How to reset AirPods to factory settings and why to do it

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First AirPods headphones appeared back in 2016. Since then, the popularity of TWS headphones has exceeded all conceivable limits. Users realized that this form factor is much more convenient than wired, as it does not hinder movement. But, like any device connected over the air, AirPods periodically experience various glitches. This may be due to an unstable connection with a smartphone or tablet, or simply some problems after a software update.

In such a situation, it will come to the rescue factory reset AirPods. Fortunately, this can be done in a couple of clicks, and restoring the previous settings will not take as much time as after reset iPhone. Understanding how reset AirPods all versions.

Reset AirPods

Reset AirPods clears all settings you have made. For example, if you changed the actions when you click on the earpiece, then you will have to set it again. Plus, to all the devices with which they were paired, they will have to be reconnected. Separately, it should be noted that if you use multiple Apple devices with the same Apple ID, then removing the headphones from one of them will remove them from all. The same goes for connection. When connected to one device, AirPods will automatically appear in others.

To properly reset your headphones, you must first remove them from all your devices. To do this on an iPhone or iPad:

  • Go to settings.
  • Select the Bluetooth section.
  • Click on the “i” in the circle next to the AirPods you want to reset.
  • Tap “Forget this device” and the headphones will be disconnected from the iPhone and all devices running under your Apple ID.
  • Or, with AirPods connected to your smartphone, go to their settings directly from the settings.
  • Click “Forget this device.
  • Place the headphones in the case and leave the lid open.
  • Hold down the button on the headphone case and hold them until the indicator starts blinking first yellow and then white.
  • After that, the button can be released.

Now AirPods reset to factory settings, and you need to reconnect them to the desired devices. If you use headphones in conjunction with smartphone on android or exclusively with a computer, then you need to do the following:

  • On Android:
  • On Mac:
  • On Windows:

In general, you can leave the headphones on the device they are paired with, but after reconnecting, a new pair will be created. Therefore, so that their number does not increase and does not confuse, it is better to safely remove them and forget about it.

Reset AirPods Max

If you own AirPods Max, here the reset is done a little differently due to the presence of several buttons on the headphone case. Disconnecting from the device in this situation is carried out in the same way as on regular AirPods. But the reset itself is different:

  • Make sure your AirPods Max are sufficiently charged. Otherwise, charge the earbuds and remove them from the case.
  • Hold down the wheel and the noise canceling control button until the indicator flashes amber and then white.

After that, you can put the headphones in the case and, if necessary, connect to the desired device in the standard way. Be sure to check that the headphones are sufficiently charged before resetting. This applies not only to AirPods Max, but also to regular AirPods and AirPods Pro. Otherwise, the reset may fail. If the headphones are not charging, check the connector or make sure that the ears are fully inserted into the case. This will ensure that errors are avoided.

If you plan to sell your headphones, I advise you to additionally make sure that they are Unlinked from Apple ID. To do this, you need to use the application Locator on iPhone or iPad or web version via

  • Go to
  • Sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Select the Locator section in the new version of the site or Find My iPhone in the old one.
  • Open all devices and if there are AirPods in the list, go to them and remove them from your account.

After that, you can safely sell headphones. They will hook on to the new user’s Apple ID without any problems and will not cause him any problems.

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