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How to reset AirPods on an iPhone

Whether you are dealing with an issue or preparing to sell them, resetting AirPods can be quite beneficial. Here's a step-by-step explanation to restore your AirPods to working condition.
Written by Josh Slate, Contributor on

You're jamming out to your favorite song, but your AirPods suddenly disconnect and won't reconnect to your phone. A reset might be what you need. 

As someone who uses their AirPods Pro every day, this was an essential skill I needed to learn. I discovered that resetting these wireless earbuds is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, it only takes two minutes.

How to reset AirPods

    Airpods case leaning against a red wall
  1. Place your AirPods inside the charging case and close the top for 30 seconds. Doing this will restart your AirPods and prepare them to be reset. 
  2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  3. Screenshots of Airpods settings on an iPhone
  4. From Settings, tap Bluetooth.
  5. In the Bluetooth menu, find your AirPods and hit the blue "i" located on the right side.
  6. At the bottom of this menu, you will find "Forget this Device."
  7. iPhone screenshot of settings to reset AirPods
  8. When you hit "Forget this Device," another option will pop up. Hit "Forget Device," which is in red font.
  9. Open AirPods case with AirPods inside leaning against a red wall
  10. Next, pick up your AirPods case and open the lid.
  11. Photo of two different sizes of AirPods cases
  12. On the back of the case you will notice the Setup button. Press and hold that for 15 seconds, or until the light on the front changes from amber to white.
  13. iPhone screenshot of settings to pair AirPods
  14. Open the AirPods case near the device you want to pair them with; the setup screen should automatically appear.

That's all it takes. To find the best deals on AirPods, check out ZDNet's roundup of where to find the cheapest pair of Apple earbuds.

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