Why Do Your AirPods Keep Disconnecting? Causes And Solutions

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Are you wondering why your AirPods keep disconnecting? Our article will let you in on the common causes and the best solutions to ensure consistent connection.

Do your AirPods keep disconnecting for no clear reason? If yes, you are not alone as many users have reported the same connection problem.

To help you out, we have compiled several ways to fix your AirPods repeatedly disconnecting from different devices.

AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro

These methods personally work for us, and believe they will work for you too.

Before diving into how to fix the problem, take a look at some potential causes for your AirPods’ connection problem.

Why Do Your AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

There are various reasons for the question “Why do my AirPods keep disconnecting? In this part, we will show you some main causes to help you find the right solutions.

Bluetooth Interference

Like other Bluetooth devices, AirPods are also susceptible to the interference of Bluetooth.

Devices operating in a similar wavelength like Bluetooth are likely to interfere with the connectivity of your earphones, leading to unexpected disconnection.

Hardware Issue

In several cases, the issue sits within your AirPods’ electronics.

If your devices have experienced physical damage, there’s a chance the built-in electronics might be faulty, resulting in sporadic performance problems.

iOS Version Problem

If your devices do not run the latest iOS, you might deal with various bugs and errors, including compatibility problems of your AirPods.

Wrong Settings

When your devices are not set up with the right settings, the AirPods cannot maintain a stable connection. Thus, it is worth checking the settings to confirm if there aren’t any anomalies.

Low Battery

As your AirPods are wireless, they need a sufficient battery level to operate properly.

Your earbuds can disconnect from paired devices automatically when they run flat. Thus, we highly recommend you to keep your earphones charged to stay away from this situation.

What Are The Quick Solutions For The AirPods Keeping Disconnecting?

Fixing the disconnection problem of your AirPods is quite easy. In many cases, you can finish repairing within a few minutes.

Below are some solutions to solve your AirPods’ connection problems.

#1. Check Your AirPods Battery’s Level

First, it is best to check the level of your AirPods’ battery. To ensure they can pair with your devices, they need a sufficient battery.

We often assume our AirPods are charged when we put them in their charging case. Sometimes, the case runs out of charge, so our AirPods are out of battery too.

That’s why you should remember to check both your AirPods’ and their case battery level on your devices.

If you wonder how to check, follow the below steps.

  • Open your AirPods case with your earbuds inside and keep it near your devices.
  • Find a small pop-up open on your devices showing the battery’s level of your AirPods and case.
  • If the level is too low, it’s time to charge your case with AirPods.

Pop-up Shows The Charge Status

Pop-up Shows The Charge Status

In case there’s no pop-up open on your devices, you can check it in the widget Batteries by swiping right from the homepage to access Widgets

From this section, keep scrolling down and seek Batteries. If it is not there, press the Edit button and add this widget. Now you can see the charge status of your AirPods and case.

And in case they have sufficient charge and your AirPods still disconnect, scroll down to know what you should do next.

#2. Check Your Phone’s Bluetooth

The next important aspect is to ensure if your devices turn on Bluetooth. If yes, you can restart Bluetooth on your devices as follows.

If you are on an iPhone/iPad:

  • Access Settings and tap on Bluetooth

Tap On Bluetooth

Tap On Bluetooth

  • Toggle the button to switch off Bluetooth and back on. It is best to wait for at least 10-15 minutes before you enable Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad for it to turn off and reconnect properly.

Switch Bluetooth Off And Back On

Switch Bluetooth Off And Back On

  • Once you turn on Bluetooth, put your AirPods in the case with the opened lid. If it appears as Not Connected, you should tap on it to reconnect your AirPods with your devices.

If you are using Mac:

  • Open the case with AirPods inside
  • Click the icon Bluetooth in your Mac’s menu bar
  • Hover the pointer to your AirPods with the charging case on this menu

Once you already connect your AirPods with your devices, you can try to check by playing a song to see if the disconnection problem persists.

#3. Reset Your AirPod

It seems that resetting your AirPods can solve the disconnecting issue for various readers, and it also works for us.

Here is how to do it:

  • Put your earbuds into the charging case, shut its lid and wait for around 30 seconds.

AirPods

AirPods

  • If you are on your iPhone/iPad, ensure to access Settings > Bluetooth, tap the icon “i” next to your AirPods’ name. You will see Forget this device and tap Confirm. It pays to do this before resetting your AirPods.

Choose Forget This Device

Choose Forget This Device

  • Now open the lid and do not take your AirPods out. Locate the pairing button on the case’s back. Press this setup button and hold it down for around 15 seconds.

Set Up Button

Set Up Button

  • You will see the light goes from pulsating white to amber, indicating your AirPods are done resetting.

Light Goes From White To Amber

Light Goes From White To Amber

To reconnect your AirPods back to your iPhone/iPad, hold them close to your devices and ensure you already turn on Bluetooth. Now, tap on Connect to pair two devices. 

Then your AirPods can work without repeatedly disconnecting. Of course, you still need to check if they are fully charged.

iPhone And iPods

iPhone And iPods

#4. Make Sure Your AirPods Cleaned

It is crucial to keep a cleaning routine for your AirPods to keep them in tip-top condition for a long time.

One effective way to clean them is to use special buds for your AirPods to clean the crevices and speaker grills.

