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How to Reset AirPods



It’s easy to reset your AirPods and the process takes less than a minute. You should reset your AirPods if you’re preparing to sell your AirPods or if you’re having issues with them.

Resetting your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, or AirPods Max returns them to their factory settings. The next time you open your AirPods next to an iPhone or iPad you’ll be prompted to set them up as if they were brand new.

Before you take the following steps, note that once you go through this process, your AirPods will no longer recognize devices linked to your iCloud account.

How to Reset AirPods

First, make sure your AirPods are enclosed in their case. It’s impossible to reset your AirPods if they are out of the case.

Once you’ve done that, here’s how to reset your AirPods:

  1. Keep your AirPods enclosed in the case for 30 seconds.
  2. Open the AirPod case’s lid.
  3. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go into Settings and head into Bluetooth.
  4. When you’re in the Bluetooth section, tap the “i” icon that’s next to your AirPods. If you don’t see them listed there, you can skip this step.
  5. Tap ‘Forget this Device’ and then tap again to confirm the change.
  6. With your AirPods case lid open, press and hold the setup button located on the back of the case for 15 seconds or so. You can take your finger off when you see the status light flashing amber.
  7. If you want to reconnect your AirPods to a device, keep the lid open and bring them close to the device you want to connect them to.
  8. Follow the instructions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to Reset AirPods Max

Resetting Apple’s AirPods Max headphones has a different process.

If you run into issues with your AirPods Max, you should try rebooting them. Before you do, make sure you charge them up for a few minutes.

Once you’ve done that, here’s how to reboot your AirPods Max:

  1. Press and hold the noise control button and the Digital Crown (both are located on the top of the headphones) until the LED flashes amber. The status light is located on the bottom of the headphones.

If that doesn’t work, you can try resetting them to their factory settings. Doing so will cause them to unpair from your iCloud account and bring back to their original, out of the box settings.

Here’s how to reset a pair of AirPods Max headphones:

  • Press and hold the noise control button and the Digital Crown for 15 seconds or until the LED flashes an amber color and then white.
  • Reconnect them to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

If your issues with your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, or AirPods Max persist, you’ll want to get in touch with Apple support if they are still under warranty.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 16.5 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 16.5 for Better Security

Install iOS 16.5 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.5 update on your iPhone right away.

Apple's detailed the security patches on board iOS 16.5 and you can learn more about them over on Apple's website.

As for older software, iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades and they're important if you want to keep your iPhone protected from harm. You can learn more about the pair here.

The company's iOS Security Response 16.4.1 (a) update also included security updates, but Apple hasn't revealed them yet and it's unclear if it will.

Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.

The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.

 iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here

In addition, the software came 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 16.5. 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 missed 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. 

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