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Why is my AirPods case flashing amber?

I recently ran into an issue with my AirPods case flashing amber and I was frustrated to say the least. After doing some research and improving my expertise on the subject, I’m here to share my experience and solutions I discovered in hopes of helping others who might be having the same issue. In this blog post, I’ll be exploring why my AirPods case was flashing amber and the potential solutions I found. Let’s dive in!

Ordinarily, when you open the AirPods case, with the AirPods still inside, and there is a solid orange light it means that the AirPods are charging.

Whereas, if you open the case without the AirPods inside, it means that less than one full charge remains in the case. An orange light showing for 8 seconds when you start charging the case, shows that it is charging and that it is not full.

However, a flashing orange light can have a very different meaning such as a connection error or a firmware error.

How I solved the flashing amber issue with my AirPods:

I reset my AirPods case by putting them in the case, opening the lid, and holding the button for 15 seconds until the light flashed orange then white. After that, I reconnected my AirPods to my devices and the amber flashing stopped.

IssueFlashing orange light on AirPods case
Possible causesConnection error, firmware error, insufficient charge, outdated firmware
SolutionsTry resetting AirPods by pressing and holding the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white; reconnect the earbuds
If that does not work, try doing a hard reset on your AirPods; clean the contacts at the bottom of your AirPods and charge them for 30 mins

Common Reasons Why My AirPods Case is Flashing Amber

While there could a variety of reasons why your AirPods or AirPods Pro is flashing amber, we have observed that insufficient charge is one of the biggest causes. Another possible issue could be outdated firmware.

Read more: Why is my AirPods case flashing orange?

How to fix my AirPods flashing amber?

When your AirPods or AirPods Pro are in pairing mode, they will blink a white light. The light will stop flashing when your earbuds are connected to your Apple device.

Having said that, if your AirPods or AirPods Pro case continues to blink amber even after finishing the pairing step, this could prevent you from connecting your earbuds.

In such a situation, you should try reconnecting your Apple earbuds. And if this does not work, the next best thing is to try doing a hard reset on your AirPods or AirPods Pro.

Read more: Why is my AirPods case flashing white?

Why do my AirPods case flash amber and not connect?

A common issue that Apple AirPods users encounter is the AirPods case flash amber but failing to establish a connection. If you face this issue, check your firmware first.

Using outdated firmware can prevent your Apple devices from connecting with each other. Update your firmware, and most likely, this issue will be resolved. 

Let’s elaborate upon the steps to fix this issue.

Put your Apple AirPods (or AirPod Pro) into its charging case, and leave them there until they have reached full charge.

The next thing to do is turn on the Bluetooth option on your Apple device. We connect our Apple device with several audio devices.

Check that you have selected your Apple Airpods (or AirPods Pro) as the audio device. And if it does not pop up there, try checking it from the list of audio devices under Bluetooth settings on your Apple phone.

Once finished, close the lid of your AirPods charging case. Leave it for 15 seconds and then open it. Press and hold the setup button on the case until you see it flash white.

This will suggest that your Apple earbuds are in pairing mode. Next, try to connect the AirPods by pressing and holding the charging case near your Apple phone or tablet.

Follow the instructions on your Apple device to connect your earbuds. If your AirPods or AirPods Pro does not work properly, you can proceed to the next step- resetting your Apple AirPods (or AirPods Pro).

Why won’t my AirPods case stop flashing amber?

The primary cause behind AirPods flashing amber is a faulty connection or a firmware mismatch.

We have observed that leaving your AirPods closed for half an hour (while disconnected via Bluetooth) could help resolve this issue.

However, you should try resetting your AirPods.

Press the button on the back of your AirPods case for fifteen seconds until you see the case flash white light. Keep pressing the button until you see the light change from white to amber. Ideally, you should see the amber light flash thrice. This indicates that you have successfully reset your AirPods.

Once done, switch on your Apple device, and turn on Bluetooth. Connect your AirPods with your device via Bluetooth, and you should be good to go.


What does it mean if my AirPods will not flash amber?

In general, Apple AirPods flash a solid light if they do not have enough charge. And if they do not flash amber, you can do a few things to resolve the issue. 

Use a clean cloth or swab to clean the contacts at the bottom of your AirPods or AirPods Pro. Put the AirPods back in its case.

At this point, you should see the case flashing amber. This suggests that the case is charging. You can (as mentioned earlier) try resetting the AirPods to ensure that these issues do not repeat.

AirPods case blinking amber is not a rare issue these days. I have come across several Apple users who have faced this issue.

Try using the tips mentioned in this writeup, and hopefully, you should be able to fix the problem without much hassle.

Pros and Cons of AirPods


  • They are great for listening to music, podcasts, and other audio.
  • The sound quality is excellent, with deep bass and clear treble.
  • They are easy to set up and use.
  • The battery life is impressive.
  • They are lightweight and comfortable.


  • They are expensive.
  • The fit may not be comfortable for everyone.
  • The sound may leak.
  • The case is quite large.
  • The AirPods may be prone to connection errors and firmware issues.