Understanding AirPods Reset Options

There are two main ways you can reset Airpods – a soft reset and a factory reset. The soft reset (or restart) doesn’t affect stored settings or data, while a factory reset erases all settings, returning the AirPods to their original state.

Airpods Lid Closed

Performing a Soft Reset

  1. Restarting AirPods: If your AirPods aren’t working correctly, a simple restart may help. This process involves placing the AirPods in their charging case, closing the lid, waiting for a few seconds, and then using them again. This can resolve minor glitches without affecting any settings or data​​.

Performing a Factory Reset

  1. Unpairing Before Resetting: For a more comprehensive reset, especially if you’re experiencing persistent issues, first unpair your AirPods from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. This can be done by going to Settings > Bluetooth, selecting your AirPods, and tapping “Forget This Device”​​​​.
  2. Factory Reset Steps: After unpairing, put your AirPods back in the charging case and close the lid for at least 30 seconds. This ensures that your AirPods have enough battery to connect to the case. If the charging case has a low battery, it’s advisable to charge it for at least 15 minutes before attempting a reset. To reset, press and hold the button on the back of the case. Once the status light flashes orange a few times and then flashes white, the AirPods are ready to be paired again​​​​.

Troubleshooting Reset Issues

  1. Unresponsive Button: If the setup button on the charging case is unresponsive, ensure it’s clean and free of debris. If it’s still not responding, contacting Apple Support is advisable.
  2. Pairing Difficulties: After resetting, you’ll need to pair your AirPods with your device again. This can be done by following the pairing instructions in your device’s user manual or Apple’s support website.
  3. Data Loss: A factory reset erases all stored settings and data. It’s important to note that this does not affect any saved music or other personal data on your device.

Maintaining Your AirPods

  1. Regular Cleaning: To maintain optimal performance, regularly clean your AirPods and charging case.
  2. Battery Care: Avoid exposing your AirPods to extreme temperatures and overcharging the battery.
  3. Protective Case: Using a protective case can help prevent scratches and damage from drops and everyday wear and tear.


  • How often should I reset my AirPods? There’s no set frequency for resetting AirPods. Resetting is typically done as needed to resolve issues.
  • Will resetting my AirPods erase my saved music? No, resetting AirPods does not affect saved music or other personal data on your paired device.
  • Can I reset my AirPods if I’ve lost one of them? Yes, you can still reset your AirPods even if one is missing, but keep in mind that both AirPods will need to be present for effective pairing and functionality after the reset.

This guide provides a more detailed and practical approach to resetting AirPods, suitable for both novice and experienced users. By following these steps, you can effectively address various issues and enhance your listening experience with Apple’s AirPods.

Eric Chan

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