iPhone Won’t Connect With Airpods: Here’s How to Fix It

If your AirPods do not connect to your iPhone or iPad, try the following tried-and-true solutions.

If your AirPods aren’t working as expected, continue reading! It is not always obvious what to do if anything goes wrong with wireless technology. The AirPods and AirPods Pro from Apple aren’t any exceptions.

Your Apple AirPods are intended to simply connect to your phone, iPad, and other devices, so it’s rare (and frustrating) when anything goes wrong. If you’ve already tried everything to connect your AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, here’s how to proceed if they still won’t pair.

iPhone Won’t Connect With Airpods

How to fix Airpods Won’t Connect To iPhone

There are a few basic steps you can take to fix your AirPods in the majority of cases.

1.    Fix your AirPod connection

Ensure that your AirPods are fully charged. Put the AirPods in the charging case and attach them to a USB power supply for 1 to 2 hours.

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on the iPhone or iPad you would like to connect with. Swipe down from the upper-right edge of the screen on iPhone X or later or up from the bottom on iPhone 8 Plus or older, and make sure the Bluetooth symbol is switched on (it should be blue). Additionally, you may check the Bluetooth settings in the App settings.

Reboot the iPhone or iPad to which you are attempting to connect. Typically, rebooting the device will fix this issue.

2.    Check for updates

AirPods are susceptible to a multitude of difficulties when updates are not installed. Ensure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has the most recent iOS® version. Here is how to verify:

Create a backup of your device.

  • Connect your device to both Wi-Fi and power.
  • Touch the Settings > General > Software Update option.
  • If an update is available, pick the one you want to install and press Install Now. If Download and Install appear instead, press it to download the update, then input your passcode and hit Install Now.

After updating your smartphone, test the connectivity of your AirPods. If not, please read on.

3.    Clean the AirPods

Over time, earwax may collect on your AirPods and wreak havoc on their performance. AirPods that are dirty may hold germs and moisture that may cause electrical damage, obstruct proximity sensors, and impede connection.

Cleaning your AirPods can eliminate the source of these problems. However, if you do not know how to properly clean your AirPods, you may do more damage than good.

You may wind up complicating the issue by pushing dust into the incorrect areas or by using a cleaner that is excessively caustic. Ensure you know how to properly clean your AirPods before proceeding.

To properly and safely clean your AirPods, you will need the following:

  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton Q-Tips
  • A toothpick
  • A worn-out toothbrush

4.    Turn Bluetooth Off And On Again

Occasionally, turning Bluetooth off and then back on is sufficient to resolve minor connection difficulties between your iPhone and Bluetooth devices.

5.    Resetting the AirPods

Resetting your AirPods is one of the simplest and most effective methods available. Here’s how to reset your Apple AirPods:

If none of these solutions worked, you might have to reset your AirPods and repair them with your iPhone or iPad.

  • Launch the Settings application on your smartphone.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Tap the info symbol next to your AirPods, which resembles an “i” within a circle.
  • Tap Forget about this Device.
  • Place the AirPods in the case, shut the top, and wait for about thirty seconds.
  • After waiting, remove the cover.
  • Press the setup button and hold it for a while on the case’s rear until the status light flashes amber several times, followed by a white flashing continually.

You should be capable of reconnecting your AirPods at this point.

6.    Check your connection

If your AirPods abruptly cease working, they may be linked with another device. There are many methods for testing and troubleshooting.

  • Place the AirPods in the charging case, wait a minute, and then remove them to reconnect with your iPhone.
  • If you’re attempting to connect to a device while seated near other devices, disable Bluetooth on those devices.
  • Verify that your AirPods are set as the default audio device. To do so, examine the instructions below.

How to verify if your AirPods are set as the default audio device

Open Control Center. Based on your device and model, you may do this by swiping from the upper-right side of the screen or up from the bottom corner of the panel.

  • Touch and hold the upper-right or upper-left control group.
  • Tap AirPlay.
  • Tap your AirPods in the list that displays to connect them to your smartphone.

If your AirPods won’t connect, try the following:

Keep the lid closed for fifteen seconds before opening it. Hold the setup button on your charging case as you count to ten. White flashing of the status indicator indicates that your AirPods are ready to connect.

  • While your AirPods are in their case and the lid is open, bring the case close to the device you want to pair them with.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions before testing your AirPods.
  • If they continue to malfunction, you must reset your AirPods. Continue reading, and we’ll explain how.


If, after attempting these troubleshooting steps, you are still unable to connect your AirPods to a device. It is time to contact Apple.

The majority of AirPods come with a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase. Therefore, if it’s within that time range, Apple may elect to repair the issue for free. However, if your AirPods are older, the issue becomes messier.

Gohar Abbas
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Editor at Nextgenphone
Gohar Abbas is the youngest member in the team and writing for Nextgenphone for more than three years. He is an encyclopedia of smartphones. Without blinking an eyelid, he can tell you everything about any smartphone. You can find him watching Science Fiction movies and talk shows in his leisure time.
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