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Why won’t my Airpods turn on?

If your AirPods won’t turn on, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

Likely reasons why your AirPods won’t turn on are that they are not charged, they have not been paired to the device that you want to use them with, they are broken, the charging case is broken, you need to update the AirPods, you are not putting the AirPods in the case right, or the charging case is not getting charged properly.

There are a number of possible reasons why your AirPods might not be turning on. However, there are a number of things you can do about it.

Why won’t my airpods turn on?

Below are likely reasons why your AirPods won’t turn on and what you can do about them.

AirPods not charged

The most obvious reason why your AirPods are not turning on is that they are not charged. It would help to try putting them back into the charging case for 10 minutes then to see if they work then.

When you put them into the charging case, an orange light should appear on the case to show that they are being charged. If a green light appears, it means the AirPods are fully charged.

If an orange or green light does not appear, it would mean that the case does not have any power or that the case is broken and it would help to try charging the case.

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AirPods not connected to the right device

It could also be the case that you are not connecting your AirPods to the correct device. It would help to go into your device’s settings and to see if your AirPods are connected. If they are not connected, it would help to connect them.

If they are connected, it might still be the case that they are also connected to another device.

AirPods will only play audio from one device at a time, so it might be the case that your AirPods are currently waiting for audio from the other device.

It would help to check that your AirPods are not connected to any other devices and to reconnect your AirPods to the device you want to use them with.

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They are broken

It is also the case that they might be broken.

To tell if your AirPods are likely to be broken, do the following:

  1. Forget your AirPods on your device
  2. Make sure your AirPods case is charged
  3. Put your Airpods in the charging case and wait 30 seconds
  4. Open the case and hold the pairing button until the light flashes amber then white
  5. If your AirPods do not appear on your Device’s Bluetooth, it would suggest that they are broken.

If it does seem likely that your AirPods are broken, the best option would be to take them to a local Apple Store and to see if they can fix the AirPods.

The charging case is broken

It could also be the case that your charging case is broken. To tell if the charging case is broken, try charging them via a lightning cable that you know is not broken (verify by charging a different device using that cable).

If the case does not show an orange or green light, it would mean that the case is likely to be broken.

You are not putting them in the case right

It could also be the case that you are not putting your AirPods in the case right or that there is something in the case that is causing the AirPods not to charge properly.

It would help to inspect the inside of the case, where the AirPods go, and to make sure that there are no debris in there.

It would also help to make sure that you are actually using the right charging case for your particular AirPods.

The AirPods need to be reset and paired again

It could be the case that you need to reset your AirPods. To reset your AirPods do the following:

Forget your AirPods from your devices
Put the AirPods in the case
Open the lid
Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
Reconnect your AirPods to your devices

The charging case is not getting charged properly

It could also be the case that you have not been charging the charging case itself properly. When you open the charging case, a green or orange light should show.

If no light shows, it means that the case is broken or out of power. It could be the case that the cable you use is broken, you have not been placing the case on the wireless charging mat correctly or that the wireless charging mat is not actually compatible with your AirPods case. The wireless charging mat should be Qi certified.

The charging case has dirt inside

It could be the case that your AirPods case has dirt inside. It would help to check inside the case and to wipe the case using something like cotton earbuds.

The charging case only charges the AirPods when plugged in

Many users are having the issue where the light only turns on when the charging case is plugged in and will only charge the AirPods themselves if the case is plugged in.

To fix this try the following:

  • Use a different charging cable
  • Clean the charging port

The AirPods need updating

It could be the case that your AirPods need to be updated.

To update AirPods and AirPods pro, it is just necessary to have the AirPods in the case while it is charging and to have a connected iPhone or iPad nearby. The AirPods will then automatically update.

How to get my AirPods to turn on?

AirPods do not have an off/on switch, to turn them on, all that is necessary is to open the charging case while they are inside the case or to take them out of the case. If they do not turn on, take a look at the possible causes mentioned above.

How to fix airpods pro not turning on

Your AirPods pro might not be turning on for the same reasons regular AirPods might not be turning on. It would help to look at the list of possible causes mentioned above.

If none of them work, it would help to try taking your AirPods to an Apple Store to see if they can fix your AirPods.

If the noise canceling does work on your AirPods pro, it would suggest that the fault is a connection issue.

It would help to make sure that your AirPods pro are connected to the device you want to use them with and that they are not connected to any other devices.

Why won’t my airpods turn on after charging

If your AirPods won’t turn on even after charging and you are sure that the case itself does have power, it might be the case that there is debris in the case, it is the wrong case for your AirPods or your AirPods might not actually be connected to the device you are using.

Otherwise, it would be more likely that your AirPods are broken and it would be necessary to take them to an Apple store to hopefully be fixed.

Why won’t my airpods turn on when I open the case?

If your AirPods do not turn on when you open the case, it could be because there is debris in the case, causing your AirPods not to be charged properly.

It might also be the case that your AirPods have not been paired with the device you are using. It would help to hold down the pairing button on the case, while the AirPods are in the case, and to see if the AirPods appear on your device’s Bluetooth list. If they do not appear, it would be more likely that the AirPods are broken.

Why won’t my AirPods case turn on?

If your AirPods case will not show any lights, it would be likely that the case does not have any power. It would help to make sure that you have been charging it correctly, that the charging cable is not broken and that you are using the correct charging mat if you are using wireless charging. Otherwise, it would be likely that the case is broken.