[Solved] AirPods Not Connecting to iPhone? Fix It Now

December 15, 2020Nicole Jones

AirPods make it very convenient to listen to the audio content on your iPhone without messy cables. Just insert AirPods, AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro into your ears and you can enjoy music wirelessly. You can take it as the best true wireless earbuds on the market. However, sometimes they can't pair to your iPhone normally.

Are you facing the situation that your AirPods are not connecting to iPhone?

AirPods are not connecting to iPhone

In fact, when you are using AirPods, iPhone's software, hardware, and Bluetooth all need to be set up correctly. Or you may get the AirPods not connecting to iPhone issue. Here in this post, we will show you 5 simple ways to fix it and ensure you connect AirPods, AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro to iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac successfully.

Part 1. Regular Ways to Fix AirPods Not Connecting to iPhone

As it mentioned above, many factors may cause your AirPods can't pair to your iOS device. At the first part, we will show 4 regular ways to bring AirPods back to normal condition and connect to your iPhone.

Restart iPhone to fix AirPods won't connect

Step 1.
Turn on your iPhone and keep pressing the "Power" button until you see the "Slide to power off" appears on the screen.
Step 2.
Swipe the red power button to the right to turn off your iPhone.
Step 3.
Wait a few seconds and then press and hold the "Power" button to start your iPhone again. After that, you can turn on the Bluetooth and re-connect your AirPods to iPhone.

Turn off and then turn on Bluetooth to fix AirPods not connecting to iPhone

Sometimes, you can turn off and then turn on Bluetooth to help your AirPods connect to iPhone successfully. In some cases, even the AirPods are connected to iPhone, but the audio keeps a low volume. You can also use this method to bring it back to normal. To turn off/on Bluetooth, you can use your finger to swipe up from bottom of the screen to arise "Control Center", then tap the Bluetooth icon. Or you can go to "Settings" app and then do the operations there. Check this post if iPhone Bluetooth not working.

Update iOS to fix Apple AirPods not connecting issue

New iOS will fix many existing bugs in old iOS versions. So if there is an available iOS update, you can try updating iOS to fix the AirPods, AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro not connecting to iPhone.

Step 1.
Unlock iPhone and open "Settings" app.
Step 2.
Tap "General" > "Software Update" to check if there is an available iOS update. Tap "Install Now" when there is one. During this step, you will be required to enter the passcode to confirm the operation.

Resetting ‌AirPods‌ to fix AirPods not connecting to iPhone

Step 1.
Put your ‌AirPods back to the charging case.
Step 2.
Open the charging case lid and then press and hold the reset button on the back of the case for 10-15 seconds. The button is located on the back of the case. Actually, there is only one button designed in the charging case. So find it and keep pressing on it.

You will see the light between the ‌AirPods‌ will flash white and then amber. That means your ‌AirPods, AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro have been reset. Now you can re-connect ‌AirPods to your iPhone.

Part 2. Professional Way to Fix AirPods Won't Connect to iPhone [Recommended]

With the 4 regular methods above, you have a big chance to solve the AirPods not connecting to iPhone problem. But if the AirPods won't connect issue is still there, you should turn to the professional iPhone issues fixing software, iOS System Recovery. It is specially designed to fix various system related issues including the AirPods not connecting.

iOS System Recovery


iOS System Recovery

  • Fix various iOS issues including AirPods not connecting to iPhone.
  • Advanced technology to diagnose why AirPods won't connect to iPhone.
  • Fix iPhone could not be paired to AirPods in Recovery/DFU mode.
  • Work for iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/SE/8/7/6/5, iPad Pro/Air/mini, iPod, etc.
Step 1.
First, you need to free download and install this AirPods won't connect issue fixing software on your computer. It offers both Windows and Mac versions. Just double click on the right button to quickly get it installed. Then run it and enter its main interface. Here you need to select the "iOS System Recovery" feature to fix AirPods not connecting to iPhone.
Step 2.
Connect iPhone to your computer with a lightning USB cable. For the first connection, you need to tap "Trust this computer" on the iPhone screen to make sure the iOS device can be recognized successfully.
Step 3.
Now you can follow the instructions offered to put your iPhone into recovery mode or DFU mode.
Into Recovery Mode
Step 4.
After that, iOS System Recovery can automatically detect your iPhone model and other information. Ensure the information is right and then click the "Repair" button to download the repaired plug-in for the fixing.

When the downloading profess is finished, iOS System Recover will automatically start to fix the AirPods not connecting to iPhone issue. When the whole fixing process is over, your iPhone will back to normal condition. Then you can re-connect your AirPods, AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro to iPhone successfully.

As an all-featured iOS issues fixing tool, it also enables you to fix many other issues caused by iOS system, such as iPhone/iPad stuck on Apple logo, freeze on charging screen or loading screen and more. Just free download it and give it a try.

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Part 3. How to Connect AirPods to Your iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac

In case you don't know how to pair AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac when you first get a new one, here in this part, we will show you how to connect AirPods to iOS device and Mac.

Connect AirPods to iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 1.
Unlock your iPhone and arise the Control Center, ensure the Bluetooth feature is turned on. Here we take connecting AirPods to iPhone as an example.
Step 2.
For the first connecting, you should make sure both AirPods have enough battery. So put both AirPods in the charging case and charge them. Open the lid and start to pair AirPods with your iOS device. The status light should flash white, showing that AirPods are ready to connect.
Step 3.
Put AirPods near to your iPhone and you can see the AirPods option from the device list in Bluetooth preferences. Tap on it will start the connecting.

Connect AirPods to Mac

Step 1.
With the similar steps, you can connect your AirPods to Mac with ease. Put both AirPods into the charging case and ensure it next to your Mac.
Step 2.
Select the AirPods option in the device list and then click "Connect" to pair AirPods to Mac. If your AirPods can't connect to iPhone or Mac, you can keep pressing the setup button on the back of the case to reset AirPods. Then you can try re-connecting again.

After reading this page, you can get 5 effective methods to fix AirPods not connecting to iPhone issue. Moreover, we show you the right way to connect your AirPods, AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro to iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac. If you have any other solutions to deal with the AirPods won't connect problem, you can share it in the comment with other readers.

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