AirPods that keep disconnecting from an iPhone or iPad can be annoying, but there are various fixes that might help solve the problem.
AirPods are generally reliable headphones, but there are times when they disconnect from a device. Wireless headphones were first released in 2016, alongside the iPhone 7. Since then, the Cupertino-based tech company has launched several models with features like wireless charging, active noise cancellation and Transparency mode, among others.
As of now, Apple is selling four models. The AirPods (2nd generation) are the oldest and most affordable, priced at $129. Then came the AirPods Pro, which are available to purchase for $249. Apple also launched the AirPods Max in 2020 and these over-ear headphones are currently available for $529. More recently, the company launched AirPods 3, priced at $179.
If there is a problem with the connection, the user must first try to reconnect their AirPods by putting them back into the charging case and then taking them out after a few seconds. The AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro are equipped with Apple’s W1 and H1 chips respectively, which allow these devices to instantly connect to an iPhone or iPad. When reconnecting the AirPods, make sure they are close to the phone or tablet. If that doesn’t work, it may help to turn Bluetooth off through the device’s control center and then turn it back on after a few moments. Alternatively, turning Airplane mode on and off is another way to reset the connection. As SOFT points out, there are other fixes worth trying.
Disable ear detection and automatic switching
Disabling ear detection and auto-switching can also help resolve AirPods disconnection. To disable automatic ear detection, go to Settingsfollowed by Bluetooth, then tap the information icon next to the AirPods connection status. In the window that opens, locate Automatic ear detection and disable the feature. When enabled, it is supposed to detect when the user wears and removes the AirPods, but wiggling the earbuds may cause ear detection to malfunction. If AirPods are commonly used with multiple Apple devices such as an iPhone, iPad, and Mac, disabling auto-switching on all devices may help resolve the issue.
If the AirPods keep disconnecting even after trying all the methods mentioned above, check if the firmware version is up to date. Open Settings > General > About > AirPods and find the firmware version. The latest firmware version will depend on verification, but to apply pending updates, keep the headphones in the charging case and connect the case to a power source. Then turn on the internet on the connected Apple device and keep it close to the charging case. Once the AirPods are fully charged, they automatically check for any updates and install any that are available. If that doesn’t help either, it might be worth considering resetting the AirPods and/or their network settings, contacting Apple Support as a last option.
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