As convenient as Bluetooth headphones are, the fact that they rely on Bluetooth connectivity solely makes them a pain in the ass sometimes. You find yourself unable to pair them or watch as they disconnect without apparent reason. If that happens, here’s how to fix your AirPods or AirPods Max.
Since they’re Bluetooth headphones no matter how you look at it, there’s no immediate, obvious way to do a hard reset.
After trying the ol’ “pair – unpair” to no avail or witness as they disconnect intermittently to your despair, you’re honestly considering returning them to Apple.
There might be a solution you haven’t taken into consideration yet. When everything else fails, you could try a total reset.
How to Reset Your AirPods
The first thing you need to do when attempting a hard reset for your AirPods, is to unpair them.
- On iPhone/iPad, just go to Bluetooth settings, tap the i symbol next to your device, then scroll down and click on Forget This Device, followed by Forget Device when the popup appears.
- On Mac, you’ll have to open System Preferences, choose Bluetooth, then right click on your device. From there, just choose Remove.
You’re not done yet!
Now that your other Apple devices can’t see your pair of AirPods anymore, return them to their charging case.
With the lid open, press and hold down the button on the case for about 15 seconds. It’s not necessary to count the seconds – just wait to see the light on the case turn amber, the blink three times.
Release the button and wait for the light to turn white. That’s when you know the earbuds have reset and are ready to be paired again with your devices.
How to Reset Your AirPods Max
The AirPods Max, although made by the same manufacturer, need a bit of extra TLC.
The unpairing process is identical but the reset instructions differ quite a bit. So, instead of holding down a button for 15 seconds, you’ll have to press and hold down the Digital Crown and noise control buttons simultaneously.
The process takes the same amount of time and you’ll know once it’s done by watching the light – it should appear amber as well.
Let me know if you tried this approach and how it worked!