If one AirPod suddenly stops working there is a quick fix for the issue.
While AirPods work perfectly a majority of the time, they aren’t perfect. One of the more common issues we’ve heard about is where one AirPod buds stops producing audio. It’s an annoying problem, but you probably don’t need a replacement.
If your left or right AirPod isn’t working or you’re experiencing an intermittent connection, here’s what you need to do before contacting Apple for support.
How to Fix One AirPod Not Working
First, you’ll need to grab your iPhone or iPad. Once you’ve got your phone or tablet in hand, here are the next steps you need to take.
- Open up the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Head into the Bluetooth section.
- Find your AirPods on the list of Bluetooth devices and tap on the blue “i” icon next to your device.
- Tap Forget This Device on the next screen.
- Now put your AirPods in their case. Close the lid, wait for 30 seconds, and then open it back up.
- Find the small button on the back of the case and press it until you see the status light turn white/amber.
- Close the lid to the case, wait a few seconds, open it again.
- Now bring your iPhone or iPad close to the AirPods and connect them.
If this method doesn’t work, there are two other fixes you can try. First, try resetting your iPhone’s network settings. Here’s how to do this:
- Head into the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Scroll down to Reset and tap it.
- Tap Reset Network Settings.
- Wait until this process is done and then try reconnecting your AirPods.
If that doesn’t help, check around the speaker and microphone on each AirPod for debris that might be in the way.
If you still can’t get audio out of one or more of your AirPods, you’ll need to contact Apple support and see if they have a permanent solution for your issue.
Install iOS 14.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.6 right away.
iOS 14.6 brings 38 important security patches to the iPhone. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.6. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.6. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.6 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.6 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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