What to Do if Your AirPods Keep Disconnecting

April 4, 2022 • April Miller


AirPods are supposed to give you a seamless listening experience. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. If your AirPods keep disconnecting, this can often be a pain. You may have experienced this issue once or twice since owning them.

There are many reasons why your AirPods are disconnecting, and it can be due to:

  • Bugs in a recent software update.
  • The current iOS version of your Apple device.
  • Hardware issues
  • Bandwidth
  • Bluetooth connection

While the reasons behind your connectivity issues can vary, these are some of the best ways to resolve them. 

What Should I Do If My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

1. Try Reconnecting With Your iPhone

If your AirPods have disconnected from your Apple device, try reestablishing the connection between your devices. Sometimes gadgets can lose their connection. So, the best way to reconnect your AirPods is by placing them in their charging case. After waiting for 15 seconds, you should be able to reconnect by taking them out again.

You’ll also want to ensure your AirPods and iPhone are close to each other. So, the further you move away from your device, the less likely it will have a chance to connect or stay connected.

If your AirPods aren’t connecting, you may need to check their battery if they need to charge. If that’s the case, or they’ve stopped charging, consider getting a battery replacement from one of Apple’s service providers.

2. Disable Bluetooth and Re-Activate It

Disabling your Bluetooth and re-activating it on your iPhone can eliminate technical errors and fix the connectivity issues. 

Start by swiping up the iPhone’s Control Center from the bottom of the screen and tap on Airplane Mode. Wait for 10 seconds before tapping the Airplane icon again to re-activate the Bluetooth.

3. Disable Automatic Ear Detection

The Automatic Ear Detection is a function that detects your AirPods once inserting them into your ears. However, turning off this setting can automatically disconnect your AirPods if you have to adjust while wearing them. 

If your AirPods keep disconnecting, disabling the Automatic Ear Detection can help. 

Go to Bluetooth via Settings. Under My Devices, tap the Info icon next to your AirPods. Turn off Automatic Ear Detection and see if that works.

4. Make Sure Your AirPods Are Clean

If you haven’t cleaned your AirPods in a while, this could be the primary reason why they keep disconnecting. While cleaning your AirPods, use the buds to ensure you gently clean the crevices. Once you finish cleaning using the buds, grab a microfiber cloth to clean out the dust particles. 

Another item you can use to clean them is a soft brush to wipe away the debris stuck in your speakers. After using the brush, give a final once-over cleaning with the microfiber cloth.

5. Reset Your AirPods

If these methods haven’t worked for you and they still keep disconnecting, try resetting your AirPods.

Place your earbuds inside their charging case. Hold down the status button until the indicator light starts flashing. Now you can take the AirPods out and follow your iPhone’s screen prompts to reconnect them.

6. Reset Your Network’s Settings

If all else fails, a manual reset of the network settings can resolve any corruption that prevents the device from communicating with the AirPods.

Go to Settings > Tap General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings. Type your passcode and hit Reset Network Settings again. 

Once it resets, reconnect your AirPods and check if any issues recur.

If this doesn’t work, check your AirPods to see if they connect to another device nearby. Or it could be that your iPhone or AirPods need an update.

Turn to Apple for Assistance

These fixes should help you resolve your AirPods connectivity issues. If not, it’s likely your dealing with a hardware defect. If that’s so, contact Apple Support and they will be able to assist you.