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Why do my AirPods keep cutting out on PC? (Windows)

As an owner of AirPods, I’ve been frustrated by the fact that my AirPods keep cutting out when I try to use them with my PC. After doing some research, I’ve come to the conclusion that this issue is not uncommon and there seem to be several potential reasons why it is happening. In this blog post, I want to share some of the solutions I’ve discovered to help resolve this issue and hopefully help other AirPod owners experiencing similar problems.

Quick fix: reset and reconnect your AirPods.

  1. Forget your AirPods from your PC
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Open the lid
  4. Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
  5. Re-pair your AirPods to the PC

Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out on PC?

There could be a number of reasons as to why your Apple AirPods keep cutting out on your PC. There are some main components to the Apple AirPods functioning properly with a Windows PC or any device for that matter.

You need to think about the batteries in both the Apple AirPods case, as well as the earbuds themselves. These things in combination need to have enough juice so that there is adequate power to make a connection.

The next piece of the puzzle is Bluetooth. You need a PC that has Bluetooth capabilities to work with the Apple AirPods device. If you do not have Bluetooth on your PC, they are just not going to work.

Finally, you need to consider the Automatic Ear Detection technology inside of the Apple AirPods. With this technology, the AirPods may stop working incidentally.  

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Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out on Windows?

The most common reason Apple AirPods will cut out while playing on Windows is that they will run out of battery. You may find a situation where you have one or both or your AirPods simply out of juice.

You can put them back into the Apple AirPods case for a charge, but the case itself needs battery power as well. Give them time to charge up and wait for the light on the case to turn green to let you know you are ready to go.

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How to Get My AirPods to Stop Cutting Out on PC?

The other common reason as to why the Apple AirPods will stop working is due to the Automatic Ear Detection technology.

With this technology, the Apple AirPods are using proximity sensors to try and figure out when they are within an ear.

When the sensors do not detect the ear, the music or whatever audio you have coming out of the PC will cut out and stop playing.

The proximity sensors are super sensitive. If you have a situation where you have ears that have an odd shape, or you have ear wax or dirty Apple AirPods, the Automatic Ear Detection technology may not detect the ear.

You will want to keep the Apple AirPods as clean as possible and also keep your ears clean to help them function as the intent was.

Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting From PC?

It could be that you have an issue with Bluetooth causing problems with the connection on your PC. The Bluetooth connection is only going to be so strong.

If you were to move too far away from your PC with the Apple AirPods you may be in a situation where they will disconnect.

The Bluetooth driver on the PC could also be old, needing an update to work properly with the Apple AirPods.

The easiest fix to this is to stay close to the PC and reset the Bluetooth driver to try and get things working again.

Why Does One AirPod Cut Out On PC?

When you have one AirPod that will cut out on you on the PC, it is either the proximity sensors with the Automatic Ear Detection technology or more likely the batteries in the Apple AirPods.

You could have one earbud that has enough battery to keep playing, while the other has died. This can cause one ear to just stop working.

The easiest fix is to put both Apple AirPods in the case, let them reset, and try again.

You never want to give up on your Apple AirPods when trying to connect them to a Windows PC. You have a lot of options to help make the connection and keep it running strong.

The Automatic Ear Detection technology, battery issues, as well as potential problems with your Bluetooth driver may be the answer.

Continue to troubleshoot until you have your Apple AirPods working flawlessly once again.


  • Easy to reset and reconnect your AirPods
  • Automatic Ear Detection technology for a better listening experience
  • Lots of troubleshooting options available to help fix connection problems


  • May need to update the Bluetooth driver on the PC
  • Need to keep the AirPods and ears clean for proper functioning
  • Batteries need to be charged for proper functioning