AirPods Disconnecting from iPhone

Do AirPods get disconnected from your iPhone repeatedly during calls? You are not the only one to have encountered this inconvenience. Several other users have run into this issue as well.

“AirPods pair correctly with iPhone 6s Plus (iOS 10.2) and randomly during the call, they get disconnected. The BT connection gets lost and I have to connect them again manually. Happens several times during long calls with no apparent pattern. The AirPods are fully charged.

The strange thing is that while listening to music, this problem doesn’t show up, only on phone calls.”Apple Support Forum

AirPods Disconnecting from iPhone

AirPods Get Disconnected from iPhone? Tips to Fix the Issue

Important Tip: Make sure your AirPods are sufficiently charged. Head over to this guide to check the charge status of AirPods and charging case on iPhone and Mac.

Set AirPods to Use Either Left or Right Microphone

Each AirPods features a microphone. By default, both the earphones work as microphones during calls. Allowing only one to work as a microphone at a time might do the trick.

Step #1. Launch Settings → Bluetooth.

Tap on Settings then Bluetooth on iPhone 7 Plus

Step #2. Tap on “i” button next to AirPods → Tap on Microphone.

Tap on AirPods in Bluetooth Settings on iPhone

Step #3. You need to either select Always Left AirPod, Always Right AirPod.

Change AirPods Microphone Settings

By default, Automatically Switch AirPods is selected to make both the earphones work as a microphone.

Turn off Automatic Ear Detection

AirPods feature “Automatic Ear Detection” technology. When you put them in your ear, they start working but when you take them out of your ear, they stop working. Some users have reported that when they turn off this feature, AirPods don’t disconnect from iPhone during the call.

Step #1. Open Settings → Bluetooth.

Tap on Settings then Bluetooth on iPhone 7 Plus

Step #2. Tap on “i” button next to AirPods.

Tap on i Button Next to AirPods in Bluetooth on iPhone

Step #3. Turn off Automatic Ear Detection.

Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection in AirPods

Forget AirPods and Try to Pair It Again

Step #1. Open Settings → Bluetooth.

Tap on Settings then Bluetooth on iPhone 7 Plus

Step #2. Tap on “i” next to AirPods and then tap on “Forget this Device.”

Forget AirPods on iPhone

Step #3. Now, reboot your iPhone.

Step #4. Once it has restarted, pair it again with your device.

Reset Network Settings/All Settings

Step #1. Open Settings → General → Reset.

Step #2. Now, tap on Reset Network Settings and confirm.

Reset Network Settings in iOS 10 on iPhone

If the problem doesn’t get fixed by resetting the network, then try to Reset All Settings.

Tap on Reset All Settings on iPhoneConfirm Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 10

Try Changing Outputs and Inputs on Your Mac

Step #1. Go to System Preferences on your Mac and click on the Sound.

Click on Sound in Mac System Preferences

Step #2. Now, select Output Tab → AirPods.

Select AirPods as Output Sound on Mac

Step #3. Click on Input Tab → AirPods.

Select AirPods as Input Sound on Mac

That’s it! I hope these tips have worked for you in resolving the issue.

You would want to check out these related posts like how to fix the AirPods battery drain issue, how to customize AirPods and switch them to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

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