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Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

Many AirPods users have experienced the frustration of their earbuds disconnecting during use. This issue can be caused by various factors, including problems with the sensors, Bluetooth interference, and software glitches. It can be especially frustrating if you’re using your AirPods for work, exercise, or other activities where you need uninterrupted audio.

If you’re experiencing this issue, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix the problem. These include resetting your AirPods, cleaning them to remove dirt and debris, and adjusting your Bluetooth settings. By taking these steps, you can hopefully resolve the issue and enjoy uninterrupted audio from your AirPods.

Why do my AirPods keep disconnecting?

Apple AirPods are a popular wireless earbud option for many people, but they can sometimes experience connectivity issues. Here are some potential reasons why your AirPods might keep disconnecting:

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Disconnects sometimes correlated with low battery

One reason why your AirPods might keep disconnecting is due to low battery life. If your AirPods are running low on battery, they may disconnect intermittently. You can check your AirPods’ battery levels by opening the charging case near your iPhone or iPad, and then checking the battery widget on your device.

How close are you to your source?

Another reason why your AirPods might keep disconnecting is that you are too far away from your audio source. AirPods have a limited range, so the connection may be lost if you move too far away from your device. You can try staying closer to your device to see if this improves the connection.

Are you in an area with tons of other wireless devices nearby?

Interference from other wireless devices can also cause connectivity issues with your AirPods. If you’re in an area with many other wireless devices nearby, such as a busy office or a public space, this could be the reason why your AirPods keep disconnecting. Try moving to a quieter area or turning off other wireless devices to see if this improves the connection.

Bluetooth issues

Bluetooth issues can also cause your AirPods to disconnect. Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned on and your AirPods are connected to the correct device. If you’re still having issues, try resetting your AirPods by holding down the button on the back of the charging case until the LED light flashes white or keep reading.

Are you connecting to multiple audio devices at once?

If you’re connecting your AirPods to multiple audio devices at once, this could also cause connectivity issues. Make sure your AirPods are only connected to one device at a time to avoid any conflicts.

9 Ways to Fix AirPods That Keep Disconnecting From Your Apple Devices

AirPods are a convenient way to listen to music, take calls, and interact with Siri. However, it can be frustrating if your AirPods keep disconnecting from your Apple device. Here are nine ways to fix AirPods that keep disconnecting:

Disable Automatic Switching Between Devices

One of the reasons why AirPods keep disconnecting is because they automatically switch between devices. This can happen when multiple Apple devices are signed in with the same Apple ID, and Bluetooth is enabled on all of them. When you’re listening to music on your iPhone and then watching a video on your iPad, your AirPods will automatically switch to the iPad, causing the connection to drop.

To disable automatic switching, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the “i” (information) button next to your AirPods.
  4. Tap the “Connect to this iPhone/iPad” menu and select “When last connected” instead of “Automatically”

With this setting turned off, your AirPods will no longer automatically switch between devices. You can manually connect them to a different device by going to the Bluetooth settings and selecting your AirPods. Keep in mind that disabling automatic switching may not completely solve the problem of AirPods disconnecting.

Disable Automatic Ear Detection

One of the possible reasons why AirPods keep disconnecting is due to the Automatic Ear Detection feature. Although this feature is designed to pause audio playback when you remove one or both AirPods from your ears, it can sometimes cause connectivity issues.

To disable Automatic Ear Detection, follow these steps:

Step 1Put on your AirPods.
Step 2Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 3Tap on Bluetooth.
Step 4Find your AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices and tap on the “i” icon next to them.
Step 5Toggle off the switch next to “Automatic Ear Detection.”

Once you have disabled Automatic Ear Detection, test your AirPods to see if the disconnection issue has been resolved. If not, try the other troubleshooting steps to identify and fix the problem.

Clean Your AirPods

One of the reasons why AirPods may keep disconnecting is due to dirt, wax, and moisture build-up in the earbuds. This can cause Bluetooth interference and lead to disconnections. To avoid this issue, it is important to clean your AirPods regularly.

You can clean your AirPods using the following method:

  1. Lightly dampen a lint-free cloth and a cotton swab in 70% isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Gently wipe the exterior of the AirPods with the dampened cloth to remove any dirt or grime.
  3. Use the dampened cotton swab to clean the speaker grilles and microphones of the AirPods. Be careful not to get any liquid inside the earbuds.
  4. Let the AirPods dry completely before using them again.

It is important to note that you should not use water or any other cleaning solution to clean your AirPods, as this can damage the earbuds. Also, please don’t use sharp or abrasive objects to clean the AirPods, as this can scratch or damage the surface of the earbuds.

Regularly cleaning your AirPods ensures that they remain in good working condition and minimize the risk of disconnections due to dirt or moisture build-up.

