So, you’ve been using Apple’s awesome AirPods or AirPods 2 for quite a while. If you are having some sort of problem connecting to them or charging them, or if you want to give these wireless earbuds to someone else, you can reset your AirPods to return them to the factory settings. Here’s how to reset your AirPods (both the original and the second-generation model).
The AirPods are pretty expensive, but they offer excellent sound quality, punchy bass, and noise reduction to let you enjoy music and talk to people without any issues. The below steps work with the regular charging case and the wireless charging case.
Step-by-step guide to reset your AirPods
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the “i” icon next to the AirPods. Tap Forget this device and tap again to confirm
- Put the AirPods in the charging case and make sure that the earbuds as well as the case have some charge. If they are not charged, plug them in for 10-15 minutes to ensure that they are adequately charged
- Open the lid of the charging case
- Locate the small setup button on the back of the charging case. It’s flush with the case
- Press and hold the setup button for about 15-20 seconds. You’ll see the status light between the AirPods flashing amber a few times and then flashing white continuously. If you own the wireless charging case, the status light is located on the front
That’s all you needed to do to reset your AirPods. Now the AirPods will no longer automatically recognize your iPhones or iPads.
If you want to pair the AirPods with another iOS device, take it near the device and open the case to initiate the process. If you are setting it up with an Android device, go to settings, then Bluetooth to pair them.
You would also want to change the name of the wireless earbuds if they are carrying the same old name. To change the name, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the “i” button next to the AirPods. Enter any name you like, and you’re done.