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(9 Fixes) Beats Headphones Not Charging [Updated 2023]

Beats Headphones Not Charging

Ever since wireless headphones have become the norm…

Your go-to has been Beats.

With their solid reputation, you were sure they were flawless.

That’s until, out of the blue, your pair stopped charging.

But don’t worry.

Now that you’re here, we can solve this issue together.

Keep reading to discover:

  • Why extreme temperatures prevent your Beats device from charging.
  • 9 surefire ways to fix the charging problems of your Beats headphones.
  • The safest way to replace your Beats battery to resolve your charging issue.
  • And so much more…

Why are my Beats headphones not charging?

Your Beats headphones aren’t charging because of internal glitches and errors. Another possible reason for this is dust accumulation or water damage. Extreme temperatures may also prevent your headphones from charging. Lastly, it could be that the charging cable or batteries need changing.

Beats headphones not charging: 9 fixes

#1: Reset your Beats headphones

There’s a chance that your Beats headphones aren’t charging because of internal glitches.

The fix for this? A factory reset.

And here’s the thing:

I usually hesitate to recommend a factory reset. After all, it’s a process that deletes all your device’s data.

However, for Beats headphones? 

This data is no more than a list of connected devices…

Which makes it easier to recover later.

So, enough foreplay. These are the instructions on how to reset all Beats headphones:

Reset Beats Fit Pro, Beats Studio Buds, and Powerbeats Pro

  1. Return your Beats headphones to their charging case, but don’t close the lid.
  2. Long press the System button, which should be in the middle.
  3. Release after 15 seconds or when the LED light flashes white and red.

Reset Powerbeats 2

  1. Long press the Volume Down and System buttons simultaneously.
  2. Release after 10 seconds or once your LED light flashes.

Reset Beats Flex, BeatsX, Powerbeats, and Powerbeats 3

  1. Long press the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously.
  2. Release once your LED light flashes.
Update Your Beats Headphones

#2: Update your Beats headphones

You can also solve this problem by updating the firmware of your Beats headphones. 

And if you’re unfamiliar with firmware, think of it this way:

It’s the software responsible for controlling the hardware on your device. 

Thus, when it’s outdated, it can often result in errors with your device.

So, to update your Beats, you’ll need a smartphone connected to your headphones. 

Once you’ve secured 1, follow these instructions:

Update with iOS devices

  1. Open the Settings menu of your phone.
  2. Go to Bluetooth.
  3. Select your Beats headphones from the list of available devices.
  4. Place your phone next to the Beats headphones.
  5. Don’t do anything for 30 minutes.
  6. Check if your firmware is now updated.

Update with Android devices

  1. Install and open the Beats app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down to the Firmware section.
  3. Place your phone next to the Beats headphones.
  4. Don’t do anything for 30 minutes.
  5. Check if your firmware is now updated.

#3: Ensure that you’re using a powered port

I’ve got a question for you:

Where are you charging your Beats device?

If your answer is directly in the outlet, you can skip this step.

However, if you’re using a USB port to charge your Beats, then there’s 1 thing you must do:

Check if you’re using a powered port

Fortunately, this is an easy process on your Windows PC. You just need to follow these directions:

  1. Press the Search bar at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Type and enter “Device Manager.”
  3. Open the Device Manager app.
  4. Expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers option.
  5. Choose any USB port.
  6. Right-click your choice and select Properties.
  7. Pick Power Data.
  8. Go to the Details tab.

Now, under Current Power State, you’ll see the following:

  • D0: Unpowered.
  • D1: Low power output.
  • D2: Medium power output.
  • D3: Very high power output.

#4: Remove stuck water

Another possible reason your Beats aren’t charging is moisture damage. More so if there’s still stuck water inside your Beats headphones.

Thankfully, I know a way to dispose of this liquid easily:


However, not all sounds will do. You’ll need something with a lot of bass, which produces heavy vibrations, to dislodge water.

Now, for some good news:

You won’t need to look for anything. Instead, you just need Apple’s Siri Shortcuts, which are, luckily, available on iOS and Android.

So, to expel water, just grab a smartphone connected to your Beats headset and follow these steps:

  1. Open the Siri Shortcuts app.
  2. Remove the tips or ear cups of your Beats headphones. 
  3. Cover all openings on your Beats device except for the main 1.
  4. Tap Water Eject on your Shortcuts app.
  5. Remove the ejected water using a dry microfiber cloth.
  6. Repeat these steps until your device can’t expel more water.

#5: Move to somewhere with room temperature

It’s time to talk about your hardware.

Just a little warning: This bit is a little technical. However, I’ll do my best to make this as simple as possible.

Your Beats device uses a battery called Lithium-ion (Li-ion). In fact, a lot more devices are starting to use Li-ion batteries because they’re:

  • Lightweight.
  • More eco-friendly.
  • Capable of more charging cycles than other batteries.

Now, for the technical part:

Li-ion batteries self-discharge during storage. And the rate at which it discharges accelerates under extreme temperatures.

How fast?

The discharge rate doubles every 10°C increase.

Not only that, but extreme temperatures can also prevent Li-ion batteries from charging.

So, the question is:

“At which temperature should you charge your Beats?”

Ensure that you’re somewhere between 5°C and 20°C before trying to charge your headphones.

You may also be interested in: 11 Reasons Why Beats Headphones Are So Expensive

#6: Clean your charging port

Since your Beats is electronic, it emits an electric charge.

You see, dust particles tend to stick with charged objects.

And for your headphones, most of those nest inside your charging port.

Now, any form of dirt can prevent power from reaching your headphones. This means dust particles are often enough to stop your Beats device from charging.

Fortunately, cleaning the charging port of your Beats is easy. For this, you’ll need:

Once you got those, you can now clean your charging port with these steps:

  1. Drain your headphones of all charges.
  2. Use the toothpick to remove the outside dust.
  3. Lightly spray compressed air inside your port to dislodge the other dust.
  4. Dab 1 side of your cloth with the alcohol.
  5. Brush the inside of your port with the cloth wrapped around a piece of toothpick.
  6. Use the dry side of your cloth to remove the dislodged dust.
  7. Repeat these steps until you’re satisfied.

#7: Change your charging cable

What if the problem isn’t your headphones but what you charge them with?

In this case, the good news is that you can easily replace your cable. After all, most Beats headphones only use a regular Type-C cable.

Now, the only problem is:

Which cable should you buy for your headphones?

Here’s what I recommend:

#8: Replace your battery

The last thing you can personally try is to change the batteries of your Beats device.

But this comes with a little bit of an asterisk:

Beats, as a company, has been bought by Apple…

And NPR says that if there’s 1 thing that Apple frowns upon, it’s self-repair.

This fact is relevant because of this:

Apple doesn’t have new parts readily available on their website.

However, you can still get them using 3rd party sellers on sites like Amazon or eBay.

Now, once you’ve secured new batteries, here’s how you can change the batteries of your Beats:

  1. Remove the side of your headphones with a prying blade.
  2. Loosen the cover.
  3. Unplug the battery from its port.
  4. Dislodge the battery upwards.
  5. Insert the new battery into the port.

Along with these instructions, you’ll also need a visual demonstration.

And, for that, I strongly recommend this video:

#9: Get in touch with Apple

For all your support needs, you can contact Apple using this website.

From there, you can request the following services:

  • Talk online with an expert.
  • A visit from an Apple personnel.
  • Send your Beats headphones for repair through mail service.

Alternatively, you can also use this page to look for an Apple support center near you.