5 Ways to Fix It When AirPods Won’t Connect

AirPods wont connect-2

AirPods are one of the best devices designed. These wireless devices are so convenient to use and carry around that people have completely abandoned wired earphones or headsets. AirPods are meant to be small, compact and wireless and function via Bluetooth connectivity. First, you must switch Bluetooth on your iPhone and pair them to your AirPods.

It is as simple as this to use them. But sometimes, if it is challenging, your Bluetooth denies connection to your AirPods.

Now you may wonder, Why won’t my AirPods connect? There can be a few simple reasons why your AirPods won’t connect, and we are here to identify those and solve them for you.

Thus we have compiled a list of 5 ways to fix it when AirPods don’t connect. Now let us jump straight into each scenario and their solutions.

Update the software on your iOS device

5 Ways to Fix It When AirPods Won't Connect 1

If your AirPods have been working fine, but suddenly, you find that you can not connect them to your iPhone, the software on your iPhone is probably too lame for it.

Like any other operating system, iOS keeps sending regular updates, and you need to keep track of them. So, there might have been an update, and your iPhone did not get that, so your AirPods stopped being compatible with your device.

Thus, they haven’t need to be connected. It can easily be solved as all you need to do is go to your iPhone or iPad and manually update the software of your iPhone. 

Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad to do this. It will automatically start installing the updates on your device.

Then, restart your iPhone or iPad to activate the update. But to connect back your AirPods, you would need to unpair and repair them again after the update.

Below are the specifications as to what you need for AirPod compatibility on apple devices.

  1. For iPhone, iPad and iPod – iOS 10.2 or later
  2. For MAC – macOS Sierra or later
  3. For apple watch – watchOS 3 or later

Check the Bluetooth on your iOS device 

Another reason why your AirPods are not connecting to your iOS device may have something to do with the Bluetooth settings. As already mentioned, AirPods work on wireless connectivity, i.e., Bluetooth.

You need to pair your AirPods and then connect them with your iPhone or iPad, but you might have unintentionally blocked a device in your iPhone or haven’t switched on the Bluetooth toggle button for it to not function.

The first thing you should do is to toggle on and off your Bluetooth from the home screen or from settings to see if it was properly switched on or not in the first place.

Then, go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone if it still doesn’t connect. Here under “My Devices,” check your AirPods and try connecting them. 

Check your AirPods’ battery 

AirPods are wireless and thus need to be charged to work. So, even if your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad, they will automatically disconnect if their charge runs out.

To keep track of your AirPods charge status, connect your AirPods usually like you do, and then you can see the battery status of your AirPods from the notification bar. Click on the status to see the remaining battery of the AirPods.

It is a good practice not to use AirPods below 30% charge as they compromise the sound quality and never use it under 10% as it is quite harmful to the AirPods, and if you keep using them at such low battery, they will not last you long. 

Obviously, if your AirPods are not charged at all, your iOS device will not connect to it, so do charge them so you can use them later without any hassle. 

Reset your AirPods

It is only sometimes the issue on the iOS device that causes AirPods not to connect. Sometimes, AirPods may malfunction and not connect to your iPhone or iPad. In this case, you will find that your AirPods got stuck in pairing mode.

You can easily identify this if you see that the LED light on your AirPods case keeps on blinking the white light non-stop.

It also makes the charging case unresponsive. If this is what you are facing, reset your AirPods.

To reset your AirPods, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on “Bluetooth” under it.
  3. Here toggle on the Bluetooth of your iPhone if it is not already switched on.
  4. Next, under “My Devices,” Select your AirPods and click on the “i” icon (information icon) on the right-hand side.
  5. Tap on “Forget this Device.”
  6. Next, put your AirPods back into their charging case, close the lid, and wait for some time. 
  7. Now open the lid again. 
  8. Press and hold the “setup button” on the case for a few seconds until the LED display flashes yellow a few times until it flashes white.
  9. Now you can go back to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone and connect to your AirPods.

Reset your iOS device

If the problem is not with your AirPods and you have tried updating the software on your iOS device, but still, AirPods are not connecting, then you need to reset your device. Resetting your device will bring it back to its default state.

However, it is the last thing you should do, as it removes all the customization you have done from your iPhone.

So, before resetting your phone, try the other 4 solutions we have provided above, along with restarting your iPhone once to see if the AirPods connect. To reset your iPhone go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset. 


If your AirPods are still not pairing, then there is nothing else you can do, and you should contact apple help to troubleshoot your issue. You can contact apple help online on their website or directly visit a nearby apple store.

AirPods have a one-year warranty, and if you are facing a problem within one year, Apple may fix the issue without any additional charges. Otherwise, extra charges will apply.

We hope this article was helpful to you and it solved your AirPods connection issue, and you would not need to opt for Apple help.

You May Also Like