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How To Reset AirPods – 6 Easy Steps

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Published 12 May 2022

Last updated on 21 May 2022

AirPods are adored for their top-notch sound quality, portability, great battery life, and smart design. Yet, they are not faultless and they malfunction occasionally. If your AirPods develop a fault, resetting them could be the easy fix you need to get them working properly again.

You may find it difficult to reset them because of their design. If you’re trying to figure out how to reset AirPods, keep reading to find out.

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When should you Reset AirPods?

Resetting your AirPods is the magic formula for fixing common AirPod problems, and the first solution you should try if your AirPods start acting funny. However, you may not think of this solution when they malfunction unless you know when to reset them. Here are some good pointers that your AirPods probably need a hard reset.

Battery and charging troubles

If your AirPods won’t charge and you can’t find any physical damage to their smart case, charging port or charger, or if you notice that your AirPods’ battery drains faster than expected, they probably need a reboot.

AirPods not connecting

 If you’re struggling to connect your AirPods to an Apple device or pair them with a non-Apple device, you may need to restart them.

AirPods sounding muffled

Volume issues steal the fun of using an AirPod, but a hard reset can improve their sound quality, among other quick fixes that you should know if you’re wondering why your AirPods sound muffled.

Left or right AirPod malfunctioning

If your left or right AirPod starts malfunctioning, resetting your AirPods could fix the defective AirPod.

How to reset AirPods when they malfunction

Resetting your AirPods is quite easy. But if you’re wondering how to do so, here’s a step-by-step guide you can consult to reset any AirPod model – AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max when they malfunction.

  1. If your AirPods are not in their smart case, put them in their smart case.
  2. Leave them in their smart case for 30 seconds or more.
  3. Open the smart case’s lid.
  4. If your AirPods are connected to any Apple device or other device or automatically connect with a device, disconnect your AirPods from this device. To do so, go to Settings > Bluetooth on your device, select the More info or “i” icon next to your AirPods, and select forget this device. If your AirPods are not connected to any device, or you want to reset them without your iPhone, Android phone, Mac, or other devices, skip this step.
  5. Press the button on the smart case until the status light on the smart case changes from amber to white.
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your device or plug them for charging to confirm that they are working perfectly.

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And there you have it! Resetting AirPods is as easy as following the steps above. However, if your AirPods are still malfunctioning after you reset them, you should take them for repairs.


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