How to reset AirPods: Yours AirPods are no longer recognized correctly by the iPhone or Mac? Is the sound heard only from the right or left earbud? In cases like these, unless there’s some hardware failure involved, there’s no better solution than resetting the earbuds. I know, called this way it may seem an extremely complex operation, and instead I assure you that it really is a breeze.
If you give me five minutes of your free time, I can explain how to reset airpods showing you all the preliminary operations you need to perform (checking the charge status and disconnecting the earphones from the devices in use) and then the detailed procedure to reset them and use them again with your iPhone, your iPad and all other compatible devices. As a final result, you should be able to get back to using your AirPods without the slightest problem.
Whether you have first or second generation AirPods, with traditional or wireless charging case, it doesn’t matter: follow the instructions below and I assure you that you will succeed in your intent (always excluding the presence of hardware problems, which could affect the earphone operation). At this point, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and a big good luck for everything!
How to reset AirPods headphones
As already mentioned at the opening of the post, reset the AirPods it is a very simple operation which, however, requires a couple of preliminary operations to be completed: everything is explained below.
Check the charge status
The first preliminary operation that I recommend you do is check the charge status of the AirPods and their case, in order to avoid any problems when resetting the earphones. In fact, if the AirPods were to discharge during the reset procedure, you will not be able to complete the operation correctly.
That said, get to work right away! The simplest way to check the charge status of the AirPods is to open their charging case while they are inserted in the latter: if theLED indicator (which in the first generation AirPods is located in correspondence with the earphone housing, while in the second generation AirPods it is located in the front of the case) is green, the earphones are charged; if, on the other hand, it is Orangeare discharged.
Alternatively, to get more detailed information about the charge status of the AirPods, you can take advantage of the special function present in iOS (provided that your device still recognizes the earphones and that you have iOS 10 or later in the case of the earlier AirPods. generation and iOS 12.2 or later in the case of second generation AirPods). Open, therefore, the charging case of the earphones (with the AirPods inserted in the latter) while you are in the vicinity of a iPhone or a iPad and a box with the charging status of the earphones and case should automatically appear on the device screen.
Alternatively, you can go to the iOS widget center (by swiping from left to right on the first page of the home screen or in the notification center) and check the charge status of AirPods and its case in the box Batteries. If this is not available, make sure that the AirPods case is open and is near your device.
Also, check if in the list of widgets enabled on iOS there is the one relating to the battery status of the devices: to do this, go to the widgets screen, press the button Edit located at the bottom and, in the next menu, press, if necessary, on the button (+) related to the widget Batteries. To save the changes, click on the item end located at the top right.
If you prefer to act from Macyou can check the charge level of the AirPods by going to System Preferences (the gear icon located on the Dock bar), by going up Bluetooth and checking the information under the icon AirPods in the screen that opens (the AirPods must be connected to the computer).
Unpair the AirPods
Once you have checked the charge status of the AirPods, in order to reset them, you must dissociate them from your iPhone / iPad and, accordingly, your Apple ID. To do this, take yours iPhone or yours iPadaccess the menu of settings (pressing ongear icon present on the home screen) and go to Bluetooth.
At this point, locate the entry for your AirPods (AirPods by [tuo nome]), tap on (the) mail in its correspondence and, on the next screen, first tap on the item Forget this device and then on Forget Device, twice in a row. For the operation to be successful, the AirPods do not need to be running or connected to the iPhone / iPad.
Done! You have unpaired your AirPods from your devices and your Apple account and, therefore, you are ready to reset the earbuds.
Reset the AirPods
Now you can get into the process and reset your AirPods. All you have to do in this case is locate the key present on the charging case (at the bottom, on the back of the same), and hold it down for approx 15 secondsas long as theLED indicator (the same one you need for check the state of charge) does not begin to flash first intermittently white, then orange and then white again (always intermittently).
If you have first generation AirPods, you need to open the charging case to see the LED in question. Regardless of the model of AirPods in your possession, then, to press the reset button, you may have to remove any protective covers applied on the case of the same.
When the LED starts flashing white for the second time (after turning orange), open the case (if not open yet), bring it close to a iPhone or a iPad and wait for the notification regarding the recognition of the earphones to appear on the device screen. Then press the button Connect on iOS, wait a few seconds for the pairing confirmation to appear and press the button end to complete the procedure.
Mission accomplished! At this point, your AirPods are reset and re-paired with all your devices (as well as your iCloud account) and, using them, you should no longer have the problems that prompted you to reset them. If any pairing steps are not clear to you, try to follow the instructions you find in my tutorial on how to connect the AirPods.
In case of further problems
Although you have slavishly followed my instructions on how to reset the AirPods, are your earphones still not “seen” by your iPhone, your iPad or your Mac and / or not working properly? In this case, I’m sorry to tell you, but there may be gods hardware problems which prevent its correct use.
My advice, in this case, is to find a Apple Store or a authorized Apple center (ex. R-Store) and take the AirPods there for a check. The technicians will examine your earphones (with its case) and, in case of detection of hardware problems, they will propose the most suitable solution for you. The costs to be incurred, of course, will vary according to the status of the warranty and the intervention to be carried out (if the earphones are still under warranty and the problem detected is traced back to a factory defect, for example, you could also get a free replacement of the product).
If you want to check the warranty status of your AirPods, follow the directions in my guide on how to check the Apple warranty. If, on the other hand, you want to find the assistance centers closest to you, check the Apple centers map or gods R-Store centers all over Italy. Remember, in any case, to bring a proof of purchase of the AirPods with you and know that if you are already in the second year of warranty and you have not purchased the AirPods from Apple, you will have to go to the store where you purchased the product.
Finally, if you want contact Apple before taking your AirPods for service, consult and put into practice the advice you find in my guide on how to contact Apple.