How To Turn Off Airpods Max

If you have recently bought a new pair of Airpods Max, you may already be aware that they have a battery life of up to an impressive 20 hours! 

However, one look at the physical controls can leave you wondering where to start. So, if you’re looking to preserve the battery of your Airpods Max and turn them off, then you’re in the right place! 

How To Turn Off Airpods Max?

Well, before we jump into anything, you should know that this title can be across as slightly misleading. This is due to the fact that the on/off function hasn’t been included in the Apple Airpods Max design. 

Instead, Apple has installed something known as an ‘ultralow power state’. When the conditions are applicable, your headphones will automatically activate in this state. Hence, how does this happen?

Well, there are two main methods that enable this automated power-down feature. One involves the slime Smart Case that your AirPods Max came in.

The second method is to take your headphones off and place them somewhere where they won’t be moved. 

With this in mind, this guide will explore everything you need to know about turning off your AirPod Max. 

Let’s get straight into it! 

How Does Airpods Max Work?

When you place your AirPods Max on your head, they will automatically turn on – or “wake up.”

Similarly, once you remove them from your head and leave them stationary for five minutes, they enter an ‘ultralow power state’.

This allows them to turn on straight away once you play them on your head again. 

With purchase, you’ll receive a slightly not-so-protective case, known as the Smart Case, and its main purpose is to help your headphones preserve even more power. 

For instance, once you place your headphones into the SmartCase, the headphones themselves will enter an even lower power model that disables Find My and Bluetooth

Likewise, even if you don’t keep your headphones in their Smart Case, your AirPods Max will automatically enter this ‘extra’ low power mode when left stationary for 72 hours. 

However, once you get into the three different power modes that come with the Airpods Max – on, low-power, ‘extra’ low-power –, as well as how each mode kicks in, this is where things can become slightly more difficult. 

Therefore, below we have explored everything you need to know about these headphones and how they work when it comes to turning them off. 

Why Can’t You Just Turn Airpods Max Off?

Since your AirPods Max is essentially always on, this means they are able to quickly connect to your device, as well as use Apple’s Find My feature more effectively. 

Therefore unless you’re headphones are constantly dying and you’re finding them to be low on battery, not being able to completely shut down your headphones shouldn’t be an issue. 

Can You Force Lower-Power Without Needing The Case?

You can force lower-power mode without the case, however, you may need to get your hands dirty. By this, we mean you’ll need a pair of magnets. 

During this process, you need to make sure the magnets stay in place. Therefore, if you don’t have a case, you might want to think about making your own. 

How Long Does It Take For Airpods Max’s To Enter Low-Power Mode?

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It only takes five minutes for your AirPod Max to enter low-power mode.

Here, all you have to do is place your headphones on a surface, for instance, a countertop, and they will automatically enter the low-power mode after being left alone for five minutes – this helps to preserve the battery life. 

If you place your AirPods Max into their Smart Case, they will enter this same low-power mode. 

How Long Does It Take For Airpods Max’s To Enter Lower-Power Hibernation Mode?

When kept in the case, this lower-power hibernation mode will activate after 18 hours. When placed stationary out of the case, this takes 72 hours.

This mode helps to further preserve the battery since it turns off Find My and Bluetooth. 

Once you place your headphone back in their Smart Case, after 18 hours, they’ll enter their lowest-power state. 

While it’s not clear exactly how much you’re extending your AirPods Max’s battery life by placing it in the lowest-power mode sooner, it is outlined that the case provides your headphones with an extra 54 hours of hibernation time. 

What Do The Different LED Lights Mean On Airpods Max?

Once you enable the ‘noise-control button’ on the Airpods Max’s, an LED light will appear displaying one of two colors – either amber or green. 

These different lights indicate different things depending on whether you have your headphones plugged into power or not. 

  • When connected to power – On your AirPods Max, if you were to press down the noise-control button and the light changes green, then this means that your headphones are nearly fully charged (in specific, this means they are 95% or higher). On the other hand, if the light is amber, then your headphones hold less than 95% charge. 
  • When not connected to power – Similarly, if you were to press down the noise-control button on your AirPods Max and then the light turns green, in this case, it means that they hold more than 15% charge currently. On the other hand, if the light is glowing amber, then it contains under 15% of charge. Therefore, you might want to think about getting them on charge! 

Final Thoughts

There is no denying Apple’s influence, with new innovations coming out every year, it can sometimes be difficult to stay on top of their new releases. 

One such release is the AirPods Max – the first headphones manufactured by Apple. Since they are a brand new product, there is, of course, some confusion around their functions. 

Hopefully, this guide has informed you on everything you need to know about turning off your Apple AirPods Max. 

Garrett Jones

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