Like any other electronic device, you may need to reset your AirPods from time to time.
If you’re experiencing connectivity issues and sound problems or just want to start fresh with your AirPods, you can reset them quickly and easily.
Here’s how to reset AirPods:
Step 1: Put AirPods In the Charging Case
Put your AirPods in their charging case. First, close the lid. Let the AirPods stay in there for 30 seconds. Then, open the lid of the charging case.
Step 2: Go to Bluetooth
Take your iOS device and open the Settings app. First, tap Bluetooth and look for your AirPods in the list of Devices.
Then, tap the (i) icon next to your AirPods. Finally, tap Forget This Device and then tap Forget Device to confirm.
Doing this will disconnect the AirPods for every device where you’ve signed it using the same Apple ID. So, if you’ve used the AirPods with your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro, they’ll be disconnected from all three.
Step 3: Press the Setup Button
Open the charging case’s lid and hold the setup button for 15 seconds. The status light will turn amber and then white. That means the AirPods are now reset.
If you’re using AirPods that only charge with a wired connection, you’ll see the status light on the inside of the case. It will be between the two AirPods.
But if your AirPods or AirPods Pro charge wirelessly, you’ll see the status light on the front. It will change colors to indicate the charging and connectivity status.
Step 4: Reconnect Your AirPods
Now that your AirPods are reset, you can reconnect them to all of your devices.
Open the Settings app on your iOS device and tap Bluetooth. Look for your AirPods in the list of Devices and tap the (i) icon next to them. Tap Connect and wait for your AirPods to be connected to your device.
You can also open the charging case of your AirPods and hold them close to your phone. The phone will detect them and show you a setup animation. Tap Connect.
Repeat this process for all the other devices you use your AirPods with. Once all of them are connected, your AirPods will be fully reset and ready to use.
Here is a step-by-step video for further reference:
How to Reset AirPods Max?
Since AirPods Max do not have a charging case, the reset process is slightly different. Here’s how to reset them:
Step 1: Forget Device
Go to the Bluetooth settings on your iOS device and look for AirPods Max in the list of Devices. Tap the (i) icon next to them and tap Forget This Device.
Step 2: Press and Hold the Volume Button
Hold the noise control and Digital Crown buttons on the left ear cup for 10 seconds. The status light will turn amber, then white. That means your AirPods Max have been reset.
How to Remove AirPods from an Apple ID?
Remember that implementing the above “how to reset AirPods” steps will not remove them from your Apple ID. AirPods are associated with a single Apple ID. So, if someone else wants to use your AirPods or you want to use AirPods someone else was previously using, you’ll have to remove the AirPods from the previous Apple ID.
Only the owner of the Apple ID that currently owns the AirPods can remove them. Here’s how to do it using your iPhone or iPad.
- Before starting, make sure the AirPods are connected to your device. It should also be in the Bluetooth range.
- Then, go to Find My app.
- Tap on the Devices or Items tab.
- Look for AirPods. Tap the AirPods icon and swipe up.
- You’ll see the option to remove the item. Tap the Remove This Device option and confirm your choice.
Once done, the AirPods will be removed from the Apple ID. After this is done, you can connect the AirPods to another Apple ID. You can also remove AirPods from an Apple ID using a Mac. Here’s how:
- Make sure the AirPods are connected to your Mac.
- Go to Find My and then Devices.
- Click on AirPods.
- Click the More Info button, which looks like an (i) icon.
- Click the Remove Device option and confirm your choice.
Why Can’t I Reset My AirPods? Troubleshooting Tips
While resetting your AirPods is usually a straightforward process, it can sometimes be difficult. Here are some troubleshooting tips if you’re having trouble resetting your AirPods.
- Make sure you’re holding down the setup button for 15 seconds. If that doesn’t work, try resetting your AirPods using the Find My app.
- Also, make sure your AirPods are within Bluetooth range of your device. If they’re not, bring them closer and start the process again.
- If none of these tips work, you can contact Apple Support for further assistance.
Why Reset Your AirPods
Why would you want to reset your AirPods? No doubt that AirPods are one of the most convenient and user-friendly audio devices available on the market. But like any other device, they sometimes require a reset to help them work optimally.
Here are some reasons to reset them.
If you’ve recently updated the software on your AirPods, but you’re still experiencing issues with sound quality or connection, a reset could help. By resetting your AirPods, you can start from scratch and hopefully solve any software-related issues.
Do your AirPods seem to keep freezing up? It could be due to a range of issues, from an old battery to a faulty connection.
If you believe there’s nothing wrong with the hardware, resetting your AirPods can help. Try other solutions first, such as switching the sound mode in Settings or trying another device. But if all else fails, a reset may be the solution.
If you’re having difficulty connecting your AirPods to a device, resetting them could be an easy fix. It could help if you’re seeing an error message when trying to connect or if they keep disconnecting after a short period of time.
You should do this if you’re connecting your AirPods to a non-Apple device or if you’re trying to connect them to an old version of iOS.
If your AirPods seem to be out of sync with each other, it may mean that they need to be reset. This may happen if your AirPods haven’t been used for a while and are out of sync with each other.
It can also happen if they’re connected to two different devices at the same time. Resetting them should resolve this problem.
Forget Old Settings
When you reset your AirPods, you will also reset any settings or preferences associated with them. That includes the following:
- Press-and-hold action
- Double-tap action
- Automatic ear detection
- Set the microphone to the right, left, or automatic
Instead of changing all these settings again one by one, you can reset your AirPods and start fresh.
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