AirPods not connecting to iPhone: how to fix?

While AirPods are designed to connect and work flawlessly with Apple devices, sometimes they can run into issues. Below are the steps to fix AirPods not connecting to iPhone or iPad issue.

AirPods not connecting to iPhone or iPad

According to Apple, AirPods should automatically connect to all Apple devices that use the same Apple ID. However, this process can sometimes encounter problems as your Apple ID is not recognized and other iCloud glitches occur.

Other reasons for AirPods not connecting to iPhone or iPad could be AirPods low power, Bluetooth turned off, wrong audio settings, iOS version is not compatible with AirPods and other reasons.

1. Make sure the AirPods are sufficiently charged

As mentioned above, the AirPods not connecting to iPhone or iPad issue can be caused by the AirPods not having power. Therefore, make sure that the AirPods are sufficiently charged before connecting them to the iPhone.

2. Reboot the iPhone

Sometimes the problem lies in stuck programs and processes that interfere with the proper functioning of audio devices. This can be easily fixed by restarting the MacBook.

Go to settings > General > scroll all the way down and tap on shut down. On the next screen, use the Swipe to turn off button to turn off your iPhone.

On the iPhone, slide to the

Wait 60 seconds and restart iPhone by pressing perfomance Button.

3. Restart Bluetooth

Rebooting Bluetooth is known to help fix common Bluetooth connection issues.

Go to settings > Bluetooth > switch OUT Bluetooth. Wait 30 seconds and toggle ON Bluetooth.

Turn on Bluetooth on iPhone

After Bluetooth restarts, try connecting your AirPods again.

4. Install updates

Sometimes the problem is due to a pending update waiting to be installed on the iPhone.

Go to settings > General > software update.

Software update option on iPhone settings screen

On the software update screen, tap Download and install (if a software update is available).

5. Manually connect AirPods to iPhone

Go to settings > Bluetooth > move Bluetooth switch to ON Position.

Turn on Bluetooth on iPhone

After that, put the AirPods in the charging case and bring the case close to the iPhone (with the lid open). If you’re signed in to iCloud, you should find AirPods connecting to iPhone instantly.

If not, tap Connect Possibility.

Connect AirPods Command Prompt on iPhone

Next, hold down the Setup button located on the back of the AirPods charging case.

Pairing button on AirPods charging case

Once the AirPods are connected, you will need to go through the next 2 to 3 screens depending on the model of your AirPods (AirPods or AirPods Pro).

6. Forget AirPods and reconnect

Go to settings > Bluetooth > tap the I icon is located next to your AirPods in the My Devices section.

Open AirPod details on iPhone

Select on the next screen Forget this device Possibility.

Forget the AirPods option on iPhone

Tap on the confirmation pop-up Forgot device confirm.

After 60 seconds, place the AirPods in the charging case and press pairing button located on the back of the AirPods case.

Pairing button on AirPods charging case

Once AirPods are recognized by iPhone, select them Connect option to confirm.

If your iPhone uses an older version of iOS, go to settings > Bluetooth > select yours AirPods as they appear in the Other Devices section.

Wait for the AirPods to complete the connection and once they’re connected you should be able to use them again.

7. Reset network settings

Write down your WiFi network password and follow the steps below to reset network settings on your iPhone.

Go to settings > General > scroll down and tap Reset to default. Select on the next screen Reset network settings Possibility.

Option to reset network settings on iPhone

On the confirmation pop-up, tap Reset network settings confirm.

After the reset process is complete and the iPhone restarts, go to settings > Wireless Internet access > select yours WiFi network and log in with the password for your WiFi network.

Connect to the Wi-Fi network on iPhone

After that, you should be able to connect to AirPods.

8. Reset AirPods

location AirPods in your charging case and close the lid. Wait 60 seconds and open the charging case lid.

Go to settings > Bluetooth > tap I icon next to your AirPods Surname in the My Devices section.

Open AirPod details on iPhone

On the next screen, tap Forget this device Possibility.

Forget the AirPods option on iPhone

Tap on the confirmation pop-up Forgot device confirm.

With the charging case lid open, press and hold Setup buttonon the back of the chassis until the status light blinks amber and then white.

Pairing button on AirPods charging case

After that go to settings > Bluetooth > and select yours AirPods in the Devices section.

Wait for the AirPods to complete the connection and once they’re connected you should be able to use them.

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