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Why are my AirPods disconnecting from my Apple Watch?

As an Apple Watch and AirPods owner, I was frustrated by the frequent disconnects between my devices. After some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved this issue, as well as other solutions I discovered. In this blog post, I’ll explain why my AirPods were disconnecting from my Apple Watch and how I resolved the problem.

Likely reasons why your AirPods disconnect from your Apple Watch are that they have a bad connection, they are automatically switching between devices, need an update, or because your Apple Watch or iPhone needs a software update.

Tips for AirPods Disconnecting from Apple Watch
– Check for a bad connection
– Reset and reconnect AirPods
– Turn off automatic switching
– Update the software
– Disable automatic switching on other devices

Why are my AirPods disconnecting from my Apple Watch?

Below are the most likely reasons why your AirPods have been disconnecting from your Apple watch.

A bad connection

It could be the case that your AirPods have a bad connection with your Apple watch. It would help to try reconnecting your AirPods to your Apple watch by forgetting them and then pairing them again.

If that does not work, you could also try resetting your AirPods and then reconnecting them to your devices.

To do this, do as follows:

  1. Forget the AirPods on the device you are using
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Open the lid and press the button on the case for 15 seconds until it flashes orange
  4. Wait 30 seconds
  5. Open the lid and hold the button on the case
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your device

Automatic switching

AirPods have a feature that allows them to automatically switch between Apple devices.

If your AirPods are connected to an Apple device that you are not using then you start using a different Apple device, your AirPods will connect to that device.

Normally, it should show a notification on the screen asking you if you want to connect your AirPods. However, it does not always do this.

The issue could be that your AirPods are automatically switching to other Apple devices.

This would be more likely if your AirPods disconnect when you are not listening to your Apple watch or using it and you start playing sounds from a different Apple device.

This is commonly the problem when the AirPods disconnect when a notification comes into the iPhone or macbook.

To turn this off, click on your AirPods in the Bluetooth settings of your iPhone then click the “i” icon then select “Connect to this iPhone” then select “When last connected to this iPhone”

Your AirPods need a software update

Also, AirPods do receive software updates. It might be the case that your AirPods need to be updated.

To update your AirPods, you need to put them in the charging case while it is being charged, then put a connected Apple device (iPhone, iPad, Mac) near the AirPods.


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How to fix your AirPods disconnecting from your Apple Watch?

To get your AirPods to stop disconnecting from your Apple Watch, it would help to try resetting and reconnecting them to your devices, to turn off automatic switching, and to update their software.

In addition to that it would also help to make sure that your software is updated on your iPhone and Apple Watch since it could be the case that the issue is with an old version of iOS.

Read more: how long does the AirPods case take to charge?

Why are my AirPods disconnecting from my Apple Watch when fully charged?

Your AirPods might be disconnecting from your Apple Watch while fully charged because they have a bad connection, are automatically switching to other devices, need a software update or because you need to update the software version on your Apple Watch or iPhone.

Why do my AirPods disconnect when my Apple Watch gets a notification?

The most likely reason why your AirPods disconnect when you get a notification are that they are automatically switching to different devices. To fix this, it would help to turn off automatic switching on your other devices.

Pros of AirPods with Apple Watch

  • Wireless audio connection
  • Can be used for both music and phone calls
  • The AirPods Pro 2 case can be charged using the Apple Watch charger
  • Easy to pair and use
  • Portable and lightweight

Cons of AirPods with Apple Watch

  • Can lose connection if not within range
  • May not be able to work with older models of Apple Watch
  • Can be costly when compared to other wireless audio options