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    How to reset Apple AirPods

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    The earbuds work seamlessly with other Apple products, making them perfect for customers who have invested in the Apple ecosystem. Of course, AirPods can have their own problems. If you've recently bought a new phone and are having trouble with your AirPods, maybe you need to reset the Apple AirPods to get them back to normal.

    In the past 10 years, one of Apple's biggest hits isn't the Apple Watch, the HomePod, or even the iPad, but it's the AirPods, Apple's wireless earbuds, which Apple originally released after removing the jack. for headphones from the iPhone 7. The AirPods have found a huge fan base due to their ease of use, long battery life and auto connect feature.

    However, the minimalist design of the AirPods can make things difficult when it comes to troubleshooting. With no buttons or switches in sight, how do you reset AirPods? Here's how to factory reset your AirPods and understand the lighting codes to determine if you need to reset them.

    How to hard reset Apple's AirPods

    If you're having trouble, resetting Apple AirPods often fixes a lot of problems. Resetting the AirPods can be a quick fix for many common problems. Specifically, the process fixes problems related to battery or poor audio, such as when only one AirPod works. Resetting the AirPods can also fix connectivity issues.

    These instructions work for both older generation models and Airpods Pro when using a wireless case. The first and second generation Airpods originally came with a standard USB charging case, but you could opt for a wireless upgrade that uses Qi-enabled charging.

    However, the Device compatibility with specific versions of AirPods varies, this could be your problem. Make sure to check the compatibility of the iOS version before moving on to the article.

    To reset the Apple AirPods, do the following:

    1. Place the AirPods in the wireless case, close the lid, wait 30 seconds, then reopen the lid. Make sure you leave the earphones inside.
    2. On your iPhone, open "Settings", then select "Bluetooth".
    3. In "Devices", tap the icon "I" (information) next to the device name of the AirPods. In the Airpods Bluetooth menu, select "Forget this device", then choose "Forget device" to confirm.
    4. Leave the wireless charging case open with the AirPods inside and press and hold the button on the back.
    5. Wait for the light on the front to flash amber, then release the button.

    Final report: this will disconnect your AirPods from all connected devices. You will need to reconnect them to use them. Wait until the light flashes white again. This is the signal that you can try to reestablish one or more connections.

    In many cases, performing the above steps is enough to fix any problems you are having with your AirPods. If not, read on for more tips to troubleshoot AirPods.

    What does the light on the AirPods charging case mean?

    Apple AirPods Gen 1 and 2 have the status light at the top of the earphone compartment, under the lid when using the included wired charging case.

    For wireless charging case upgrades, the LED is located on the outside front of the case. AirPods Pro come with the wireless case by default.

    Regardless of what setup you have, specific combinations of lights can indicate various problems, depending on where your AirPods reside at the time. Before resetting your AirPods, it is essential to understand what the problems are.

    Battery status

    First, the LED status light tells you how much charge you have left on your AirPods. If you see a green light while the AirPods are in their case, it means your AirPods have enough battery life to use. If you see a green light and your AirPods aren't in the case, the case can charge them at least once.

    While you can't see the percentage of battery life, these status lights are a sufficient indication of the amount of battery left in the AirPods and charging case. If you really want to know the percentage of battery left in the AirPods case or even the pods, just open the case and look at your iPhone.

    Problems connecting the AirPods

    Is the yellow light flashing? A flashing amber light indicates a pairing error with one or more devices. It could mean that you need to break the connection and try to reset the AirPods again. A blinking white light indicates that the AirPods are ready to connect to your Apple devices. If there is no light in the case and your AirPods are there, it means the case's battery is completely discharged and needs to be recharged.

    More AirPods Troubleshooting Tips

    Relying on lights isn't the only way to determine what's wrong with your AirPods.

    Displays the battery percentage to ensure proper performance

    Se open the case near a connected iOS device, you can press the button on the back of the case and open a card for reading on your iPhone about the battery status. This tab tells you exactly how much battery power is left. You can do this when the lights are not working properly, if you forget what each sequence indicates, or if you have heard the shutdown beep.

    Correct the low sound

    If your AirPods are feeling poorly, the first thing you should check is whether they are clean or not. Get rid of earwax, dust, and all other debris before retesting. Alternatively, test the AirPods on different devices before bothering to reset them. Sometimes, the audio settings on the device affect the output.

    How to increase the volume of the AirPods

    Change the name of the AirPods to fix connectivity issues

    Depending on your problem, you can always change the name of your AirPods to help get them connected quickly. Open the AirPods case with the AirPods still in it, access the Bluetooth settings on the Apple device it's paired with, then tap the “i” (information) icon with a circle around it. Update the name of your AirPods and try to connect to a new device again.

    Try connecting them to other devices

    You can try connecting your AirPods to another device to rule out any device-specific issues. If your old iPhone model doesn't work with your AirPods, but your Mac does, the problem is most likely the iPhone and not the AirPods.

    Try cleaning the charging connections

    One last thing to note is that a reset may not fix the AirPods charging problems. You can try cleaning them a little and make sure the connectors are working properly. But the fact that AirPods won't charge is usually a hardware problem that can't be fixed easily.

    Try replacing your AirPods

    If you are unable to troubleshoot with a hard reset or one of these other troubleshooting methods, there's a good chance your AirPods have hardware issues that may not be solvable. In this case, the best option is to replace them with a new pair or check with Apple for any options under warranty.

    You can make an appointment at your nearest Apple Store for repair and service if needed. You might be interested in knowing that you can buy a single AirPod or case from the company.

    Considering the cost of a full AirPods replacement, the prices for just one component aren't too bad, especially if you really like the model you already own.


    Apple AirPods are super easy to use, especially if you're using them alongside other Apple devices. However, troubleshooting and maintenance can be complex. Instead, users have to resort to online tutorials to guide them through these simple processes.

    Familiarize yourself with the different types of light and colors mentioned in this article to identify the type of problem you are having and you will be able to solve most of the problems on your own.

    Further Reading:

    • How to connect AirPods to Apple Watch
    • How to connect AirPods to iPhone and iPad
    • How to update your Apple AirPods
    • How to connect AirPods to Chromebook
    • Find out how to connect Apple AirPods with your Android smartphone
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