Since Apple designed AirPods to function seamlessly with your iPhone, pairing them is simple. As with any Bluetooth device, you could run into issues while trying to link your AirPods with an iPhone. What to do if your AirPods don't function and how to pair them with your iPhone are both explained here.
Before attempting to pair your AirPods with your iPhone, make sure Bluetooth is switched on. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure the slider next to Bluetooth is switched on. When Bluetooth is turned on, the slider will be green.
How to connect AirPods to iPhone
To connect your AirPods to an iPhone, place them in their case and snap the lid shut. Navigate to the home screen on your smartphone while holding your AirPods case close to your iPhone. Finally, press Connect when the setup page comes.
- After putting the AirPods inside, close the case. For 15 seconds, the AirPods must be in their case.
- Check to be that your AirPods are completely charged before attempting to connect them. For more information, see our thorough instructions on how to check the battery level on your AirPods here.
- then go to your iPhone's home screen. On previous iPhone models, you may do this by hitting the Home button at the bottom of the display. With an iPhone X or newer, you must quickly slide up from the bottom of the screen.
- Open the AirPods case and place it next to your iPhone. Keep your AirPods in the open case as near to your iPhone as you can for optimal performance.
- Press Connect after your iPhone displays the setup prompt. If you're connecting your AirPods for the first time to this iPhone, the setup prompt will walk you through other options, like as turning on the "Hey Siri" feature.
- After that, connect your AirPods by following the on-screen directions and tapping Done. By clicking the "x" in the top-right corner of the pop-up window, you may also skip all the steps.
- Your AirPods should instantly reconnect to your iPhone each time you put them in your ears after connecting them. Instead of going through the setup process, a short notification letting you know that your AirPods are connected will appear at the top of your screen.
You may need to manually link your AirPods with an iPhone if you cannot see the Connect button or are experiencing trouble doing so.
How to manually connect AirPods to iPhone
- To manually connect your AirPods to your iPhone, put them in their case and snap the lid shut.
- Press and hold the case's back button until a white light starts to flash when the case is open and your iPhone is close by.
- Finally, click Connect after it appears on your screen.
- The back button on the charging case has to be depressed and held down.
- In the case that you own the AirPods Pro, the Status light will be on the front of your case.
- If you have an older model, you might be able to see this light on the inside of your case.
What to Do If Your AirPods Won't Connect to an iPhone
If your AirPods won't pair with an iPhone, try toggling Bluetooth on and off, disabling Low Power mode, switching your iPhone's audio output, and removing any other Bluetooth devices. You might also try updating your iPhone or erasing your AirPods' settings.
Disconnect your iPhone from any other Bluetooth devices
If you have a variety of Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and other audio equipment, your iPhone can attempt to automatically connect to those devices before your AirPods. Before connecting your AirPods to your iPhone, you might need to disconnect other devices.
Go to Settings > Bluetooth and press the I next to the name of the Bluetooth device to unpair it from your iPhone. Then click Forget This Device or Disconnect. The next time you wish to connect the device, you will need to completely reset it if you decide to forget about it.
Turn on and off Bluetooth
Sometimes the simplest cure is to turn Bluetooth off, wait a few seconds, and then turn it back on. As a consequence, you might be able to link your AirPods after resetting the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone.
To turn off Bluetooth, navigate to Settings > Bluetooth and move the button there. Bluetooth is turned on when the slider is green. You can quickly turn Bluetooth on and off by tapping the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center on your iPhone.
Switch your iPhone's audio output to your AirPods
In the case that your AirPods are paired with an iPhone but you are unable to hear any audio, it's possible that your music is being played from another Bluetooth device. By simply adjusting the audio output on your iPhone, you may listen to music through your AirPods.
Open the Control Center on your iPhone and press the AirPlay button to change the audio output. On your screen's upper right corner, there is a button that looks like a triangle with circles protruding from the top. Finally, choose your AirPods from the list to alter the audio output.
Your iPhone should be updated
When trying to pair AirPods to an iPhone, Apple encourages consumers to have the most recent software. The only iPhones that can use AirPods Pro are those with iOS 13.2 or later. The AirPods 2 are compatible with iOS 12.2 and later. The AirPods 1 works with iOS 10 and later.
To upgrade your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Upgrade. You can see your iOS version right here. To install any available updates, select Download and Install. Keep your iPhone charged while the update runs its course.
Disable the Low Power mode
Some customers complain that they can't connect to an AirPod when it's in Low Power mode. Some functions may not function until this setting is removed or the iPhone is charged above 80%, although this setting is intended to keep your iPhone functioning longer when your batteries run low.
Go to Settings > Battery and press the slider next to Low Power Mode on your iPhone to turn it off. The off position is shown by the grey slider. By pressing the yellow battery symbol in the Control Center on your iPhone, you can also turn it off from there.
Reset the AirPods
If everything else fails, you could choose to restore the factory settings on your AirPods. You won't be able to utilize the Find My function to find your AirPods if they go missing since doing this would also delete them from all the other devices connected to your iCloud account.
Go to Settings > Bluetooth and hit the I next to the name of your AirPods to reset them. Continue scrolling down and click Forget this Device. Next, select Forget this device in the pop-up box by tapping Forget Device.
You must configure your AirPods again once you reset them.
How to Connect AirPods and AirPods Pro to your iPhone
Find out how to connect your AirPods using the iPhone.
Make sure your iPhone has the most recent iOS version if you're configuring your AirPods for the first time. then take these actions:
- Access the Home Screen.
- Open the charging case while holding it near to your iPhone and wearing your AirPods in it. An animation of the setup appears on your iPhone.
- Click Connect.
- Read the next three screens if you have AirPods Pro or AirPods (3rd generation).
- Hey, Siri is ready to use with your AirPods if you have AirPods Pro, AirPods (2nd generation), or AirPods (3rd generation) and you have previously configured "Hey Siri" on your iPhone. You will be taken through the setup process if you have AirPods Pro, AirPods (2nd generation), or AirPods (3rd generation) and haven't already activated "Hey Siri."
- Click Done.
- Your AirPods are automatically configured with any of your compatible devices that are signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID if you're logged in to iCloud.
- Learn what to do if you're experiencing trouble connecting to or configuring your AirPods.
Learn how to connect your AirPods to a Mac, a non-Apple device (such as an Android phone), or to a different device altogether.
Check out our detailed instructions on how to get in touch with Apple customer service here if you're still having trouble pairing your AirPods with an iPhone.