How to Reset AirPods Properly and Other Troubleshooting Tips

How to reset Airpods
How to reset Airpods

Instead, it’s the AirPods-Apple’s wireless earphones, which the company released after removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

With their ease of use, long battery life, and auto-connection feature, AirPods have found a massive fan base. They are perfect for customers invested in the Apple ecosystem since the earbuds work seamlessly with other Apple products.

Of course, AirPods can have their problems. Your AirPods might need to be reset if you just got a new phone that is causing problems or if they are acting up for some unknown reason.

Troubleshooting AirPods can be difficult due to their minimalist design. How are your AirPods supposed to be reset without any buttons or switches?

Learn how to factory reset Apple AirPods and check the lighting codes to determine whether a reset is needed.

how to factory reset airpods
how to factory reset airpods

How to Hard Reset Apple AirPods 

In most cases, a factory reset will resolve problems with AirPods.

Many common issues can be resolved by resetting the AirPods. In particular, the process prevents battery problems or inconsistent audio delivery, such as when only one AirPod produces sound. You can also reset the AirPods to solve connectivity problems.

Using a wireless case, these instructions work for both older generation models and the Airpods Pro. Original Airpods came with a USB charging case, but you could upgrade to a wireless charging case that uses Qi. It’s possible that your problem is related to the device compatibility with specific AirPods versions. Make sure your iOS version is compatible before moving on to more advanced troubleshooting.

You can hard reset your Apple AirPods by following these steps: 

  • Place your AirPods in the wireless case, close the lid, wait 30 seconds, and then reopen the lid. Don’t remove the AirPods.
  • Go to “Settings,” then select “Bluetooth.”
  • Tap the “i” (information) icon next to your AirPods device name under “Devices.”. Select ” Forget This Device ” in the Airpods Bluetooth menu, select “Forget This Device,” then choose “Forget Device” to confirm.
  • Press and hold the back button of the wireless charging case while the AirPods are still inside.
  • Release the button when the light on the front blinks an amber color.

Note: Disconnecting your AirPods will remove them from all connected devices. To use them again, you’ll have to go through the setup wizard again. Wait until the light flashes white again. You can attempt to reestablish one or more connections when you receive that signal.

In many cases, following the above steps will resolve any issue you have with your AirPods. For additional troubleshooting tips, continue reading.

What Does the Light Mean on the AirPods Charging Case?

AirPods Gen 1 and 2 feature a status light at the top of the earbuds compartment, underneath the lid when using the included wired charging case.

In wireless charging case upgrades, the LED is located on the outside front of the case. By default, AirPods Pro come with a wireless charging case.

Depending on where your AirPods are located at the time, specific combinations of lights can indicate various issues.

Before you decide to reset, it’s important to understand what issues each light represents.

Battery Status

The LED status light shows you how much charge is left in your AirPods.

When your AirPods are in their case, you will see a green light, which means you have enough battery life for regular use. Even if your AirPods are not in the case, the case still has at least one charge left.

Despite not being able to see a battery percentage, these status lights give you a good indication of how much battery is left in your AirPods and charging case. You can find out the percentage of the AirPods case or even the pods by opening up the case and looking at your iPhone.

The AirPods Connection

Is the amber light flashing?

Flashing amber lights indicate a pairing error with one or more of your devices. It may be necessary to disconnect and reconnect again by resetting the AirPods. A white flashing light indicates that your AirPods are ready to connect.

When there is no light in the case and your AirPods are inside, it means the case’s battery is completely depleted and it needs to be recharged.

Other AirPods Troubleshooting Tips

It’s not the only way to find out what’s wrong with your AirPods if the lights are not working.

View Battery Percentage to Ensure Proper Performance

A battery status readout screen will appear on your iPhone if you open the case near a connected iOS device. Press the button on the back of the case to display this information. You will then know how much battery life is left. When the lights don’t work correctly, if you forget what each sequence means, or if you heard the power down chime, you can do this.

Fix Muffled Sound

The first thing you should check if your AirPods sound muffled is whether they’re clean. Be sure to remove ear wax, dust, and other debris before testing again.

Alternatively, try the AirPods on other devices before resetting them. The output of the AirPods can depend on the device’s audio settings.


AirPods are easy to operate, especially if you’re using them with other Apple devices. However, troubleshooting and maintenance can be complex. Instead, users must rely on online tutorials to guide them through these simple processes.

You can easily identify the type of issue you’re experiencing by identifying the light patterns and colors mentioned in this article, and you’ll be able to fix most of them on your own. Resetting the AirPods won’t solve every issue, but it can be a quick fix for some common ones.