Apple’s AirPods lineup is a perfect way to bring wireless audio to your Apple devices. Along with the excellent sound, one of the best features of the Airpods is the simple pairing with Apple devices. However, just like with other electronic equipment, there are times when things do not go as planned.
So, if you are wondering why your AirPods will not connect, don’t worry any longer, as this article will help you as it brings you several ways to fix this connectivity issue.
6 Ways to Fix Airpods connectivity issue.
- Charge Your Apple AirPods
OK, you might say to Bippin, this is so obvious. This is the simplest thing to try when your AirPods are not connecting or working correctly. If you use one, you just need to place your AirPods back in the charging case and charge everything via a Lightning cable or a wireless charger. Hold on until the light on the case turns green. This indicates that your AirPods, as well as your case, are complete.
- Update your software.
When trying to figure out what’s wrong with your AirPods, like if they won’t connect, updating the iOS or iPadOS software is another great thing to try.
You can update your software by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update on an iPhone or iPad. If an update to your software is required, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the updating process. Then, when you have the most up-to-date software, you can rule out any issues with the device.
- Toggle your Bluetooth on and off.
Ah, the good ol’ On and Off. What is not fixed by turning it On and Off? Because Bluetooth connections are never perfect, a quick way to check if that is causing your issues with your AirPods connection is to toggle your Bluetooth connection on and off. There are multiple ways to do that. The easiest way to do that is to visit the Control Center on your device, press the Bluetooth symbol off, then on again.
Another way for you to toggle Bluetooth is Settings > Bluetooth on your device. As a Siri user, you must use a simple voice command to activate Apple’s virtual assistant to toggle Bluetooth on and off.
- Restart your device.
If On and Off don’t work and you can’t figure out why your AirPods won’t connect, it is time for you to restart your device. There are a few ways you can continue, depending on your iPhone or iPad age. If you are using a modern iPhone, you need to press the volume up button followed directly by the volume down button, then press the side button. You are followed by a swipe across the screen to shut off the iPhone. To restart the iPhone, press the side button again. The start-up process begins after you see the Apple logo.
The process is identical for an iPad if it does not have a home button. After you have restarted the device, it is time to check if the AirPods can connect.
- Try Only a Single AirPod
You might not know, however, that each AirPod can work independently of the other earbuds. So, to find out if the issue is with a single AirPod, remove one at a time from the charging case to check if it connects to your device. If only one connects to your device while the other doesn’t, you will better understand the issue.
- Reset and Re-Pair AirPods with the device
If the issues persist, it is time to take drastic measures. First, a factory reset will completely wipe the AirPods’ memory, then place them in the same state as when you first bought them.
To start the process, place the AirPods in the charging case and close the lid. Then, just wait for an additional 30 seconds.
Then it is time to open the charging case’s lid and leave it open. Next, on your iPhone or iPad, navigate to Settings > Bluetooth. Next, please search for the name of your AirPods, then tap the More Info button (I) next to your AirPods’ name.
Click on Forget This Device, then confirm the command. Then, while keeping the lid open, press the setup button on the back of your AirPods case for around 15 seconds. You must wait until the status light flashes, first amber, then white.
Now that the AirPods are factory reset pairing them with your device is time. First, open the lid and place them near your iPhone or iPad. If successful, you will spot a pop-up on the screen, then follow the instructions to connect the AirPods and add them to the iCloud account.
Note: The third-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro can only be associated with a single Apple ID. If you were trying to use the AirPods connected to another Apple ID, the other person would have to remove them from their account.
If Everything Leads to a Dead-end, Time to Call Apple
Say you tried out all of these troubleshooting tips, yet you are still unable to connect your AirPods to a device, then sadly, it is no longer self-solvable, and it’s time to talk to Apple.
Many AirPods have a limited, one-year warranty from the date of purchase. So, if this problem arises in that time frame, Apple could decide to fix the issue without charging you money. However, if your AirPods are older than the warranty period, then the situation gets questionable.
There are a lot of ways you can contact Apple so you can discuss support options. One of the best and easiest ways is through the Apple Support app available on your iPhone or iPad. The app lists all of your Apple devices. It also shows warranty coverage and more. The app provides a quick way to contact Apple, as well.
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