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Why Won’t My AirPod Pros Connect?

As an Apple AirPod Pro owner, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with my devices not connecting as they should. After doing some research and testing, I wanted to share how I solved this issue and the other solutions I discovered along the way. In this blog post, I’m going to explain why your AirPod Pros might not be connecting properly and how you can fix it.

There could be several causes why your AirPods aren’t connecting to your device. The charge level, the Bluetooth connection, and the iOS version of devices are among the common culprits when talking about AirPod linking issues. 

Anyway, regardless of whether you’re new to AirPods or not, if you’re having trouble connecting them to your Apple devices, you’ve come to the right place.

IssuePossible CauseHow to Fix
Low Battery LevelInsufficient chargeCheck the charge of your AirPods using the charging case; charge them if necessary.
Bluetooth ConnectionConnection interferenceManually connect your AirPods through your device’s Bluetooth settings; ensure no other devices are automatically connected.
Outdated OSOutdated iOS versionUpdate your device to the latest iOS version; ensure your device is running iOS version 10 or later.
Connection IssuesUnspecifiedReset your AirPods by unpairing them from your iPhone or iPad, then re-pairing them following the reset process outlined in the blog post above.

3 Reasons Your AirPod Pros Aren’t Connecting

Let’s discuss the common causes of malfunctioning AirPod Pros.

Low Battery Level

This may be one of the first things to look for, as devices with low power tend to not function properly. This is true for all our gadgets.

Hence, if your AirPods won’t connect to any of your devices, you need to check if they’re sufficiently charged, to begin with.

Bluetooth Connection

If your AirPods are adequately charged and there are no problems with their charging case, it’s time to examine their connection.

AirPods function via Bluetooth connection. If your device’s Bluetooth is off, it won’t connect to your AirPods.

Another thing to look for is if your iPhone or iPad is connecting to other Bluetooth devices. To add to that, also check if your AirPods are connected to any other gadgets.

If other electronic accessories are automatically connected, both to your device and your AirPod Pros, then you won’t be able to link them successfully.

Outdated OS

The OS is the “brain” that controls the software and hardware functions of your gadget. This includes maintaining its security and connection facilities.

Therefore, it’s necessary to update it regularly to ensure that it always works properly.

An outdated iOS version can fall behind other devices in terms of functionality. Hence, this can cause your iPhone or iPad to fail in connecting to your AirPods.

Read more: One AirPod not working


How to Fix the AirPod Pros Connecting Issue

If you think your AirPods’ problem is among the issues listed above, read below to know the best solutions and steps you can take to solve it.

Check the Charge Of Your AirPods

As already mentioned above, low-battery AirPods can affect their performance. Check the battery status of your AirPods using their wireless charging case and charge them if needed.

Here’s how to check the battery juice of your AirPods:

  1. Insert your AirPods into the charging case.
  2. Watch the light indicator on the front of your charging case.
  3. If the light indicator is green, this means that your AirPods are sufficiently charged.
  4. If the light indicator is yellow, this means that your AirPods need to be charged.
  5. If the light of your AirPods case is yellow without the AirPods inside, this means that the case needs charging.

Manually Connect Your AirPods

The Bluetooth connection of your phone may be the one causing the issue. For this reason, you need to manually connect your device and your AirPods. 

This method also allows you to check if your device is trying to connect automatically to other electronic devices.

Follow these steps to connect your device to your AirPods manually:

  1. First, open your phone settings.
  2. Select the Bluetooth option to open the Bluetooth menu.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth by tapping on the switch icon. 
  4. Look for your AirPod Pros’ name on the Bluetooth device list.
  5. Finally, tap the name of your AirPods on the list to reconnect.

Update Your Device

To use AirPod Pros, your device needs to be on iOS version 10 or later. So, make sure that you update your gadget to the latest version of iOS.

To check if your device’s iOS is up-to-date, follow these steps:

  1. Open your phone settings.
  2. Locate the “General” option and open it.
  3. Tap the “Software Update.”
  4. An option named “Download and Install” will appear below if an update is available.
  5. Tap it to update the iOS of your device.

Reset your AirPods

If none of the things above work, you might need to reset your AirPods.

Here’s how to reset your AirPods:

  1. Begin by unpairing your AirPods from your iPhone or iPad. 
  2. To do this, locate your AirPods’ name on the list of Bluetooth devices and tap the “i” icon on its right side.
  3. Choose the “Forget this Device” option and confirm it.
  4. After that, remove your AirPods from their case for a few seconds. 
  5. Insert the AirPods back into the case and close it for 30 seconds.
  6. Next, open the lid, then press-and-hold the button on the case’s back. 
  7. The case’s light will flash, initially in amber, then in white.
  8. A prompt will appear on the screen of your iPhone to connect to the AirPods. 
  9. Follow the prompts on your iPhone screen and tap “done.”


There you go! Those are the causes and solutions to malfunctioning AirPod Pros.

Why won’t my AirPod Pros connect? 

The answer to your question boils down to three distinct areas: battery, Bluetooth connection, and update. 

We hope you can now easily troubleshoot your AirPod issues on your own with the help of this detailed guide.