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It's hard to believe, but less than twenty minutes after I switched on my AirPods 2, there was an ad that I hadn't seen once with my AirPods 1 in the two years before: A red exclamation mark on the right AirPod, if you have the Charge indicator on the iPhone calls.
At first I thought I might not have put the AirPod into the case properly, but even taking it out and putting it back in several times did not help.
A short research in the Apple support forum actually got me on the right track. In one Post there a user describes the same error message:
Exclamation mark in my left airpod
I have these new AirPods i bought it since 1 week it was amazing and work well since yesterday - i don't know what happened - the left one doesn't work !! and I did every steps to make sure it have charge i connect it with cable and charge it.
In short: He also has the display on his left AirPod when he inquires about the charging status of the AirPods. In addition, the left AirPod no longer works.
The assumption is that the charging case cannot establish a correct electrical connection to the individual AirPod. The result is that the affected headphones are no longer charged properly and will eventually stop working because the battery level is too low.
The cause is probably a contamination in the charging case or at the end of the AirPods, so that no electrical connection can be made in the charging case. The electronics then recognize that there are very different charging currents between the left and right AirPod and report the error.
To solve the problem, try these points:
For me, blowing through and wiping the AirPods several times was enough. Not right after blowing, but after I gave up at some point and the AirPods were in the case for about 20 minutes, it suddenly ran again.
The display with the exclamation mark may also be a little delayed in time, so that you have to give the headphones a little time until the charging current is correctly recognized again.
I will keep my fingers crossed that you will get rid of the error and I would be happy if you leave more tips below as a comment.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.