I am a huge Apple products fan and have been for years. When I got my iPhone, I also got the Beats Studio 3 headphones. They worked great and would give me almost a day of playtime when I enabled the ANC feature.
Unfortunately, after months of use, the headphones would not charge anymore. It was disappointing, and I almost tossed them in the trash. However, I checked if it was an isolated issue and realized many users were experiencing the same.
Most suggested solutions did not work, but after hours of research, I found a way of getting them to charge. So, I wrote this article to make it easier for others to charge their headphones and explain why this is a common phenomenon.
- The Beats Studio 3 battery should last approximately twenty-two hours if you have enabled ANC and forty hours if the feature is off.
- Charging the battery for ten minutes will give you three hours of playtime. You can tell the headphones are charging by looking at the fuel gauge on the right earcup just below the power button. The fuel gauge LEDs flash when the headphones are charging.
- It might take some time for the headphones to show they are charging if the battery is completely drained.
- A defective USB cable will also not charge the headphones.
- If the charging port on the headphones is dirty or damaged, you will have charging issues.
- A poorly connected charger will also not charge the headphones.
- Charging the Beats Studio 3 from a USB port on the laptop or TV will charge the headphones slowly or not at all.
- Extreme temperatures can also prevent the headphones from charging.
- A firmware bug can also stop the headphones from charging.
- If the battery or any internal component on the Beats Studio 3 is damaged, the headphones will not charge.
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Why Are My Beats Studio 3 Headphones Not Charging?
Various factors can result in the headphones not charging. You can solve some of the problems that cause the headphones not to charge, while other problems require a professional to take a look.
Most factors that affect the Beats charging are related to the battery or the charging system. They include:
- The battery is too drained even to indicate that it is charging.
- The USB cable you are using could be damaged or of poor quality.
- If the USB cable is poorly connected, it will not transmit power to the Beats.
- Some power sources do not have sufficient power to charge the Beats Studio 3 battery.
- Extreme temperatures (hot or cold) will also affect how the headphone’s battery takes power.
- A dirty/damaged charging port will not charge the headphones.
- A software bug can also stop the headphones from charging properly.
- If the battery is damaged, the headphones will not charge.
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How to Get My Beats Studio 3 Charging?
Whatever the problem is, you can get the headphones charging. If the solutions do not work, you can get a replacement from Apple.
Below are things you can do to get the headphones charging or get a replacement.
Give the Beats Some Time to Charge
Ignoring the low battery warnings and forgetting to charge the headphones is easy. Whenever this happens, the headphone’s battery is completely depleted.
When this happens, the headphones will shut down until they are recharged.
When you try to recharge the Beats in these instances, they might not show they are charging even though they are.
The headphones will indicate they are charging after they have some power. So, should you suspect this is the case, connect the headphones to the charger and leave them for one to two hours.
It is important that you use secondary means to check the battery percentage instead of the fuel gauge. That way, you can easily determine if the fuel gauge LEDs are the ones not showing yet the headphones are charging.
Check the USB Cable
If the Beats are not charging even after leaving them connected to power, the problem could be your USB cable.
Therefore, use a different cable and check if the headphones charge. You can start by checking whether the cable works on a different device.
Another thing you can do is observe the cable for any signs of physical damage, and if there is any, that is a clear indication that the cable could be the problem.
Also, the cable could be low-quality, and those stop working randomly. It would be beneficial for you to try a different cable.
If you determine that the cable is the problem, you can get a replacement from Apple or a credible seller around you.
Ensure the Charger Is Connected Correctly
Apart from the faulty USB cable, you need to connect it properly.
Therefore, disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it. Ensure it firmly fits and does not wiggle around.
If the cable does not fit properly, try a different one. However, if you notice that all cables are wobbling, the problem could be with the headphone’s charging port.
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Restart the Headphones
Some users have reported their headphones started working after restarting them. However, the restart method is slightly different from what you would expect.
Restart helps clear software bugs that might be preventing the headphones from charging.
Here is how to restart the headphones:
- Disconnect the headphones from the charger.
- Forget the headphones on the source device, then press and hold the power button for fifteen to twenty seconds. The gauge LEDs might flash continuously.
- Release the power button once the fuel gauge LEDs turn solid white.
- Ignore the pairing prompt that might appear on your phone screen once the headphones restart.
- You will have to ignore the prompt more than once as it pops up several times.
- Press the Play/Pause button, then charge the headphones.
Use an Alternative Power Source
If the cables are fine, another issue is the power source you intend to charge the headphones with.
