Why Wont My AirPods Connect? 6 Ways to fix it?

It gets frustrating when even the basic tasks don’t work the way they were supposed to work.

For instance, if you’ve Apple Airpods or any TWS earbuds, you want them to get automatically connected with your iPhone, iPad & Mac.

But things start to get haywire when things don’t go your way & they start throwing unusual errors. And you end up asking – ‘Why wont my AirPods connect’?

So, with this in mind, I’ll share some troubleshooting steps that you must take to fix AirPods-related issues right away.

Troubleshooting: Is the AirPods Case Plugged In?

After taking your delivery of Apple’s new wireless earbuds (or if you’ve owned them for a while), you might notice that they do not seem to be charging. At first glance, they may appear to be working fine; however, take a closer look and see if there is any other indication that they are getting power:

  • Is there a blue or white light flashing on the outside of the case? The light should be solid white or lit steadily blue once fully charged when recharging.
  • Is the status light on both Bluetooth devices lit solid white? If so, then it means their batteries are full and paired with each other appropriately. If not, then this could indicate an issue with pairing them together.
  • Are you having trouble connecting them? Resetting both earbuds (pressing and holding down each button simultaneously for 15 seconds) can help clear up minor interference issues between their electronics. Once reset, try pairing them again by pressing their buttons simultaneously until you see both flashes of red/white repeatedly around 3 times per second once more. This usually helps establish a better connection between each device’s internal hardware components after being in storage for a while or being jostled in transit during shipping from Apple’s factory to your home/office.
  • Did you walk into a faraday cage where no cell signals are allowed (like flying on an airplane)? For example, AirPods won’t be able to sync with your iPhone if there is no cellular connectivity available nearby because their Bluetooth signal depends on cellular data for connecting.

Update your AirPods Pro With the Latest Firmware Version

Did you know that Apple released the AirPods almost 5 years ago?

There are so many features packed into these tiny earbuds that it should be no surprise that users run into trouble from time to time.

17% of customers have had issues getting their AirPods to pair with their devices or experienced gaps in their connection.

Most people don’t realize that if your sound is cutting out or there is an occasional delay when watching videos, you may have other connectivity problems at home. For example, there could be obstacles around your router or other WiFi-enabled devices causing interference.

So, the first thing you should do is check the latest firmware version of AirPods connected with your device. If the AirPod isn’t on the newest firmware version, restart it to apply the latest update.

Is Wi-Fi enabled on your iPhone?

If your AirPods won’t connect, there’s a good chance the problem lies in what you’ve done with your iPhone. While they’re a great addition to your tech lineup and highly convenient, they must sync up with your iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi to function. If wifi is not enabled on your iPhone, the connection will be broken, and you’ll have limited functionality of the AirPods.

If this has happened to you, don’t fret—it’s easy enough to enable wifi on an iPhone.

After holding down the Home button for several seconds, you’ll be taken directly into the Settings menu of iOS 12 (or whichever version of iOS you’re using). Scroll down until you find “Wi-Fi” under “Network” and tap on it. Finally, toggle on Wi-Fi and wait for it to turn grey to blue once it’s fully enabled. You can now use AirPods as usual and experience their true potential!

Turn on Airplane Mode

So your AirPods are still not connecting to your iPhone/iPad/Mac?

The next thing you should do is turn on airplane mode. Sometimes, if you’ve been in the middle of an important call or music for an extended period (an hour or so), airplane mode will automatically startup. You can check this by going to settings, then clicking on “airplane mode.” If not, it’s easy to turn on airplane mode yourself. Go to settings, then click “turn on airplane mode.” That’s all there is to turn it off.

If you’re still having trouble with connectivity after that, I would suggest checking the lid of your AirPod charging case. Ensure it is closed properly, and make sure the little white indicator on the side is visible. If it’s showing red instead of white, the lid is not fully closed, preventing your AirPods from connecting correctly with their case and your device.

Are your AirPods stored next to magnets or other electronic device?

If you’ve been having trouble connecting your AirPods to your iPhone, it might not be the AirPods’ fault. However, keeping them close to magnets and other electronic devices can cause interference in the connection between the AirPods and your phone. You may have seen this happen when you left your keys or cellphone near something with a magnet.

Have you tried resetting your AirPods?

If your AirPods Pro is not working as it should, there is a good chance that you can fix the problem by resetting the device. Before you begin, make sure you have the following items:

  • An AirPods Pro
  • A charging cable
  • An iPhone or iPad with an available lightning connector

Once you’ve all these items with you, here’s how you can reset your AirPod:

  1. First, open the AirPods Pro case.
  2. Connect your AirPods Pro case to your iPhone or iPad using the charging cable.
  3. Press and hold the AirPods Pro case button for 10 seconds until a red light appears.
  4. Remove the charging cable from your AirPods Pro. 5. If you have successfully reset your AirPods Pro, it will begin to charge again.

Once the Apple AirPod is reset, reconnect it with your device to see if it’s working again or not.

Final Words

If you have followed the steps above, your AirPods should be connected again. If it still does not work, know that there is also a one-year warranty for these items. If you have any other issues with your AirPods, you can contact Apple support by dialing 1-800-275-2273 or visiting https://support.apple.com/airpods.

That’s all for now.

If you’ve any follow-up questions, please ask us in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, if you want to change the name of your Airpod, here’s how you can do this.