Are you annoyed because your brand-new AirPods keep disconnecting when you’re listening to music or making phone calls? Don’t worry; you’re not alone and usually resolve the problem.
The AirPods have had connection troubles at different times since their release in 2016, and with each new iOS or Mac OS update, some bugs reappear, although they can swiftly resolve if you follow this guide. AirPods that randomly disconnect might be a pain. Keep reading to learn what causes it and how to fix it on various devices.
The issue could be caused by Bluetooth interference, or it could be triggered by the sensors in the AirPods that identify if they’re in your ears or not. Whatever the cause, one of the audio remedies listed below should resolve your AirPod disconnection issue.
Airpods That Disconnect From An iPhone
To avoid your AirPods from losing their Bluetooth connection, go through the list of likely causes and cross them off one by one.
Make sure to have the appropriate software:
You’ll need iOS 15.1 or macOS 12 to use AirPods 3; AirPods Pro require iOS 13.2 , as well as macOS 10.15.1 or newer and iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14 are recommended for the old AirPods 2. If you forgot your Apple id password then you can reset iforgot.apple.com on latest iOS 15.
Re-store the connection with your iPhone:
Re-establishing the connection between both the devices can help if your AirPods started disconnecting from your iPhone only a few moments ago. To reconnect your AirPods or AirPods Max, simply place them in the Charging Case or Smart Case, wait a few seconds, and then retrieve them.
Place your iPhone and AirPods closer together:
This one should go without saying, but the further you travel away from your iPhone, the more likely your AirPods may lose connection. You should be fine if you keep the distance between you and your paired device under 30 feet.
Check the battery levels
The foremost step is to check that your AirPods are in full charge. It will be impossible to hear anything if they are not charged. Follow the below-mentioned guidelines to check the charge of your AirPods on your iPhone:
- Place the case next to your iPhone with the AirPods inside after opening the lid.
- The battery levels will be displayed on your iPhone.
- You can also check your iPhone’s Batteries widget.
- Nest, scroll down the Home page, and swipe from left to right.
- If the batteries widget is not in your iPhone, scroll down until you see Edit, press it, and then install the Battery.
- This widget will display the battery status of any other Apple devices which are connected to it, such as an Apple Watch.
Disable and enable Bluetooth on your iPhone
Deactivating and re-enabling Bluetooth on your iPhone can resolve minor technical issues and assist in the resolution of AirPods-related connectivity problems. Open the “Control Center” on your iPhone (slide down from the top-right corner or swipe up from the bottom) and click the “Airplane Mode” icon. To reactivate Bluetooth, wait up to 10 seconds before hitting the Airplane Mode indicator again.
Re-check the audio device settings in your phone
Be sure your AirPods are selected as the output audio device – this should happen automatically because the AirPods detect that they are in your ears, but if it hasn’t, follow these instructions.
While you’re listening to music on your iPhone
Tap on the AirPlay icon beneath the song (if you have the track selected). Choose your AirPods from the list of possibilities. If you’re on the phone, make sure AirPods are enabled from the audio settings displayed on the screen when you call.
When you’re on the call, you may also change the audio source by hitting the speaker icon.
Disable the automatic switching
When you start playing audio on AirPods, they immediately swap between Apple devices as of iOS 14. In case you have a spare iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you should disable this feature to avoid unexpected disconnects. Tap the Info icon next to AirPods in Settings > Bluetooth. Then tap Connect to This iPhone and choose “When This iPhone Was Last Connected.” That needs to be done on each iOS and iPadOS device you own. Select Options next to your AirPods in System Preferences > Bluetooth on a Mac. Then change When Last Connected to This Mac to Connect to This Mac.
Try and avoid wireless interference:
Wireless interference can, however, cause your AirPods to malfunction. Examine your surroundings for common sources of interference, such as defective power cables, microwave ovens, wireless speakers, and so on. If this occurs, you should get away from them.
Disconnect and re-connect your AirPods:
“Turning it off and on again” can address a variety of issues with electronic gadgets, including the AirPods.
- Place the AirPods in their case, close it, and wait 15 seconds.
- Now open the lid and push and hold the rear of the case’s setup button.
- Wait for the light to go from amber to white.
- Your AirPods have now been reset (even if they are not your AirPods).
- Simply place your AirPods next to your iPhone to reconnect them (make sure you have Bluetooth turned on).
- Now go through the iPhone’s setup options.
Your AirPods’ Firmware Must Be Updated
If your AirPods won’t stay connected, it’s possible that the problem is due to outdated device firmware. Connect your AirPods to your iPhone and go to Settings > General > About > AirPods to see if the Firmware Version is current. To update the firmware on your AirPods, start by attaching the earbuds or headset to a power source. Then, for at least 30 minutes, keep your iPhone close by and check back. In the meanwhile, your AirPods should have been updated.
Update your iPhone
The most recent iOS updates for the iPhone include a number of bug fixes that may help you reconnect with your AirPods. To upgrade your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you don’t find any awaiting updates, try rebooting your iPhone instead. Drag the Power symbol to the right in Settings > General > Shut Down. Wait 30 seconds after the gadget has shut down before restarting it.
Unpair your watch
The problem could be caused by pairing with an Apple Watch and AirPods, so unpair your Watch and check if the problem persists. If you have other Bluetooth devices, it’s a good idea to unpair them as well, just in case something is interfering.
Disable Wi-Fi on your iPhone
We’re not sure why this makes a difference, but some customers have reported that turning off Wi-Fi on their iPhones fixed the audio problem. This could be due to WI-Fi interference sources, which we shall examine in the next stage.
Reset Your Airpods
Reset your AirPods if you’re still facing issues of disconnecting randomly. Place the AirPods in the Smart Case or Charging Case. Then press and hold the Status button (or both the Noise Control button and the Digital Crown on the AirPods Max) till the amber indicator flashes. Now you are done with the resetting process. Remove the AirPods and reconnect them by following the onscreen instructions on your iPhone.
The solutions listed above should have resolved the issue with your AirPods disconnecting from your iPhone. If not, you’re most likely dealing with a hardware issue, which means you’ll need to contact Apple for help.