This is more likely if you attempted to charge the headphones with a USB port instead of a power outlet.
So, connect the headphones to a power outlet using a charging adapter instead of connecting them to a USB port.
If you already use a charging adapter, change the power outlet since some outlets could be damaged or lack sufficient power.
Removing the surge protector and connecting the Beats directly to the power outlet can also help. That way, you rule out the possibility of a defective surge protector preventing you from charging the headphones.
Relocate the Headphones
The location of the headphones can also affect its charging. That is because the Lithium-ion batteries on the headphones are sensitive to extreme temperatures.
The ideal operating temperature range of the Beats is 0º and 35ºC (32º to 95ºF).
So, if the environment is too cold or hot, the Beats will not charge until the temperature stabilizes.
Users have reported that the headphones stop working when the temperature falls below 0 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, if you suspect that temperature could be the issue, move the headphones to a different location. That is especially true if the headphones are under direct sunlight.
If the surrounding is cold, move them to a warmer environment, and you can even wrap the headphones with a cloth to insulate them from the cold.
Once you have relocated the Beats, let their temperature stabilize before charging them. Do not use conventional means like a microwave, a freezer, or a hair dryer to warm or cool the headphones, as this will cause more damage.
Check the Charging Port on the Headphones
A dirty or damaged charging port could prevent the headphones from charging.
Therefore, observe the port and check for any signs of damage. Ensure all the pins are intact and rust-free.
Also, use a flashlight to check if the port has any debris, or insert the charger and check whether it fits correctly. If the charger does not fit, that is a sign there is a problem with the port.
Use a compressed air can and a soft-bristled brush to remove lint and debris in the port. This is because dirt in the port will prevent the pins on the charger and the port from connecting, thus obstructing charging.
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Factory Reset the Beats Headphones
A system bug can also stop the Beats Studio 3 headphones from charging. These bugs occur randomly and can be a nuisance.
A factory reset can help you clear these bugs and get the headphones working as they should. To reset your Studio 3 headphones, follow these steps:
- Forget the headphones from the Bluetooth settings on any device they have ever been connected to.
- Press and hold the power and volume down buttons for ten seconds until you see the fuel gauge LED flash.
- The power button is on the right earcup near the fuel gauge, while the volume down button is on the left one under the ‘b’ logo.
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Change the Battery on the Beats Studio 3
Should all the solutions above fail, the battery in the headphones may be defective.
If this is the case, the solution is to replace the battery, and hopefully, the headphones will start charging.
However, changing the battery on your own is not advisable, especially if the warranty is still active. That is because DIY repairs will void the warranty and lock you out of the possibility of getting a free replacement from Apple.
If the warranty has expired, you can change the battery, assuming you have basic knowledge about electronics.
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If changing the battery on your own poses a challenge, you should ask Apple or a certified technician.
Contact Apple Support
Apple has a ‘Get an estimate’ feature that will help you determine the price of getting the headphones fixed.
If you have AppleCare+, you can get a free battery replacement.
Apple will also fix your headphones at a cost if the warranty is expired, so strongly consider contacting them instead of using a third-party technician.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Question: What should I do if my Beats won’t charge?
- Answer: Do the following if your Beats refuse to charge:
- Give them an hour or two connected to the power outlet in case the battery is completely drained.
- Check whether the USB cable and charging adapter are in good condition.
- Change the power source you are using to charge the Beats.
- Restart the headphones.
- Factory reset the Beats.
- Ensure they are not exposed to extreme temperatures
- Question: How do I know if my Studio 3 beats are charging?
- Answer: When the Beats are charging, the LEDs on the right earcup will be flashing. The LEDs will light solid white once the battery is full.
- Question: How long do Beats Studio 3 take to charge?
- Answer: Charging the headphones for ten minutes via a charging adapter can give you three hours of playtime. But it will take two hours to charge the headphones under similar conditions fully.
- Question: Can you leave Beats Studio 3 charging overnight?
- Answer: The Beats have a Battery Management System that prevents the battery from overcharging or sustaining damage. So, leaving the Beats charging overnight will not damage them. However, do not make a habit of it, as it will take a toll on the battery in the long run.
The Beats Studio 3 headphones are an excellent choice and should work for years if properly handled. But that does not mean they are perfect since they can sometimes showcase problems like the battery not holding any charge.
Fortunately, the warranty covers such problems, especially if you have a defective unit, and if the warranty is expired, Apple still offers after-sales services.