Restart Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

One of the easiest and quickest fixes for AirPods that keep disconnecting is to restart your device. This can help clear any temporary glitches or bugs causing the issue. Here’s how to restart your device:

Restarting an iPhone or iPad

To restart an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

  • Press and hold the power button (located on the side or top of the device) until the “slide to power off” slider appears
  • Drag the slider to the right to turn off the device
  • Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the power button again until the Apple logo appears

Restarting a Mac

To restart a Mac, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen
  • Select “Restart” from the dropdown menu
  • Wait for the Mac to shut down and restart

After restarting your device, try connecting your AirPods again to see if the issue has been resolved. If not, there may be other solutions to explore.

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Update Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

If you’re experiencing connectivity issues with your AirPods, it could be due to outdated software. Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is running the latest version of iOS or macOS. To update your device, follow these steps: – On iPhone or iPad: Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install. – On Mac: Go to System Preferences > Software Update. If an update is available, click Update Now.

It’s important to keep your device up to date not just for AirPods connectivity but also for security and performance reasons. If you’re having trouble updating your device, check your internet connection or connect to a different Wi-Fi network. Once your device is updated, reconnect your AirPods and see if the issue is resolved. If not, move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Update the Firmware on Your AirPods

Periodic firmware updates are delivered automatically to your AirPods while charging and within Bluetooth range of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. These updates can improve the performance, stability, and connectivity of your AirPods. Updating your AirPods is a simple process that can be done through your iOS device.

To check if your AirPods are up to date:

  1. Make sure your AirPods are connected to your iOS device.
  2. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap About.
  5. Scroll down to the AirPods section and check the firmware version.

If an update is available, your AirPods will automatically download and install it. Remember that the update process can take several minutes to complete, so make sure your AirPods are fully charged before starting the update.

If you’re having trouble updating your AirPods, try resetting them and attempting the update again. To reset your AirPods, follow these steps:

  1. Place your AirPods in their charging case.
  2. Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the LED light on the front of the case starts flashing.
  3. Release the button and wait for the LED light to turn white.
  4. Reconnect your AirPods to your iOS device and attempt the update again.

Updating the firmware on your AirPods can help improve their performance and connectivity. Keep your AirPods up to date to ensure the best experience possible.

Reset Your AirPods

If you have tried all the other fixes and your AirPods are still disconnecting, resetting them may help. Here are the steps to reset your AirPods:

  1. Put both AirPods in their case and close the lid.
  2. Wait for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Open the lid of the case.
  4. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light starts blinking orange/amber.
  5. Release the button.
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your device.

Resetting your AirPods will not erase any of your settings or data, but it will disconnect them from any devices they are currently paired with. You will need to reconnect them to your devices after resetting them.

It is important to note that resetting your AirPods should be a last resort if all other fixes have failed. If your AirPods are still not working after resetting them, you may need to contact Apple Support for more help.

Contact Apple for Further Help

If none of the above solutions work, it may be time to contact Apple for further assistance. Apple offers several support options to help with any issues you may be experiencing with your AirPods.

The first option is to visit an Apple Store and speak with a Genius Bar technician. You can schedule an appointment online or through the Apple Support app. The technician will be able to diagnose the issue and provide a solution.

If you prefer to speak with someone over the phone, you can call Apple Support at 1-800-MY-APPLE. A representative will be able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. You can also chat with a support representative online through the Apple Support website.

When contacting Apple for support, having your AirPods and any relevant information, such as your device type and software version, is important. This will help the representative diagnose the issue and provide a solution more efficiently.

Do I need new AirPods?

It’s frustrating when your AirPods keep disconnecting, but you should consider a few things before you rush out to buy a new pair. First, check the battery life of your AirPods. If they are running low on battery, they may disconnect more frequently. Try charging them fully and see if that resolves the issue. Sometimes the AirPods battery drains even when not in use.

If your AirPods have been dropped or exposed to water, they may be damaged and need to be replaced. However, if they are still under warranty, you may be able to get them repaired or replaced for free.

Another thing to consider is the Bluetooth connectivity of the device you pair your AirPods with. If the device is outdated or has connectivity issues, it may cause disconnections. Try pairing your AirPods with a different device to see if the issue persists.

If none of these solutions work, consider purchasing a new pair of AirPods. However, it’s important to note that AirPods are not designed to last forever and will eventually need to be replaced.

Samantha Waldroup

Sunday 18th of December 2022

Mine is connected to my phone and just recently it will disconnect and the reconnect every few second what could be wrong


Sunday 30th of October 2022

So mine connect for like 30 seconds and then they disconnect.... ive tried everything on this list. Should i take it to Apple and see what they can do?

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Monday 31st of October 2022



Tuesday 28th of June 2022

My AirPods connect automatically to my phone and works very well . The AirPods can be connected to my iPad but it disconnects in literally 3 seconds. My AirPods are charged and my iPad is up to date, as in there is no software update needed. I just bought the AirPods 1 month ago and it is 3rd gen. HELPPPPP


Thursday 19th of May 2022

the airpods are charged, they connect to the MacBook Pro and work for a few minutes, then drop the connection. If I put them back in the case and remove them, they connect automatically and work for a few minutes


Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Same. On both my iPhone and iPad. But the AirPods work find for my husband on his device. Sounds like a firmware problem to me