Do you suddenly stop hearing anything after using AirPods for some time? This may happen if the AirPods have auto-connected to another device or there is a bug in your mobile device.
If this happens frequently, it’s possible that something else is causing your AirPods to disconnect.
Factors like outdated software and incorrect settings can be the reasons your AirPods are disconnecting without your instruction. Regardless of the causes, we have some fixes available to ensure that your AirPods do not disconnect in the future.
How to Fix AirPods Keeps Disconnecting?
Your AirPods can stop disconnecting if you ensure some important things. Begin by checking if the battery condition is good and disabling the automatic ear detection feature. Also, your AirPods need to be in the range of the device you are using.
Depending on the cause and devices involved, you can apply an appropriate fix. The fixes in this article are simple and won’t take you more than a few minutes.
Now, let’s look at the fixes that can stop your AirPods from disconnecting.
Check the Bluetooth Connection
Oftentimes, your Airpods can disconnect randomly if there is a Bluetooth-related problem. If the Bluetooth connection is weak or inconsistent, the device and the Airpods will not work together properly. Thus, you would need to ensure that Bluetooth connectivity is strong and reliable.
When the AirPods are near an iPhone, an automatic connection takes place. Simply press Connect on your iPhone when the AirPods connection prompt appears. Also, you can press the back side of the AirPods case to make a Bluetooth connection. Ensure that your AirPods are visible in the Bluetooth and audio output list.
Check For Interferences
Connection issues can arise between your AirPods and another device if there is interference in the environment. Thus, keep other devices such as a router, speakers, cables, etc. at some distance.
Ensure That the Battery Condition Is Good
A low battery level in your AirPods can cause disconnection. Thus, you would want to check if your AirPods are charged or not. If the AirPods turn on well and stay turned on for a while, you can confirm that the AirPods are in working condition.
Also, clean the ports of the charging case and the bottom of the AirPods regularly with a cotton cloth. Moreover, check if the AirPods or charging case have any physical breaks or cracks. If yes, you can visit the nearby Apple Store to repair or exchange them.
Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection
A feature may actually disconnect your AirPods sometimes. If it is the case, you would need to switch it off by these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Tap on Bluetooth and select Info for AirPods.
- Find Automatic Ear Detection.
- Disable it.
Select the Airpods as Sound Device
It is also possible that your AirPods are connected by Bluetooth connection, but the audio output in the computer/iPhone is set through another sound device. For such a case, you need to make your AirPods the main audio device.
- First, open the AirPods case.
- Open Control Center on iPhone.
- Touch Audio card.
- Press the AirPlay icon.
- Select your AirPods.
- In the windows search box, type “Sound.”
- Click on Sound.
- Under the output section, choose your AirPods as Audio Device.
- First, ensure that a Bluetooth connection exists.
- From the Menu bar, open Bluetooth or Volume control.
- Choose your Airpods as an output device.
Switch Off Automatic Switching
If your AirPods are connected to multiple devices at the same time, they can switch to another device without your knowledge. For instance, if your AirPods are connected to both a MacBook and an iPhone simultaneously, the AirPods can connect to the MacBook when you are listening to music on your iPhone.
Thus, after using AirPods with a certain device, disable them from it and only reconnect when you need to use them.
Also, ensure that the automatic switching feature is turned off so that your AirPods do not connect to another compatible device. For this, you can follow the following steps while your AirPods are connected and turned on.
- Open Settings and select Bluetooth.
- Find the AirPods and select More Info.
- Choose to Connect to the iPhone.
- Finally, select the When Last Connected to This iPhone.
- Open Apple Menu.
- Click on System Preferences and open Bluetooth.
- Open the Options right next to AirPods.
- Find the Connect to This Mac menu.
- Select When Last Connected to This Mac.
Reinstall Bluetooth Driver
If your AirPods keep disconnecting from your computer, you can try to fix it by making uninstalling Bluetooth drivers.
Additionally, re-installing Bluetooth drivers may also fix the Bluetooth connectivity issue with your AirPods. You can take the following steps:
- In the Windows search box, type device manager.
- Under Device Manager, click Open.
- Find Bluetooth and expand it.
- Right-click and select Uninstall device on all available devices.
- Reboot the PC and it installs the Bluetooth drivers automatically.
- Make the Bluetooth connection and try using your AirPods again.
Update of AirPods Software
Your AirPods can disconnect if they run on an old software/firmware associated with a bug or performance issue. Thus, you would want to regularly update your AirPods. The steps are very simple.
- While in their case, connect your AirPods with an iPhone/iPad.
- Plug the charging cable to the AirPods.
- Keep the Airpods near the iPhone.
- An automatic update will take place.
You can take the following steps on an iPhone to check if your AirPods run on the latest firmware or not.
- Connect the AirPods to an iPhone.
- On the iPhone, open Settings.
- Tap on General and then, About.
- Select your AirPods and look at the firmware version.
Update the iOS Version
If your iPhone is running an older system, it may not be the right match for your AirPods. Many bug-related problems are fixed in the new iOS version. Thus, we also recommend you update the iOS on your device. To update iOS manually, you can perform the following steps:
- Open Settings.
- Go to General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Select the update you want.
- Or, tap on Download and Install.
Reset Network Settings on Your Device
Sometimes, errors in the network settings can cause problems with the connection between the device and your AirPods. Thus, if you have an iPhone, here are the steps to reset network settings:
- Open Settings.
- Select General.
- Tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Press the Reset option.
- Select and confirm the Reset Network Settings option.
Once this process is complete, connect your AirPods again with the iPhone and see if they work together well without random disconnection.
Reset the AirPods
If none of the fixes worked for you, try resetting your AirPods. Simply keep them in your charging case and press the Status button for a while. Once you notice the amber light instead of a white one in the case, the reset process is complete. Connect your AirPods with an iPhone or another device, and they can run fine without any disruption.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Use My AirPods Away From Wireless Devices?
A router, wireless mouse/keyboard, and Bluetooth broadcast at 2.4GHz. Thus, when used at close distances with other wireless devices, your AirPods can experience interferences. Your AirPods can disconnect in this situation too.
Why Does My Left AirPod Keep Disconnecting?
Your left AirPod can keep disconnecting because of a low battery level, imbalanced audio volume, or dirty charging case. When one AirPod has issues in any of these areas, disconnection can happen on its side.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting When I Use Spotify?
This might be a compatibility issue because many users experience AirPods disconnection when using Spotify. As a fix, try re-installing Spotify or logging into your Spotify account and using your AirPods again.