How to Reset AirPods Correctly [3 Minutes Guide 2024]

Written By Farhan Max

Whether it’s a syncing error on your AirPods or the mysteriously hurried battery drain, resetting the buds appears to be everyone’s go-to solution. I found this quite unique that a simple reset can clear up so much hassle for you.

But determining the best way to reset AirPods can be tricky. Due to AirPods’ minimalistic design, one can easily fail to find the reset button. Yeah! That’s true. Even some of my geeky friends were also the victim.


But no worries if you are reading this article. Not only will I explain the resetting procedure, but you will also get to know what happens when you fail to reset correctly.

In short, this article is going to be your life-long resource about AirPods and AirPods pro. So, hang in there till the end.

How to Factory Reset AirPods & AirPods Pro

I don’t need to explain the reasons why you should reset your AirPods. It could be due to a simple troubleshoot or a drastic performance fall. Even if you feel the buds ain’t behaving like earlier, a factory reset can wash away the issues.

So, what’s the process of resetting?

Follow this four-step process. You might need your device connected to the buds. Done? Ok, let’s begin.

Here are the steps to factory reset AirPods:

Step 1: Place Your Buds

The first easy stage is to put your buds into the case. Take those off of your ear or wherever they were, and place them back into the charging case.

Close the lid ( case cap) after placing the buds. Make sure you close the case at least for 30 seconds. This process will shut down the buds- which is necessary.

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Step 2: Tweak Device Settings

Unlock your mobile/ tablet after completing the earlier stage. Go to Settings > Tap on Bluetooth in the settings menu.

After that, under the My devices section, click on the (i) icon right next to your AirPods. Select Forget this device once you get into that section.forget-this-device

Step 3: Press the Button

Done with the previous steps properly? Good. Open the AirPods lid. While keeping the charging case open, press and hold the setup button ( White button back of the case).

Hold that button (approximately for 15 seconds) till you notice the front light changes from brown to white.reset-airpods

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Step 4: Finalize Reset

Keep the charging case open and place the buds close to the device- with which you want to connect the AirPods.

Once the reset is complete, your AirPods will no longer recognize devices that are connected to your iCloud account.

Note: Opening the case nearby any iOS device will trigger the new setup process.

That’s how you factory reset AirPods. The process is so simple and easy that your 8 years old sibling can make it through. But what happens when you don’t have a phone to tweak the settings? Can you reset it even then?

Keep reading to find out.

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How to Reset AirPods without Using Mobile

Trust me! It’s no biggie resetting your AirPods without being connected to a mobile, and it’s even more effortless, in my opinion.

How do you do that?

Here are the steps to reset AirPods without using your phone:

  • Put both the buds into the charging case and close the cap.
  • Locate the pairing button from the back of the case.
  • Press and hold that button for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Wait for the front notification light turns white from amber.

Close the AirPods’ cap. That’s the final step. After that, your AirPods will be completely reset. Connect any device you intend to add now.

Is everything not working according to the plan as it should? Do your AirPods decline to reset?

No worries! Read out the forthcoming section to identify the reasons behind resetting failure and the handy dandy workarounds.

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Why Can’t I Reset My AirPods?

Even after following those reasonable steps, you can’t seem to reset your AirPods? That does not necessarily mean there’s something wrong with the buds.

Usually, it happens when your AirPods aren’t charged enough. Dust inside the charging case connector/ pairing button also triggers the issue. However, if you are using an outdated driver for your AirPods, that can lead to unable being to reset your AirPods. 

Look closely to find out which reasons are the main culprit. You can do much better once you discover the causes of failing to reset AirPods.

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How to Fix AirPods that won’t Reset

Do your AirPods refuse to reset? Now that you know why that happens let’s deep dive into how you can avoid that situation.

Here are some solutions you can apply when your AirPods won’t reset: 

Clean the AirPods

Pick a cotton bar and use it to remove dust/ dirt that has been stockpiled inside the charging case.

Dust can cover the charging connectors from the inside and revokes the buds from charging properly, which leads to a reset issue.

Adequately Cleaning the buds is the ultimate solution here.

Check AirPods’ Firmware Version

Make sure the firmware installed in the AirPod is up-to-date. Although, firmware updates don’t come out very often. But checking and updating the latest version will offer you the upper hand in resolving the matter.

Here are the steps to check AirPods Firmware Version: 

  • Launch Settings from your iOS device- which is linked to your AirPods.
  • Navigate to General > About > AirPods.
  • Check the firmware version and note down the number.check-the-firmware-version-of-your-airpods
  • Search for the noted number on apple’s official website to check if a newer version is available.

Download and install if yes. Your issues will be long gone after that.

Final Remarks

The advantages you get from using AirPods & AirPods pro are beyond compare to other buds. Resetting is user-friendly as well as connecting. And it just got even more comfortable after reading this article. Don’t you think?

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About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.

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