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How to Reset Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro

Does your Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro appear to be having connectivity issues? An easy way to fix the connection problem is to reset your AirPods or AirPods Pro. Resetting to fix any device is nothing new in the domain of technology.

It is sometimes possible for AirPods and AirPods Pro to have battery charging issues. Although it is possible that these batteries lose their capacity over time due to aging, it may also be possible that simply resetting the AirPods will resolve this issue.

Once again, if you are experiencing problems connecting Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro to a native device like an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, a reset will normally fix the issue.

In the Apple environment, native gadgets tend to connect quickly, but there is always the possibility of technical difficulties arising for a variety of reasons.

Disconnect Your AirPods from the List of Connected Devices on Your iPhone

The first step to reset Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro begins with delisting the AirPods and AirPods Pro from the list of devices connected to the iPhone.

On iPhone, a list of paired devices is saved for easy and quick connection every time you want to use any Bluetooth-based gadgets such as the AirPods.

Steps to Remove AirPods from iPhone Bluetooth Device List

Here are the steps that you have to follow.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Bluetooth
  • Under My Devices, you should see your AirPods or AirPods Pro must be listed
  • Either it will be set as, ‘Connected’ or ‘Not Connected’
  • Right beside the connectivity status of the AirPods or AirPods Pro, there will be an ‘i’ button. Tap on it.  
  • You will see an option Forget This Device. Tap on it and it will de-list the AirPods or AirPods Pro from your iPhone.
  • If you use a MacBook or iPad you can follow the same procedure to remove the AirPods from the saved Bluetooth devices.
  • Also, if you have connected the same AirPods to all of your Apple devices, then you will see a pop-up saying that forgetting the AirPods will delist it from other Apple devices as well.
  • To confirm, tap on Forget Device.

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Reset AirPods or AirPods Pro

Now, let us reset the AirPods.

  • Keep your pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro in their respective cases
  • Close the case.
  • Press the switch on the back of the charging case and keep it pressed for a few seconds until you see a white light glow (it glows green when the charge is full, amber when the charge is low).
  • As you continue to press, the white light flash will turn amber.
  • This signifies that the AirPods and AirPods Pro have been successfully reset.

The next step is to connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro back to your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or any other device that you use. As part of this guide, I will show you how to connect AirPods to an iPhone.

Connect AirPods or AirPods Pro with iPhone

Now we know how to reset AirPods or AirPods Pro. It’s time to connect them to the iPhone, iPad, or any other device. To do so, follow these steps.

  • Make sure the lid of the AirPods charging case is closed.
  • Hold it near your iPhone [make sure Bluetooth has been enabled on the iPhone]. Follow the on-screen instructions displayed on your iPhone.
  • When the Connect option appears, tap it.
  • The AirPods or AirPods Pro are successfully connected and a new profile is created in the My Devices section of the iPhone Bluetooth.

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Note: In case you see a message Not your AirPods, try to repeat the above steps and delist the AirPods first from the concerned device (in this case, an iPhone).

So, that is all you need to do if you want to reset your AirPods or AirPods Pro and connect them back to your desired gadget if you are experiencing connectivity issues with them.

What Is the Significance of the Light on the AirPods Charging Case?

There are unique combinations of lights on the charging case that can signify different concerns regarding your AirPods. In order to choose whether or not to do a reset, it is necessary to comprehend the concerns indicated by the different lights.

  • Battery Status: First and foremost, the LED status indicator informs you of the amount of power remaining in your AirPods. Seeing a green light when the AirPods are in their case indicates that the AirPods have adequate battery life remaining to be used on a daily basis in their case. If you see a green light but your AirPods are not in the case, this indicates that the case still has at least one charge left.
  • Connection status of Airpods with iPhone: One or more of your devices is not correctly associated if you observe an amber light flashing. A reset may be necessary if the connection is lost, in which case the AirPods must be reconnected. A white flashing light will appear on your AirPods when they are ready to connect to your Apple devices. The battery in your AirPods should be replaced if it’s completely dead and you can’t see any light in the case.

Tips for Troubleshooting Other AirPods Issues

Relying on the Airpods case’s lights is not the only option for troubleshooting your Apple AirPods. Follow these tips to fix miscellaneous issues with your AirPod:

1. Fix Muffled Sound on AirPods

Whenever your AirPods are muffled, the first thing you should do is check to see if they are properly cleaned. Remove any ear wax, dust, and other debris from the ears before testing them again. Alternatively, before bothering to reset the AirPods, test them out on a variety of different devices. The output might be affected by the audio settings of the device at times.

2. Rename your AirPods to Fix Connectivity Issues

Changing the name of your AirPods might assist with connection issues, depending on the issue at hand. Access Bluetooth settings on the Apple Device you’ve associated with your AirPods, then choose “i” with a circle around it to get more information about your AirPods. Try connecting your AirPods to a new device after changing the name of the device.

3. Try Connecting to Other Devices

You might try connecting your AirPods to another device to rule out any difficulties that may be caused by the device itself. If your older iPhone model does not function with your AirPods, but your Mac does, it is most likely the iPhone and not the AirPods that is causing the problem.

4. Try Cleaning the Charging Connections

It’s also important to keep in mind that resetting your AirPods may not resolve any charging difficulties. Try to tidy the case and USB slot up a little and make sure the connections function properly. However, failure to recharge is frequently the result of a hardware problem that is difficult to resolve without the assistance of a specialist.

5. Try replacing your AirPods

It’s possible that your AirPods have hardware problems that cannot be fixed by a hard reset or any of these other troubleshooting options. If this is the case, your best bet is to buy a new pair or inquire with Apple about any remaining warranty possibilities. There is an option to schedule an appointment at an Apple Store for repair and assistance if required.

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