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Why are my AirPods working separately?

If your AirPods or AirPod Pros have been working separately, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

The most likely reason why your AirPods are working separately is that they are not paired with each other. To fix this, you need to reset the AirPods by doing the following:

  1. Forget your AirPods on your devices
  2. Put your AirPods in the case and wait for 30 seconds
  3. Open the lid
  4. Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
  5. Now you should be able to reconnect your AirPods and they should work like normal

Why are my AirPods working separately?

Below are likely reasons why your AirPods are working separately.

They are not paired with each other

It might be the case that the AirPods are not paired with each other. This would be more likely if they are AirPods that came from different sets, but it could even be the case if they both came together.

To fix this, try the following:

  1. Forget your AirPods on your devices
  2. Put your AirPods in the case and wait for 30 seconds
  3. Open the lid
  4. Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
  5. Now you should be able to reconnect your AirPods and they should work like normal

They need to be reset

It might also be the case that your AirPods need to be reset. To reset the AirPods, follow the exact same steps as mentioned above.

A problem with the connection with the device

It could also be the case that your AirPods have a bad connection with the device you are using them with.

This would be more likely if it only happens when you use your AirPods with one device in particular. In that case, it would help to forget your AirPods from the device and then to re-pair your AirPods with the device.

You need to reset network settings

A number of users have found that it is necessary for them to reset their network settings. To do this on an iPhone, go to settings, then general, then reset, and then go through the steps to reset network settings.

Faulty AirPods

It could be the case that you have faulty AirPods. This would be more likely if your AirPods are still not working properly after being reset. In this case, the best option would be to take them to an Apple store.

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How to get my AirPods to stop working separately?

To get your AirPods to stop working separately, it would help to reset and reconnect your AirPods by doing the following:

  1. Forget the AirPods on the devices you use them with
  2. Put your AirPods in the case and wait for 30 seconds
  3. Open the lid of the case
  4. Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
  5. Now you should be able to reconnect your AirPods and they should work like normal

Why do my AirPods work separately but not together?

If your AirPods are working separately but not together, it would be likely that your AirPods are not paired with each other. To fix this, reset them by doing the exact same process as mentioned above.

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Why won’t my AirPods connect at the same time?

It is common for AirPods not to connect at the exact same time. If you wait for 30 seconds or so, both of your AirPods should connect to your device and they should be working in-sync with each other.

Why is only one AirPod playing at a time?

If only one of your AirPods will play at a time, it would be likely that your AirPods are not paired with each other and it would help to reset and reconnect them as mentioned above.

If resetting and reconnecting them does not work, it would probably be necessary for you to take them to an Apple store.

Why are my AirPods out of sync?

If your AirPods are out of sync with each other, it could be due to a bad connection with a particular device, because they are not paired properly with each other or because they are faulty.

It would help to try resetting them as mentioned above.