AirPods Not Working? 12 Simple Fixes For Common Airpods Problems You Can Do Right Now

AirPods have become an essential part of many people’s daily lives, allowing for wireless audio streaming across Apple devices. 

They are a great convenience and allow us to take our music with us wherever we go. 

However, like any device, they can sometimes experience issues and require troubleshooting.

1. Check the Battery Life of Both AirPods: 

To check the battery life of your AirPods, open the case lid and look at the LED light located in between the two contacts.

If it’s green, the AirPods have more than 50% charge; if it’s amber, your AirPods have less than 50% charge; and if it’s red, you need to recharge the peripheral as soon as possible.

2. Reset AirPods: 

To reset your AirPods back to factory settings, press and hold down both the left and right buttons on the back of the case until you see a white light flash quickly three times.

3. Make Sure You Have a Stable Connection: 

In order for your audio streaming to be uninterrupted and high-quality, ensure that you have a strong connection with no interference from other nearby devices. 

Test the connection. Let’s say that if YouTube videos not playing on Maс is an issue, treat it as a connection-related problem.

Move away from sources of interference such as microwaves or cordless phones and try again, or connect to another device if needed.

4. Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection: 

By default, your AirPods will detect when they’re in one ear or both ears to play audio through them accordingly; however, this feature can sometimes lead to connectivity issues due to power cycling between attempting to detect one or both ears when only one piece is worn. 

To turn this off, open up Settings on your iPhone or iPad > Bluetooth > tap on ‘i’ next to Airpods > Tap’ Automatic Ear Detection’ off > Tap Done at the top right corner of the screen.

5. Update Your iOS Software & Firmware: 

Check that you have the latest version of iOS installed on your device so that all features are functioning properly – including compatibility with other Apple products such as the Apple Watch or HomePod, which rely on updated software versions, too, for their features to work correctly with AirPods. 

Additionally, ensure that you update any firmware updates available for your model of AirPods, as these contain important bug fixes which can help resolve connection issues more quickly than waiting for an iOS update that doesn’t address such specific hardware-related solutions directly yet.

6. Clean Your Earbuds: 

Dirt and dust can build up inside of your earbuds over time which might cause them not to connect properly, so periodically cleaning them with a wet cloth should be done regularly in order for them not just to stay working optimally but also to keep them looking nice too.

7. Connect The Airpods Manually: 

If all else fails, manually connect your headphones by going into Settings > Bluetooth > tapping on the ‘i’ next to the AirPods > tapping the connect button at the bottom right corner and waiting until they appear connected without being interrupted by other devices nearby (as mentioned previously).

8. Don’t Forget About Siri: 

Siri is a great way to use voice commands while using AirPods, so remember her capabilities when trying to troubleshoot any issue – she may be able to tell what’s wrong or help out differently. 

Simply say, “Hey Siri…” followed by whatever question/command you want her to answer/perform….and voilà!

9. Force Quit Any App That Might Be Interfering With Connection: 

Sometimes, apps running in the background can interfere with sound quality and connection stability, so force quit any application before troubleshooting. 

Otherwise, it could possibly fix itself just by doing this simple step alone without needing to do anything else – it happened to me once before.

10. Check For Any Malfunctioning Hardware Components: 

It’s possible that there could be something wrong internally with either the headpiece or the charging case itself, which would obviously require a service center intervention.

Regardless, verify this potential issue thoroughly before moving on to any other options because the last thing you want is to end up spending money replacing something that isn’t really necessary.

11. Look At The Audio Output Settings On Your Device: 

If everything else seems fine, but you are still having some trouble hearing sound clearly, then check the audio output settings to make sure they are set correctly. 

Typically, these should automatically adjust based on what type of content is playing, but if not, then manually change the volume levels according to your preferences.

Just beware; don’t turn it up too loud, or you risk damaging the speaker components permanently over time.

12. Use A Different Pair Of Earphones Or Headphones: 

If nothing else works, then maybe it’s time to invest in another pair of headphones/earphones instead of constantly dealing with the same problem occasionally.

There are tons of options out these days, ranging from wired models to wireless ones, so take a moment to research what best fits your needs before making a final decision.

Vitaly Fedorov

Vitaly Fedorov is a seasoned audio technician and writer. After spending ten years in a studio team, I have decided to spread my knowledge to people in this domain. On this site, I work for headphone fixing or repair issues, that you’re thinking about fixing. Click on any article on my site and read the complete answer about that issue. I am excited to read your feedback.

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