Why Won’t my Airpods Connect: AirPods are often dependable gadgets that immediately connect and pair with most Bluetooth devices, they occasionally just won’t pair. Here’s how to resolve the most frequent problems and what to do if they don’t go away.
The failure of something that should “simply work” is one of life’s greatest frustrations. It’s unusual (and frustrating) when things go wrong with your Apple AirPods because they are made to connect to your phone, iPad, and other devices quickly and easily.
Why Won’t my Airpods Connect to my iPhone?
Here’s what you can do to attempt and get your AirPods to function if you’ve previously done everything necessary to connect them to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
1. Make sure you’re Running the Right Version of iOS
Make sure your iPhone or iPad meets the minimal system requirements if you haven’t connected these AirPods to them before.
You require iOS 10 or later on your iOS device to use first-generation AirPods, and iOS 12.2 or later to use second-generation AirPods.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap General, and then tap Software Update.
- On the Software Update page check which version of iOS you’re running, and install an update if needed.
2. Troubleshoot your AirPod Connection
You can attempt a few easy methods to get your AirPods to work correctly the majority of the time.
Ensure that your AirPods are charged by putting them in their case and plugging the case into a USB power source for 1-2 hours.
Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on the iPhone or iPad you want to connect to. Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen or up from the bottom to access the Control Panel, and make sure the Bluetooth icon is turned on (it should be blue). The Bluetooth menu in your Settings app also lets you check.
Restart the iPad or iPhone to which you are attempting to connect. Frequently, simply initiating the device can resolve a problem like this.
3. Reset your AirPods
If none of those steps worked, you might need to reset your AirPods and pair them with your iPhone or iPad again. Here is how to about it:
- Start by unpairing the AirPods from the iPhone or iPad. On your iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app and tap “Bluetooth.” Next to the entry for AirPods, tap “i” and “Forget this Device.”
- Put the AirPods in the case, close the lid, and wait about 30 seconds. Open the lid.
- Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes amber a few times, followed by continuously flashing white.
- You should now be able to reconnect your AirPods using the procedure described in the article, ” How to use AirPods and pair them with almost any phone or device .”
Why Won’t My Airpods Connect on Mac?
The troubleshooting procedures for connecting AirPods to a Mac are much the same as those for connecting AirPods to an iPhone or iPad.
Make sure your machine is running the correct operating system version first. Both the first-generation and second-generation AirPods require macOS Sierra or a newer version, respectively.
Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, then select “Software Update,” to see your current macOS version. Click “Update Now” if any updates are available. Follow the iPhone and iPad instructions above if the operating system is fine.
If none of those steps helps, then you may need to reset your AirPods. Here are steps to go about it:
1. On your Mac, unpair the AirPods. To do this, hold the Alt key while you click on the Bluetooth icon in Mac’s menu bar.
2. In the Devices section, click on the AirPods and then click “Remove.” Click “Remove” again to confirm.
3. Put the AirPods in the case, close the lid, and wait about 30 seconds. Open the lid.
4. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes amber a few times, followed by continuously flashing white.
You should now be able to reconnect your AirPods using the procedure described in the article.
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FAQs on Why Won’t my Airpods Connect
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about why won’t my Airpods connect for you:
1. Why are my AirPods not Pairing with my Mac?
If your AirPods are having difficulty connecting to your Mac, there may be a macOS compatibility problem. If you’re using AirPods (first generation), make sure your Mac is running macOS Sierra or later.
If you’re using AirPods (second generation), make sure your Mac is running at least macOS 10.14.4. If your macOS is compatible, go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth.
If you can see your AirPods in the list, but they’re not connecting, remove them, then try connecting them again. If you’re still having problems, try resetting your AirPods.
2. Why are my AirPods not Showing up when Pairing them with a Windows PC?
1. If you’re having trouble pairing your AirPods with a Windows PC, make sure you open the charging case lid during the pairing process.
2. If you’re still having problems, try disconnecting your AirPods from any other Bluetooth device, such as your paired iPhone.
3. Another troubleshooting step to try: Open an app like Spotify on your Windows PC and begin playing music. Place the AirPods back in their case and close the lid. Wait a few seconds, then open your Windows PC’s Action Center and select All settings > Devices and make sure you see your AirPods on the Device list.
4. Take your AirPods out of the case and place them in your ears, then, in the Device list, select your Airpods and click Connect.
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