So your AirPods won’t connect and you can’t listen to your favorite music, podcasts, and other entertainment. It’s very frustrating!
But don’t give up, as all hope is not lost. There are plenty of hacks you can try before you start to panic. These can hopefully resolve the issue and get things up and running once more.
Read on and try out these easy resolutions to see if you can fix the problem yourself—and get back to listening to what you love.
Airpods allow you to listen to music or podcasts or make calls by pairing with your device. But AirPods not connecting to iPhone or a tablet is a common issue.
So how can you resolve this?
First, try placing them back into their charging unit and wait for a few seconds. Try them out again in your ears. If this doesn’t work, it may be a problem with the Bluetooth connectivity.
Pairing can’t take place without a Bluetooth connection, and this may have dropped on the device you’re attempting to pair. Reset this on the phone or tablet by turning it off and then back on, waiting for the connection to return.
Once the AirPods have re-paired to the device, they should work again.
In some cases, one of the AirPods might still not work. The fix might simply require the same process to take place again.
If you’re attempting to connect your AirPods to a computer, you should try the same steps as if trying to fix a pairing problem with a phone or tablet. It’s not typically an issue when it comes to connecting AirPods to a Mac, especially not the newer models.
Perhaps even more irritating than AirPods not pairing in the first place is them dropping out when you’re mid-call. This is a bug that has been an issue for 4 years since AirPods first hit the market.
Try this for a quick fix: Only take a call with a single AirPod, not both. This might be an unsatisfactory resolution, but it can help temporarily.
If they continue to drop out, head to Settings on your phone and access the Bluetooth icon. Your AirPods will be listed as a device, and an “i” inside a circle will be next to this. Tap on this, hit Microphone, and set this to either right or left.
If this doesn’t work, disable the Automatic Ear Detection feature.
Among the AirPods‘ greatest features are the gestures you can use with them. If gestures don’t work, follow the same process as above on your phone: Settings, Bluetooth, “i”.
You will see options here to enable Siri as well as control the audio you’re listening to. Try turning this off and on again, and test them out once you’ve done so.
Issues With Audio and Static
Issues with sound or static can be a Bluetooth problem, so trying out the aforementioned diagnostic tricks can potentially fix this.
If it doesn’t, however, something external may be causing interference. The solution might be as simple as tracking down the one device that you use around your AirPods that is disrupting the audio quality.
Once you’ve located it, don’t use the Airpods around it.
Wi-Fi might be the specific disrupter here, and so this might need to be turned off and on again. If this is the issue and it persists, it might mean Wi-Fi should be turned off when using the AirPods, which is a highly inconvenient problem to have.
Switching off Automatic Ear Detection can also lead to static or stuttering when listening to music, podcasts, or speaking on a call.
Unable to Charge
What if your AirPods aren’t charging?
This might be a simple issue of cleaning the charging port. If this becomes dusty or dirty, it will affect the charge ability when you use them with a lightning cable.
For this, use a cue-tip or something small and clean. If this doesn’t fix the problem, perhaps you need to invest in a new cable.
A fully-charged set of AirPods should last approximately 5 hours. But if this isn’t the case, or if they are starting to fade over lots of use, try this tip:
Check that Automatic Ear Detection is on because this allows the low-power mode to work when the AirPods aren’t being used.
Resetting Your AirPods
Sometimes, a complete AirPod reset is necessary. Start this process by placing them back in their charging unit.
Hold the button on the back of this case for 15 seconds and wait for the LED to flash orange. With the case next to your phone, open it and wait for the AirPods to reconnect.
Updating Your AirPods
Always be sure your AirPods have updated to the latest software version. If there are faults with your Airpods and they need an update, this might be the simple fix you need to do.
Updates are usually automatic, but if you need to force it, simply connect your AirPods to mains power and pair them to your iPad or iPhone.
If nothing happens, an update is not required, and this won’t be the problem.
AirPods Won’t Connect? What Next?
If you’ve tried out the above and your AirPods won’t connect still, the best option would be to call Apple support or take the pods to your local Apple store.
Before you do, check any guarantee details you received when you initially purchased them. Are they still under warranty? You’ll need to know before you call or head to the store.
If you’re looking for more advice on the best technology, check out the other articles we’ve written on the latest gadgets on the market.