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 they’re having issues.
Resetting your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, 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:
- Keep your AirPods enclosed in the case for 30 seconds.
- Open the AirPod case’s lid.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go into Settings and head into Bluetooth.
- 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.
- Tap ‘Forget this Device’ and then tap again to confirm the change.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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, or AirPods Max persist, you’ll want to get in touch with Apple support if they are still under warranty.
Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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