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Sony WF-1000XM5 earphones battery life guide

The Sony WF-1000XM5 has a battery life of up to 8 hours when it comes to active usage. With a fully charged case, you can get a maximum of 24 hours. With that said, the battery life can end up being much shorter depending on how you use these Bluetooth earphones.

You can check out this Seeking Tech guide to see a breakdown of how long you can use the product without having to recharge.

LDAC codec battery life

If you are using the LDAC for music playback, then you can get up to 5 hours of operating time. This is the most demanding out of the four supported codecs.

AAC codec battery life

If you are listening to music via the AAC codec, then you will be able to get up to 8 hours of playback.

SBC codec battery life

The SBC codec should also give you 8 hours of battery life for a fully charged WF-1000XM5.

LC3 codec battery life

The LC3 codec is slightly more demanding as the maximum operating time is 7 hours.


If you use the Sony WF-1000XM5 exclusively for calls, then you can get up to 6 hours of operation.

Other Factors

When it comes to other factors that can affect the battery life of this product, enabling the following settings via the Sony | Headphones Connect App will cause the earbuds to drain faster than normal:

  • Equalizer
  • DSEE Extreme
  • Speak-to-Chat
  • Service Link
  • Launching Voice AI Assistance via Voice Input

While the earphones feature noise cancellation support, the feature should have no noticeable impact as the operation times should be the same in both noise cancelling and ambient sound modes.

On the other hand, the environmental temperature may affect battery life. If you haven’t been using the earphones for at least six months, then the maximum battery capacity may also be temporarily diminished. Of course, the internal battery may wear down over time.