Apple’s AirPods Pro is among the best wireless earbuds you can buy. With good sound quality, excellent active noise canceling and a compact design, the AirPods Pro set the tone for premium wireless earbuds, rapidly evolving into a daily-use device for many Apple lovers. But even great earphones are prone to hiccups, and sometimes your AirPods might get a little buggy if you’ve been using them for a while. (Personally, I’ve had issues with an unreliable Bluetooth connection to my iPhone.)
Knowing how to reset your AirPods is a practical trick to have up your sleeve, whether you want to kickstart your AirPods back into action or you want to sell them before trading up. The good news? It’s a straightforward process that’ll take you all of a few minutes to learn, and the same steps apply whether you own the original AirPods, the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, or the noise-canceling AirPods Pro.
The steps to reset all the Airpods, except Airpods Max, are the same. If you are looking for the steps to reset AirPods Max, we have already covered it in a different article; check it out.
- Put your AirPods in their charging case, and close the lid.
- Wait 30 seconds.
- Open the lid of your charging case.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the More Info button next to your AirPods. (If you don’t see your AirPods in Settings > Bluetooth, just go to the next step.)
- Tap Forget This Device and tap again to confirm.
- With the lid open, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for about 15 seconds, until the status light flashes amber, then white.
- Reconnect your AirPods: With your AirPods in their charging case and the lid open, place your AirPods close to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Follow the steps on your device’s screen.
AirPods can be associated with one Apple ID. If you want to use AirPods (3rd generation) or AirPods Pro that someone else has used, they first need to remove the AirPods from their Apple ID.
How to factory reset AirPods and AirPods Pro without an iPhone
Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you can still reset your AirPods and AirPods Pro without any issues. All you have to do is:
- Put your AirPods back into their charging case without closing the lid.
- Press and hold the setup button until the status light change from flashing amber to white.
- Now, you can close the lid as the AirPods are fully reset.
How to remove AirPods from Apple ID
Even if you reset the AirPods and try to connect it with an iPhone linked to a different Apple ID, you may be informed that the device is linked to another ID. To remove AirPods from Apple ID, all you have to do is:
- Open the Find My app on your iPhone.
- Swipe up the Devices section.
- Tap the AirPods you want to remove.
- Now, tap/swipe Remove This Device.
If you swipe, tap the bin icon.
- Next, tap Remove again to confirm.
What to do when AirPods won’t reset
Yeah, sometimes things don’t go as expected. That’s life, and the only thing we can do is find solutions to our problems. So here’s what you need to do if your AirPods won’t reset even after following these methods.
- Clean Airpods: If the AirPods and their case are not clean enough, they may not properly connect with the case and affect the reset process. So, don’t forget to clean your AirPods. You can also check out our list of best AirPods cleaning kits to ensure your AirPods receives the best cleaning.
- Contact Apple Support: Even after cleaning your AirPods, if it’s not resetting, you better contact Apple Support as soon as possible since they can help you better.