Reset AirPods: this is how you reset the AirPods (Pro/Max) to factory settings

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Reset AirPods: this is how you reset the AirPods (Pro/Max) to factory settings

Do you want to reset the AirPods? Resetting to factory settings can solve persistent problems with the AirPods, such as a faster draining charging case, connection problems or a crackling sound from the earphones. In this tip you can read exactly how to do that.

Are you having problems with your AirPods? Do they seem to drain faster than normal or are you often unable to connect? Then resetting the AirPods could be a solution! This also comes in handy if you are going to sell or give away your AirPods. You can also read here how to reset the AirPods Pro.

  • Reset AirPods (Pro).
  • Reset AirPods Max
  • Why reset?

This is how you reset AirPods (Pro).

AirPods charging case with configuration button.To reset the AirPods, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure both AirPods are in the charging case.
  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the i icon behind the AirPods. Tap Forget this device.
  3. Open the cover and press and hold the configuration button on the back of the charging case for at least 15 seconds.
  4. Check whether the light in the charging case flashes orange a few times and then white. The AirPods have now been reset.

The steps are the same for all models. Resetting your AirPods Pro works in the same way.

Please note that after resetting you will need to re-pair all your devices before you can use the AirPods again. Also keep in mind that you will have to adjust certain settings again, such as tapping the AirPods for Siri or music controls. In the tips below you can read all about connecting the AirPods and setting up taps on the AirPods. With the AirPods Pro you have to reset the pressure sensor for operation.

Reset AirPods Max

Do you want to reset or restore the AirPods Max to factory settings? Which can! For persistent problems, it may help to reset the headphones or completely disconnect them from your iCloud account. The latter is recommended if you have to hand in your AirPods Max for repairs, have sold them second-hand or want to return them to Apple.

This is how you can reset the AirPods Max, without losing any settings and remaining linked to your account:

  1. Make sure the battery of the AirPods Max is not completely empty.
  2. Press and hold the side button and the Digital Crown until the status light on the right earcup starts flashing orange.
  3. The headphones will now restart.

Pairing AirPods Max.

Here’s how to reset your AirPods Max to factory settings:

  1. Make sure the battery of the AirPods Max is not completely empty.
  2. Press and hold the side button and the Digital Crown for 15 seconds.
  3. The status light on the right ear cup will start flashing orange and then turn white.
  4. The headphones are now disconnected from your account.

Why reset your AirPods?

When does resetting your AirPods actually come in handy? At different times. If you want to give your AirPods to someone else, it is useful if there is no longer a link with your devices. Resetting can also help with all kinds of other problems. For example, in January 2017 there were battery problems with the storage box of the AirPods. At the time, users reported that the charging case’s battery suddenly ran out. Resetting appeared to solve the problem.

Another AirPods problem that can occur is a crackling sound in the AirPods or a broken connection. In that case, resetting your AirPods could do the trick, but you could also look at other Bluetooth devices in your area. Turning Bluetooth on your device off and on could also help.

If you want to reset your iPad or iPhone to factory settings, we have a separate tip for that.

If your AirPods are defective, check the tip below for repairs. Or see what you can do if your AirPods are having issues like stuttering audio, low volume, short battery life and more:

  • Did your AirPods break? That’s the way it is with repairs
  • AirPods problems: the best solutions for poor audio, connection and battery life

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