How to Automatically Connect AirPods

Posted by Arch on November 13, 2019
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When we get a piece of new tech, we expect everything to function perfectly right away and not having to tinker around trying to make it work. This especially goes for some expensive equipment like Apple’s AirPods, but since you’ve clicked on this article you probably are having trouble auto-pairing them. Problems like that do sometimes happen with AirPods but don’t worry, as it isn’t a huge issue and it can be fixed quickly if you follow this guide.

Some Quick Fixes

Sometimes the issue is very minor and you can fix it pretty easily. Try these out first:

  1. Check to see if your Low Power Mode is off. If not, then toggle it off.
  2. Try charging your AirPods and the case they came with.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth.
  4. Select your AirPods from available Bluetooth audio devices.
  5. Check if your Apple device is updated to the latest version.

Check Requirements

Airpods aren’t actually compatible with every Apple Device, so make sure that your device is. Also, update the OS (Operating System) to the most current one as the AirPods will not connect to devices running an older OS. The requirements are as follows:

  1. iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10.2 or later
  2. Apple Watch with watchOS 3 or later
  3. Mac with macOS Sierra or later

Setting Up Your AirPods

AirPods have status lights, and when the light flashes white it means that the AirPods are ready to connect to one of your devices. If the light isn’t flashing white, close the case for about 20 seconds and then re-open it.

1. Setting Up with iPhones

  1. Check if your iOS is 10.2 or later.
  2. Unlock your iPhone screen via Face ID, Touch ID, or with your device passcode.
  3. With the AirPods still in the case, place them near your iPhone.
  4. Follow the setup and then tap Connect.
  5. If Setup isn’t running when you are setting up your AirPods then close the case for 15 seconds until the light flashes white.
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2. Setting Up with Other Devices

  1. Put the AirPods in the case.
  2. Open the lid of the case.
  3. There is a button on the back of the case called the Setup Button. Press and hold it until the status light begins flashing white.
  4. Set up your AirPods as a Bluetooth device.
  5. If you’re not getting to setup, close the case for 15 seconds until the light flashes white.

The Light Isn’t Flashing White

If for some reason the light isn’t flashing, you can try the following:

  1. Press and hold the Setup Button on the back of the AirPod case with the lid closed.
  2. Keep holding and open the case to see if the light started to flash white.
  3. If it’s still not working, keep pressing and holding the button until the status light starts to flash amber for a few times and then finally changes to white.
  4. Once this happens, you can set up your AirPods.

If there is no white or amber flashing, it means that the AirPods are not making contact with the AirPod case. In this case, try these out:

  1. Clean both the AirPods and the AirPod case, and make sure to clean the interior.
  2. You can try placing something on top of your AirPods before closing the case to ensure a better contact with the case.

AirPods Aren’t Auto-Pairing

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. Press the audio player.
  3. Press the AirPlay icon, and then choose the appropriate device from the list.
  4. Go to Settings.
  5. Go to Bluetooth.
  6. Toggle Bluetooth OFF.
  7. Wait for about 20 seconds, and then toggle Bluetooth back ON.

Replacing One of the AirPods

If one of your AirPods stops working or you’ve lost one and you have to replace it, there is a possibility that it will not pair up with the old AirPod. The best way to fix this is to forget the old AirPod.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to Bluetooth.
  3. Find your old AirPod.
  4. Click on the “I”.
  5. Click on Forget This Device.
  6. If you can’t see the forget option, you can fix it by resetting your network in the Reset Network Settings in General Settings.
  7. Once forgotten, you can set up both of the AirPods as if they were new.

These Issues Are Very Rare

The AirPods usually work right away and they are pretty amazing. But if you are one of the unlucky few whose AirPods didn’t work and this guide didn’t help solve the issue, there is no need to worry as you can get in touch with Apple Support and they may offer you a replacement.

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