How to fix left or right AirPods that keeps disconnecting from iPhone

How to fix left or right AirPods Pro that keeps disconnecting from iPhone. AirPods are supposed to work seamlessly with your iPhone, but that doesn’t always happen. If your AirPods keep disconnecting mid-call or while you’re listening to music, continue reading this article to fix the problem.

Do your AirPods keep disconnecting intermittently while using them with your iPhone? Bugs, glitches, and conflicting settings often cause that to happen. Similar PostHow to use and wear AirPods Pro properly.

Are they out of power? Have you accidentally turned off Bluetooth or selected the wrong audio output? Is it a physical problem with one earbud, is ear detection playing up, or does the AirPods Pro just need to be cleaned?

The list of troubleshooting tips and fixes below should resolve most connectivity issues between your AirPods and iPhone.

Keep Your AirPods and iPhone Closer Together

This one’s probably obvious, but the further you move away from your iPhone, the higher the chances that your AirPods won’t stay connected. Keep the distance between you and your paired device to under 30 feet and you should be fine. Similar PostBest and Cheapest AirPods Pro Alternatives to buy

Disable and Re-Activate Bluetooth on Your iPhone to reconnect AirPods

Disabling and re-activating Bluetooth on your iPhone can eliminate minor technical glitches and help fix AirPods-related connectivity issues.

Simply bring up the iPhone’s Control Center (swipe down from the screen’s top-right corner or swipe up from the bottom of the screen) and tap the Airplane Mode icon.

Check battery levels of your AirPods

The first thing to do is make sure your AirPods have plenty of battery charge. If they’re out of power, you obviously won’t be able to hear anything.

You can check the AirPod charge status on your iPhone by following these steps:

  1. With the AirPods inside the case, open the lid and hold the case beside your iPhone.
  2. A popup on your iPhone will show the battery levels.
  3. You can also check the Batteries widget on your iPhone. Swipe from left to right on the Home page and scroll down.
  4. If you haven’t added the batteries widget to your iPhone, scroll down until you see Edit, tap on that and add Batteries.
  5. This widget will also show you the battery status of other associated Apple devices, such as an Apple Watch.

Check your audio device settings

You should also make sure you’ve selected your AirPods as the output audio device – this may happen automatically because the AirPods identify that they are in your ears, but just in case that hasn’t happened, follow these steps.

While playing music on your iPhone tap on the AirPlay icon that appears below the track (if you have the track selected).

Select your AirPods from the options.

If on a call make sure you have AirPods selected from the audio options that appear on the screen when you make the call.

You can also change the audio source when you’re on the call by tapping on the speaker icon.

Reset your AirPods and connect to iPhone

If the above steps did not help, resetting the AirPods is one of the best ways to fix left or right AirPods that keep disconnecting from the iPhone. To do this follow these steps:

  1. Place the AirPods in the charging case and close the lid.
  2. Wait thirty seconds then open the lid again.
  3. On your iPad or iPhone, go to the Bluetooth setting and find your AirPods in the device list. Next to the devices you will see in a small I symbol. Tap on this icon and a new page will open.
  4. Tap “Ignore this device”.
  5. Return to the charging case: Keep the lid open and press the setup button on the back for 15 seconds. The display should then flash amber and then white.

Disable Automatic Ear Detection for your AirPods to fix disconnection issue

Automatic Ear Detection is a feature that automatically detects when your AirPods are in your ears. But it can also cause the audio to disconnect, especially if you tend to fidget with the left or the right AirPod while wearing them.

If your AirPods won’t stay connected to your iPhone, disabling Automatic Ear Detection is one of the best ways to fix left or right AirPods that keep disconnecting from the iPhone.

Go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the Info icon next to your AirPods. Then disable the Automatic Ear Detection option.

Deactivate Automatic Switching

Starting with iOS 14, AirPods automatically switch between Apple devices when you start playing audio. If you have another iPhone, iPad, or Mac lying around, you should disable this functionality to avoid sudden disconnects.

Go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the Info icon next to AirPods. Then, tap Connect to This iPhone and select When Last Connected to This iPhone. You must repeat that on each iOS and iPadOS device that you own.

On a Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth and select Options next to your AirPods. Then set Connect to This Mac to When Last Connected to This Mac.

Check for sources of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth interference

There are various devices that could be causing interference so it’s possible one of them is responsible for your drops in audio. Here are some things you could try to avoid.

  • Move closer to your Bluetooth device – your iPhone, for example – if the problem happens when on a call.
  • Steer clear of microwave ovens, fluorescent lights, wireless video cameras (such as baby monitors) and cordless phones.
  • Change devices that can use it to the 5GHz band to free up the 2.5GHz band for Bluetooth. (here’s how to change to the 5GHz band)

Reset the Network Settings to fix AirPods disconnecting issue

Resetting the network settings on your iPhone should resolve corrupt network-related settings preventing the device from communicating with your AirPods correctly.

To do that, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone Reset and select Reset Network Settings. Then, punch in your device passcode and tap Reset Network Settings again.

We are sure that at least one of the fixes suggested above will help you fix the issues with your AirPods, but if after trying them your left or right AirPod keeps disconnecting still, you may want to contact Apple support for assistance as you’re likely dealing with a hardware defect. They may even swap the AirPods with new ones if the faulty ones are still under warranty.

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