Whether youre selling or fixing an issue, theres a go-to solution every AirPod owner should know! Heres how to reset your AirPods and their variants.
While AirPods are some of the most intuitive wireless audio devices to date, theyre nowhere near perfection. Youll encounter some hiccups ranging from syncing issues to poor connectivity to a missing AirPod.
It can be annoying, especially when you cant use your AirPods for an extended period. Hence, knowing how to reset your AirPods is a must for all its users.
Resetting is one of the most common solutions to problems with wireless earphones, including AirPods. But its not always as straightforward as it may seem, depending on your situation.
Heres how you can factory reset your AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max for different occasions.
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How to Reset Your AirPods or AirPods Pro
Apple has designed them to be intuitive and convenient to use. Thats why resetting your AirPods (Gen 1, 2, or Pro) shouldnt be difficult. Simply follow these steps for a fuss-free reset.
Same reset procedure should work for all iOS devices (including iPhone, iPad, or Mac).
How to Reset Your AirPods Max
Unlike the AirPods (Pro), AirPods Max doesnt have a power button. Theres no way to power cycle them like you would with a traditional Apple device. If youre having connectivity or other issues with the AirPods Max, resetting is your most effective option.
There are 2 ways to reset your AirPods Max:
We recommend the first option mainly for the convenience and being less invasive.
A factory reset can remove your AirPods Max from all your devices rather than just the particular one youre having trouble with. Youll end up spending more time re-pairing your AirPods Max with other devices.
However, a reboot doesnt always guarantee that the glitches you encounter will be fixed. Thats why, if the first option fails, you should proceed with the factory reset.
Make sure your AirPods Max are partially charged for at least 5-10 minutes before resetting them.
How to Factory Reset Your AirPods Without a Phone
Dont have your phone with you? Not an issue. Its easy to reset your AirPods without unpairing them from your phone.
Heres how you can factory reset your AirPods without your phone:
Should You Reset If One Airpod Is Missing?
Another common scenario we encounter is people losing their AirPods. Being small in size, AirPods can be easily misplaced in our homes. And, having to turn your house upside down to search for it isnt a practical solution either.
Heres where the brilliance of Apples system shines. With the latest iOS14 and macOS Big Sur, your AirPods are automatically added to the Find My app. Theyll automatically pair with any of your devices on iCloud and play a sound that gets louder when youre closer to it.
If you lost one AirPod, only reset the remaining earpiece if youre sure that you wont locate the missing AirPod. Doing so can mean that youll lose the missing AirPod for good as itll no longer be detected through Find My app.
So before doing anything rash, make sure to check your resources first to make sure that resetting is the next proper step.
For other solutions, check out our all-around guide on how to find your lost AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max.
How to set up replacement AirPods
If you lost one AirPod and decided to replace it with a new earpiece, youll need to sync the old and new AirPods properly before using them. Heres how:
When Should You Reset Your AirPods
Youre not expected to reset for every issue you encounter with your AirPods. However, there are sticky situations you should consider resetting. Resetting your AirPods relieves you from the nagging frustration and time wasted in attempting to fix the problem.
Here are some of the common issues that can be fixed with a simple reset:
Unpairing your AirPods from your iCloud account and resetting them before selling also prevents whoever buys them from getting any access to your iCloud account. And, it gives the AirPods a clean slate to start their new journey with the new owner.
You can trade-in your faulty AirPods via Apples trade-in program. However, you can expect menial returns considering how fast a new model is produced every year. If youre planning to sell, youre much better off selling on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
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 youve got better alternative methods. Were open to suggestions.