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Why is my AirPods case flashing orange?

I recently ran into an issue with my AirPods case flashing orange 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 orange and the potential solutions I found. Let’s dive in!

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.

Key Takeaways
The case flashes orange to signify charging, a pairing error, or a charging problem
The most common solution is to reset AirPods in the case
Forgetting AirPods from devices, putting only one AirPod in the case, and holding the button until the case starts flashing white is a potential solution
Trying to charge the case using a different lightning cable or charging mat is another solution
Cleaning the charging port for the case and the charging area inside the case where the AirPods go can also help

Why is my AirPods case flashing orange?

The most common reason why an AirPods case will flash orange is that the AirPods have encountered a pairing error.

However, another possible cause is that there is actually a problem with the charger you are using. This would be more likely if your AirPods turn off straight away when you take them out of the case.

Read more: Why is my AirPods case flashing amber?

How to fix AirPods flashing orange

To fix AirPods flashing orange, the first step is to try resetting your AirPods in the case.

To reset your AirPods, do the following:

  1. Forget your AirPods from your devices
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Open the lid
  4. Hold the power button for 15 seconds, until the light flashes orange then white.
  5. Reconnect your AirPods to your devices

If that did not work, the following trick has worked for a number of users.

Put only one AirPod in the case, and

Hello, if you are dealing with flashing orange: Take the left airpod out, open the lid, then hold the button until the case starts flashing white. Now connect your iPhone to that AirPod. Then forget the AirPod and do the exact same thing using the other AirPod then forget that AirPod. Now, put them both in the case, open the lid and hold the button down to connect the AirPods. If that did not work, try resetting them again.

Otherwise, the issue might be due to the charger you are using. It would help to try charging the case using a different lightning cable or charging mat. If that does not work, it would also help to try plugging the case into a different charger for the case or you could try plugging it into a laptop or something similar.

It would also help to try cleaning the charging port for the case as well as the charging area inside the case where the AirPods go.

Read more: Can you pair two AirPods to the same device?


Why are my AirPods flashing orange and won’t connect?

If your AirPods or AirPods Pro case is flashing orange but refusing to connect, it is time to check the firmware version. 

If you have outdated firmware, update it immediately. Apple devices work best (like most other devices) when they are running the latest firmware.

You can achieve this by putting the AirPods into the charging case, and charging them fully. On your Apple phone, navigate to the Bluetooth Settings and turn it on (if not on).

You should see a list of audio devices under the Bluetooth settings. Make sure you have selected your Apple Airpods (or AirPods Pro) as your audio device. Once done, close the charging case for 15-20 seconds, and open it again.

Hold and press the setup button until you see it start flashing white. This will reset your AirPods so you can easily pair them again with your Apple device.

And if this does not help stop the flashing problem, then you might want to try charging both your AirPods and its case.

Remove the AirPods from its case and observe the LED light on the case. A solid green light indicates a full charge (as mentioned earlier) and a solid amber color tells you that your case does not have a sufficient charge.

Why is my AirPods case flashing orange while charging?

A solid orange light on your AirPods case shows a lack of adequate charge (if the AirPod is outside the case).

However, if you see the case flash an orange light during charging, you might have to check a few other things.

We have seen that, in most cases, this issue happens due to connectivity issues. Wireless earbuds often have these connectivity issues. 

First, disconnect the AirPods from your Apple device, and pair them again. Most users say that this trick addresses the ‘orange flashing’ issue.

How to do this? Inside the Settings app on your Apple device, head over to the Bluetooth settings. Locate your AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices. Tap on the ‘i’ button next to the AirPods, and tap the “Forget This Device” button.

Put the AirPods in its case, and close the case’s lid. Open the lid after a few seconds, and enter the pairing mode by long-pressing the startup button. Pair the AirPods and your Apple device when you see the case start flashing white.

Why is my AirPods case flashing orange and not charging?

If you have already tried charging your AirPods and the device, and even updating firmware does not work, then you might have to try this next trick. This is the age-old trick of cleaning dirt!

First, use a needle or something similar to clean the lighting port. Also, use a cleaning pad to clean the bottom connectors on your AirPods case. 

I have come across people who start freaking out when their Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro start flashing orange.

As I said earlier, wireless earbuds do pose these issues from time to time, Apple earbuds being no exception.

Using tips like updating firmware, disconnecting your AirPods and reconnecting them with your Apple device, charging them fully, and lastly, cleaning the AirPods and their case, could solve the issue.

Pros and Cons of AirPods


  • Easy to pair with Apple devices
  • Good sound quality
  • Convenient charging case
  • Wireless connection
  • Long battery life


  • Expensive
  • No noise cancellation
  • No water resistance
  • No wireless charging
  • Potential connectivity issues