If one AirPod suddenly stops working there is a quick fix for the issue.
One of the more common AirPods problems we’ve heard about is a situation where one AirPods bud stops producing audio. It’s an annoying problem, but you probably don’t need to buy 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 Transfer or Reset iPhone and tap it.
- Tap Reset.
- 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 16.3 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.3 update right away.
iOS 16.3 brings 12 new security patches (including one for the Weather app) with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software comes with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.3. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to hold off on installing iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of 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 security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.