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How to Reset AirPods

Updated: Aug 15


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

One common question among AirPods users is how to reset AirPods. Issues may come once in a while especially if your most-loved AirPods are well-used. Your AirPods might not charge properly or at all, or they may be acting up. The quick solution is a reset. Keep in mind that resetting your AirPods returns your device to factory settings.


How to Reset AirPods and AirPods Pro


Resetting your AirPods may solve the issue you have now. More so, it’s good to note that how to reset AirPods is the same as how to factory reset AirPods so it’s beneficial for users who are ready to give away their AirPods as hand-me-downs. Lastly, we’ve put an all-in-one reset steps as resetting your AirPods is the same as how to reset AirPods Pro:


  1. Place your AirPods inside their charging case.

  2. Close the lid and wait for 30 seconds.

  3. Open the lid of your charging case.

  4. On your device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch), go to settings and tap on Bluetooth.

  5. Tap the More Info button next to your AirPods or the i.

  6. Tap Forget This Device.

  7. Confirm.

  8. Open the lid.

  9. Press and hold the setup button for about 15 seconds. The status light should flash amber then flash white.


If you’re resetting your factory settings completely, you can end with the number 9. However, if you want to pair your AirPods again, here’s how you can reconnect your AirPods or AirPods Pro.


How to Connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch


Now, it’s like you’re pairing up your AirPods or AirPods Pro for the first time. Here are the steps:


  1. On your device, go to Home Screen.

  2. Place your AirPods in their charging case and open the lid. Make sure you hold your AirPods or AirPods Pro closely to your device.

  3. A setup window will show up on your device’s screen. Tap connect.

  4. Finish up the setup window.

  5. If you’ve set up Hey Siri on your iPhone, then it’s automatically set up for your AirPods as well. Otherwise, you could be guided to set this up.

  6. Tap Done.


The beauty of having Apple devices is that if you’re signed in to iCloud and they’re the same Apple ID, your AirPods will easily pair (sometimes even automatically).


How to Change the Name of Your AirPods on Your iOS Device


May it be AirPods 2nd generation, to AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods 3rd generation, renaming your device gives you ownership of your AirPods. You may also want to change the name of your AirPods because it paired first with your sister’s device and now you want to rename it. Well… here’s how:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap on Bluetooth.

  3. Tap the i icon beside AirPods’ connected tag.

  4. Tap Name and you can now rename your AirPods.


How to Change the Name of Your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max on Mac


First, connect your AirPods to your Mac. Troubleshoot any encountered problem with any of the recommended solutions here.

  1. On your Mac, go to System Preferences.

  2. Click on Bluetooth.

  3. With your AirPods connected to your Mac, right-click on AirPods from the Devices list.

  4. Select Rename in the pop-up menu.

  5. Type in your selected name.

  6. Click on Rename to confirm.


Related FAQ


What does the button on the AirPods case do


The button at the back of your AirPods case is the set-up button, a.k.a. function button, and it is used to manually pair or reset your AirPods.


Resetting clears your AirPods' data and fixes issues like AirPods keep cutting out, or AirPods keep on disconnecting etc.


You may also use the set-up button to manually pair. Here's how:

  1. Go to your device's Bluetooth.

  2. Open the lid of your charging case.

  3. Tap the set-up button until it flashes white.

  4. Click your AirPods to pair.


Summary


How to reset AirPods and AirPods Pro, and how to change the name of your AirPods are very easy. Some notes to remember, resetting your AirPods is a full reset back to factory settings so you need to reconnect if you just want a reset to fix an issue. Also, renaming your AirPods, may it be AirPods 2nd generation, AirPods Pro, or AirPods 3rd generation, is quick and could be done on any iOS device or your Mac.


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