How to Properly Reset Your AirPods and AirPods Pro in Under 5 Minutes

AirPods Pro, AirPods Max (From: Unsplash)
AirPods Pro, AirPods Max (From: Unsplash)

Whether you’re selling or fixing an issue, there’s a go-to solution every AirPod owner should know! Here’s how to reset your AirPods and their variants no matter the circumstance.

While AirPods remain some of the most sought-after audio devices today, owning 29% of the true wireless earbuds market in the 3rd quarter of 2020, they’re not exactly perfect. Certain issues in connectivity, sound, and overall functionality can still arise.

Fortunately, there’s a universal solution to these issues – resetting your AirPods

However, new AirPods users can easily get lost with how to properly reset AirPods, especially with the lack of noticeable reset buttons due to their minimalist design.

Don’t worry, we got you! Here’s the complete guide on how you can properly reset your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, and AirPods Pro, no matter the circumstances.

How to Reset Your AirPods or AirPods Pro

Apple has designed them to be intuitive and convenient to use. That’s why resetting your AirPods 1, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, and AirPods Pro shouldn’t be difficult. Simply follow these steps for a fuss-free reset.

The same reset procedure should work for all iOS devices (including iPhone, iPad, or Mac).
  1. Put your AirPods back into the charging case, and close the lid for at least 30 seconds. This will restart your AirPods or AirPods Pro.

    Put AirPods back in case
    Put AirPods back in case
  2. On your iOS device, under Settings, select Bluetooth.

    Access Settings & Bluetooth
    Access Settings & Bluetooth
  3. Tap on the “i” icon next to your AirPods.

    Tap the i Icon
    Tap the “i” Icon
  4. Select Forget This Device and once more to confirm. This disconnects and removes the AirPods from all devices where you’ve signed in with the same Apple ID.

    Forget the device
    Forget the device
  5. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for about 15 seconds while the lid is open until the status light changes from amber to white.
    If your ‌AirPods‌ case charges with a wire, the status light will be found inside the case between the ‌AirPods‌. If your ‌AirPods case can charge wirelessly, the status light is indicated on the front of the case.

    Reset AirPods until status light turns from Amber to White
    Reset AirPods until status light turns from Amber to White.
  6. Keep the lid open. Place your AirPods close to your Apple device to reconnect.
    After the reset, your ‌AirPods‌ will no longer automatically recognize any of the devices linked to your iCloud account. Opening the ‌AirPods‌ case near any iOS device will initiate the setup process.

    Keep lid open and sync your AirPods
    Keep the lid open and sync your AirPods
Learn more about what the setup button on your AirPod case does and how it works.

How to Factory Reset Your AirPods Without a Phone

Don’t have your phone with you? Not an issue. It’s easy to reset your AirPods without unpairing them from your phone.

Here’s how you can factory reset and disconnect AirPods from all devices without using your phone:

  1. Place both AirPods into the charging case. Open the lid.

    Open lid of AirPods case
    Open lid of AirPods case
  2. Locate the Setup button on the back of your AirPods case.

    Locate reset button
    Locate reset button
  3. Press and hold the Setup button for 15 seconds. The status light should change from flashing amber to white.

    Press until status light change from amber to white
    Press until the status light changes from amber to white
  4. Close the lid. Your AirPods are fully reset.

What to Do When AirPods Won’t Reset

Even after you’ve tried all the steps above, there may be instances when your AirPods simply won’t reset.

If that happens, here are some things you can try.

Clean your AirPods and case

Cleaning your AirPods with a cotton swab
Cleaning your AirPods case with a cotton swab

There could be dirt left on the earbuds and stem or debris that’s been lodged within the case or your AirPods’ tail. These can block contact between your AirPods and the charging plate inside, preventing the charging case to recognize your AirPods and perform a proper reset.

To clean your AirPods and case, you’ll only need to wipe them with some lint-free cloth or paper towel and Q-tips damp with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Focus on the AirPods’ tail and the inside of the charging case.

If you find some trouble with hard-to-remove dirt, you can also make use of a toothpick. Just make sure to take care of using pointy toothpicks to prevent scratches and don’t use your AirPods and case unless they’re completely dry.

Contact Apple support

Apple Online Support for AirPods
Apple Online Support for AirPods

If none of these methods get your AirPods to successfully reset, it could be a hardware problem.

For this, the best thing you can do is to contact Apple support for assistance. Before you do, make sure you have the serial number of your AirPods ready for verification purposes.

Worried that your new AirPods could be cheap knockoffs? Put your mind to rest and find out if your AirPods are the real deal or fake replicas

You could also head down to the nearest Apple Store and let their Apple-Certified technicians check if they qualify for a replacement and if they still have warranty coverage.


The convenience AirPods give is unrivaled in the market. Resetting your AirPods can be as easy as pairing them. Regardless of your predicament, you could have mastery over it within minutes. Now, you can enjoy your high-fidelity sound with all the convenience and zero glitches.

We hope our suggestions were useful to reset your AirPods hassle-free. Tell us in the comments section if our solutions worked well for you or if you’ve got better alternative methods. We’re open to suggestions.


  1. Someone sold me a pair of stolen EarPods and I’m trying to factory reset them but it is saying that the persons location settings for them are still on so that means that they are still looking for their EarPods and I don’t want to get blamed for this I’m really mad at the person and now they deleted their Facebook account

    1. damn imagine. me personally, i would never let someone do that to me, thas jus me tho. Honestly jus L-BOZO 🫵😹. But good luck i’m just going to call the cops.

  2. This didn’t help at all but you wanna know what did one of my AirPods was charging and the other wasn’t so I got mad and started to throw them at the ground and both of them started to charge so if that happened o you just throw them on the ground until they both change

  3. Yea I bought unknowingly a stolen pair of AirPods. And when I tried to pair them it said the owner can now track them. I freaked out cause I paid quite a lot and I don’t know what this guy will do. Should I take them to a cell phone shop? Apparently it’s connected to his iCloud

  4. When I’m resting my AirPods it’s just stays green no amber or white! I’ve met them for and still same issue

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