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Why won’t my AirPods pop up on the screen when opened?

As an AirPods owner, I was frustrated when my AirPods wouldn’t pop up on the screen when I opened the case. After doing some research, I decided to share my findings on how to solve this issue, as well as other solutions I discovered. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing why this issue occurs and how you can fix it.

Key Takeaways:

  • To get AirPods to pop up on the screen, bring the AirPods close to your Apple device and open the lid.
  • If the AirPods do not show up when you open the case, try charging them, resetting them, resetting the network settings, or toggling the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings.

How to Get AirPods to Pop Up on the Screen?

Do you own a set of Apple AirPods? Are you wondering how you get them to pop up on your Apple iPhone, Apple iMac, or Apple iPad screen? There is a bit of a process to follow to make this happen for the first time.

When you first get your AirPods, the initial task you have set before you is to pair them with your Apple device. You want to bring the AirPods close to your Apple iPhone, Mac, or iPad and then open up the lid of the device.

When you do this, your Apple device should sense that there is a pair of AirPods that are ready to be connected. You can then go through the process of pairing the Apple AirPods and AirPod Pro devices with your Apple device.  

When you have a finishing point with the pair, you are going to have a working pair of Apple AirPod headphones ready to go. Now, when you bring the AirPods near your device and open the lid, they should pop up on your iPhone, Mac, or iPad screen.

What you should see on the screen includes the battery health of the earbuds as well as the case itself. You can also change settings such as the audio settings of the headphones once they are fully paired. The AirPods Pro devices will let you alter noise cancellation, for example.  

Read more: can you charge AirPods with an 18W charger?

Why Won’t AirPods Show Battery Pop Up When Open Case?

What should you do if your AirPods do not show up when you open the case? There are several different things that you can try to fix the problem. You will want to take it one step at a time to try and troubleshoot everything to identify the root cause.

The first and easiest fix you need to try is to just charge up the AirPods. You want to plug the case in and also have the earbuds inside of the case at the same time.

This will allow you to ensure they have a full charge when you go to connect them to the corresponding Apple device, such as the iPhone or the iPad. If you know you have a full charge and are still having issues, try something else.

One of the other ideas you can do is to go to the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings on your Apple device.

Turn off the Bluetooth s well as the Wi-Fi connections. Once you turn them off, wait a few seconds and then toggle them back on.

This may allow the Apple AirPods to reconnect.

Another option is to go into the Bluetooth settings of your iPhone, Mac, or iPad and actually “forget” the AirPods.

This will allow you to set up the AirPods as a brand new device once again. By doing this, you will re-sync the headphones and you may get them to pop back up on the screen.

Read more: How do AirPods know when they are in your ear?

How to See the AirPods Battery Percentage?

If you are still not seeing the pop-up from the Apple AirPods on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can try a few other things.

The battery percentage is critical as you want to be able to see how much life is left on the AirPods.

Try restarting the Apple device. Restart the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You may find that by doing a reset, you correct a known software glitch that is causing problems with the connection.  

If all else fails, try resetting all of the network settings on an iPhone. You can do this in the settings portion of the iPhone where you can go to general and then reset the network settings. You can then set up your Wi-Fi connection once again to fix the AirPods.  

How to See the AirPods Case Battery Percentage? 

The easiest way to see the AirPods case battery percentage on your iPad, iPhone, and Mac is to simply bring a charged up and in sync set of AirPods close to your Apple device and open the lid.

When you do this, you will be able to see the battery percentage right away. You will get a visual of the battery case percentage as well as the battery earbud percentage.


Now that you have some ideas to try when it comes to fixing a set of AirPods that will not pop up on your screen, give it a try. Whether you have an iMac, an iPhone, or an iPad, you have options at your disposal. Follow some of our tips and tricks and you will find yourself back in action in no time at all.  

Easy to connect AirPods to your Apple deviceMay need to reset Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings
Able to see battery health of the AirPods and case when the lid is openMay need to reset the network settings on an iPhone
Can change audio settings of AirPods Pro devicesMay need to forget the AirPods and set them up as a brand new device
Easy to charge up the AirPodsMay need to restart the Apple device