Google Pixel Buds charging and status lights

Your Google Pixel Buds will last up to 5 hours of listening time and up to 2.5 hours of talk time before you have to place them in the Google Pixel Buds wireless charging case to recharge. When the charging case is fully charged, it stores multiple charges for your earbuds so you can have up to 24 hours of listening time and up to 12 hours of talk time.1

How to charge your earbuds | Google Pixel Buds

How to charge your Pixel Buds

The Pixel Buds charging case contains a battery and your earbuds can charge inside without the charging case itself being attached to a power source at that moment.

  1. Match the L and R indicators of the earbuds to the charging case magnetized pods and insert the earbuds.
  2. Rotate your earbuds until the magnet secures them in place. The status light should blink quickly off and on for each earbud.

An orange light at the top between the earbuds will appear while the lid is open, indicating that one or both your earbuds are charging. Pixel Buds can charge with the charging case lid open or closed.

How to charge your Pixel Buds charging case

To charge your Pixel Buds charging case, plug the charging case into a power source using the included USB-C® to USB-A cable. The USB port is located on the bottom of the charging case. The case also has a wireless charging back and is Qi Certified. An orange light will appear at the bottom of the case near the USB port, indicating that your Pixel Buds case is charging. The case can charge with the lid open or closed.

Check your battery power (Android only)

You can check the battery levels of your Pixel Buds and charging case in different ways: 

Google Pixel Buds app 

  1. Ensure Bluetooth® is turned on and your Pixel Buds are connected to your device.
    • Pixel: Go to your Bluetooth menu and tap the Settings icon by your Pixel Buds name
    • Other Android devices: Look for the Google Pixel Buds app in your app drawer
  2. Your Pixel Buds battery levels for each earbud will be displayed on the main screen. 

Notification

  1. Open your charging case with both buds inside next to a paired Android 6.0+ phone. Fast Pair and Location Reporting must be turned on.
  2. Your phone will display a notification with the battery levels of your Pixel Buds.

What do the lights on your Pixel Buds charging case mean?

The Pixel Buds charging case has two lights, one inside the case between the earbuds and one on the front of the case near the USB port:

  • Inside light: Shows pairing and battery status for your earbuds
  • Outside light: Shows battery status for your charging case
 

Pixel Buds charging case status lights 

Earbuds status light (inside light): To quickly check the battery level of your Pixel Buds when they’re in the charging case, open the case lid. If they are fully charged, the earbuds status light inside the case will be solid white. If either earbud is charging, that status light will be solid orange.

Solid white

Pixel Buds are fully charged.

Solid orange

One or both earbuds are charging.

Bouncing white

Pixel Buds is in pairing mode. Pairing mode will begin automatically if you press and hold the pairing button for 3s during the setup process.

Switching white/orange

Pixel Buds are trying to pair but one of them is not properly seated in the charging case. Try closing the lid and re-opening to re-align the buds.

Blinking orange

Pixel Buds still have charge left but the charging case does not.

 

Case status light (outside light): The light located outside the case near the USB port will indicate battery levels of the Pixel Buds charging case itself when plugged in or when the lid is open. If there is no light, there is not enough battery to charge the earbuds. 

Solid white 

Pixel Buds charging case battery is full, or able to charge earbuds for at least one full charge.

Blinking orange

Pixel Buds charging case battery is less than 20% (less than one full charge left for the earbuds).

Solid orange

Pixel Buds charging case battery is charging. 

Troubleshooting charging problems

  1. Clean the charging contacts on the earbuds and within the case. See more.
  2. If they have not successfully retained a charge, try a factory reset.
  3. For wireless charging: Try realigning the case on the charging surface. 
 

Pixel Buds (Gen 1)

Charging your Google Pixel Buds is a quick and easy process when you follow these simple steps.

Charge safely. Before charging, please be sure you read and follow the safety information about charging Google Pixel Buds here or in the "Be Safe" guide included with your Google Pixel Buds.

How to charge your Google Pixel Buds

Match the L & R indicators of the Pixel Buds to the charging case magnetized pockets.

Once they're in, press down to make sure the charging pins are firmly in place. After placing your earbuds in their pockets, secure the cord by wrapping it around the rim of the charging case so you can carry Pixel Buds while they are charging.

A green LED light will appear, indicating that your Pixel Buds are charging.

The charging case must be closed in order for your Pixel Buds to charge properly.

How to charge your Google Pixel Buds case

Plug your charging case into a power source using the included USB-C™ to USB-A cable.

The Pixel Buds charging case takes 1.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100% battery life.

When should I charge my Pixel Buds?

The Google Pixel Buds provide up to five hours of listening time with a single charge. When you're getting close to five hours of usage, place your Pixel Buds into your charging case to recharge. When the charging case is fully charged, it stores multiple charges for your Pixel Buds so you can have up to 24 hours of listening time.

To help remind you of when you should charge your Google Pixel Buds, the buds will alert you with a low battery chime at 25%, 10%, 5%, and just before they completely run out of power.

Google Pixel Buds battery performance statistics are approximate and are based on listening time, audio control, and other factors. Actual results may vary. Case must be sufficiently charged. Testing conducted September 2017 on pre-production Pixel Buds connected to a pre-production Pixel 2 phone. Total listening times are approximate and are measured using fully charged Google Pixel Buds and a fully charged case for the first Google Pixel Buds re-charge cycle. Actual results may vary. Google Pixel Buds battery testing conducted in September 2017 on pre-production Pixel Buds connected to a pre-production Pixel 2 phone.

How to check the battery level of your Pixel Buds

Bluetooth settings (Requires a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phone)

Headphones settings in Google Assistant

  1. Press and hold the center button on your phone to invoke your Google Assistant
  2. Tap on Headphones Settings
  3. Your device settings will also display the Pixel Buds battery level

Pixel Buds in the charging case

  1. To quickly check the battery level of your Pixel Buds when they're in the charging case, press the case button or open the lid of the charging case.
    Button located above right Pixel Bud in charging case
  2. If you see green LED, that means your Pixel Buds are good to go. If you see an amber LED, that means the battery in your Pixel Buds is critically low.
One solid green LED The Pixel Buds battery is fully charged
One pulsing green LED The Pixel Buds are charging
One pulsing amber LED The Pixel Buds battery is critically low

How to check the battery level of your charging case

  1. If your charging case is empty, the white LED lights show the battery level of the case itself.
  2. If your Pixel Buds are in the charging case, you can press the case button to toggle between your Pixel Buds' battery and the battery in the charging case.
Three solid white LEDs The case battery is at 75% or higher
Two solid white LEDs The case battery is between 50-75%
One solid white LED The case battery is between 25-50%
One solid amber LED The case battery is critically low

 

1Approximate battery life based on music playback and talk, with other features disabled. Charging times are approximate. Use of other features will decrease battery life. Testing conducted on pre-production hardware and software. Battery life depends on device, features enabled, usage, environment and many other factors. Actual results may vary. 

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