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Why do my AirPods randomly play music?

This post will show you likely reasons why your AirPods have been randomly playing music and what you can do about it.

Likely reasons why your AirPods randomly play music are that they are falsely registering clicks due to being dirty or faulty, they have a bad connection with your device or because you need to reset and reconnect them with your device.

Why do my AirPods randomly play music?

Below are common reasons why AirPods will randomly play music.

Bad connection

It might just be the case that your AirPods have a bad connection with your device. This would be more likely if your AirPods only randomly play music on a specific device. In this case, it would help to forget and reconnect your AirPods with that device.

  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 orange then white
  4. Wait 30 seconds
  5. Open the lid and hold the button on the case
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your Mac

Problem with website or app

It might also be the case that the issue is with the website or app you are using.

This would be more likely if your AirPods only randomly play music when using a specific website or app. In this case, it would help to take a look at the volume settings on that website or app.

Broken AirPods

It might also be the case that your AirPods are broken. This would be more likely if it is happening regardless of the device you are using.

Software update

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.

False registered clicks

It could also be the case that your AirPods are falsely registering clicks. This would be more likely if your AirPods also do things such as randomly pause music or randomly activate Siri.

In this case, it would help to try cleaning the AirPods. If that does not work, you could try taking them to an Apple store.

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How to get my AirPods to stop randomly playing music?

To stop your AirPods from randomly playing music, it would help to try wiping the AirPods down with a cloth, to reset and reconnect them to your device, and to update them.

If that does not work, it would help to see if they can fix them at an Apple store.

Read more: Why are my AirPods so quiet on Mac?

Why does music automatically play on my AirPods?

If your AirPods are playing music automatically, it would be likely that your AirPods have a bad connection with that device or that they are broken or dirty.

It would help to start by wiping your AirPods using a cloth.

If your AirPods only play music automatically with one device in particular, it would be likely that you need to forget them and reconnect them to that device.

If your AirPods are doing it regardless of the device, try resetting them in their case by putting them in the case, opening the lid and holding the button for 15 seconds until the light shows. Then reconnect them to your devices.