How to Reset AirPods

Apple's AirPods and AirPods 2 have a reset function that returns them to their factory settings, which can come in handy if you're handing down the wireless earphones to someone else or you're having any sort of problem with them. Keep reading to learn how to reset your AirPods.


  1. Ensure that both AirPods are in their charging case and that both the earbuds and the case have charge.

  2. Locate the small button on the back of the case, near the bottom. It's flush with the case and the same color as it, so you might need to feel about for it.

  3. Open the charging case lid.

  4. Press and hold the button on the back of the case for at least 15 seconds. The case's internal light between the AirPods will flash white and then amber, indicating the AirPods have reset. (If you have a Wireless Charging Case, this light is located on the front of the case.)
And that's all there is to it. Note that now the AirPods are reset they will no longer automatically recognize any of the devices linked to your iCloud account. Opening the AirPods case near to an iOS device will initiate the setup process, just like the first time you used them.

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