How to EASILY reset every Apple AirPods Device


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AirPods Pro making an odd rattling, clicking or popping noise? You may have a big problem. Here's how to fix it + what to do if you can't:When Apple removed the headphone jack, iPhone users had only one way to listen to their favorite music on their phones – the AirPods. And like most products that Apple has in its lineup, these nifty little audio devices were an instant hit with users, especially because of the proprietary H-series chips that come built-in that makes all the difference when it came to ease-of-use and audio quality when compared to other wireless earbuds.

How to Reset Every AirPod Device: AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max

Why Reset Your  Apple AirPods?

The H-series chips combined with the latest and greatest Bluetooth technologies give the AirPods easy connection, great sound quality, and a decent enough battery life to last your AirPods through a long-haul flight from Vancouver to Munich. However, having these two technologies doesn’t mean that the AirPods can’t glitch out on you.

Here are some of the most common ones that you may encounter:

  • Failed connection to your device
  • Poor audio quality or dropped signal
  • Siri access and other features don’t work
  • Unresponsive touch controls

If you’re experiencing any of these problems with your AirPods, a simple reset might be all you need to get back to listening to your favorite music.

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How to reset AirPods and Apple AirPods Pro

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  1. Put the AirPods back in their charging case and close the lid. Make sure they’re properly seated and ready for the reset process.
  2. Leave them alone and let them rest for about 30 seconds. This allows the AirPods to completely power down and prepare for the reset.
  3. Lift the lid, pick up the AirPods, and put them back in your ears as you normally would. This should make the device try to find the last device you’ve used them on and automatically reconnect with it.
  4. Open the Bluetooth settings on the last device you used the AirPods on. If your AirPods are detected, you can simply tap the “Forget This Device” option from the Bluetooth settings and reconnect it. However, if it’s not detected, you’ll have to proceed with the next steps.
  5. Place your AirPods back in their charging case, keeping the lid open.
  6. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the charging case for about 15 seconds. The status light on the front of the case should alternate blinking from amber to white to indicate that the reset process is ongoing.
  7. Reconnect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to your device. With your AirPods in their charging case and the lid open, place them close to your Apple device. Follow the steps on your device’s screen to reconnect your AirPods.

Do note that performing a reset on your AirPods will also reset any custom settings, such as Spatial Audio and touch controls you have configured. This can be a little bit of a chore, but it’s better than settling for poor audio quality and constant disconnections.

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Bigger problems with Apple AirPods Pro crackling?

If you’re having bigger problems with your AirPods Pro, Apple has confessed there is a known issue with many older versions of these wireless earbuds. Check out my video below for how to fix them and what the causes may be, or read the ‘how to fix AirPods Pro’ blog here.

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Resetting Your Apple AirPods Max

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AirPods Max.

If you have the Apple AirPods Max, the reset process is much simpler. Here are the steps:

  1. Remove the AirPods Max from the case. This should wake the AirPods and search for the last paired device to connect.
  2. If the last Apple device you connected to detects the headphones, you can reset it using the “Forget This Device” option, similar to how its smaller siblings are reset.
  3. Press and hold the noise control and the digital crown for over 15 seconds. If successful, the indicator lights will flash between amber and white.
  4. Wait about 15 seconds to let the headphones finish the reset process
  5. Reconnect the Apple AirPods Max to your device. Remove the headphones from their case, put them near the device you want to pair with it and follow the instructions on the screen.

If you’re contemplating AirPods Max, you can check out my Full review and find out why I sent mine back.

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What if Resetting AirPods Don’t Work?

Most of the time, a reset would fix common Apple AirPods first generation issues. In some cases, however, this might not be enough. But don’t come looking for the box and repackaging it for a return just yet. There’s still one thing you could try.

After a reset, you should also try removing the AirPods from your iCloud, removing all traces of it from your iOS device or Mac computer. This should help your device re-pair with your device with a fresh connection.

Parting Thoughts

Connecting AirPods with wireless charging to any of the compatible devices in Apple’s ecosystem should be a breeze because of the proprietary H1 and H2 chips. If it works correctly, you shouldn’t have to fiddle around with the settings much just to pair it with your device.

However, having chips built-in doesn’t mean they’re immune to the frustratingly poor audio quality, random disconnections, lags, and other issues plaguing Bluetooth technology. This is especially true when you’re using them in a crowded area with a ton of Bluetooth signals being broadcasted simultaneously.

Hopefully, a simple reset is all it needs to work again. If not, you can also try removing it from your iCloud account as well. If that doesn’t work either, then you’re probably due for a visit to your local Apple Store.

Keep jamming, and stay tuned for more helpful tips!

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