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Why do my Apple AirPods keep disconnecting?

Sadly, the answer isn’t very straightforward.

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One of the best things about Apple AirPods is the ease of connection to other Apple products. At least, it is when they’re working correctly.

If you’re unlucky enough to start having connection issues, there’s a bunch of stuff you can try to get them working again before having to go into the Genius Bar.

So, why do my AirPods keep disconnecting?

  • Short answer: Your guess is as good as mine.

There’s no simple answer here, partly because of the amount of extra features the AirPods have. With any Bluetooth device, usually, connection issues are the first port of call, with toggling Bluetooth or re-pairing to the device fixing connection issues.

The second thing to check is the battery life, both on the AirPods and of the battery in the charging case. Maybe one AirPod has higher charge than the other, or maybe the charge in the case is too low to recharge the buds. Either way, recharging the case should get you bopping along to your iTunes library again.

If neither of those work, it’s often a physical issue and it’s warranty time. At least, that’s the case for most Bluetooth headsets.

With the AirPods, there could be a whole bunch of other issues making your calls or music disconnect

For a starter, your Apple AirPods have little sensors that detect if they’re in your ear. That helps with battery life, as they’re not blaring music the second you take them out of the case.

Those sensors can get blocked easily, or maybe they’re not making enough contact with your ears, both of which make your AirPods think they’re not in, turning them off when you don’t want them to. Go and give them a clean, then see if the problem is fixed.

If these steps don’t work, MacWorld has a longer troubleshooting list to try. If your AirPods are still disconnecting, it’s time to hit up that Genius Bar for some service.

Having issues connecting your AirPods to other devices? What methods have you tried? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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