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  • Writer's pictureMarianne Zara

How to Disconnect AirPods from All Devices

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

Woman wearing an AirPod while holding its charging case in her left hand and an iPhone in her right

Your AirPods may not be working as well as if it was newly bought or you may be experiencing an issue with your device and your AirPods. Now, you want everything disconnected at once. Is it possible?

Yes, it is.

How to Disconnect AirPods from All Devices

Again, if there’s an issue you want to solve quickly and not go through the nitty-gritty, you may simply go unpair and reset your AirPods.

First, unpair your AirPods

The usual way to disconnect AirPods from different devices is to use your device (iPhone or iPad), go to Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods i > Forget this Device. Well, this will only forget devices with the same Apple ID.

Through Mac, choose the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth > Control > AirPods > Remove and Forget Device.

Why do you need to unpair

Unpairing fixes errors like when only one AirPod plays a sound or music playback. You need to unpair and reconnect your device. But this is most important if you’d like to sell your AirPods, unpair them so the new owner can set up his connection.

How to disconnect AirPods from All Devices Without Phone

If you want to reset as quickly as possible, you may do so too.

  1. Start by placing your AirPods in their charging case.

  2. Wait for battery levels to be at 10%.

  3. If already at 10%, press and hold the setup button at the rear of the charging case for about 15 seconds.

  4. Release the button once the light flashes yellow and white.

After the reset

You need to make sure your reset worked perfectly. To check on this, reconnect to your device. This is how you connect to your iPhone.

  1. Your device should be on your Home Screen.

  2. Open the lid of your charging case near your iPhone. A pop-up should show up on your iPhone.

  3. Tap Connect.

  4. Set-up accordingly. If you have an AirPods Pro or 3rd gen, there will be 3 more screens to read on. Otherwise, it will go to the “Hey Siri” setup.

  5. Finish the guided set-up, and tap Done.

How to Remove AirPods from iPhone

You may also opt to simply remove your AirPods on one device like your iPhone but note that this unpairs your AirPods to your Apple Watch too.

Go to Settings > Bluetooth > More Info "i" icon > Forget This Device.

Then tap on Forget Device to confirm.

Final Words

Disconnecting your AirPods from all your devices is as quick as having to reset them to factory settings. Note that you have to pair and connect them again after this process. Resetting usually fixes your issues of not pairing or connecting, or when your AirPods keep cutting out.

You may also want to check your issue. You can also try to fix them without having to restore everything in factory settings. Maybe it’s just a proximity issue, you can read all about it here. Or maybe it’s simply flashing orange? Read the fix here. Probably your AirPods got wet, read how to remove water from AirPods here.

Let us know what other issues you need help with in the comments section.

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