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AirPods blinking white but not connecting

I recently experienced a frustrating issue with my AirPods – they were blinking white but not connecting. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share my experience and the various solutions I discovered that ultimately solved the problem. For anyone else having this issue, I hope this blog post can provide some guidance and a way out of the same frustrating situation I found myself in.

Key Takeaways
AirPods must be in the case and clicked to connect properly.
Try forgetting and re-pairing the AirPods with your device.
Restarting your device may resolve connectivity issues.
Reset AirPods by holding the button until the light flashes.

Why are my AirPods blinking white but not connecting?

Below are likely reasons why your AirPods are blinking white but not connecting.

The AirPods are not in the case

When pairing AirPods for the first time, you must put them in the case, open the lid, then hold the power button to put the AirPods in pairing mode.

You should then see your AirPods on your iPhone’s list of available devices and you can click on the AirPods to pair with them.

Make sure you are clicking on the AirPods

When AirPods are in pairing mode, they do not connect automatically, you must click on them in order to connect them to your device.

You need to forget them from your device

The most common reason why your AirPods blink white but won’t connect is that you have not forgotten them from your device.

Try forgetting them from the Bluetooth settings on your device, then put your AirPods in the case, open the lid, press the button to put the AirPods into pairing mode, and then you should see the AirPods on your list of devices that you can then connect to your device.

Not pairing them correctly

It could be the case that you have not been pairing your AirPods correctly.

You are meant to pair the AirPods by putting them in the case, opening the lid, then pressing the button. Your AirPods should then appear on your device’s Bluetooth list of available devices.

If you then click on your AirPods, your device should then be able to pair with them.

Read more: Why do my AirPods only work in a certain position?


Turn the phone off and on

It would help to make sure that you have forgotten your AirPods then try turning your device off and on again.

Read more: Why are my AirPods making a static sound?

You need to reset the AirPods again

If you have forgotten your AirPods from your device, try resetting your AirPods again.

To do this do the following:

  1. Forget your AirPods from your device
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Wait 30 seconds
  4. Open the lid and hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white

Take them to an Apple store

If none of the above works and your AirPods cannot pair with any device, it would help to try taking them to an Apple store to see if the Apple employees can fix it.