If your AirPods are giving you trouble, sometimes the solution is very simple. Often, the helpful feature you need is a bit hidden, or maybe you just don’t know it yet. With our tips for AirPods problems, you’ll soon be enjoying your favorite music from the popular wireless in-ears again without interruption.
AirPods are now in their 3rd generation. They are among the top headphones on the wireless earbuds market and have many fans. But Apple’s in-ears are not perfect either.
Since the company launched the AirPods in 2016, users have reported problems with the small gadgets from time to time: they don’t connect to every Apple device right away, cause dropped calls, AirPods randomly cut out and lead to battery complications and the like.
In this article, we’ll show you what you can do if your AirPods cause problems – or if you’re afraid you’ve lost one of your compact headphone plugs.
What to do if your AirPods have battery problems?
Some AirPods users have asked why the headphones do not charge evenly in the relevant forums or why they generally have different battery levels. This is not a bug: it is the way it is supposed to be. Each AirPod has its battery and can also be used individually.
The other earbud then remains switched off, saving energy. If your AirPods are not charging correctly, it is often only due to a loose power cord contact or because the charging case no longer provides enough power.
Find out the battery level of your AirPods
You can also check the charge level of your AirPods via your iPhone or another compatible device. The AirPods must be in the charging case and close to the iPhone to do this. When you open the lid, your smartphone shows you the charge status for the case and both AirPods.
Since iOS 10, the charge level is also permanently displayed in the iPhone’s battery widget. For Android devices, you need a separate app. This way, you always know how much power your headphones have left.
Simply resync in case of connection errors
From time to time, your AirPods may have trouble syncing with available devices. While Apple devices usually connect without a problem, unfortunately, they don’t always.
First, try the following:
- Check if your Apple device has the latest iOS version on board.
- Make sure that the AirPods are charged.
- On your iPhone or iPad, select your AirPods as the audio device.
- Then, when you close the charging case’s lid, a white LED should flash after 15 seconds, indicating that the Bluetooth connection is established.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to restart your AirPods:
- Go into the Bluetooth settings.
- Delete the connection with the AirPods.
- Put your AirPods into the charging case.
- Open the lid and hold your iPhone (or the device you want to connect) close to the case with Bluetooth enabled.
- The setup animation will start. You can now reconnect your AirPods to the device.
AirPods issues: Some apps interfere with Bluetooth connection
If your AirPods have problems with the connection and still interfere despite restarting, it may also be due to other apps. Some apps and programs have access to the Bluetooth function of your device and thus interfere with the establishment of the connection to your AirPods. This can happen even if these apps are only running in the background and you are not using them at all.
In case of problems, the best thing to do is to deactivate all programs that have access to your Bluetooth function and then test whether the connection quality improves as a result. Often, it is only one app that causes trouble.