Clean Your AirPods

Clean Your AirPods

Once you use them, you can take a cloth designed to clean devices to remove debris and dust.

Alternatively, if you don’t have these buds, you can utilize a soft toothbrush and clean the grills gently. Then grab a clean cloth and wipe your AirPods every time you brush them.

One good microfiber cloth available is the AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

TIP: You might try to damp the cloth lightly with alcohol or water and proceed to wipe. Ensure you don’t use too much alcohol or water. As you might know, electronic devices are delicate to any form of liquid.

#5. Ensure Your AirPods Selected As Audio Device

Another setting to check on your iPhone/iPad is to ensure your AirPods are chosen as the first audio device.

This situation can automatically happen as AirPods can automatically identify right when you wear them.

Let’s check if your AirPods are working properly:

  • Open any music playing apps such as Apple Music, Spotify on your devices, select the icon AirPlay. It is the one appearing below the tracks you are listening to.
  • Select the name of your earbuds from the list of the audio options.

If you don’t listen to music, you can do this when you are on a call by choosing your AirPods from the options on your display. You can also change the audio source by tapping on the speaker’s icon while you are making a call.

And in case you don’t see this icon or option, leave a comment below to let us know more about it, so we can help you.

#6. Use One AirPod Only

As per many users, the disconnection problem is less likely to happen when you use one AirPod only rather than using both.

Here is how you do it:

  • With the case opened, access Settings and then tap Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • Tap the icon “i” next to the name of your AirPods and choose Microphone.

 Choose Microphone

 Choose Microphone

  • You can see three options in the image below. You can choose one of the two below options: Always Left AirPod/Always Right AirPod, so that you can use an AirPod only.

Always Left AirPod/Always Right AirPod

Always Left AirPod/Always Right AirPod

#7. Turn Off “Automatic Ear Detection”

Do you know how your AirPods automatically detect when they are in your ears? There is a setting, and you can test it by turning off “Automatic Ear Detection.” Accordingly, it can manually detect properly and cannot get messed up by itself.

Always Left AirPod/Always Right AirPod

Automatic Ear Detection

Here is how you can do it:

  • Press Settings and tap on Bluetooth
  • Tap on the icon “i” next to your AirPods, switch off the setting.

#8. Only Pair When Necessary

We know some Apple fans collect Apple devices just like they collect freaking stamps. They own the whole series, including iPads, Apple Watches, and even HomePod.

It is cool to have all of the devices connected, making it an ecosystem. That said, connecting many devices through Bluetooth can lead to conflict, putting your AirPods in a confusing situation where it cannot identify which device to connect with.

Thus, if you have an iPad, an Apple watch, or other devices connected to your AirPods, unpair them and check whether it makes a difference.

Then try to connect your earbuds with a necessary device only. If this solution works for you, let us know.

What Should You Do If Your AirPods Remain Disconnecting From iPhone?

In case your AirPods keep disconnecting from iPhone, you can follow the steps as follows:

  • Jump into Settings > Bluetooth
  • Tap the icon “i” near the name of your AirPods
  • Choose Forget This Device > Confirm
  • Restart your phone and connect your AirPods again.

What Should You Do If Your AirPods Still Get Disconnected On Mac?

If you have AirPods disconnecting from Mac, do the steps below to check:

  • Jump into System Preference on Mac and tap Sound.
  • You will see the name of your AirPods under the tab Output; opt for them. If you don’t see them, scroll back to the methods mentioned above and try to check whether the issues lie without your AirPods.
  • Do a similar step under the tab Input.

It is advisable to set your AirPods on Mac so that it syncs up completely.

What Should You Do If AirPods Keep Disconnecting With Apple Watch?

Likewise, if you want to connect your earbuds to an Apple Watch yet it still keeps disconnecting, try to restart the watch and ensure you already enable Bluetooth on the Apple Watch. (You can check by jumping into Settings > Bluetooth)

Once you have guaranteed Bluetooth is enabled on your smartwatch, just follow the steps we mentioned in solution #3 to fix your AirPods again. This method can help fix your AirPods and Apple Watch connection effectively.

What Should You Do If Your AirPods Remain Unpairing With Windows?

In some cases, you must want to solve the problem that your AirPods keep disconnecting from PC. We are here to help you out. 

The built-in function on/off can cause your AirPods to unpair your Windows PC when a track is paused. Your earbuds do that to save  their power as they think there’s no device paired.

To repair this issue, you can change a few settings as follows.

  • Right click the Start button, then choose Device Manager.

Choose Device Manager

Choose Device Manager

  • Hit View and choose Devices by type

Devices By Type

Devices By Type

  • Expand the section Human Interface Devices and seek the entries <your AirPods name> Hands-Free Call Control HID”, <your AirPods name> Video Remote Control HID”

 Human Interface Devices

 Human Interface Devices

  • Right-click then choose Properties.

Properties

Properties

  • Access Power Management, don’t tick on the first box > OK.

Power Management Section

Power Management Section

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Final Thoughts

So you have known why your AirPods keep disconnecting with your devices and how to fix this problem. 

We are pretty sure you can do all of the solutions above easily at home to fix your AirPods connection problems. If you successfully sort out the problem or have any further questions, please leave a comment below.

Anyway, thank you for reading!

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