How to fix the problem that AirPods cannot be paired

A standout feature of the AirPods and AirPods Pro series is the ability to quickly and easily pair with other devices, whether from Apple or other Bluetooth-enabled products.

But sometimes you may not be able to pair the wireless earbuds. Here, we provide you with some troubleshooting tips.

1. Check Your Battery Life


When any type of pairing problem arises, the first angle to explore is to check the battery life of the AirPods. If the battery in the earbuds, phone case, or both runs out, you won’t be able to pair with other devices.

Your AirPods phone case will have a status light that shows the remaining battery. The lights are either on the outside of the box or inside, depending on what model of AirPods you have.

If your AirPods are in the phone case, a green light indicates that the earbuds are fully charged. The amber LED indicates that the remaining battery is insufficient once.

2. Make Sure Bluetooth is Turned On


Another simple tip is to make sure that your Bluetooth connection is turned on. Whether it’s an Apple device, like an iPhone, or something else, the wireless protocol is needed to pair your AirPods.

With an iPhone or iPad, a quick way to confirm Bluetooth is turned on is to head to Control Center. Look for the Bluetooth symbol and confirm that it is shaded blue. If not, touch the symbol to toggle it on.

On many Apple devices, another quick way to make sure Bluetooth is on is just to ask Siri with a simple voice command—“Hey Siri, turn on Bluetooth.”

With another non-Apple device, you’ll have to follow those specific instructions to confirm that Bluetooth is enabled.

3. Restart Your Device

If you’re still having problems, the next step is to restart the device you’re trying to pair with AirPods. Many times, this will solve any problem.

For any modern iPhone, you can restart your device by quickly pressing the volume up button and then pressing the volume down button again. Then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

On any iPad that doesn’t have a home button, you can restart it by doing the same thing, quickly pressing and releasing the volume up button, and then pressing the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the top button until you see the Apple logo.

4. Reset Your AirPods

Next, if you’re still having airPods pairing issues, you can reset the earbuds to factory settings and see if that fixes the problem.

First up, put your AirPods in the charging case and close the lid. Wait 30 seconds and then open the lid of the case. Next, head to Settings > Bluetooth on your Apple device. Select the I button next to the name of the AirPods. Then select Forget This Device.


On the AirPods case, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for approximately 15 seconds until the status light flashes amber then white.

Now that you’ve reset your AirPods, try pairing them with your device again.

Pair AirPods With Any Device

With the quick troubleshooting tips in the list above, you’ll have the hope of fixing a pairing issue and connecting a pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro to any Bluetooth device you want.

Then you can easily enjoy the AirPods and all the wireless earbuds.