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How to fix AirPods not connecting

October 22, 2023

Low power, Bluetooth problems, and software updates are all potential causes of your AirPods not connecting to your iPhone or other devices. Most Bluetooth devices can be paired with AirPods quite easily, but occasionally the connection just isn’t there. Most typical problems can be swiftly resolved.

How to fix AirPods that won’t connect to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to fix AirPods that won't connect to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you’re unsure of what’s causing the problem, try our suggestions below (listed in order of easy to hardest) to solve it.

1. Restart your AirPods.

1. Restart your AirPods.

When AirPods are in pairing mode, it is possible for the status light to continue blinking white and for the charging case button to stop working. Resetting your AirPods should be your first line of defense if this happens to you.

2. Check your Bluetooth.

2. Check your Bluetooth.

Your AirPods won’t function if your Bluetooth isn’t turned on. Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch’s Settings > Bluetooth can be found there. Tap the button to turn it on if it isn’t already (green will appear instead of grey). 

3. Check the charge.

3. Check the charge.

It’s possible that the AirPods aren’t establishing good electrical contact with the connections at the bottom of the charging case (that is, the inside-the-case charging ports) if you’ve attempted pairing your AirPods but don’t see a flashing light on your case. Cleaning your AirPods and the bottom of the AirPods case with a little wet, lint-free cloth might help to resolve this problem. If the issue continues, get in touch with Apple and, if possible, request a replacement.

4. Check for updates.

4. Check for updates.

Missed updates can affect a number of electronics, including AirPods, in negative ways. Therefore, make sure that iOS® on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is up-to-date. As an example, tick:

  1. Make a gadget backup.
  2. Connect your gadget to Wi-Fi and a power source.
  3. Select Software Update under Settings > General.
  4. Choose the update you want to install by tapping Install Now if you see one or both updates. Instead, if you see Download and Install, press it to start downloading the update, then tap Install Now to start installing it.

Check to see if your AirPods connect once you’ve upgraded your smartphone. Otherwise, keep reading.

5. Check your connection.

5. Check your connection.

Your AirPods may be linked to another device if they quickly stop functioning. Several methods exist for checking and troubleshooting.

  • In order to reconnect to your device, place your AirPods in the charging case, wait a moment, and then remove them once more.
  • Turn off Bluetooth on any next device if you’re trying to connect to one while seated close to another.
  • Verify that your audio device is connected to your AirPods. Review the following actions to do that:

6. Reset your AirPods.

Reset your AirPods.

You might try resetting your device to see if that helps to solve the problem if it still doesn’t get fixed after an update. Although your smartphone will be reset to factory default, nothing will be deleted, but you will lose items like your saved Wi-Fi passwords and wallpapers. This is a more serious step to take, so try a basic restart of your device to see if it works.


AirPods may not connect to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch due to various reasons, including low battery, Bluetooth issues, or software updates. To fix the problem, try the following solutions:

1. Restart your AirPods to ensure they are in pairing mode.

2. Check your Bluetooth settings to ensure it is turned on.

3. Check the charge by cleaning the AirPods and the bottom of the charging case. If the problem persists, contact Apple for a replacement.

4. Check for updates by backing up your device, connecting to power and Wi-Fi, and selecting Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, install it and check if the AirPods connect.

5. Check your connection by placing the AirPods in the charging case, turning off Bluetooth on nearby devices, and ensuring they are selected as your audio device.

6. If the problem persists, try resetting your device to factory default and restoring your device to factory default, but without losing stored Wi-Fi passwords and wallpapers.


Why are AirPods not connecting?

Install the most recent iOS or iPadOS on your iPhone or iPad. Make sure that both AirPods are charging before putting them in the charging case. To make sure Bluetooth is turned on, navigate to Settings > Bluetooth. If your AirPods are connected, make sure they are chosen as your audio device.

How do I fix unresponsive AirPods?

Your AirPods and AirPods Pro’s reset procedure
Place your AirPods inside the charging case, then snap the lid shut.
Pause for 30 seconds.
Put your AirPods in your ears after opening the lid of your charging case.
Go to Bluetooth Settings.
Keep the lid open as you place your AirPods in their charging case.

How do I factory reset my AirPods Pro?

When the status light on the front of the case flashes amber and then white, press and hold the setup button on the case’s back for approximately 15 seconds. Connect your AirPods once again. Place your AirPods near your iPhone or iPad with the charging case’s lid open and the AirPods inside.

How long do AirPods last?

You should have your AirPods for two to three years at the most. The lithium-ion battery typically fails first, just like with all true wireless earphones.