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Why do my AirPods disconnect from my iPhone?

If your AirPods or AirPod Pros keep disconnecting from your iPhone, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

Likely reasons why your AirPods disconnect from your iPhone are that they are broken, there is a bad connection, there is interference, or that there are other devices connecting to your AirPods.

It would help to try forgetting then reconnecting your AirPods to your iPhone and to disconnect your AirPods from other devices.

If your AirPods have started doing it after being dropped or allowed to get wet or only one AirPod has been disconnecting, it would be more likely to be due to them being broken. In this case, you would have to take them to an Apple store.

Why do my AirPods disconnect from my iPhone?

Below are likely reasons why your AirPods have been disconnecting from your iPhone.

Battery

It might be the case that there is a problem with the battery. This would be more likely if you recently dropped your AirPods allowed them to get wet or allowed them to be at 0% charge for more than a week or longer.

It would also be more likely if your AirPods run out of power very quickly. In this case, the only option would be to return them or to buy a new set of AirPods since you cannot replace the battery.

Disable automatic ear detection

It could be the case that the ear detection feature has been not working properly and causing your iPhone to stop playing when the AirPods are still in your ears. Try turning off the automatic ear detection feature by going “settings”, ”bluetooth”, click the ”i” next to the AirPods, then turn off automatic ear detection.

Connection

It could also be the case that there is a weak connection between your AirPods and the iPhone.

If there is a lot of distance between them or there are walls in the way, it will make it more difficult for the AirPods to stay connected.

To fix this, try reconnecting your AirPods to your iPhone as follows:

  1. Forget the AirPods on the device you are using
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Press the button on the case for 15 seconds until the light flashes amber then white
  4. Reconnect your AirPods to your device

Other devices

If there are other devices connected to your AirPods at the same time that your iPhone is connected to your AirPods, it would be possible that they are interfering with the connection.

It would help to try forgetting your AirPods on all of the other devices you have connected them to and to see if they work better with your iPhone after that.

Automatic switching

It could also be the case that your AirPods are automatically switching to other devices. To fix this try the following: Go to ”Settings”, ”Bluetooth”, click the ”i” next to your AirPods, then select ”Connect to this iphone” then ”When last connected”.

Software update

AirPods do receive software updates and 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, connect the charging case to a power source and move your Apple device (iPhone, iPad or MacBook) near to your AirPods.

To check the firmware version in your AirPods go “Settings” -> “General” -> “About” -> “AirPods” and you should see the firmware version there.

Broken AirPods

It could be the case that the AirPods are faulty. This would be more likely if only one of your AirPods have been disconnecting and if it is not only your iPhone that your AirPods disconnect from.

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Why do my AirPod Pros disconnect from my iPhone?

Your AirPod Pros might be disconnecting from your iPhone for any of the same reasons why regular AirPods might disconnect.

The most likely causes are that other devices are trying to connect to your AirPods or that there is a weak connection between your AirPod Pros and the iPhone.

It would help to try forgetting and reconnecting your AirPods to your iPhone and to disconnect them from all other devices.

Read more: Why does my AirPods case die so fast?

How to get my AirPods to stay connected to my iPhone?

The first thing to try would be to forget your AirPods on your iPhone then to reconnect them to your iPhone.

If that does not work, it would also help to try forgetting your AirPods on your other devices.

It would also help to get your AirPods to do a software update as mentioned above.

If none of that works or it seems likely to be due to them being damaged, the only option would be to take your AirPods to an Apple store to be fixed or replaced.