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How to fix AirPods that won’t connect

AirPods are a convenient and popular accessory for Apple users, but sometimes they can act up, refusing to connect to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with some simple troubleshooting steps to get your AirPods back in action.

Restart Your AirPods:

Sometimes, a simple restart can do wonders. For AirPods, try this:

  • For AirPods: Close the lid of the case for at least 15 seconds, then try reconnecting.
  • For AirPods Max: Press and hold the Digital Crown and the noise control button simultaneously until the light flashes amber, then release. Be careful not to hold them for too long, or they’ll reset to factory settings.

Check Your Bluetooth:

Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your device by going to Settings > Bluetooth and toggling it on if it’s off.

Check the Charge:

Low battery can cause connection issues. Here’s how to check:

  • Check the charge on your AirPods case: Green light means fully charged, amber means not.
  • Check the charge using your device: Place your AirPods in the case and hold it near your device. A pop-up will show the charge status.
  • Use the battery widget: Swipe right to access widgets and add the battery widget to check AirPods’ charge level anytime.

Check for Software Updates:

Ensure your device has the latest iOS version by going to Settings > General > Software Update and installing any available updates.

Check Your Connection:

Make sure your AirPods are selected as the audio output and aren’t paired with another device. Follow on-screen instructions to reconnect if needed.

Reset Your AirPods:

If all else fails, reset your AirPods by following the instructions in the video provided.

Troubleshooting AirPods Connection on Mac:

For Mac users, follow similar steps:

  • Check for Mac updates.
  • Check the charge on your AirPods.
  • Check Bluetooth settings on your Mac.
  • Re-pair your AirPods with your Mac if necessary.


AirPods are fantastic gadgets, but occasional connection issues can arise. By following these simple troubleshooting steps, you can often resolve these problems quickly and get back to enjoying your wireless listening experience.


  1. Why won’t my AirPods connect?

    • Connection issues can be due to low battery, Bluetooth problems, outdated software, or interference from other devices. Try the steps outlined above to troubleshoot.
  2. Can I use AirPods with non-Apple devices?

    • Yes, AirPods can be paired with non-Apple devices via Bluetooth, but some features may not be available.
  3. How do I clean my AirPods?

    • Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the exterior of your AirPods and the charging case. Avoid getting moisture into any openings

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