The majority of Bluetooth devices can usually be paired with AirPods rather easily, but occasionally they just won’t work. Here are some solutions for the most typical problems and what to do if they don’t go away.
How Can My AirPods Won’t Connect or Pair?
There are numerous causes for why your AirPods may not be able to link with your Bluetooth devices. The following are a few potential causes:
- battery life is low.
- Bluetooth is not functioning correctly or is off.
- the AirPods and/or charging case may have debris.
- A software update is required for your device.
- The system has to be reset.
- AirPods won’t leave pairing mode.
- AirPods or charging case hardware damage.
Check Your Battery:
Look at your battery. The ability of your AirPods to pair with your devices may be affected if they are low on battery. Putting your AirPods in your charging case and using the proper Lightning connection to connect the charging case to a USB port or wall outlet is the easiest approach to be sure they are charging properly.
- A rapid battery level overview is provided by the charging case for your AirPods.
- When the AirPods are in the case and the light is green, they are fully charged.
- If the light is amber, they are not fully charged.
When the case is empty and the light is Amber, this indicates that the case also needs to be charged.
Both Apple and non-Apple devices can simply connect to AirPods, but they require a Bluetooth signal to function. One of the most typical causes of AirPods failing to pair is this. On most devices, accessing Bluetooth is quite simple. For instance, all you have to do on your iPhone or iPad is tap Settings > Bluetooth.
Your AirPods’ charging case should be cleaned
. If you’ve tried pairing your AirPods but nothing happens, it’s possible that they aren’t making solid contact with the electrical connectors at the bottom of the charging case (that is, the inside-the-case charging points). Cleaning the bottom of the AirPods case and your AirPods with a slightly wet, lint-free cloth might help to resolve this problem. Contact Apple if the issue continues and, if you can, request a replacement.
Verify any software updates.
Using the aforementioned techniques and still have trouble pairing your AirPods, there may be a problem with your device’s settings. Making ensuring your gadget is on the most recent firmware is the first thing you should do. The following are the software specifications for Apple hardware and AirPods:
- iOS 10.2 or more for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- Apple Watch requires watchOS 3 or later.
- Mac: Sierra or later
Clean up your AirPods.
The charging case button may become inactive and the status light may continue to glow white while the AirPods are stuck in pairing mode. Resetting your AirPods is the first thing you should do if this occurs to you.
- Find “Forget this Device” in the Bluetooth options on your device, then click it.
- Open the case’s lid and insert both AirPods.
- When the status light starts flashing amber, press and hold the little setup button on the case’s back for 10 to 20 seconds.
- When the status light blinks three times in amber, let go of the setup button.
- Hold down the setup button until the status light starts to flash white. In the Bluetooth settings of your device, your AirPods should be listed (if you’re using an iPhone or iPad, auto-pairing should start).
Reset the device. You can attempt a device reset to resolve AirPods sync issues if the issue continues even after an update.
You will lose stuff like your saved Wi-Fi passwords and wallpapers if you do this because it will reset your device to factory defaults but won’t delete any data. Before doing a reset, try a basic restart of your device to see if that helps. This is a more drastic course of action.
Still Not Pairing? Contact Apple for Help
It’s recommended to contact Apple for assistance if you’ve tried these suggestions and are still unable to get your AirPods to enter pairing mode. You can do this by getting in touch with Apple support online, over the phone, or in person at the local Apple Store or authorized Apple service provider.