How to Fix AirPods Keeps Disconnecting from iPhone/iPad

Posted on January 18, 2021 - By Fucosoft | Follow YouTube, Twitter to Get More Information.

Does your AirPods keep disconnecting from your iPhone? Well, welcome to the right place.

If you’re trying to make a phone call, listen to your favorite song, or have a Netflix and chill moment, but your AirPods keeps disconnecting from your iPhone/iPad, it can be very frustrating.

Why Your AirPods Keeps Disconnecting?

Ever since AirPods was launched in 2016, there have been numerous complaints regarding them disconnecting from users’ iPhone and iPad suddenly.

Some users claim this issue only happens while they’re receiving phone calls with their AirPods, some claim that it gets connected while they’re outside their house, but whenever they’re back inside, it keeps disconnecting. There are various reasons why AirPods disconnect from iPhone or iPad, for example, hardware problem, signal issue, outdated iOS version, etc.

I’ve been there myself, and know just how annoying it can be when you need to use your AirPods but it just won’t let you use it.

That’s why in this article today, I will be talking about 11 tips to help you solve this frustrating glitch.

Let’s dive right in:

Tip 1: Check Your AirPods Battery Status

A major reason why most AirPods keep disconnecting from their user’s iPhones is due to the low battery. You should check the battery percentage of your AirPods to confirm if this is the cause of your disconnection issue.

To check the battery status of your Airpods:

  1. Put your AirPods inside its case
  2. Open the lids of the case down and hold the case close to your iPhone
  3. Check the popup on your phone’s screen to confirm your AirPods battery status.

Another way to confirm the battery status of your AirPods is through the batteries widget on your phone. To do this:

  1. Swipe left to right from your iPhone’s home screen.
  2. Scroll down to batteries and click on it to view your AirPods and other connected devices’ battery status.

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Note: If you haven’t added the battery widget, simply click on Edit after scrolling down, and click on Batteries thereafter.

Tips 2: Check Your Bluetooth Connection

Another reason why your AirPods can keep disconnecting could be issues with your Bluetooth connection. A badly paired Bluetooth connection can prevent your Airpod from connecting to your iPhone or iPad properly.

To confirm your Bluetooth connection:

  1. Open the Control Center of your iPhone or iPad
  2. Click on Bluetooth and check that it is On and connected

You can also:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and click on Bluetooth.
  2. Switch it off for 10-15 seconds to allow it to properly switch off. Then switch your phone’s Bluetooth back on again.
  3. Put your AirPods back in its case and open the case lid down. It will appear as AirPod on your iPhone screen.
  4. Click on AirPods to connect again if it wasn’t initially connected properly

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Tip 3: Check Your Audio Device Settings

Whether you’re playing music from third-party apps like Spotify, Pandora, etc., or while trying to receive phone calls, you should use your AirPods as your selected audio device to allow the connection work properly.

To know if your AirPods is connected as your audio device:

  1. Click on Airplay next to the description of the song you’re playing.
  2. Click on AirPods on the popup to use it as your selected audio device.

If you want to use your AirPods for calling purpose, simply select AirPods from the options on your iPhone screen while making a call.

Tip 4: Disconnect AirPods and Reconnect It Again

If your AirPods still keeps disconnecting after trying the above tips, then you might want to disconnect your AirPods from your iPhone and reconnect it again to fix this problem.

To disconnect AirPods from iPhone: Open Settings on your iPhone and click on Bluetooth. Click i next to AirPods and then click Forget This Device.

To reconnect AirPods to iPhone: Open Settings on your iPhone and click on Bluetooth. Hold your Airpods in its case close to your phone. Click on your AirPods in the option and connect again

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Tip 5: Clean Your AirPods Properly

Dirt and debris can clog your AirPods speaker grills and crevices around its tip, preventing it from producing good quality sound, and affecting the Airpods from functioning optimally.

