.
It took me a few tries to get rid of them, but resetting my Beats worked for me.
To get things moving again, you might need to try different troubleshooting methods.
We’ve got some tips for keeping your Beats balanced and lasting as long as possible.
Forget and turn off previously paired Bluetooth devices
The first step is to disconnect and “forget” the Beats you have paired on any device.
When you connect your Beats to a different device, this previously paired device might be trying to maintain a connection.
Reset Your Beats
Next, you’ll have to reset your Beats. It seems to work for a lot of people, including me.
This is how you do it:
- Make sure your earbuds are in their case.
- Open it up.
- You need to watch the LED light flashing red and white when you press and hold the system button for 15 seconds.
- Release the button.
- When the case is reset, it will continue to flash white.
- The Powerbeats can now be paired with the intended device.
If it doesn’t work, continue to the next step.
Update the Firmware
Update the Beats’ firmware if you need to.
The firmware should automatically update if you’re paired with an Apple device.
You’ll have to manually update the firmware if there is a delay.
If you’re using an iOS device, you’ll need to:
- Connect your Beats to your device.
- Click Settings > General > About.
- Scroll down to your Beats Pro and select it.
- It’ll tell you your firmware version. Check if everything is up-to-date.
You’ll need the Beats app for Android from Google Play to get Beats on your Android phone.
You’ll need the Beats Updater App if you’re on a PC or Mac. Here’s what you have to do:
- Download the Beats Updater App.
- Follow the prompts on the screen.
- Connect your device’s charging case with a lighting cable.
- If your device is not yet updated to the latest firmware version, you can manually update it.
Turn Automatic Ear Detection Off
Automatic Ear Detection is a handy feature since it can pause/play your music when it detects you putting in or removing an earbud.
But it can also cause one earbud to drain faster than the other.
You can turn this feature off if you want.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings app on your phone.
- Bluetooth should be selected.
- To access your Beats, click the I symbol next to where they are mentioned.
- Toggle ‘off’ for automated ear detection.
Clean Your Beats and the Case
It’s critical to keep your Beats and their case clean in order to extend their life.
Dirt in the earphones or the cover might prevent the earbuds from charging correctly.
Sweat seeping inside the buds might cause charging and pairing issues as well.
Before placing your earphones back in the case, make sure they’re completely clean and dry.
Here are some options:
- Remove your Beats headphones from the casing.
- Using a cotton swab gently wet with warm water, clean the charging contacts.
- Clean the case’s charging pins using a lint-free cloth soaked with warm water.
- Scrub the remainder of the earphones and case carefully with a dry, lint-free cloth.
A Few Other Workarounds to Try
There are a few additional possibilities.
Some others have had success simply by pushing down on the non-charging earphone while in the case.
Before recharging the earphones, some people let the battery entirely deplete.
A few customers have reported that shifting the main screen on their iOS-powered smartphone to the right, which displays the individual battery levels of the Beats, has solved the issue.
Simply open the charging case after that.
While they’re in the case, a ‘lightning bolt’ indicator should appear to indicate that both buds are charging.
When they’re operating correctly, Powerbeats are great wireless earphones.
The music quality is good, and the earbuds are comfortable to wear around the ears.
However, if one bud begins to drain quicker than the other, you will get confused and irritated.
Try some of the above-mentioned workarounds.
Whether everything else fails, contact Apple’s customer service to see if a repair or replacement may be arranged via AppleCare/AppleCare+.