How to reset AirPods and AirPods Pro (2023)

How to reset all AirPods with or without iPhone

Even though most of the community was disappointed with Apple for removing the headphone jack back with iPhone 7, most of us are thankful to Apple for introducing us to the world of true wireless earbuds through Airpods. Since its unveiling, Airpods have become a part of our life.

But as you know, things are not always smooth in life. And if you face issues with it, you can reset your Airpods to get the issue fixed. Even if you are not having any issues, it’s good to reset it once in a while, and also, if you are planning to sell it, always reset your AirPods before selling.

How to reset AirPods and AirPods Pro

The steps to reset all the Airpods, except Airpods Max, are the same. If you are looking for the steps to reset AirPods Max, we have already covered it in a different article; check it out.

  1. Put your AirPods back into their charging case.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds.
  3. After that, open the lid of the charging case.
  4. Open Settings on the connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
  5. Tap Bluetooth.
  6. Now, tap the i button.

    tap the i button to forget AirPods
  7. Select Forget This Device.
  8. Now, Tap again to confirm.

    tap forget device to remove AirPods
  9. Next, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case while the lid is open.
    Do it until the status light flashes amber, then white.

For the AirPods‌ case that only supports wired charging, the status light will be inside the case between the ‌AirPods‌. For AirPods that support wireless charging, the status light will be on the front of the case.

Note: If you perform the steps with a closed lid, only your iPhone will forget your AirPods. To reset all the AirPods settings, you must perform the steps while keeping its lid open.

After resetting, if you have doubts about reconnecting AirPods with your Apple devices, we have already covered that for you.

How to factory reset AirPods and AirPods Pro without an iPhone

Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you can still reset your AirPods and AirPods Pro without any issues. All you have to do is:

  1. Put your AirPods back into their charging case without closing the lid.
  2. Press and hold the setup button until the status light change from flashing amber to white.
  3. Now, you can close the lid as the AirPods are fully reset.

How to remove AirPods from Apple ID

Even if you reset the AirPods and try to connect it with an iPhone linked to a different Apple ID, you may be informed that the device is linked with another ID. To remove AirPods from Apple ID, all you have to do is:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. Swipe up the Devices section.
  3. Tap the AirPods you want to remove.
  4. Now, tap/swipe Remove This Device.
    If you swipe, tap the bin icon.
  5. Next, tap Remove again to confirm.

    remove airpods from find my

What to do when AirPods won’t reset

Yeah, sometimes things don’t go as expected. That’s life, and the only thing we can do is find solutions to our problems. So here’s what you need to do if your AirPods won’t reset even after following these methods.

  • Clean Airpods: If the AirPods and their case are not clean enough, they may not properly connect with the case and affect the reset process. So, don’t forget to clean your AirPods. You can also check out our list of best AirPods cleaning kits to ensure your AirPods receives the best cleaning.
  • Contact Apple Support:  Even after cleaning your AirPods, if it’s not resetting, you better contact Apple Support as soon as possible since they can help you better.


Q. Can Reset AirPods be tracked?

Nope. Once you reset AirPods, it cannot be tracked. So if your AirPods get stolen, you need to use Find My to locate it quickly before the thief resets it.

Q. How do I remove AirPods from someone else’s iCloud?

You must get the other person’s iPhone and remove it from the Find My app. Follow the steps mentioned above to do so.

Q. Why are my AirPods not connecting?

Put the AirPods back into the charging case and check if it charges. If it does, then you can proceed with resetting your AirPods and see if that fixes the connectivity issues.

That’s it!

AirPods are one of the best companions to iPhones, and it’s best to take care of them. If your AirPods are lost, do track them ASAP before anyone can reset them. Also, if you have stolen someone’s AirPods and looking to reset them, please return them. You can consider any other AirPods alternative if you don’t have the budget to consider AirPods.

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