To clean your AirPods:

  • Use a airpod bud to clean around your AirPods crevice and speaker grills.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to clean off the dust and debris residue thereafter.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft teeth to lightly scrub your AirPods speaker grills carefully
  • Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the dirt as you scrub.

Note: Do this process with caution as rough handling can damage your AirPods completely.

Tip 6: Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection

There have been several claims by some iPhone users that when they turn off their Airpod’s automatic ear detection feature, the disconnection issue happened less frequently. Some even claimed it stopped disconnecting ever since then. The automatic ear detection feature enables AirPods to continue working when they are inserted into the ear.

To turn off Automatic Ear Detection:

  1. Open your iPhone Settings and click on Bluetooth.
  2. Click on i next to your connected AirPods.
  3. Click on Automatic Ear Detection to turn off this feature.

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Tip 7: Use Just One of Your AirPods

When AirPods misbehaved recently, one trick that seemed to help to solve this issue was to have just one AirPod connected to iPhone instead of both. Connecting just one AirPod and leaving the other in the charging case made the disconnection issue happen less frequently.

Here’s how to connect just one AirPods ear:

  1. Put your AirPods back inside its case and open the case’s lids down.
  2. Open Settings on your iPhone and click on Bluetooth.
  3. Click on i next to your connected AirPods.
  4. Click on the Microphone from the options list.
  5. Change it from Automatic to either Always Right or Always left.

Tip 8: Unpair Other Apple Devices

Sometimes, pairing too many Apple devices like your Apple Watch, your iPad, etc. can cause a conflict with the AirPods connection. Unpairing other Apple devices connected to your iPhone is a great option that enables your AirPods to connect seamlessly with your iPhone.

To disconnect other Apple devices:

  1. Go to Settings and click on Bluetooth. Click on i next to your connected devices.
  2. Click Forget This Device icon to disconnect it from your iPhone.
  3. Repeat this process for other devices you want to unpair or disconnect.

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Tip 9: Reset Network Settings

On some public forums, a couple of iPhone users claimed that resetting their network settings helped them to fix the disconnection issue that they faced with their AirPods.

To reset your iPhone’s network settings:

  1. Open your iPhone Settings and click on General.
  2. Click on Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  3. Click Confirm and enter your passcode to reset your network settings

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Tip 10: Reset All Settings

If resetting your network settings doesn’t work to stop the AirPods disconnection issue for you, resetting all your phone’s settings should be the trick to help solve this problem. However, you might want to make sure you have pre-saved some of your personalized settings as this clears every setting on your device, including those you have personalized.

To clear all your iPhone’s settings:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and click on General
  2. Click Reset > Reset All Settings.
  3. Enter your passcode and confirm your choice.

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Tip 11: Fix iPhone with Third-party Tool

Another issue that could keep your AirPods from disconnecting with your iPhone could be your iOS system. Your iOS system might have some internal glitches, which prevents your AirPods from connecting properly. In such situation, you can fix your iPhone with Fucosoft iOS System Recovery. It is able to fix various kinds of iOS system issues, such as iPhone stuck in Recovery mode, Apple logo, black screen, etc. This tool works well with all iOS versions and iOS devices, even the latest iOS 16 and iPhone 14/13. 


Here’s how to fix AirPds keeps disconnecting from iPhone with Fucosoft iOS System Recovery:

Step 1: Download, install and launch Fucosoft iOS Repair tool on your computer. Connect your iPhone using USB cable and click “Start”.

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Step 2: Click on “Fix Now” and then “Download” to download the matching firmware package for your iPhone.

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Step 3: After downloading the firmware, click on “Start Standard Repair” and the program should automatically start repairing. Do not disconnect your iPhone and wait for the process to complete

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We have collected 11 tips to help you fix AirPods keep disconnecting from iPhone issue. If none of the above tips worked, there may be hardware problems with your AirPods. If your AirPods still under warranty, you’d better bring them to your nearest Apple Store to get them repaired. Also, if you find this helpful. Do share with your friends to learn too. Thanks.